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Five key advances in supply chain technology

By: Jamie Holmes | April 21, 2016
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  It’s said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. As a complex and often intricate structure of buyer and seller relationships, the supply chain is no different. Thankfully, technology needn’t be a weak link. In fact, today it can be used to strengthen the entire chain, end-to-end. Here are some […]

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How to kickoff Coupa Source to Pay projects

By: | April 13, 2016
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Most organisations expend the lion’s share of their energy and attention on the system implementation of a Source to Pay (S2P) solution. In reality to deliver maximum savings and benefits, it is vital to spend just as much time during project initiation. You have to be properly prepared internally before embarking on any implementation. Xoomworks […]

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How to avoid 4 common Source to Pay implementation pitfalls

By: Ian Dagg| April 6, 2016
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  Ian Dagg, Director of Xoomworks Procurement Consulting, has identified 4 areas that he believes are most commonly overlooked during  Source to Pay implementation projects. During his 18+ years of Industry experience Ian has seen organisations stumble over these key focus points again and again. Make sure to learn from their mistakes and streamline your organisation’s implementation […]

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The 5 most common pitfalls of complex sourcing events

By: Ian Dagg| March 30, 2016
The five common pitfalls of complex sourcing events

   Following our latest series of posts around the intricacies of complex sourcing events, the best practice to aim for and just what constitutes a “complex” event, this post explores the top five things to avoid and the typical pitfalls that can plague anyone arranging and running complex sourcing events:   1. Using an Excel bid sheet attached […]

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Best Practice: Unlock the full potential of complex sourcing events

By: Ian Dagg| March 17, 2016
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  Following our recent blog around defining complex sourcing events, this post focuses on the best practices to follow when undertaking these types of events.    Follow your normal process: Just because the sourcing event you are running is complex in nature, it doesn’t mean that you should stray from your standard sourcing process. Steps […]

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What constitutes a complex sourcing event?

By: Ian Dagg| March 10, 2016
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  The advanced functionality in modern sourcing systems can be utilised to help efficiently run complex sourcing events. But what actually constitutes a complex sourcing event, and why should you consider increasing the complexity of your events? There are a number of reasons that a sourcing event might be considered complex. Firstly, event complexity can […]

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A Saucing Christmas Tale!

By: Jamie Holmes| December 17, 2015
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    Once upon a time, in a land far too close to home there lived a man……….. A man who only wanted to do his best at Christmas, but try and as he might, he could not keep those he loved happy with his buying skills. This man had a loving wife and loving children […]

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Highlights of Coupa Inspire ’15

By: Jamie Holmes| November 12, 2015
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Now that the dust has well and truly settled on Coupa Inspire I have the following observations. I have given countless summaries of the day to the many eager people back at base; from Coupa Consultants in the UK to our OPS team and delivery people in Cluj and to the various managers within our […]

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Coupa Inspire 2015 – Xoomworks Breakout Session

By: Ian Dagg| November 11, 2015
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At the recent Coupa Inspire Paris ’15 event, Kelly Lewis of Xoomworks hosted Patricia Wilson, Head of Sourcing Operations at Swiss Re, for a fantastically oversubscribed live Breakout session. For those of you who did not manage to make it into the session, we wanted to share excerpts of the transcript with you, that detail the approaches and […]

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