Day Two in the ProcureCon Marketing House and the Delegates Are Getting Frisky …

You may have seen my colleague Nancy Clinton’s report on day 1 of last week's ProcureCon Marketing event – today we have an overview of […]

Proactis Rebrands – Perfect Commerce, Millstream and Hubwoo Bite the Dust

Almost a year after the major acquisition of Perfect Commerce, Proactis, the global spend management and B2B eCommerce company, yesterday unveiled its new brand identity. […]

5 Reasons to Bet For and Against Coupa (Part 1: The Virtuous ‘Cloud’ Prince) [PRO]

One of the best validations of the procurement technology sector is to see irrational exuberance from those who know comparatively little about it as they begin to speculate more aggressively on who is going to win in the market. Hearing Cramer call Coupa the “Cloud Prince” was but one example of the dozens I’ve heard both publicly and in one-on-one conversations in recent weeks from those outside the procurement solutions world. These days, it seems everyone has an opinion on [...]

Can We Be “Fair” In Procurement? It’s Not Easy!

The sixty-four million dollar question is this - what exactly is “fair”? “Fairness” in procurement has come up recently in several concepts, from the discussion […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Golf, Honours, Trump, Guy and Snail Mail

As this is published, I will be hacking my way around an unsuspecting golf course on a charity day – my second round in two […]

Next-Generation Digital Service Providers: The Who, What and Why for Services Procurement [Plus +]

An increasing number of digital, platform-based service providers are appearing today, and while they now represent a small category far outside the scope of most contingent workforce and services (CW/S) procurement programs, the spend they account for is growing. Back around 2010, traditional BPO providers sought to introduce clients to digitally turbo-charged offerings. Though similar in concept, the providers appearing today represent a whole new generation of platform-based service providers, many of which were startups or didn’t exist in 2010. [...]

Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. […]

Catalog Management: Technical and Functional Component Requirements (Part 5) — Catalog Contracts and Marketplace/Internet Search [PRO]

Today we conclude our multi-part research brief exploring catalog management functional and technical requirements with an emphasis on the last two requirements we consider in our SolutionMap functional requirements for e-procurement. The first requirement that we analyze is what we term “catalog contracts,” capability which focuses on pre-negotiated pricing through group purchasing organization (GPO) arrangements, leveraged buying or otherwise third-party negotiated typically contracts outside of what a procurement organization would negotiate itself. The second area, marketplace / internet search and [...]

More from PACAC – We Want More Foreign Suppliers, Says Minister

We reported here on the recent Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee which looked at sourcing public services post-Carillion and outsourcing. That raised some issues […]

ProcureCon Marketing – Reflections on Day 1

We’re at ProcureCon Marketing again this year, at its usual venue, London’s Tower Hotel, just by Tower Bridge, with its great views over the Thames […]

Previse – AI Gives Invoicing Insight, Enables “Instant Payment”

We recently met up with co-founder and CEO Paul Christensen of Previse. He’s a very smart Australian, a lawyer initially, who has worked in start-ups […]

Koble Questionnaire – Are You A Dinosaur? or A Forward Thinker?

We mentioned Koble last week here. The platform, which supports engagement between buyers and suppliers, and helps buyers find interesting new suppliers, is extending its […]