50 Providers to Watch 2016 Content

Spend Matters 50/50: Why Good Things Come in Threes

Spend Matters 50/50

If you’ve pored over the trends behind the 50 Providers to Watch and 50 Providers to Know lists over the past three years — as we have in recent weeks — then you may be asking yourself some interesting questions. Here’s one that got us thinking.

3 Reasons I Hate the Spend Matters 50/50

Spend Matters 50/50

I’ve personally gotten a dozen notes or calls from people I know in the past few days asking “why weren’t we” on the Spend Matters 2016 50/50 “Watch” and “Know” lists. Some were polite. Others less so. I know that my colleagues have gotten similar lines of questioning as well. Inevitably, any list or ranking of vendors or solution provider will result in happy and unhappy people and providers. It comes with the territory.

50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2016

Spend Matters 50/50 2016

After months of debate, we are excited to reveal our 50 Provider to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2016. The Spend Matters 50 Providers to Know highlights firms who continue to lead the charge on new procurement technologies and services driving innovation and changing they way we do business. The 50 Providers to Watch lists shines a light on exciting newcomers who are pushing the envelope.

Spend Matters 2016 50/50 List — David and Goliath Fight Together, the Disappointment of Content Providers and the Rise of Managed Services

Spend Matters 50/50 2016

One reason we decided to create the Spend Matters 50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch was to call attention to specialized (and often small) procurement technology and services providers that procurement organizations should know about, but likely do not. Yet a strange thing happened in the past 12 months: Innovation was found (and lost) among larger providers, many with long established brands and track records in the market. Without giving away the list just yet, here are three observations that came from looking at who made the cut (and who did not).

Procurement Disruption is Upon Us: Spend Matters 50 to Know, 50 to Watch 2016


Procurement technology disruption is here. And next week, we have no doubt that when we publish the Spend Matters 50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch list, some eyebrows will be raised. But one thing is clear from the list: The vast majority of those who made the Spend Matters 50/50 in 2016 offer some type of procurement technology to customers — even if they configure or provision it rather than develop it internally or sell it directly.

The Spend Matters 50/50 is Upon Us — But What’s Different This Year?

We’ll be publishing the Spend Matters 50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch on Spend Matters next week, to coincide with ISM’s Annual 2016 Conference. Each year the list changes, and 2016 is no exception. As our coverage of the procurement and supply chain market expands, so too have the categories of providers that are included, making less room for those in some of the traditional segments and more space in those that we see becoming increasingly important to practitioners.