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1. Best-of-Breed vs ERP Series
Spend Matters has put together a great series on the ERP vs. Best-of-Breed topic. We posted the first installment but the subsequent ones by Pierre Mitchell were just as helpful. Links to the first ...
Created on 23 February 2017
2. Research Summary on Procurement Organizations
...  procurement professionals are falling short. Read the summary of the research and benchmarks on the site HERE.  ...
Created on 03 January 2017
3. Getting Started With S&OP
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is an undeniably important part of supply chain management. Lora Cecere has studied the process and provides suggestions on how to get started in a new post on the ...
Created on 19 September 2016
4. A Critique of the Gartner Top 25
Everyone in the supply chain world anxiously awaits the announcement of Gartner's yearly Top 25 Supply Chains, yet not everyone agrees with their selection methodology.When you're an ex-Gartner analyst ...
Created on 31 May 2016
5. Design Needs for Procurement
Pierre Mitchell from the Spend Matters team recently attended technology provider Coupa's conference and came away with some great observations. He advocates turning procurement's function from 'gate keeper' ...
Created on 17 May 2016
6. Building a Network of Networks
The Supply Chain Shaman addresses the concept of a 'network of networks' for the supply chain in a recent article on her site. Lora Cecere goes into some research and proposes a set of building blocks ...
Created on 05 May 2016
7. Is SaaS Based EDI a Cloud Service?
... est innovations, economies or common benchmark metrics of a SaaS model," he explains. Newest to the scene are hybrid models which couple the advantages of both. Generally speaking, the hybrid models are pop ...
Created on 04 January 2016
8. Challenges for the CPG Supply Chain
... g that model.According to a recent benchmarking study by BCG, the one-size-fits-all approach may no longer work well. Read about it HERE. ...
Created on 24 December 2015
9. The Benefits of Effective S&OP
Lora Cecere, the Supply Chain Shaman, takes a look at why companies that do well in their Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process are so successful.Although there's little consistency in how the process ...
Created on 21 October 2015
10. Inventory's Function in the Supply Chain
It's an interesting question: is inventory an asset, or waste? Lora Cecere has looked long and hard at the role of inventory in supply chain strategy and has come to several important conclusions.In her ...
Created on 08 September 2015
11. Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking
Benchmarking is old hat in many areas of the supply chain. But planning is a different animal, since the self-reporting that typically drives benchmarks isn't usually available.The Supply Chain Shaman ...
Created on 04 August 2015
12. The Importance of Benchmarking
Recent research has proven that benchmarking is crucial as the role of procurement becomes more important to the organization. In a recent article on the My Purchasing Center site, Susan Avery discusses ...
Created on 20 July 2015
13. Issues with the Gartner Top 25
I wouldn't say she's ready to go to war over it, but the Supply Chain Shaman is more than a little peeved that supply chain people are giving the Gartner Top 25 too much credibility. She questions a number ...
Created on 08 July 2015
14. When Suppliers Merge
Supplier A is one of your stars, but you deal with Supplier B only when you have to do so. What happens when they merge?Bolaji Ojo on the EPS page has looked at this not unheard of phenomenon and talks ...
Created on 02 July 2015
15. Exploring 'No PO, No Pay'
...  don't, and shouldn't be burdened with PO creation just to cut a check.As Pierre states, "Best practices, like benchmarks, need to be implemented thoughtfully". Read his article HERE. ...
Created on 13 May 2015
16. The Long Tail and Demand
Lora Cecere, the Supply Chain Shaman, recently discussed a demand planning benchmarking study with its author, Robert Byrne. They reviewed what's happening in the consumer product industry and identifie ...
Created on 03 February 2015
17. Supply Chain Sustainability in 2015
Supply chain sustainability is one area we've not addressed with 2015 predictions. Let's put an end to that! On the Triple Pundit site, Elizabeth Comere takes a look at the trends she sees for supply chains ...
Created on 29 January 2015
18. Implementing Supply Chain Analytics
...  data can be estimated by matching to the historical database. Again, understand the calculations behind the reports. Benchmark results against others in the staff. Finally users, you have a powerfu ...
Created on 03 December 2014
19. Looking For a Hot Job?
You probably won't see jobs in procurement or the supply chain on any of the 'hot jobs' lists that are produced throughout the year. Those in the real business world, though, realize that these areas are ...
Created on 03 November 2014
20. Do Best Practices Matter?
Almost everyone can recall being lectured about 'best practices' at one time or another. Sometimes it made sense, others not so much.In a Spend Matters blog, Pierre Mitchell discusses procurement best ...
Created on 22 September 2014