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Cloud-Based Spend Analytics: The Exeter University Story

February 29, 2012


In 2010, the University of Exeter set out an ambitious three-year strategy to deliver £10 million in savings. The university’s procurement organization, led by John Malloch, Head of Procurement, sought to contribute more than £1 million through improved spend visibility and analytics. John Malloch recognized early on that in order for his procurement organization to […]

Are enterprise software vendors becoming the new telephone companies of the cloud computing age?

February 22, 2012


Talking with an ever increasing number of both new as well as long established software/ERP vendors within the context of the cloud and the accelerated mobile reality of conducting business in a global marketplace, an interesting trend is emerging in terms of how these organizations are coming to a proverbial fork in the road relative […]

Outsourcing is often blamed for the loss of jobs, but is this a fair assessment?

February 21, 2012


The article draws coloration between outsourcing and job reduction. Outsourcing may be a cost reduction strategy but not an HR transformation strategy. If a private company can do the work better it only means that current operations is inefficient. By outsourcing it, you essentially get your hands on new capabilities to do it better by […]

SAP Mobile App Strategy demonstrates a forethought of intent that reflects a collaboration with versus a reaction to a changing market

February 15, 2012


One of the more exciting aspects of my radio series on mobile computing is that it squarely places me in the middle of what I can only describe as being a major market transformation in which the means by which we interact both socially as well as in our business dealings is converging into a […]

SAP interview reveals a company in “accelerated evolution” led by a walk the walk mobile first enterprise focus

February 10, 2012


During yesterday’s interview with JP Finnell (Head of Mobile Strategies, SAP America Service) and Vishy Gopalakrishnan (Vice President, Global Center of Excellence – Mobility, SAP), JP indicated that the company, which is celebrating it 40th year in business has, in the past three years, undergone more change than in the previous 37 years combined. At […]

Sourcing Relationships Not Deals: The New Paradigm in Outsource Contracting

February 10, 2012


“This seminar bridges the disconnect between executive vision and practical front line execution. It is unlike any I have seen or been a part of.” When I was asked to review a new seminar on outsourcing contracting I have to admit that the been there – done that sentiment almost immediately came to mind. It […]