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The Highlight Reel: 6 Can’t-Miss Matchups from the Procurement Tech Evaluation Ring

In January, the Spend Matters analysts launched the “Head-to-Head” series, pitting providers against one another in the Spend Matters evaluation ring. Using the latest SolutionMap data, the analysts evaluate providers against specific business requirements and scenarios to see which one emerges as the winner in each round. As our midsummer round-ups come to an end, today we take a look back at some of the recent action from the evaluation ring.

Spend Matters Fireworks: Top Posts From the First Half of 2018

Each year brings new procurement trends and surprises, and 2018 has been no exception. As we celebrate the halfway point of the year this Fourth of July, we’re taking a look back at the 10 most popular articles on Spend Matters during the last six months — call them our “firework” posts of the year. Below, we count down to the No. 1 most-read article of the year, leaving the best for last, just like the finale of the typical July 4th fireworks show.

You Ask, We Answer: Procurement’s Burning Questions From the First Half of 2018

We kicked off Ask Spend Matters last July, and throughout the course of this past year, our readers — you! — have sent us dozens upon dozens of fascinating questions on topics ranging from big data to tail spend to group purchasing organizations to services procurement. Answering your questions has been both illuminating and fun, and we only hope that you have learned as much as we have. Today, we look back at the Ask Spend Matters articles that we published in the first half of this year. You asked about professional development needs, spend management vs. e-procurement, high-volume, low-dollar spend and more — and we answered.

3 Surprising Ways the Procurement Technology Market Has Changed in the Past Year

In the year since we launched our first SolutionMap, the procurement technology space has evolved considerably. Between product updates, the rise of new solution areas and increasing provider consolidation, the technology landscape is changing every day. Procurement professionals no doubt have found it harder than ever to keep track of which solutions offer what capabilities, which companies are still independent and which have become part of a suite, and what technologies they need know to stay ahead of the competition. And just as the provider space is changing, so too has our approach to evaluating and ranking vendors.

New on Spend Matters: A Preview for the Unofficial Start of Summer

As we celebrate Memorial Day, many procurement professionals will be happy to catch their breath, officially ending the spring conference marathon and kicking off the unofficial start of summer. Here at Spend Matters, we too are excited to take a break — if only for a day — after putting out several big releases in the first half of Q2 2018. But that doesn’t mean we’re about to sit around working on our tan all summer. In fact, we’ve got plenty more planned for the end of spring and Q3. So feel free to kick back and grab a hot dog as we take a look at what’s to come over the next several months on Spend Matters.

What’s Top of Mind for Procurement This Year: 3 Hot Topics from Q1 2018

As frost and overcast skies turn to morning dew and sunshine, many procurement leaders continue to take their New Year’s resolutions from aspiration to reality. During the first three months of 2018, Spend Matters brought plenty of news to support them in that journey, from our annual trends and forecast series to exclusive interviews with industry executives and the latest in comparative vendor analyses. What topics have been top of mind for procurement this year, and what can practitioners expect as they head into the second quarter of 2018? Here are the top three topics our readers have been examining over for the last several months.

It’s 2018: What New Questions Do You Have About Procurement?

As Spend Matters analysts, editors and readers went on much-deserved vacations over the winter holidays, Ask Spend Matters went on a short hiatus, too. But as everyone settles back into their offices, hopefully more relaxed and refreshed, we at Spend Matters are eager to see where Ask Spend Matters goes this year. And so consider this our 2018 call for reader questions: What have you always wondered about procurement or supply chain but have been afraid to ask? What do you want to know more about?

Procurement in 2018: Guidance and Predictions from an Industry Veteran

Where is procurement going in 2018? While it would be easy to fall into the perennial trap of describing long-term trends as the next big thing, thankfully there are saner heads that can guide us into this new year with sound advice in addition to modest predictions. Procurement veteran Peter Smith is one those people. Over on our sister site Spend Matters UK/Europe, he has offered practitioners some simple (but important) reminders to consider in 2018, as well as a forecast for how events in the procurement technology market could play out.

Procurement in 2017: The Year’s Most Popular Articles

2017

The past year has been a year of change for the procurement world. Old technology companies ceded ground to reigning titans. Market leaders adapted strategies and continued a wave of consolidation. And Spend Matters changed, too, debuting new reports and tools to help procurement leaders better understand the solution provider landscape. To get a better understanding of where we’ve been and how procurement could continue to change in 2018, check out our top 10 articles of the year

A New Way of Ranking Procurement Technology Solution Providers in 2017: Best of Spend Matters SolutionMap

It has been quite a big year at Spend Matters. And no, not in terms of racking up the greatest number of avian species sightings (even though I am a birder). Within this big year, Spend Matters analyst and extended teams launched what we hope to be the primary tool for procurement solution providers to highlight their capabilities to the broader market — and most important, for procurement practitioners to use as their technology selection guide. In this year-end Best of Spend Matters piece, we present a short history of SolutionMap in 2017.

Workforce Trends, Millennials and Your Burning Questions: 2017’s Best Practitioner-Centric Articles

Psst, Reader, want to eavesdrop for a moment on a typical Spend Matters editorial meeting? We spend a lot of time talking about you, the procurement practitioner. “What do they truly want to read?” we ask each other. “How do they want to read it? What topics interest them? Do they like their articles long or short, with or without graphics? Are we writing too much about blockchain?” And so on and so forth. Ultimately, we figured that speculation wouldn’t be as fruitful as, say, just asking readers directly, and so this past summer Ask Spend Matters was born.

What Boeing, SAP Ariba and Cannabis Have in Common: Spend Matters Best of Direct Materials in 2017

As always, the direct materials supply chain was a hotbed of activity over the past year, and Spend Matters held the front lines on much of it for what matters to procurement practitioners and their technology options. In this year-end wrap up, we present the best of our direct materials coverage from 2017, including news about direct materials-centric technology providers, commodity-specific updates and a budding new supply category.