Author Archives: Nancy Clinton



Deutsche Telekom Services Europe – People are key to transforming digital processes

digital processes

Deutsche Telekom Services Europe (DTSE) is known as the innovation-building speedboat of the telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom Group. Like many large organizations in recent years DTSE has turned its attention to technology to help improve effectiveness, efficiency and customer experience, and to boost the firm’s agility and resilience for the future. For DTSE that journey began 10 years ago, when Peter Tasev, Senior Vice President of Procure to Pay, recognized the need for a standardized accounting process across the group. This was the beginning of what turned into the construction of a centralized platform, standardized master data and standardized processes across the whole procure-to-pay ecosystem. It resulted in decreased costs, increased quality and customer satisfaction, and contributed to the identification of new revenue streams and growth through innovation and technology.

It has been a long journey to systematically increase the scope and scale of the programme across departments, but has now changed the way business is done throughout shared services. We were interested to understand from Peter what the drivers for change had been, the challenges he and his team faced during the P2P transformation, the triumphs and the learnings.

Public Spend Forum: PPE products marketplace launched and Leaders Exchange reconvenes

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Here's the latest from PSF:

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge Q&A: ‘It’s exciting to find out how we can contribute’

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) has just turned one year old. It’s a community of like-minded procurement people from industry, academia and third sector who are committed to embedding sustainability into their procurement practices, and its ranks are growing.

"What we already do in the tech world is help hire people that can advance a company’s progress with technology, so if we can do that with tech, why can’t we do that with CSR and sustainability?" said Andrew Daley, Director at Edbury Daley, a specialist recruitment consultancy that focuses on hiring for the procurement tech and spend management world.

Procurement in Practice — JSC Ukrainian Railways CPO talks to Spend Matters

CPO Sergii Dovgalenko

For our new monthly CPO interview series, Spend Matters' Nancy Clinton talks with Sergii Dovgalenko, an experienced procurement strategist and transformation executive. He is also a licensed tutor and author — his most recent book being “The Technology Procurement Handbook: A Practical Guide to Digital Buying." Prior to being CPO of JSC Ukrainian Railways, he was head of procurement for Etihad Airways in the UAE, where he headed up indirect procurement and P2P operations. He shares some career and recent insights.

“The interesting aspect of this,” explains Sergii, “is that we find ourselves working within parts of the business you wouldn’t normally expect for procurement."

Public Spend Forum: taking back control of the supply chain, tech focus and winning contracts

tech showcase

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Here's the latest from PSF: Digital transformation of the public sector starts with controlling the supply chain 4 must-do’s to help win Government contracts Tech Showcase: Avening Tech focuses on management & technical support services across sectors

Agility Matters — getting connected to suppliers right when you need them

agility

On Thursday, November 5, we will bring together experts to engage in a Q&A on supplier connectivity to help us understand how we create, and why we need, supply chain resiliency. Hamish McKechnie-Sharma, an Associate Partner, Consultancy, UK from Ernst & Young, and Tony Harris, a Global VP Network Solutions at SAP Procurement, will partake in this open and informative discussion. Both have a track record of building resilient and agile supply chains.

The Smart Cube-Cirtuo partnership — a game changer for category managers

category management

Last month, a procurement solutions partnership was announced between two solution providers that will transform the category strategy development process for many practitioners. Long acknowledged as a time-consuming and arduous exercise full of inconsistent methodologies, category management has often time fallen by the wayside as procurement functions prioritize other processes. But that’s about to change.

Supplier and category management solution provider Cirtuo, whose AI-assisted Guided Strategy Creation (GSC) capability is what differentiates the firm in the market (according to our analyst Nick Heinzmann in his Cirtuo Vendor Analysis), and procurement intelligence and analytics provider The Smart Cube have partnered to bring deep category intelligence to accelerate and enrich the category strategy creation process.

The move is anticipated to be a game changer for category managers.

SolutionMap Fall 2020 new vendors (Part 1) — Ignite Procurement, Kodiak Rating and Vortal

On Oct. 1, Spend Matters launched the Fall 2020 update of its free-to-use SolutionMap, which evaluates procurement technology solutions on their technical capabilities and how customers rate them.

Twelve new vendors participated in the latest release, which has grown to evaluate 77 providers. Read our SolutionMap Fall 2020 launch post for more details, like how to use the benchmark tool for tech selection or how to get your solution into the mix.

We’re excited to introduce you to a few of the vendors who entered SolutionMap this time around:

  • Ignite Procurement
  • Kodiak Rating
  • Vortal

Public Spend Forum: GovShop in response to Covid-19; Engaging with Government from a distance

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Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Here's the latest from PSF: GovShop in response to Covid-19 and Engaging with Government from a distance, plus public sector news stories.