Debbie Wilson

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Entries Categorized as 'E-Procurement'

Gartner E-Procurement Vendor Ratings

by Debbie Wilson  |  January 4, 2010  |  2 Comments

Critical Capabilities for Best of Breed E-Procurement Vendors Critical Capabilities for ERP-Based E-Procurement Solutions This pair of documents (subscription required) rates e-procurement vendors against 11 major capabilities including fixed asset acquisition, internal store support; basic purchasing functionality; invoice matching; catalog support; specialized casual user interface; supplier collaboration; public-sector functionality; extended configurability; heterogeneous integration; and multisite […]


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The Gartner Procurement Q4 2009 Heat Map

by Debbie Wilson  |  December 24, 2009  |  3 Comments

I took advantage of a bit of quiet time this lovely Christmas Eve to update the heat map for my end-user client interactions this quarter.  Here are some interesting take-aways:  I spoke directly with eighty-five unique end user organizations, up from 82 in Q4 2008 Hottest topics are Procure-to-pay (level from Q3); enterprise contract management […]


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Peppol: Potential Beyond EU Government Procurement?

by Debbie Wilson  |  December 16, 2009  |  1 Comment

I had the privilege of chatting this week with Mikkel Hippe Brun, Technical Director of PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement) and chief consultant at the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency.  Brun is playing a key role in the PEPPOL initiative – which has a goal to drive purchase transaction document exchange online for public […]

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Help Wanted . . !

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 9, 2009  |  5 Comments

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, […]


Category: E-Procurement Multienterprise Business Process Platform Supplier E-Invoicing The Business of Software Transaction Enablement     Tags:

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

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 6, 2009  |  Comments Off

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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Please Don’t Change My User Interface

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 30, 2009  |  3 Comments

I find a strikingly curious conundrum happening in procurement automation.  There has been a well-known, long-term challenge with the usability of applications in e-procurement, e-sourcing, etc, and clients have begged for quicker screen refresh times, fewer clicks and more intuitive screen lay-outs.  But what I’ve observed recently is that when vendors try to respond to […]


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Some thoughts as I finish up a European Tour

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 23, 2009  |  2 Comments

I am just wrapping up a tour of several European cities – including Paris, Geneva, Lausanne, Frankfort and Vienna.  It’s always a pleasure to visit clients here but this trip has been especially gratifying.  In past trips, it has generally taken a fair amount of time to work through terminology and concepts with clients so […]


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Hype Cycle for Procurement Applications, 2009

by Debbie Wilson  |  August 11, 2009  |  1 Comment

Procurement spans a rich and diverse range of activities.  The variety of tools available to enable procurement activities and expanding and maturing at a heightened rate this year, due to the widespread need to cut costs.  This signature Gartner document type profiles 26 different procurement technologies, detailing for each the current maturity level, the benefit […]

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Q2 09 Procurement Technologies Heat Map

by Debbie Wilson  |  July 22, 2009  |  2 Comments

One of my favorite things to do is to bury myself in a spreadsheet for some good, old-fashioned data analysis.  This long-term interest in numbers is evidenced by my undergraduate degree in economics, with a special interest in statistics.  So yesterday was a very happy day as I spent much of it digging through my […]


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Not the Carrot, the Stick!

by Debbie Wilson  |  June 30, 2009  |  3 Comments

I was just reading an interesting blog on – see .    I used to think that voluntary use of an e-procurement system was an OK idea – especially in companies where the culture has been to “empower” requisitioners to buy what they want when they want it and from where they want it, […]


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