As cloud computing crosses the chasm from “pi in the sky” to mass adoption, why not cloud strategy. But is your company ready for the cloud? Here are some practical considerations:companies are beginning to approach technology purchases with a cloud first or
The cloud can offer tremendous opportunities for strategic efficiencies, cost savings and enhanced decision-making capabilities for companies who are poised to take advantage of it. If you’re not ready now, use these 12 points as a framework for getting there.
Ravi Thakur is Vice President, Customer Success for Coupa.
We’ve all got a lot on our plates at work—such as ping-pong tournaments, yoga, epic nerf gun battles and hanging out with Suzie the Snake.
That’s why Coupa mobile is bringing invoice approval to your cell phone. You’ll see all of the key invoice details right on your screen, so you can approve invoices that are ready to pay, reject any invoices that have issues, and leave comments to let everyone in the approval chain know why. When it’s this easy you don’t have to worry about interruptions to your other responsibilities.
Check it out in this 45-second video starring our mulit-talented dev team, Martijn (Invoice PM), Chris Yin (Mobile PM), Sal and Jeff (iOS Devs), Pallavi, Rofaida and Suzie, who's helping us put a stranglehold on our competition when she's not making videos. Props to Adhitya (our film intern), for recording and editing!
Over the past couple of years, we’ve all heard plenty of buzz about the “Cloud first” strategy.cloud computing transformation. Many companies grasped the cloud vision early and are now several years into their cloud journey. Many more that have been sitting on the sidelines are beginning to adopt a “Why not cloud” or
Now that the hype is settling down, let’s take a look at what it takes to be ready to benefit from the cloud, and the real transformation it brings.
Aside from the obvious, such as having enough internet capacity to all the locations where you want to use a cloud solution, and having an integration strategy to bring your solutions together, there’s something less technical and more fundamental companies need to be ready for the cloud: collaboration between IT and
At our Inspire conference earlier this year, we introduced Coupa Inventory. In a recent review, industry analyst Jason Busch of Spend Matters had this to say about it:
Working with organizations in various sourcing andprocurement roles over the past 17 years, one of the common challenges I see is not having access to information on a timely basis. The good news is, real-time, or near real-time spend analytics is within reach for companies willing to undertake a process of continual improvement, and there is a definite competitive edge to be gained by doing so.
Based on what I have seen, a three-month lag from the time of spend to availability of reporting is common, and many organizations cannot get access to data about spend that took place as long as six months ago. Real-time data is almost out of the question for most organizations, because by the time they run the reports, check for data integrity and test to make sure
There’s a certain amount of risk involved for customersof startup SaaS vendor. There’s also a benefit—when you’re customer number ten, you are going to get a lot of attention and resources.
As the startup grows, customers and prospects begin to ask what they believe to be the key question, "Will we get all the attention we need?”
I firmly believe that this is not the question to be asking.
At first blush, that question sounds fair. With the current industry focus on customer success, existing customers want to know that they will continue to be special. Prospects want to know if as the company grows, there will be enough bandwidth to focus on them.
This is natural enough. If you’re at a busy hotel and they only have one
Think procurement people aren't on Twitter? Think again. If you follow this blog, you know Procurement is undergoing a transformatiion, with new platforms and tools and a new attitude about becoming more strategic and influential. There's no better place to stay up to the minute with the latest news and trends affecting procurement professionals than Twitter. Here are six people to follow for some of the smartest conversation around procurement today:
@spendmatters publishes daily news from the world of procurement and supply chain management, as well as analysis of how global events impact these functions.
They follow all the major vendors in the space, providing updates on all the latest features and functionality.
They publish in-depth reports on a wide variety of procurement and supply chain related topics. We like them for their tongue-in-cheek humor and bold and bold and fearless predictions.
Back in 2009, when I just raised my first round of venturecapital for Coupa Software, sales got a big logo on the hook—a huge company whose cash in our coffers and logo on our website could have given our fledgling enterprise a big boost. They were looking for a multilingual, multicurrency global deployment that was right in our sweet spot--and a lot of other work that was not so much so.
While visions of huge commission checks danced in the heads of our sales team, an internal debate took place among company management.
One side said that we could get paid handsomely and leverage this logo to bring in other big logos in the same industry.
The other side conceded that this was probably true, but there would be a lot of custom development required to support the customer’s many unique business processes.
They were willing to pay over $100K a month to do co-development,
Procurement Leaders Magazine is celebrating it's 50th issue. As part of that celebration, Editor Steve Hall has written a series of articles on how procurement can change the world. In this piece, he takes a look at the impact procurement has had, and can have on business. We have to say, we like his thinking . . .
Anyone who’s been in procurement for a while can tell you how much it’s changed in a short space of time – looking back at old issues of Procurement Leaders Magazine, some of the topics and trends seem light years away from what’s happening today. Put yourself in the shoes of someone looking in at the function from the outside and you get a sense of why there’s such a gap between
I walked into a 50,000-person company not too long agoto talk to them about some software for a business process transformation. When I started talking about software usability and end users, as I always do, and their feedback--straight up--was "We don't care about the end user."
Most companies aren’t that blatant about it, but that’s really where their heads are. Sadly, this is true of buyers and vendors alike. Software is usually bought to accomplish a specific goal. Salesforce is so sales management can understand their pipeline and their deals. SuccessFactors is for HR executives to run their business.
But no matter what it’s for, with almost any type of software you can think of, end users make up ninety-nine percent of the user base. Yet most vendors architect enterprise applications for the 1 percent of people in the company who are trained specialists, not the other ninety-nine percent who will have to transact in the system. End users are the 99 percenters of