Spend Matters 50/50: jCatalog – A Provider to Watch in 2015

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We announced here and here our two (not ranked) lists: Spend Matters 50 To Know and 50 To Watch firms for 2015/2016. In the first case, this is our view of the 50 solution provider type organisations in the procurement industry that every senior procurement leader should be aware of and understand. The 50 To Watch are the up-and-coming firms  - those with interesting and relatively new solutions for our market. The 50 To Know are the key organisations in our industry that procurement executives need to have on their radar.

Having announced the lists, our US colleagues are now featuring each of the 100 firms in turn with an article giving an overview of each, with some headline Spend Matters thoughts on them. So on this site we will be giving you a brief extract of the US article, plus adding our own comments where we have anything useful to add from a European perspective. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t!

Here is what our US colleagues had to say about jCatalog:

jCatalog is a Spend Matters provider to watch because of its virtually unmatched strength in managing complex catalogs for equally complex industrial firms. These “smart catalogs” can be for products, services or both – even simultaneously when both are required in many MRO environments at the work order level. On the product side, such catalog management includes managing product information of suppliers that can be manufacturers or distributors ... Catalog also offers a broader source-to-pay application footprint ... Bottom line: If you need a best of breed catalog solution for complex B2B processes, you need to look at jCatalog.

You can read more about what our US colleagues have to say on jCatalog here. In terms of Europe, the firm has its origins in Germany, and the founders were German. There are now European offices in Dortmund, Munich and Vienna, and there is also a current advert on the website for a Project Manager in Copenhagen - to spearhead development in the Nordic region.

But perhaps because of the core customer base being linked to the manufacturing world, jCatalog has focused more on Germany and the US than (say) the UK or southern Europe. Nevertheless, this is a genuinely international firm with a product that is applicable wherever complex catalogues are an issue.

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