Category Archives: Spend Management

SAP to Expand Cloud Presence with Acquisition of Ariba

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA) today announced that SAP’s subsidiary, SAP America, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Ariba, the leading cloud-based business commerce network, for $45.00 per share, representing an enterprise value of … Continue reading

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Ariba Asks is Santa Lurking on Ariba Discovery?

A $1 million RFP for coal has been posted to Ariba Discovery®, the premier service for matching business buyers and sellers globally offered by Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA), the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions. Is it a coincidence? … Continue reading

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What Do Government Procurement, Presidential Orders and Customer Service Have in Common? Spend Analysis Reveals All

When the White House issued the Executive Order for Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service on April 27, 2011, I’m pretty sure that the procurement officers in federal agencies weren’t called into the meetings on how the organization would … Continue reading

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Avoiding Procurement Malpractice – #3 Process Rules

So far in this series on Avoiding Procurement Malpractice, we’ve examined spend visibility and analysis as critical elements of best-in-class procurement practices. In this final installment, we look at the role of process. The complexity of today’s trading partner relationships … Continue reading

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Avoiding Procurement Malpractice: Analysis Drives Strategic Sourcing

In this 3-part series, we’re looking at the procurement disciplines that can help procurement executives and teams design and execute truly effective sourcing strategies in face of whatever the global economy brings. In the first post, we looked at using … Continue reading

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Avoiding Procurement Malpractice – Using Spend Analysis for Success

I keep hearing that the recovery is here. I’m pretty sure that most of us want to believe that 2011 will see the lifting of the dark and gloomy economic cloud that’s dampened our days for almost 3 years. But … Continue reading

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EMPTORIS Acquires Rivermine for Leading Telecom Expense Management Solution

Emptoris, Inc. (“Emptoris”), a leading provider of strategic supply management and enterprise contract management solutions, today announced its acquisition of Rivermine, Inc. (“Rivermine”), one of the market’s leading Telecom Expense Management (TEM) solution providers. With the acquisition, Emptoris expands its … Continue reading

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Back to School for Supply Chain Professionals!

Yes, sad to say it but this is coming weekend is the last of what has been an absolutely glorious summer! But now it’s time to get back in the saddle and take the world’s supply chains to the next … Continue reading

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Solving the Puzzle of Complex Spend Management

Most organizations have a diverse spend portfolio that includes many simple, several moderately simple and a few complex spends. To address each spend appropriately, we need to understand the dynamics that make each event complex. For starters, let’s look to … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Intelligence: Adopt Role-Based Operational Business Intelligence and Improve Visibility

Leveraging the data from 209 recently surveyed companies, this report investigates the impact of supply chain intelligence on performance and the use of business intelligence (BI) tools by the top-performing study participants. Specific focus is put on the enablement of … Continue reading

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MetLife Names John M. Vazquez Head Of Vendor Sourcing and Corporate Services

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced today that John M. Vazquez has been named vice president of vendor sourcing and corporate services as well as chief procurement officer, effective immediately. In this new role, Vazquez will lead the IT vendor management … Continue reading

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Attend The 10th Annual ISM Services Conference

From ISM.ws : “This program is designed for supply management professionals responsible for not only acquiring services but also for developing the supply chain strategies that support the goals and objectives of the organization. Focusing on diverse examples of both … Continue reading

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Electronic Components Buyer Tip #2: Speed of Supplier Selection

In a perfect world, component buyers would never have a shortage, forecasts would be accurate and authorized channels would always have stock. Sadly, we live in the real world where markets are volatile and manufacturers face recurring shortages. Longer supply … Continue reading

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SupplyChainNetwork results for “supply chain innovation”

Check out our SupplyChainNetwork search results for the term “supply chain innovation”. As we appear to finally be hitting bottom relative to the current recession, there’s no better time to introduce innovative ideas and innovation into your supply chain to … Continue reading

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Thousands of Guns U.S. Sent to Afghanistan are Missing

From cnn.com: “More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan’s government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday. The U.S. military failed to “maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — … Continue reading

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Hidden Costs Threaten Benefits of Global Sourcing

From purchasing.com: ” A series of interviews with global sourcing experts confirms the findings of a recent Procurement Strategy Council report outlining the potential damage that hidden costs can do to the savings potential of a global sourcing program. According … Continue reading

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The Spend Management Stimulus Package!

From Ariba.com : “In a recent interview with WallSt TV, our company’s President quoted a stat that really puts the impact of the recession on corporate profits and the opportunity that situation provides for procurement organizations in perspective. Kevin Costello … Continue reading

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