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Here’s Why You Should Conduct Price Benchmark Analysis for Every IT Purchase or Renewal

If you remember nothing else about this blog post, remember this statistic: 5%. Those are the odds that enterprises are paying a fair price for any given IT purchase or renewal if they are not performing IT price benchmark analysis. In the first half of 2018, only 5% of the IT purchase quotes reviewed by NPI were priced at fair market value based on market benchmark comparisons. That number is dangerously lower than what it was just a few years ago when “fairly priced” IT purchases and renewals hovered around the 30% mark.

Beeline Acquired by New Mountain Capital — The Journey Continues

Beeline, a provider of workforce management software, announced Thursday it has been acquired by New Mountain Capital, a New York City-based private equity firm, for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release. Founded in 1999, Beeline represents, alongside SAP Fieldglass, one of the “Big 2” vendor management system (VMS) providers. Its current incarnation is the result of a December 2016 merger with IQNavigator (IQN), which saw Beeline, part of staffing giant Adecco, acquired by GTCR, the owner of vendor-neutral IQN. Following the merger, Beeline and IQN were combined into a single company, renamed Beeline.

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.

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5 Things Procurement Can Do to Stay Ahead of Software License Audits

Enterprises are undergoing vendor-initiated software license audits at an alarming rate. Gartner estimates that 70% of enterprises get at least one audit notification a year. It’s not uncommon for penalties to surpass $1 million, $10 million or more. Audits have become an unspoken part of the routine conversation between procurement and vendors. In that regard, IT sourcing teams represent a first line of defense against noncompliance and audit risk.

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.

Spend Management for Real World Complexities: Internal and External Perspectives

Spend management that delivers consistent, provable bottom-line value requires solutions that go beyond a one-size-fits-all approach. As we explored in Part 1 of this series, few solutions providers can offer the breadth, depth, flexibility, domain experience and track record of success to fully address the complex finance and procurement challenges facing organizations living in change. To help confront these challenges, the right solution must be largely self-managing and intelligent, as well as easy to use, customize and scale.

What does this look like in practice? Below we outline what organizations should explore and review when evaluating vendors, both from an internal stakeholder and external supplier engagement perspective.

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.

Outdated Procurement Software a Top Threat to Talent Retention, Study Finds

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Workers at “technology laggard” businesses are much more likely to be frustrated or quit, putting procurement organizations’ talent management strategies at risk, according to a report by Unisys Corporation. Titled “The New Digital Workplace Divide,” the research illustrates how a company’s technology maturity plays a significant role in employee satisfaction  — perhaps the key role. Workers at organizations whose tech lags behind the industry standard report frustration at a rate of 51%, compared with only 6% for those who work for tech leaders. Productivity is thus stifled when workers are frustrated by their laggard IT systems, procurement software included.

What Makes Them Great: A Collection of Spend Matters SolutionMap Analyses

No procurement software vendor is perfect for every business scenario. Even if a technology provider has outstanding capabilities in some areas, companies that can consistently perform above multiple functional or customer benchmarks are rare. This is why specialist solutions continue to successfully challenge big name providers, winning customer showdowns through unique approaches to meeting organizational needs. To help our readers understand what sets these unique vendors apart from the rest, we launched in June a new SolutionMap column, "What Makes It Great."

Implementing Order Processing Automation: A Case Study of Lam Research and Esker

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When Lam Research, a U.S. maker of semiconductor equipment, began implementing Esker’s order processing automation technology, in early 2016, the decision had already been a while in the making. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Fremont, California, Lam Research counts Samsung, Intel and IBM among its customers. The past decade has been one of impressive growth for the company, whose revenue expanded from $2.1 billion in 2010 to around $9.6 billion in 2017. But as the company grew, so too had its workforce.