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One (Direct Procurement) Tool Fit for All

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When considering indirect procurement departments, I often distinguish several tools used in parallel. But while this may be perfectly acceptable for the software providers, it is much less so for the users and company. Imagine the amount of effort for the administration of four separate tools, each different from the next — with their own supplier database and knowledge spread over multiple departments. The worst component of having four separate tools is there is no centralized flow, no process integration and different upgrades and training are required for each.

Hail to the Value Leaders: Saluting SolutionMap’s Best Performers in Q3 2018

The coveted top-right corner of each SolutionMap represents the best performers in each procurement software category. Labeled as Value Leaders, these companies demonstrate the best balance of customer satisfaction and technical capability as judged by the Spend Matters analyst team. For the Q3 2018 SolutionMap, released Tuesday with newly added vendors and debut maps for Contingent Workforce and Services, here are the Value Leaders across all categories.

Coupa Acquires DCR Workforce, Giving its Services Maestro a Full Symphony Orchestra

Coupa announced Tuesday it had acquired the technology assets of DCR Workforce, a Boca Raton, Florida-based vendor management system (VMS) provider, according to a press release. Coming on the heels of Labor Day, Coupa could not have picked a more appropriate holiday week to expand its services procurement and labor footprint. DCR’s software enables businesses to source and manage contingent workforce and services. The DCR solution will now be marketed as Coupa Contingent Workforce, part of Coupa’s broader platform.

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Enabling Supply Chain Mobility: The myConnXion Revolution

Having officially launched myConnXion yesterday, our team is thrilled to invite buyers and suppliers to connect. A key factor behind our innovative technology lies in the ability to integrate the process into your current sourcing strategy. We mobilize supply chains to compete faster and better in today’s global economy. Many procurement teams are deeply entrenched in legacy enterprise software and business processes, which are often not enough to manage today’s data type and quality, supplier relationships and business risks. Having a supply chain capable of movement and adaptability has become vital to the success of an organization’s business operation. Adding velocity to your supply chain starts with sustainable sourcing.

ConnXus’ Multitier Tracking Capability: Creating a Sustainable Picture of Supplier Spend

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of our series The Featured Feature, where we explore unique technology capabilities that differentiate procurement software companies. Read our introductory post to learn more.

Supply chain visibility is a major concern for today’s procurement organizations. In a 2017 Geodis survey of 623 companies, respondents named improving supply chain visibility as the third most important priority for their businesses, behind only full deliveries and product availability. Yet only 6% of those respondents said they had full visibility of their supply chains. Acknowledging this need for better visibility and information about their suppliers, businesses are increasingly turning their attention to the latest generation of supplier management solutions. ConnXus, a more recent entrant to this sector, is one such example, with a particular expertise in supplier diversity tracking and reporting.

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What Procurement Must Do to Keep Pace with Government’s Promises to Taxpayers

When President Trump first took office, it was clear that the new administration expected government agencies to start buying IT more like “a business.” Nearly two years later, that directive has not changed. In fact, the White House wants a technology business management (TBM) framework to be embraced government-wide by 2022, a feat that is not feasible unless agencies first embrace a more modern procurement framework. If the White House wants to change how agencies buy IT, infrastructure or any other system or service, it first needs to encourage broader investment in the technology required to more efficiently execute, track and evaluate every purchase.

Why Mobile Matters to Procurement: Key Takeaways from Vroozi’s ‘High Performance Purchasing’ Event

Artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain have dominated the headlines as top technologies transforming businesses, but the essential component to enabling truly digital operations is likely in your pocket. Yes, smartphones are useful for far more than taking selfies and scrolling social media while your coffee brews. As Vroozi, a provider of procure-to-pay (P2P) software, explained Wednesday at its High Performance Purchasing event in Chicago, procurement should look to mobile technology as an enabler of digital transformation.

Analytics Connects the Dots — and Data — to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Performance

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Brad Stillwell, senior director of product strategy at Birst, an Infor company

Data analytics is transforming healthcare, informing every decision from doctors’ diagnoses to long-term patient risk management. While the spotlight is, deservedly, on data-driven transformation within the four walls of healthcare facilities, analytics also has the power to improve the performance of supply chains and entire healthcare ecosystems to deliver a significant competitive advantage.

How AI Forces Procurement to Change the Concept of Contract Management: A Q&A with Seal Software CEO Ulf Zetterberg

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Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the holy grail of procurement software capabilities, but few vendors have begun to distinguish the plain chalice of useful functionality from the jewel-encrusted goblet of empty marketing promises. This is especially true when it comes to contract management software, which claims numerous possible applications of AI yet few real-life case studies. To learn more about how the contract management software market has evolved in this context, we sat down with Ulf Zetterberg, founder and CEO of Seal Software, a provider of contract discovery, extraction and analytics solutions, to discuss how procurement organizations can tell if AI capabilities are the real deal, as well as how regulatory challenges from GDPR and increased M&A are changing the very concept of CLM.

Are Companies Doing Enough to Prevent Software Supply Chain Attacks?

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Software supply chains are at ever higher risk of cyberattacks, a recent report from the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has warned. With seven significant events reported last year — compared to four between 2014 and 2016 — 2017 “represented a watershed in the reporting of software supply chain operations.” NCSC notes that “software supply chain infiltration already threatens the critical infrastructure sector and is poised to threaten other sectors.”

New Upwork Enterprise Capabilities Support Adoption of Flexible Talent Programs

Upwork, the global online freelancer marketplace, announced Wednesday that it is adding capabilities to its Upwork Enterprise solution that will support businesses in their adoption of online freelancing and other alternative forms of flexible talent. The announcement of the Program Owner Experience capabilities came at Upwork’s second annual Work Without Limits Executive Summit, a gathering of Upwork Enterprise clients.  Upwork Enterprise is Upwork’s technology and managed services solution geared to support larger organizations. Program Owner Experience will provide Upwork Enterprise clients “with the resources and tools they need to drive flexible workforce adoption to build, scale and measure the impact of their flexible talent program,” according to a press release.   

From Artificial Intelligence to Financial Intelligence: Leveraging AI to Strategically Transform Finance Teams

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Laurent Charpentier, chief innovation officer and COO at Yooz North America.

When we talk about AI, we immediately think about what we use every day, such as virtual assistants or chatbots (e.g., Siri or Cortana), smartphones that identify us through fingerprint or facial recognition, cars that are able to detect pedestrians and to park themselves (often better than humans do). We also think about computers that recognize and analyze documents automatically. But AI is also widely present in the business environment, and has even made its way into finance departments.