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Coupa’s Manifesto (c. 2005): Still Being Upheld and Improved Upon

Noah Eisner reflects on Coupa values, then and now

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Abstraction Breakdown: Table Aliasing in ActiveRecord

A few things I love about Rails:

  • It strongly encourages you to put code in the right place MVC-wise. This feels good, but even more importantly, it enhances maintainability. (This is true both for other developers that might inherit your code and for three-weeks-from-now you.)


Skeletons in /lib: Setting auto_increment in MySQL

Skeletons in /lib is explores the underbelly of Rails apps- the aspects, hacks, and extensions that don’t fit elsewhere, confound new developers, and make each beast unique.


The Top 5 Trending Topics in Supply Chain Management on

Dustin Mattison guest blogs about key trending topics from


Semiconductor Pioneer Avnera Automates Purchasing with Coupa


It’s easy to outgrow manual paper-based purchasing processes in the face of rapid growth. That’s what happened to fabless semiconductor company Avnera. Manual processes and too much paper led to errors, inconsistent purchase orders, missed project deadlines, and even lost orders.


Websense Goes Global with Coupa!

More than 1,500 Websense employees around the world are now live on Coupa,  the leading cloud spend management tool on the market today.  The company uses catalogs and free form requests to manage  the requisition to purchase order to invoice process across 26 different currencies.  


Unexpected Use Cases: Dashboard Mapping Feature Helps Avert Flood Complications

Last week, California got pummeled by a series of storms.  For skiers already up in Lake Tahoe, that’s good news.  For others it meant mudslides, power outages and frequent flooding.


User Experience and Development – let’s make a sandwich.

When speaking of the disciplines of design and development, people tend to see them as different entities. As oil and water, rather than peanut butter and jelly. But we have some things in common – we both need to create new things, we both need a ton of creativity to get our work done, we both love finding awesome new solutions, we both love making gorgeous deliverables. We’re closer than you’d think. We could stand to learn a few things from each other.


Headlines: Marketing VS. Procurement, Walmart’s Suppliers, and SAP Drama



Marketing VS. Procurement: The Awkwardness Continues

I often overhear our account and sales people here at Coupa talking about how the Procurement Professionals and CFOs they talk to frequently ask if our e-procurement product can help them alleviate some of the pain points they have with Marketing Services.


Enough with the drama already

I’m exhausted just by reading about it all.


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