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2020 predictions from procurement software experts SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and more

We’re continuing our compilation of 2020 predictions from experts in the procurement software market — with a look at what executives from SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass have to say. Spend Matters Europe Editor Nancy Clinton has collected 2020 predictions from a range of procurement software experts, including the source-to-pay suite provider SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass, a provider of technology for services procurement and external workforce management. They provided six predictions about procurement and procurement technology:

2019’s top 5 most-viewed Nexus posts: 20 Tips; Workday-Scout RFP deal insights; Icertis and the red hot CLM market

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In July, Spend Matters Founder Jason Busch launched Spend Matters Nexus — his focus on the M&A and business side of the procurement technology market. Here’s how he describes it:

“The Nexus membership program is designed for investors/acquirers (private equity, corporate development, etc.) and solution provider CEOs in the procurement and finance technology/solution ecosystem. Membership offers a new strategic lens to the solution areas covered on Spend Matters.

"Nexus was borne out of an increased demand for research subscriptions, due diligence and strategy support with our private equity clients in late 2018 (which has picked up exponentially this year). But recently, our team realized there was a flip side to working with technology acquirers — providing relevant market intelligence and fresh, data-driven analysis for solution provider CEOs, boards and leadership teams.”

And here is a countdown of the top 5 most-viewed Nexus stories of 2019:

The top 5 most-viewed SolutionMap posts of 2019: Vendor rankings, Beeline vs. Coupa Contingent Workforce, SAP’s S2P suite

These are the top 5 most-viewed Spend Matters’ posts related to SolutionMap, our analyst-driven evaluation of the vendors in the procurement technology market. This year we beefed up our RFI to include more platform information so that users can compare vendors on an apples-to-apples basis.

2019’s top 10 PRO briefs from Spend Matters’ analysts: Insights across all procurement technology

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Spend Matters’ PRO subscription content reflects the insights of our analysts: Jason Busch, Pierre Mitchell, Magnus Bergfors, Nick Heinzmann, Andrew Karpie, Michael Lamoureux and Xavier Olivera. Their analysis results in Vendor Snapshots, product reviews, deep dives into SolutionMap data and more. Here is a countdown of the top 10 most-viewed PRO briefs from 2019:

2019’s top posts on Spend Matters: News from Jaggaer to SAP

These were the most viewed posts on Spend Matters for 2019, with a countdown to the No. 1 news story. Revisit news about Jaggaer's sale, the Avetta-Browz deal, our lists of vendors to Know and Watch, and changes at SAP. Thanks for reading Spend Matters in 2019 — and Happy New Year!

‘Innovation’ the Connective Tissue to this Year’s 50 to Watch, 50 to Know Lists

The 100 procurement technology solution providers that make up the 2017 50 to Watch, 50 to Know lists represent quite a bit of diversity. From consulting to healthcare, big data to supply risk, there truly is something for every practitioner in this year's lists. But there is one unifying quality that transcends the 2017 listees: Innovation.

Pierre Mitchell on the Spend Matters 2017 50 to Watch, 50 to Know Lists

Several weeks ago, the Spend Matters Analyst Team released the fourth annual 50 to Watch, 50 to Know lists. Each year, the analysts spend much of Q1 in a spirited back-and-forth debate over which technology solution providers merit a spot on the year's lists. This year was no different.

Spend Matters Book Club: Must-Read Books for Procurement Professionals

A recent good read on how data, algorithms and internal biases affect our lives caused me to wonder: what other books, while not nominally related to procurement, have pertinent takeaways? To find out, I asked around. Responses ranged from the rare oddity to the classics of the business canon, with suggestions from the Spend Matters team and practitioners alike. Welcome to the first meeting of the Spend Matters Book Club.

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of May 11 [Plus+]

Happy Friday! And, welcome to another edition of our best of roundup, giving you the latest and greatest from the Spend Matters Network. Read up on the news regarding the IBM Emptoris and Coupa partnership on Spend Matters, and delve into complex sourcing tasks over on Spend Matters UK. MetalMiner talks about all the action regarding aluminum production in the Middle East. Trade Financing Matters, too, discusses the controversial topic of palm oil. Enjoy!

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of April 20 [Plus+]

Happy Friday, and welcome back to another edition of our Best of Roundup – giving you the most noteworthy articles of the week published on our Spend Matters Network. Check out all the coverage Jason provided from the Tungsten conference this week on Spend Matters. Head over to Spend Matters UK to read an interesting post on "man-vs.-man negotiation." MetalMiner taught us about its forecasting methods this week as well, and Trade Financing Matters discussed integrated receivable hubs. Enjoy!

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of April 6 [Plus+]

Welcome to another edition of our best of roundup – a compilation of our most noteworthy and talked about articles from around the Spend Matters Network this week. Spend Matters US got to talk to the new CEO Of Taulia, and across the pond, Spend Matters UK shares advice on supplier relationship management. MetalMiner, too, provides an update on raw steel prices. Enjoy and happy Friday!

Tackling Myth vs. Reality in Procurement

This week on Chief Procurement Officer, we began our series of dismantling the top procurement myths that exist in the industry. Written by Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, the series includes a new post every day discussing another procurement myth and why it should no longer exist. It is clear that while some procurement practices worked 20 years ago, they shouldn't be followed today. Pierre tells us why. Check out the beginning of the series, published this week on the CPO website.