The P2P Category

Using Information Advantages to Finance B2B Transactions

We've all heard the stories around how supply chains are digitizing. A real transformation is underway, no doubt. But transformations don’t happen overnight. Likewise, traditional forms of financing supply chains still dominate. Many new models of lending have emerged over the last few years that rely on the approved invoices and third-party money, and while some models have generated volume, these pale in comparison with total B2B transactions. This is not to say there are not failures. In fact, the innovations that have been tried and failed lead to further innovation, piggybacking off of lessons learned. 

5 Reasons Supply Base Rationalization Can Be the Enemy of Effective Procurement Spend Management

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Traditionally, procurement organizations have been advised to consolidate their supplier base (with the handful of suppliers with the greatest percentage of purchases), negotiate strong contractual discounts and encourage their employees to purchase from these preferred vendors at the prenegotiated pricing. On the surface, rationalizing an organization’s supply base can seem like an effective way to improve procurement performance. By rationalizing the number of suppliers that enterprises work with, procurement leaders can reduce costs, improve quality and save the time of procurement teams who are too often lost in the arduous process of managing indirect tail spend. However, due to the rise of more advanced B2B e-commerce platforms and highly volatile pricing fluctuations for products, the supplier consolidation strategy is quickly becoming outdated.

The 5 Key Benefits of Effective Buying

A wealth of worthwhile benefits can be gained through adopting an effective buying approach. By making just small changes in our approach to buying, we can expect to see significant value and benefits as a direct result. You might ask why you should do anything differently at all when individuals and organizations already manage to buy well without any kind of intervention. But to truly appreciate why we should consider a new buying approach, we must first recognize the size of the prize that can be obtained.

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5 Reasons to Make Procurement Matter Now

Today’s cloud-based procurement software platforms offer many advantages for companies seeking to gain greater visibility into — and control over — spend. This is just one reason why the market for e-procurement software is expected to grow from $1.35 billion in 2016 to $2.75 billion in 2021. Senior decision-makers at organizations contemplating the adoption of an e-procurement solution will find plenty of information about the advantages of doing procurement better through process automation. What’s missing from most of the available literature, however, are insights into how a modern procurement infrastructure can help companies accomplish specific business objectives.

APEX Analytix: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background and Solution Overview [PRO]

If you were to pick a single procurement software category that is remaking itself from the inside out thanks to technology, the recovery audit market would be it. And one provider at the vanguard of this transformation is APEX Analytix. APEX Analytix, a Spend Matters Provider to Watch since 2015, is perhaps best known for its core accounts payables (AP) recovery audit business. But it is a broad-based procurement technology provider in its own right, offering a range of overpayment prevention and self-audit software, supplier information management and supplier portal solutions.

In this Spend Matters PRO Vendor Snapshot series, we will focus our analysis of APEX Analytix on its supplier management solution, which will be featured for the first time in the Q3 2018 Supplier Management SolutionMap. APEX Analytix’s solution, which is best-in-class when it comes to certain areas of financial information management and validations, deserves to be considered on a standalone basis.

This Spend Matters PRO analysis provides an overview of APEX Analytix, focusing on its supplier management solution capabilities. It provides facts and expert analysis to help procurement and finance organizations make informed decisions about whether they should explore APEX Analytix on a stand-alone basis in this area. Part 1 of our analysis provides a company background and detailed solution overview, as well as a summary recommended fit suggestion for when organizations should consider APEX Analytix. The remaining parts of this research brief will cover product strengths and weaknesses, competitor and SWOT analyses, and insider evaluation and selection considerations.

U.S. Companies Improve Working Capital Performance — But Is It at the Expense of Suppliers?

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U.S. companies’ working capital performance is at its strongest since 2008, according to The Hackett Group. However, this is in large part a result of companies shifting their working capital burden on to their suppliers by extending payment terms. The average days payable outstanding in 2017 was 56.7 days, 3.4 days more than in 2016. This data comes from The Hackett Group’s 2018 U.S. Working Capital Survey of the 1,000 largest non-financial companies with headquarters in the U.S.

Tradeshift: What Makes It Great (Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap Analysis)

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There has been no greater transformation from a vendor in the procurement and finance software sectors than Tradeshift’s growth in recent years. Within the solution category Spend Matters terms invoice-to-pay — which includes accounts payable (AP) automation, e-invoicing, receivables and payables financing, supplier networks and related capabilities — Tradeshift is now one of the top-performing vendors based on demonstrated technology capability in the Q2 2018 Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap.

Tradeshift has differentiated its invoicing and payments solutions in a number of functional areas. As the Q2 2018 Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap illustrates, Tradeshift delivers above-the-benchmark functional capability in over 80% of the requirements that Spend Matters tracks. Its SolutionMap performance provides compelling evidence that the provider is a must-shortlist candidate for all invoice-to-pay buying scenarios.

“What Makes It Great” is a recurring column that shares insights from each quarterly SolutionMap report for SolutionMap Insider subscribers. Based on both our rigorous evaluation process and customer reference reviews, each brief offers quick facts on the provider, describes where it excels, provides hard data on where it beats the SolutionMap benchmark and concludes with a checklist for ideal customer scenarios in which procurement, finance and supply chain organizations should consider it.

GEP: What Makes It Great (E-Procurement SolutionMap Analysis)

While not as well known some vendors for its e-procurement capability, GEP delivers a standalone cloud-based software platform, SMART by GEP, that holds its own in a highly competitive field. Based on both its Solution and Customer Value scoring in the Q2 2018 E-Procurement SolutionMap, GEP is a recommended fit for all five e-procurement personas. The unified processes offered by the GEP platform underpin one of the best order management capabilities in our benchmark, as well as the integration and visualization of information across the procurement, sourcing and supplier management lifecycles.

In the e-procurement market, GEP differentiates itself in a number of functional areas. As the Q2 2018 E-Procurement SolutionMap illustrates, GEP delivers above-the-benchmark functional capability in approximately 50 individual e-procurement requirements. Its SolutionMap performance provides compelling evidence that the provider is a must-shortlist candidate for all e-procurement buying scenarios.

“What Makes It Great” is a recurring column that shares insights from each quarterly SolutionMap report for SolutionMap Insider subscribers. Based on both our rigorous evaluation process and customer reference reviews, each brief offers quick facts on the provider, describes where it excels, provides hard data on where it beats the SolutionMap benchmark and concludes with a checklist for ideal customer scenarios in which procurement, finance and supply chain organizations should consider it.

Taulia: What Makes It Great (Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap Analysis)

Editor’s note: This “What Makes It Great” column is normally reserved for SolutionMap Insider Subscribersbut Taulia has generously agreed to support access for readers who are not yet members.  

Taulia originally led the way nearly a decade ago as the first standalone dynamic discounting (and invoice-to-pay) technology provider to build material traction on its own, primarily selling into the SAP customer base (owing to tight technical integrations with SAP ECC). Flash-forward to today, and Taulia has expanded from its roots into a broad-based trade financing (receivables and payables financing) and invoice-to-pay specialist that integrates with a range of popular ERP and source-to-pay systems. It also brings third-party capital and funding options to the table (bank, multi-bank and non-bank).

As a specialist in the invoice-to-pay market, Taulia differentiates itself in a number of functional/solution areas and is capable of selling both “plumbing” (i.e., technology in support of invoice-to-pay) and outcomes (e.g., business value through working capital improvement). As the Spend Matters Q2 2018 Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap illustrates, Taulia delivers above-the-benchmark functional capability across these and dozens of other key requirements. Its SolutionMap performance provides compelling evidence that the provider is a must-shortlist candidate for the majority of invoice-to-pay buying scenarios.

“What Makes It Great” is a recurring column that shares insights from each quarterly SolutionMap report for SolutionMap Insider subscribers. Based on both our rigorous evaluation process and customer reference reviews, each brief offers quick facts on the provider, describes where it excels, provides hard data on where it beats the SolutionMap benchmark and concludes with a checklist for ideal customer scenarios in which procurement, finance and supply chain organizations should consider it.

Jaggaer Indirect: What Makes It Great (E-Procurement SolutionMap Analysis)

Jaggaer Indirect (Jaggaer) occupies a unique position in the procurement software market. Not only is it the only independent source-to-pay suite vendor with proven use cases for all solution areas, it also has a track record of competing across multiple, highly specialized market segments with targeted offerings. Jaggaer’s deep vertical expertise and specialized capability extends to the life sciences, higher education research, manufacturing and public sectors, but the provider also brings non-industry-specific capabilities that allow it to compete more broadly.

In the e-procurement market, Jaggaer differentiates itself in a number of functional areas. As the Spend Matters Q2 2018 E-Procurement SolutionMap illustrates, Jaggaer delivers above-the-benchmark functional capability across over 50 individual e-procurement requirements. Its SolutionMap performance provides compelling evidence that the provider is a must-shortlist candidate for all e-procurement buying scenarios.

“What Makes It Great” is a recurring column that shares insights from each quarterly SolutionMap report for SolutionMap Insider subscribers. Based on both our rigorous evaluation process and customer reference reviews, each brief offers quick facts on the provider, describes where it excels, provides hard data on where it beats the SolutionMap benchmark and concludes with a checklist for ideal customer scenarios in which procurement, finance and supply chain organizations should consider it.

China’s E-Invoicing March and Why It Matters

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post form Adam Cleveland, vice president of demand generation at Tradeshift.

Often, government reforms force businesses to adjust their business processes for compliance reasons. China’s VAT reform not only impacted processes related to tax compliance, but it also opened up business process and supply chain redesign discussions to enable higher productivity, better security, enhanced transparency and managed risk. This article addresses the e-invoicing environment China inherited, what’s happened in China with respect to VAT reform and e-invoicing, and why it matters to businesses across the globe.

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Configuring Your E-Procurement Platform to Achieve Early Wins and Improve Your Internal Brand

Cloud-based procurement platforms offer powerful and flexible solutions for reducing the cost and complexity of integrating best practices into daily operations. Unfortunately, many organizations spend too little time thinking about the needs of internal business stakeholders when configuring their platforms for rollout or expansion. As a result, platform adoption rates fall short of expectations.