Our Associate Sponsors – Supplierforce and Spikes Cavell

We are delighted that Spikes Cavell and  Supplierforce have agreed to be our initial associate sponsors; two interesting and dynamic firms in their respective markets.

Supplierforce, led by Declan Kearney, are based in Dublin, and have grown strongly both in Ireland and increasingly in the UK, winning business in both public and private sectors.  Supplier Information Management ('SIM') is the core of their integrated software suite. As they say:

With an inherent focus on Supplier Information Management, the company's solution addresses the range of challenges of managing suppliers by enabling truly collaborative relationships between customers and suppliers.

Suppliers maintain their own information through web-based interfaces; and the capability of their solution has led to some major customers using Supplierforce to manage their 'vendor master file' and integrate with ERP systems (see this Procurement Intelligence Unit report, available from the Supplierforce website, for a relevant case study).  But while SIM is at the heart of the firm's offering, other integrated modules include sourcing, risk and contract management.  (See these Spend Matters posts, here and here, from earlier this year for more complete descriptions).

Spikes Cavell were featured here recently on our Procurement Excellence blog.  Their focus is entirely public sector, and they have led the way in helping local councils in particular make their third party spend more transparent and visible to the public.   In their own words,

Spikes Cavell has developed a unique & proprietary methodology for the quick and cost effective extraction, standardisation, classification and enrichment of Government expenditure data. Delivered as an online service (SaaS) called 'the Observatory', and supplied on an annual subscription basis along with a suite of easy-to-use online analytical tools, the Observatory delivers the tools, intelligence and data the procurement function needs to reduce costs, realise collaboration opportunities, improve contract compliance, and drive continuous improvements in spend and supplier management.

They have also developed an innovative partnership with the US National Institute of Governmental Purchasing; NIGP members can use the "NIGP Observatory" to conduct spend analysis.

I'm also looking forward to Jason taking a more detailed look at both Supplierforce and Spikes Cavell in the not too distant future.  Thanks again to the two firms and we look forward to featuring them here again - in our usual independent manner of course!

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