eSourcing Tools and Technology – Our Hot Topic for January

We gave our monthly hot topic a rest for December, but we will be back in January. Our chosen topic is covered regularly through the month on the site and in our newsletter, with accompanying Twitter and LinkedIn action. To kick off 2015, for January we will be looking at the latest thinking in eSourcing tools and technology.

Electronic sourcing (eSourcing) has become one of the most prevalent technologies and processes in the procurement world over the last 10 years or so. It has gone from being a clunky and not very user-friendly technology to an interesting option for firms, right through to today when it is an essential element of procurement strategies and operations. Frankly, you cannot be serious about procurement performance if you're not aware of and engaging with the eSourcing world.

During our eSourcing month, we will be covering the topic from the basics, through the options and business case for eSourcing, to the latest thinking. That includes e-auctions, advanced optimisation and market informed sourcing techniques, and how sourcing software is linking with contract management and spend analytics solutions to bring a whole new type of visibility and set of opportunities to procurement professionals. We will also look at some particular public sector challenges and issues.

As well as material we at Spend Matters write, we will have some contributions I’m sure from some of our partners and sponsors. And we invite interesting guest posts from readers, particularly practitioners, academics, or consultants – anyone with something interesting and (eve better) provoking to say! Depending on how many guest submissions we get, we may not be able to feature everyone, and we won’t feature just lots of eSourcing solution providers, because that would be boring, wouldn’t it?

However, if anyone would be interested in sponsoring our hot topic, we’d love to talk about that. Very reasonable rates too ...  As well as exposure on the site, we can look at doing webinars, papers, or any other bright ideas you might have to raise profile and generate interest. Drop me an email if you’re interested - psmith (at)

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  1. Nick @ Market Dojo:

    Hey Peter, if you need to run an online auction to settle the sponsorship fees, given I’m sure you’ll have lots of interest & hence participation in it, you know where to find us 🙂 Very reasonable rates as well!!

    Seriously though, sounds very interesting and look forward to the contributions.

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