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Welcome Magnus!

by Debbie Wilson  |  September 5, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’m pleased to announce an edition to the Gartner team covering procurement technologies: Magnus Bergfors.  Magnus resides in Sweden, and brings many years of experience in procurement on both the buy and sell side through stints at EFFSO Systems AB, Scandinavia airlines Group, Astra Zeneca, Saab Aerospace and IBX.   Please join me in welcoming Magnus!

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Please Sponsor My Ride For Cancer Research!

by Debbie Wilson  |  July 9, 2012  |  Comments Off

On August 5, I will ride 80 miles to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Please donate to help me reach my goal of $3500 to sponsor cancer research – to give the gift of time.

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Ariba Sues Coupa for Patent Infringement

by Debbie Wilson  |  May 11, 2012  |  Comments Off

I heard from an end-user client today that Ariba has sued Coupa for patent infringement for patents it holds for its e-procurement solution. You can purchase access to the court filing fairly inexpensively at http://www.rfcexpress.com/lawsuits/patent-lawsuits/california-northern-district-court/93023/ariba-inc-v-coupa-software-inc/summary/. Never a dull moment in this industry, still.

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Gartner Job Opening

by Debbie Wilson  |  April 20, 2012  |  Comments Off

We are looking to expand our e-procurement / e-sourcing team here at Gartner!  Our ideal candidate is EMEA based.  He or she will possess enough market knowledge to hit the ground running.   See our job opening on LinkedIn at IRC17691 LinkedIn.

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Electronic Communication – The Long View

by Debbie Wilson  |  January 3, 2012  |  Comments Off

It was great to spend some downtime visiting my family last week during the holidays.  My mother must have been doing some spring cleaning before my visit because she handed me a thick manila envelope of school papers to look through – some of my elementary and middle school papers!  We laughed and reminisced as [...]

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Want Compliance? Share Performance Metrics!

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 29, 2011  |  Comments Off

Zycus recently published a really interesting study on what works best to drive high-performance results in procurement transformation – aka savings of 30%+ attributable to effective spend management practices.  The number one enabler for high performance, in achieving contract and process compliance identified in the report was “monitor and report!”  In other words, buyers that [...]

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To Be or Not to Be: The Ideology of E-Commerce Standards

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 18, 2011  |  Comments Off

I have had the pleasure today of participating in the Digital Momentum e-procurement conference held in Reyjkavik, Iceland.   The agenda for the conference, which was sponsored in part by Evenex, has been about e-procurement and e-invoicing.  Speakers included the Iceland Minister of Economic Affairs, an executive director of Reykjavik University, and a director from PEPPOL.  [...]

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A Reminder That Things That Seem To Good To Be True Usually Are

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 2, 2011  |  Comments Off

My esteemed colleague and cloud security specialist Jay Heiser made an interesting post today on the apparently-failing Contract Lifecycle Management vendor Mumboe.   Mumboe earned much of its customer base by giving its SaaS-delivered solution away.  Well, according to an article this week in  Law Technology News, that business model didn’t generate enough cash to keep the business [...]

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Acquisition Reforms Bill

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

I was so pleased to read about the Acquisition Reforms Bill sponsored by fellow New Englanders Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).  According to this Federal News Radio article, the main gist of the bill is to enable consolidated purchasing at the federal US level.  It carries the modest goal of $1 billion [...]

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Thirty Dollar Breakfasts and Free Conference Space

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 5, 2011  |  Comments Off

There’s been some debate in the press this week about Washington DC’s $16 muffins at a conference, which ended up actually being $14.29 for a continental breakfast and facilities rental at a DC Hilton.  A Bloomberg article (see http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/revisiting-the-16-muffin-09292011.html?chan=magazine+channel_news+-+politics+%26amp%3b+policy) goes onto to say that continental breakfasts can be even more expensive – more than thirty [...]

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