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IBM – The procurement people behind the Big Blue

Unless you’ve been to some of the procurement-focused events in recent years, you’d be forgiven for thinking IBM were keeping a relatively low profile, given […]

Happy Halloween – and Scary Stuff at ValueX

Last year, consumer research firm Mintel predicted the UK would spend £419 million on Halloween, up by 5% from the year before, on sweets/chocolate, costumes […]

RIP Emptoris, 1999-2017: The End of a Procurement Software Innovator

Back to our best of 2017 articles, and two together that describe the last days of Emptoris, once one of the giants of the procurement […]

The Prodigal Returns – Justin Sadler-Smith Comes Back to Procurement with SAP Ariba

We heard yesterday that Justin Sadler-Smith is taking up a new role at SAP Ariba next week, as Head of the SAP Ariba UK business. […]

Pub Debate Results: Robot Takeover Defeated – Well, Delayed Maybe!

So our pub debate last Thursday went very well, with around 45-50 people in our private room at The Clarence pub in Whitehall - enough […]

Emptoris: A Eulogy from Jason Busch for a Great Company

We featured here the news that the Emptoris product line is to be gradually phased out by IBM over coming years and IBM / SAP […]

IBM and SAP Ariba Partnership Announced, Emptoris Product “Sunsetted”

Rumours have been swirling around for a few weeks now. We wrote here about IBM Emptoris and stories of its demise or sale. But yesterday […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Justin Sadler-Smith, Swedish Ships, and Drive-By Truckers

Here is a picture from the BravoSolution Real World Sourcing session (before the nice lunch and wine arrived, actually) led by Guy Allen and titled […]

Ross Mandiwall of IBM – Thoughts on Supplier Diversity and MSDUK

We had the pleasure recently of speaking to Ross Mandiwall of IBM. He’s an 18-year long-term procurement professional with the firm, having worked his way […]

Extracting Useful Information From Failed Bids – a View From IBM

One of the indicators of a good conference in total or at individual speech level is when you get some "nuggets" that make you think […]

Spend Matters 50/50: IBM – A Provider to Know in 2015

  A number of years ago, IBM acquired Emptoris, a sourcing and supplier management solution, and Big Blue continues to serve the market with this […]