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spendmetric – Higher Education Development Update

The NAEP (National Association of Educational Procurement) have recently announced an update to the the program recently launched jointly with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Spikes Cavell called “spendmetric – Higher Education” See the full article and download the spendmetric descriptor >> spendmetric – Higher Education … Continue reading

Grow Local Case Study – Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Grow Local - Increasing Spend with Local Suppliers

Increasing Spend with Local Suppliers We talked to Steve Ryder, Liam Loftus and Naomi Beckett about their successful pilot project in which Spikes Cavell’s Grow Local application played a significant part. View the full Case Study >> In 2015, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) won a “Small Business Friendly” … Continue reading

The Benefits of Spend Visibility at Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Benefits of Spend Analysis VBCPS

Learn how Kevin Beardsley, VA Beach Schools – Dir. of Purchasing, uses spend analytics to drive savings, monitor diversity spend and reduce risk. In this video, Kevin Beardsley, Director of Purchasing for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and the National Institution of Governmental Purchasing’s Manager of the Year … Continue reading

Observatory Case Study: University of Colorado

UC University of Colorado

The Value of Spend Analysis Spikes Cavell has been working with the University of Colorado since May 2012 and currently provides a spend analytics service which includes spend data collection, cleansing, classification, enrichment, collation and an analytical tool called ‘The Observatory’.. Most organizations generate a lot of spend data. Yet, … Continue reading

NIGP Award Winners and accomplishments by our customers

Award Winners

Many congratulations to our customers who won awards at this year’s NIGP Forum in Kansas City! Professional Manager of the Year:  Kevin Beardsley, CPPO, CPPB, Director, Purchasing Services, Virginia Beach City Public Schools MEASURE UP Award:  City of Houston, TX (Savings/optimization totalling $9.6m or 2.5% of $386m) and also to … Continue reading

2015 Global Procurement Study

2015 Global Procurement Study

In order to better understand the current state of the procurement industry, its role and challenges, Xchanging carried out an international study of procurement professionals between January and March 2015. Global Procurement Study homepage >> Chapter 1 – The new role of procurement Chapter 2 – External Threats Plaguing Procurement … Continue reading

Using Spikes Cavell to analyse your spend

Using Spikes Cavell to analyze your spend

The Spikes Cavell Solution Because Spikes Cavell has processed more public sector and higher education datasets in the UK and US than any other service provider, we have accumulated an unrivalled body of real-world experience both working with individual organisations and groups of up to 160 separate buying entities. Unrivalled … Continue reading

Big Data will be a key enabler in procurement evolution

Big Data

The recent Hackett Group report reveals a change in procurement’s priorities for 2015. Traditional goals such as cost reduction and expanding the scope of spend influence remain important whilst more than 70% of study respondents said that elevating procurements role to more of a trusted advisor was their top priority for 2015. … Continue reading

Data Driven Strategies in Procurement – a California State University Case Study

Data Driven Strategies in Procurement – a California State University Case Study

Access to data can transform the way you run a procurement organization whether you are an individual university, city, county or school district or you are part of the largest public university system in the United States. Good data, that is fit for purpose, is the foundation on which procurement strategy and operational execution rests. 

“Like everyone else, our finance systems are set up for financial reporting, and for that they’re great. But the minute you want to view spend for a campus by (say) category it becomes clear that the data in the Accounts Payable and procurement systems aren’t very helpful. If you want to do that across all campuses in the system it’s incredibly challenging. Without a doubt the Observatory has helped hugely in bringing more spend under management. It has been particularly valuable for the system office as a way to engage more effectively with the campuses and other university systems.” Tom Roberts, California State University System, Office of the Chancellor In this 60 minute webinar, Tom Roberts and Jason Stanton from the California State University System will show how they have used to data to drive strategy and bring spend under management at the CSU system office and at the campus level.

Download the PowerPoint Presentation:
California State University – Data Driven Strategies In Procurement – 01-22-2015 >>

Full CSU Case Study >>

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