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June 15th, 2012 | CFO

An Emerging Concern

Like many CFOs, Kevin Gordon is preoccupied with risk. The finance chief of Quintiles, a company that provides services to pharmaceutical and medical-device companies, says risk management is on his mind “every minute of the day.”


Gordon is particularly concerned about emerging risks — the kind that materialize rapidly, seemingly out of nowhere, and wreak havoc. Accordingly, he monitors economic developments and regulatory activities in the 60 countries where his company does business. When the European debt crisis took shape last year, he pored over the company’s cash holdings in overseas financial institutions and examined those banks’ stability.


June 15th, 2012 | Forbes

The Secret Sauce of Silicon Valley

When one thinks of wealth creation in the US over the past fifteen years, one immediately thinks of the companies that have emerged from the technology industry.  GoogleApple, Amazon, Facebook, DropBox, etc, were started with an idea from a young buck, and have morphed into companies that have actually changed our behavior, and they have done so through sustainability.  So, what gives Silicon Valley its hyper growth edge?


Rob Bernshteyn, CEO of Coupa, has been through this cycle before and shared his insights with me.  Early in his career, Rob had been at Accenture, McKinsey, and Goldman Sachs  so he is well aware of how traditional, successful, blue-chip companies are managed.  Later in his career, he became a VP of a cloud-based talent and employee services firm, and had a bird’s eye view into many industries.  Rob’s contention is:  Silicon Valley embraces a different, non-traditional management style that creates environments that foster growth, creativity, innovation and employee retention.


June 11th, 2012 | Purchasing Insight

SAP and Ariba – good news for shareholders and competitors alike

The more I look at the proposed acquisition of Ariba by SAP, the less sense it makes. SAP didn’t need the functionality. They didn’t need the brand. The Ariba shareholders will clearly be pleased to see this deal go through but what, I wonder, would an SAP sales guy be thinking and what would Ariba’s competitors be making of it all?


June 11th, 2012 | SpendMatters UK/Europe

SAP / Ariba – the competitors hover, searching for signs of weakness…

Over the last few days, I’ve been receiving various communications, and reading public messages from competitors of SAP and Ariba, wishing them well and offering them sincere congratulations and good wishes for the future following the announcement of the SAP acquisition.


Rewind…   Not quite!


Rather, we’re seeing the early stages of what is going to be a scramble as firms position, or in some cases re-position themselves, for the post-SAriba landscape.  And the knives are coming out – here’s Rob Bernshtyn of Coupa  (my italics).


June 8th, 2012 | Purchasing Insight

C is for Coupa A is for Ariba

A is for Ariba

B is for buying experience

C is for Coupa

D is for déjà vu


I’ve been enjoying reading the Coupa blog recently and especially since SAP’s intention to buy Ariba was  announced. It’s been an excuse for Coupa to really blow its trumpet about cloud and the importance of usability. Coupa’s message is very current although we have heard it before.


June 7th, 2012 | Yahoo!

What I Pack: Inside the Bags of Road Warriors, John Brandon

What must-bring gear should you pack on your next business trip? We asked a few hard-working road warriors that very question. Here's a look inside their travel bags.


What must-bring gear should you pack on your next business trip? We wanted to find out, so we asked a few hard-working road warriors to snap a photo of what's inside their travel bags. Click on to see what they won't leave home without.


June 7th, 2012 | Buyers Meeting Point

Webinar Notes: ERP Procurement Modules: The Outrageous Cost of Free

This week’s featured event was hosted by Coupa and Forrester Research with an appearance by Coupa customer Adidas Latin America. The main topic was deciding when it makes sense to purchase a specialized/dedicated solution v. leveraging the ‘free’ capabilities of an in-place ERP system.


June 1st, 2012 | Inc.

What I Pack: Inside the Bags of Road Warriors

Rob Bernshteyn, the CEO of e-procurement company Coupa, carries a MacBook Pro at all times when hitting the road. On the right, that's an original T-Mobile Droid phone and a Plantronics headset for Skype calls; on the left, an Itronics adapter for international power outlets, along with a USB drive. He also carries cans of Red Bull, packs of seaweed, and a boatload of business cards.


May 31st, 2012 | NetworkWorld

Is the cloud really ready for prime time?

Security, reliability hinder enterprise cloud adoption, but not startups.


Coupa, a 2006 startup that helps more than 200 customer companies manage purchasing and procurement, doesn't own any IT infrastructure -- it is run completely from the Amazon Web Service cloud.


Business applications don't get much more mission-critical than a company's entire operations, and Sanket Naik, who leads Coupa's cloud strategy, isn't worried about being all-in with AWS, with backup capacity in other clouds, such as Rackspace. "I know there are a lot of issues and questions around the cloud, especially about security, but I think some people are just resistant to change" if they haven't yet embraced cloud, he says. Naik is completely comfortable keeping his entire business in the cloud -- that's the way the company has always been.



May 25th, 2012 | Business Insider

There's A New Crop Of Power Players And They Come From SuccessFactors

Some companies are like trees. They seed the world with executives that run the next crop of startups. So it is with SuccessFactors.


Before SAP bought SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion last year, the company made millionaires out of a lot of employees by going public in 2007.


SuccessFactors alums are now working at some 13 up-and-coming companies including Lithium, ServiceMax, Pandora, Coupa, Okta, Saba, Responsys, Keas, Crowdfactory, Marketo, Castlight, Bizo and Workday.  Check out the SuccessFactors startup tree in a super cool infographic published by AllThiingsD.