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Posts from Date:   2009-11

Magic Quadrant Ratings . . Underway

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 28, 2009

In between baking pies, eating turkey, watching hockey (go Monarchs!), playing tennis, and spending time with my family . . . first pass ratings are underway for the updated Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing suites.  Curits Fitch, Iasta, SAP, BravoSolution done . . . . . commencing Zycus . . . .

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Priceless Video from Xerox

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 23, 2009

As we approach the holiday season, don’t forget to take some time to relax and enjoy family and friends.   This priceless video from Xerox says it all – remember poor little Billy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXFEBbPIEOI

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A Great Reference Book for Spend Analysis

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 17, 2009

I hope Kirit Pandit, an industry professional that I really respect – accepts this blog posting as a semi-apology or at least a firm clarification of a comment I made to him recently.  My fairly caustic remark was about someone who wrote a book on procurement technology (I’m not naming names or the specific topic […]

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Help Wanted . . !

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 9, 2009

Today I fielded ANOTHER call from a supplier that is frustrated with and challenged to support all the various buy-side e-procurement and e-invoicing solutions of their customers.  “We’re a high volume shop,” they said, “it’s not practical for us to log into a dozen different portals to download orders and submit invoices.”  To complicate matters, […]

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Q&A: The Top 21 Questions for Evaluating and Implementing E-Procurement

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 6, 2009

This new research (subscription required) answers the most common e-procurement-related questions that end users are asking Gartner.  Sample questions include how to maximize the ROI for e-procurement, how to drive user adoption, what to expect if you are integrating a best-of-breed solution to an ERP(s) and whether, for public sector, funding the initiative through supplier […]

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A Downside of SaaS [At Least for the Vendor Community]

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 3, 2009

I had an interesting client call yesterday that reminds me that the flexibility of a SaaS subscription can work both in favor of the SaaS vendor (hey, you don’t have to have a capital budget for us . . . just a bit of operating funds!) and against them.  (Hmmm [says the buying organization] we […]

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