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Quality of data leads list of barriers to adoption of Spend Analytic tools

It's not you it's your data

67% of Chief Procurement Officers believed that data quality issues was the leading barrier to effective Spend Analytics according to Deloitte in their Global CPO Survey 2014  report.  The report also revealed that the lack of data integration, buy-in from internal senior stakeholders and staffing skills and capabilities lead to problems in the … Continue reading

Delivering Procurement Change on a Shoestring

Delivering Change On a Shoestring

Using the Three Powers you have in your Organisation to make Procurement Reform happen Helen Mackenzie, Head of Exchequer Services Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, North West Scotland It’s easy to assume, that in this difficult climate, the only way to drive change in your organisation is through the availability of … Continue reading

The Value of Spend Analytics

The Value of Spend Analytics

The Value of Spend Analytics Presented by: Duane Tucker – Director of Strategic Sourcing – University of Colorado Jonathan White – Director – Spikes Cavell Analytic Inc. We all have a mountain of spend data. How do we analyze it? What is the value of this data? How do we … Continue reading

Communicating the Value – When and How to Record Savings

Step 6: Recording and reporting delivered savings

There were certainly a lot of people interested in communicating the value that procurement brings to their organizations at NIGPs Forum this year in Philadelphia - so many that it was standing room only at the “5 Steps to Communicating the Value of Procurement” presentation.  If you weren’t able to make … Continue reading

Observatory Case Study: Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is the local government council for the Outer Hebrides islands in Scotland. It is the only local council in Scotland to have a Gaelic-only name and delivers a wide range of services to 28,000 residents across an area that covers more than 3,000 km2. The council … Continue reading

Observatory Case Study: California State University System

California State University System

The California State University (CSU)  implemented the Spikes Cavell Observatory to deliver improved spend visibility in the hunt for procurement and business operation savings. We talked to Tom Roberts, Director of Contract Services and Procurement, about his experience to date. “It’s very evident that Spikes Cavell has done it hundreds and … Continue reading

The Business Case for Spend Analysis


The potential to use spend data to be more strategic, bring spend under management, change buying behavior and deliver savings are readily apparent to procurement professionals.  But these same professionals often find it difficult to concisely describe the benefits of spend analysis to budget holders and decision makers within their … Continue reading

Big Data, Analytics, & Cooperative Purchasing: The Search for Hidden Insight

Big Data, Analytics, & Cooperative Purchasing: The Search for Hidden Insight

Luke Spikes, our founder & CEO, speaking at the 2014 California Public Higher Education Collaborative Business and Administrative Services Conference at the CSU’s East Bay Campus in August 2014. If you’ve ever wondered how to incorporate a small rodent, the moon, a rowing boat, the Hitch Hikers Guide to the … Continue reading