Down the Procurement Pub with Science Warehouse, Melinda Johnson, CIPS and Selena Gomez

I was in Leeds this week for the Science Warehouse customer conference and had an early dinner at the Town Hall Tavern, on my shortlist […]

Online Work Platforms and Enterprises: Survival of the Fittest or the Fastest? [PRO]

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In this PRO research brief, we provide an analysis of the complex dynamics that characterize the online work platform technology market, in particular with respect to large enterprise adoption (or, to date, the lack thereof). We also examine some promising platform strategies/approaches that may promote platform business viability and, over time, more success in achieving large scale enterprise penetration. Finally, we discuss the implications of our analysis for both platform providers and enterprise buyers. (Note: To avoid possible perception that [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector […]

ExceleratedS2P Announces Prepackaged SAP Ariba Offering, Aimed at Mid-Market

At the recent SAP Ariba event, we spent some time talking to Paul Jones and Conor Mullaney of consulting and SI (systems integration) firm ExceleratedS2P. […]

New Sponsor Bloom – Bringing Expertise to Consultancy Procurement

We’re pleased to welcome Bloom as a new sponsor for Spend Matters UK. We wrote about the firm here and we will be featuring regular […]

What You Should Expect from Best-in-Class E-Sourcing User Experience and Functionality (Part 2) [PRO]

E-sourcing technology is becoming increasingly defined by the user experience as much as the underlying functional and technical capability. But in the future — and we see this trend starting already with best-in-class capabilities — the combination of the user experience (i.e., design) and underlying technology solution components and feature/function capabilities will become increasingly intertwined and inseparable. This Spend Matters PRO series examines the intersection of what a best-in-class user experience and functionality capability means for e-sourcing solutions today and [...]

Guidance On Modern Slavery – How Clean Is Your Supply Chain?

Modern Slavery has become a really big issue within the human rights and corporate social responsibility agenda in recent years. As many more of us […]

What You Should Expect from Best-in-Class E-Sourcing User Experience and Functionality [PRO]

E-sourcing technologies have been around for two decades now. The authors have played various roles over the years in helping architect them, design them, configure them, select them and use them. Yet while today e-sourcing should be a mature and functionally rich technology out of the box, the reality is that there are still a number of offerings that don't have some of the most basic features you would have expected some years ago. In contrast, other offerings continue to [...]

Virtualstock Bring Dropshipping Tech To The NHS (Part 2) – The Edge

Yesterday, we described the early days of supply chain technology provider Virtualstock (VS), and explained how their product started to get traction as the concept […]

Non-Transparency in Digital Media – What Can You Do

At ProcureCon Marketing last week we heard from Martin Albrecht, Managing Partner at media agency Crossmedia. He talked about ‘Procuring Trust,’ - transparency in the […]

This House Believes that Robots will Run (and Rule) Procurement by 2020 – Pub Debate

We’re pleased to tell you more about our next Pub Debate, on Thursday July 13th, 6pm prompt start, at The Clarence pub where we held […]

The Future of the Procurement Technology User Experience (Part 2): Advanced Mobile and ‘Mission Control’ Dashboards [PRO]

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Does anyone remember how bad early procurement technology interfaces were? While there are some folks we can blame directly — for example, whoever designed SAP SRM’s original interfaces in earlier releases should be doomed to spend his retirement managing the search, requisition and approval process for the coffins of all of the licenses that were never used — the limitations of early UIs were mostly due to where technology was at the time. We are not just talking about the [...]