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NIGP Award Winners and accomplishments by our customers

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.

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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