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Raising the Savings Bar (Or, How To Cut 10% of Your Total Spend)

Raising the savings bar? What does that actually mean?

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Raising Your Standards (Or, How Rent-A-Center Won With Two Best-In-Class Solutions)

We know you’re busy (I know I am), so we’ll keep it short.

What do Cloud Spend Management (CSM) and eSourcing solutions (like Coupa and Emptoris, respectively) provide enterprises like Rent-A-Center?

 

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Purchasing Department Nearly Killed the iPhone

OK, that title is 99.9% link baiting. But there’s a sliver of truth in it…and I’ll get to that. Last week was rough for my development team. The team was in the midst of adding incredible functionality (which I can’t announce yet) and prepping for the internal unveiling to the whole company. Nothing can get your engineering blood flowing like that. A long day bled into a long night which bled into tomorrow…which bled into another long day… You get the drift.

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Ariba Redefines What?

I love Ariba. They created the eProcurement space in 1997 with their ORMS product. They went public in 1999 with 30 licensed customers and pulled in over $45M in revenue that year. It was the beautiful definition of enterprise software.

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#DF10: Coupa Came, Coupa Saw, Coupa…

. . . showed the world expense management done right.

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#DF10: Beware the hidden costs of attending Dreamforce!

It’s Dreamforce week. Over 30,000 people converge upon the Moscone Center for the pre-eminent cloud computing event of the year. That’s 30,000 people dining at San Francisco restaurants, riding in San Francisco cabs, fighting for space on BART and MUNI, and crowding the bar at local watering holes.

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The pitfalls of calling things “id”

Summary: Don’t call your form inputs “id”, they will clash with the Sizzle engine used in jQuery.

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Unintended Consequences!

About six months ago I was invited to attend a small celebration at my friend’s company.  They were finally deploying their e-invoicing solution after a year-long hard work.  Like many other big companies, they were inundated with paper invoices from thousands of their suppliers and the idea was to reduce costs through automation.

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The High Cost of Inefficient Expense Management

Everyone has a skeleton or two in their closets. Me, I have a whole pile. Skeletons of shopping trips past, things I had good intentions of returning. But thanks to my inability to hold on to those impossibly small pieces of paper called receipts, they now sit, covered in dust on the closet floor until it’s garage sale or donation time. All that wasted money; all that wasted opportunity because I simply am unable to keep track of my receipts.

 

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Crossbeam Tackles Spend Management Challenge With Coupa !

Crossbeam Systems®, Inc. offers a proven approach to deploying network security that meets the extreme performance, scalability and reliability demands of large enterprises, service providers and government agencies.

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