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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.

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Xchanging plc Acquisition of spend analytics company Spikes Cavell to enhance Procurement business


Xchanging plc (‘Xchanging’), the business process, procurement and technology services provider, has announced it has agreed to acquire 100% of the spend analytics company Spikes Cavell Analytic Limited (“Spikes Cavell”), subject to certain customary closing conditions. Spikes Cavell is a British company which provides spend analytics technology and services mainly … Continue reading

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