Author Archives: Spend Matters Team

Healthcare Matters Merges with the Mothership


Healthcare Matters is merging with Spend Matters to allow healthcare procurement and supply chain professionals to find industry news, updates, relevant insights and knowledge in a central location on a single site. Healthcare Matters content will now be found on under the header Healthcare Supply Chain Management.

Creating a Legacy at SAP and Beyond: Where Barry Padgett Plans to Lead Ariba

The new year has brought procurement professionals an increasingly complex technology landscape to keep track of, and several new names to remember, too. One of those names to know is Barry Padgett, who took over as president of SAP Ariba in January.

Succeeding Alex Atzberger, now president of SAP Hybris, Padgett stands at the helm of a business network that connects more than 3 million buyers and suppliers transacting $1.6 trillion annually. As he begins to leave his mark on the cloud software giant, Padgett sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Jason Busch, managing director, SolutionMap and strategic advisory at Spend Matters, on where he hopes to lead SAP Ariba in 2018, what customer areas he’s targeting and the biggest lessons he has learned about creating a platform business.

Where’s Jaggaer?

"Deep Procurement Throat" forwarded us a Coupa marketing email that we found humorous. It’s for a download of a recent IDC report on the sector. We won’t opine on the veracity of the report, as we don’t know anything about IDC’s methodology. But what we will call your attention to is that Jaggaer is listed in the report in multiple areas: Jaggaer, Jaggaer Advantage (BravoSolution) and Jaggaer Direct (Pool4Tool). That’s in the report. The landing page for the download tells another story — at least on part of the page!

Clarifying Robotic Process Automation: What It Is (and Isn’t) for Procurement

Robotic process automation has become a buzzword most procurement professionals can’t escape. But despite its seeming ubiquity, RPA still tends to produce just as much head scratching as efficiency gains. Taken out of context, RPA can seem like yet another disruptive technology to keep track of alongside machine learning, blockchain and the like. Really, RPA is a single element of an overall procurement digital transformation strategy, and one of the more readily accessible technologies, in fact.

What Does The Age of Digitalization Mean for the Travel Services Buyer?

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The role of today’s corporate travel manager or category manager is more demanding than ever. The manager must not only take responsibility for the travel budget, be a skilled negotiator, understand technology, leverage data and manage travel policies, contracts and compliance, but also deliver value to the organization. And of course, they must also keep the corporate traveller safe and be risk-aware. How can practitioners prepare to handle all of this and more?

Beeline Announces Upgrades to IQN VMS: What This Means for Customers

Last week, contingent workforce solution provider Beeline announced a series of upgrades to IQNavigator’s vendor management system (VMS). The announcement comes about 10 months after the news that Beeline’s parent company GTCR plans to merge Beeline and IQNavigator into a single firm. We caught up with Brian Hoffmeyer, group vice president of marketing strategies at Beeline, to find out what the upgrade entails, what it means for Beeline and IQN clients, and how it fits into the solutions’ longer-term roadmap.

Q4 SolutionMap℠: 32 Procurement Technology Solution Providers, Ranked

With Major League Baseball playoffs in full swing, we're reminded of the fitted ballcaps some of us used to wear when we were kids, just like the pros wore. Then at one point, companies introduced some fitted caps that were incongruously labeled “One Size Fits All.” That promise didn’t hold up. One size never really fits all (some of us have bigger noggins than others, for example), so ballcaps promoting themselves as such miss the mark. The same can be said for traditional analyst rankings of procurement technology solutions. Behold, Spend Matters Q4 SolutionMap℠ — where we leave the “one fits all” approach behind.

Determining the Avoidable and the Unavoidable in Supply Chain Risk

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Some supply chain risks are avoidable. For instance, it is feasible and highly advisable to avoid doing business with potential suppliers in certain countries (like North Korea) where doing so would bring all sorts of risk to fruition. But any supplier could suffer from an accidental factory fire. A hurricane or flooding could strike pretty much anywhere in the world, so this sort of risk is unavoidable. That does not mean, however, that we cannot take actions to manage that type of risk better.

Afternoon Coffee: Coupa Launches Coupa Open Buy with Amazon Business, Beeline Partners with Hired

Open Buy allows Coupa customers to shop beyond managed catalogs using an embedded Amazon Business marketplace within the Coupa solution. Beeline announced Tuesday that it had formed a partnership with Hired, a career matching for technology workers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

eBay Launches eBay Business Supply, a Rebrand of its B2B Offerings


eBay recently launched eBay Business Supply, a new rebrand that brings together its business and industrial category, SAP Ariba Spot Buy and eBay Wholesale Deals solutions to a single platform. eBay said that Business Supply “centralizes” the e-commerce company’s business-to-business offerings and gives companies of all sizes the opportunity to buy and sell supplies and equipment in several product categories.

ICYMI: What Brexit Means for Procurement


Britain’s decision two weeks ago to leave the European Union has left procurement and supply chain professionals around the globe wondering how the move will impact their organization in both the short and long term. There still is a lot of “wait and see” taking place, but in the meantime, it’s clear that organizations need to understand the possible implications Brexit could have on them. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our recent coverage of Brexit and what it could mean for procurement and supply chains.