In Case You Missed It … Procurement and Supply Market Roundup

We can't comment on every press release that hits our desks, but here are a few market news stories this week that we thought we should bring to your attention, and some of our own you may have missed - we may have more from our analysts in the coming days  ...

SolutionMap Q3 Launched

Our main news this week was the Spend Matters Q3 SolutionMap launch - this is the procurement technology benchmark rankings of 56 procurement software companies across 12 solution categories. SolutionMap evaluates vendors based on equal parts objective technology capability ranking (done by our analysts) and customer feedback scores with set weightings.

Read this excellent article too on what the SolutionMap personas mean and how to use them.

And of course our other big news this week was ... drum roll:

Peter Smith's Book Launch - A Procurement Compendium

Our founder Jason Busch (over from Chicago for the event), our GM Jenny Draper, myself and many wonderful people from the world of procurement gathered in the Tin Belly room at The Clarence in Whitehall for the launch of Mr Smith's book on Monday evening. Covering the first four years of his 3 million words of wisdom, musings, observations, and taunts (!!) A Procurement Compendium is an anthology of short stories about all things procurement of the time, including current affairs, who's who, best practice (or not), the public sector, scandal, and quite a bit of humour. Thanks to everyone who came to make it a memorable evening and to the inimitable David Smith for chairing an enlightening (pub) debate on Peter's reasons for some of the book's inclusions. Thanks also to 4C Associates for generously helping to sponsor the well-used bar! To George Owens of Manchester Airports Group, Allison Ford-Langstaff of Rightsource Solutions and Jason Busch for fielding some tricky questions inspired by some of Peter's blogs: from how can Niccola Machiavelli influence procurement, to what's the link between procurement and Lady GAaGa, and is procurement really making a difference to our carbon footprint? And to Mr Rob Knott for some great photos ...

We had some fun:






Some serious book signing:







And a pretty full house





And in other news ... 

Deloitte Consulting and the Association of Supply Chain Management release Digital Capabilities Model for Supply Networks 

GEP Wins Procurement Consultancy Award at CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019

Sedex Launches New Reporting Tool for Supply Chain Transparency

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