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The Coupa Factory … Rethink!

In recognition of Coupa’s recent acquisition of Spend360 and it’s planned acquisition of Trade Extensions …

Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-do
Our goal is a great product for you
Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dah-dall
But demands are too high when suites promise all

What do you get when you go enterprise?
Encroaching upon the ERP course?
Where they are spending to salvo back?
What do you think will come of that?

I don’t like the look of it

Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-dar
We were all willing, and we went far
We wanted to give you happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-do

Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-do
We built a great product for you
Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-done
but it’s not enough, it must be the “One”

There was a time best-of-breed tickled pink
Multiple products working in sync
But platform providers promised it all
Now the market expects us to fall [in line]

Amongst the propaganda

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dar
But here at Coupa, we said you’d go far
That You will buy in happiness too
Like the Oompa-Loompa doom-pa-dee-do

Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-do
So now we buy great product for you
Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-derd
If you are wise, you will heed our word

Use Spend360 to find all your waste
Use Trade Extensions to eliminate
Use Contractually to manage your deals
And Use InvoiceSmash to balance your Riels

And ZenPurchase to manage it all

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dar
Now here at Coupa, we’ll take you far
You will buy in happiness too
Like the Oompa-Loompa doom-pa-dee-do

Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-do
I have a great product for you
Oompa Loompa Doom-pa-dee-dise
If you are wise, you’ll buy enterprise

You’ll buy our whole line, from source down to pay
You’ll Source and Procure the new Coupa way
Finance and HR, they’ll be happy too
With the Oompa-Loompa doom-pa-dee-do

You’ll have no … you’ll have no … you’ll have no more wants!

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dar
Yes now with Coupa, you will go far
You will buy in happiness too
Like the Oompa-Loompa doom-pa-dee-do

On the Eleventh day of X-Mas (2016)


On the eleventh day of X-Mas
my blogger gave to me:
Analysis Posts
Standard Sourcing Posts
Direct Sourcing Posts
Risk Management Posts
Sustainable Posts
e-Procurement Posts
some SRM Posts
some CLM Posts
some Best Practice Posts
some Trend Bashing Posts
and some ranting on stupidity …

Some of you might have thought we dished up the best first with our trend bashing posts and some ranting on stupidity. While those are some of the best posts SI has to offer, SI would like to think that its posts on Analysis and Optimization, the doctor‘s areas of expertise, are its crème de la crème. So, without further ado,

We know what spend analysis is (heck, the doctor co-wrote the book), but
What the Hell is Automated Spend Analysis?

Also, analysis is good because
Decisions Should be Data-Derived — But They Should Not Be Big Data Driven!

And even though you might think you can hire a high-school student and give him Microsoft Access and get a good analytics system on the cheap (as this was the complexity of many first generation contract management systems that, sad as it is, are still being sold today), the reality is that this is not the case and here is
Why You Should Not Build Your Own Analytics System

But all is not list. If you want to know, we will tell you
Spend Analysis – How You Get it Right?

In What Way Would the doctor Improve Spend Analysis? Glad you asked!
Part I
Part II
Part III

And we could not end this post without paying homage to the classic series by the old grey beard:
  I: The Value Curve
 II: The Psychology of Analysis
III: Common Sense Cleansing
 IV: Defining Analysis
  V: New Horizons Part I
 VI: New Horizons Part II

Come back tomorrow for the twelfth day of X-Mas.

On the Sixth day of X-Mas (2016)


On the sixth day of X-Mas
my blogger gave to me:
e-Procurement Posts
some SRM Posts
some CLM Posts
some Best Practice Posts
some Trend Bashing Posts
and some ranting on stupidity …

Before we go any further, the doctor would like to remind you that It’s Sourcing and Procurement, that we’ve already given you a list of basic questions to ask your e-Procurement Vendor, and that Procurement is so extensive that it’s the source of 101 Damnations that plague your working existence. All that being said, there is still more to say and some of it is captured in the linked posts below.

What is a “Best” Procurement Organization? Does it even exist?

No Environment is too Challenging or too Unique for Procure to Pay … despite what the neigh-sayers say!

3 More Terrible Reasons NOT to use e-Procurement … to add to the neigh-sayers’ pile of excuses!

What Procurement Processes Should be Automated? (Hint, not all of them!)

Procurement is Complex. Is Your Platform Capable of Handling It? (Hint, probably not!)

Have We Reached B2B 3.0 Yet? Part 5: B2B 3.0 in Procurement

How Do You Maintain Coherence Between Sourcing, Procurement, and Accounts Payable? (This is an important question, any incoherence costs you $$$!)

Some Procurement Myths Debunked!
Part I
Part II

And a shout out to the maverick!

And, finally,
Finding Your Procurement Mojo and Gettin’ Sigi Wit’ It
Part Un
Part Deux

Come back tomorrow for the seventh day of X-Mas!

One Hundred and Forty Years Ago Today …

Thomas Edison received a patent for the Mimeograph, one of the first low-cost duplicating machines that was commonly used to print small quantities in office work, classrooms, and even churches. It was essentially the predecessor to the modern photocopier and allowed for widespread distribution of information and communication. While primitive by today’s standards, it was advanced by 1870′s standards and a critical step towards the information revolution and a boon to journalism everywhere.

And while SI typically leaves its history lessons to the weekends, this is important enough to be noted on a week day.