The Practical Uses of AI for Procurement

One of the discussions at eWorld recently came from Julien Nadaud, Chief Product Officer at Determine; he talked about the practical implications of AI in […]

Matthew Syed, UFC, Telling Stories – and Basware Connect

Matthew Syed is undoubtedly the best journalist, sports and business writer operating today who used to be a professional table-tennis player. He is even better […]

Tradeshift: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background and Solution Overview [PRO]

Tradeshift is a cloud platform that connects buyers and suppliers with the goal of digitizing supply chain relationships, processes and information, while also enabling everyday procure-to-pay activities. Its capabilities span the buying of goods and services through to financing and payment — and significant capability in between, especially in the invoice-to-pay area. In addition to providing its own procure-to-pay modules, Tradeshift offers an open integration framework that allows other technology firms (and customers) to integrate and/or development third-party “apps,” primarily [...]

Overhead Allocation and Bidding Approaches – More Interesting Than It Sounds!

Why do bids and tenders come in from different suppliers at different prices for what are fundamentally the same goods or services? I’m not sure […]

Album Round-Up: the Best From Recent Months with Chris, Fickle Friends, Hannah Trigwell and More

We’ve been lazy since Reading Festival in terms of our music reviews, so let’s catch up with some of the worthwhile albums of recent months, […]

Down the Procurement Pub with DWP, Basware, Cycling, the NHS and John Smith

After eWorld last week, we repaired to the Westminster Arms, which when I finally write my political thriller will be a key location, as the […]

Events For Your Diary – Our RoundUp of What’s Coming Soon

For the next few weeks at least, we are going to be giving you a round-up every Friday of forthcoming events that we’re involved with […]

Direct Material Sourcing and Supplier Management Platforms (Part 2) [Plus +]

In the first installment of this series, I introduced six distinct platform areas that manufacturers are making investments in as part of core efforts to drive more successful savings, efficiency, compliance, collaboration and supplier engagement programs. The first, design/engineering and sourcing enablement solutions, represents a new class of direct materials e-sourcing toolsets that attempt to accomplish numerous objectives. Why are all of these areas so essential, especially in concert together? This Spend Matters Plus analysis examines why.

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. […]

SAP Ariba – Procurement Evolution and Revolution at London Summit

Yesterday SAP Ariba held their London Procurement Summit on an absolutely gorgeous day by the Thames. While not on the scale of the humongous Amsterdam […]

An Introduction to Sourcing Business Intelligence (Part 2): The Leap from Sourcing Analytics to Supply Intelligence [PRO]

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In Part 1 of this Spend Matters PRO research series, we defined and explored the concept of sourcing business intelligence (BI), an emerging focus area for an increasing number of procurement organizations. Sourcing BI is not a “tool” like a spend analysis application module or a general purpose BI tool — like the visualization tools Qlik, Tableau or Sisense. Rather it is an enabling approach to sourcing, supplier management, total cost modeling/should cost analysis and related initiatives like clean sheeting [...]

Managing the Procurement Function – Webinar on October 23 with Per Angusta

Two weeks from now on October 23rd at 12 noon UK time (1pm in much of Europe etc) we have a webinar with Per Angusta. […]