A List of Must Read Procurement White Papers
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We’ve compiled a list of some of the best must read procurement white papers and analyst reports (in no particular order of importance or preference) covering a variety of topics such as supply chain management, tail spend and the future and digitization of procurement.

The Digital Supply Network

A new paradigm for Supply Chain Management
This Accenture White Paper looks closely at how companies could generate higher levels of value by re-imagining their supply chains as “digital supply networks.” The paper looks at the impact of digital change on supply chain management and proposes that businesses need to re-invent their supply chains in order to unlock the full potential of digital technology.

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Accenture Strategy

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The Indirect Spend

Make visibility into your indirect spend a corporate priority
This paper highlights the importance of tackling indirect spend. The paper also discusses the opportunities dealing with this spend presents such as delivering visibility to indirect spend, driving value and maintaining compliance.

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KellyOCG – Barbara Lauer

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An Introduction to Tail Spend

And Why You Need a Technology Based Solution
If you want a good introduction to tail spend then this white paper is a great starting place.  This White Paper, written by Dr Michael Lamoureux, Editor of Sourcing Innovation and a contributor to Spend Matters, is an introduction to tail spend and tackles some of the most important questions such as:

  • What is tail spend?
  • How to define the right tail end management process
  • How the right technology can get tail spend under control

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Sourcing Innovation – Dr Michael Lamoureux

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Getting a Grip on Tail Spend

High performance. Delivered.
This paper points out that while most companies believe they have their most important purchasing categories under control, they tend to neglect tail spend. Accenture discuss the problems faced by sourcing and procurement organizations who are under increasingly more pressure and are expected to do more with less funding. They may be leaving money on the table by deploying their resources inefficiently in the low-value purchasing generally known as tail spend. This paper will help companies understand, just how much money is involved, and how to manage their tail spend so as to realize the potential savings and deliver other, more strategic forms of business value.

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Accenture – Ralf Mägerle, Kyle Rosenthal, Christian Meyer

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Centralise or Devolve Procurement

Why Not Both?
In this Spend Matters briefing paper, you can read about what procurement really needs to control, and how one example of enabling technology is helping procurement functions get this balance right. This paper proposes that every organisation needs to look at its specific needs, and discusses how technology is helping procurement to give stakeholders real authority, whilst retaining the most important aspects of central control that help procurement drive value and performance.

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Spend Matters – Peter Smith

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The Deloitte Global CPO Survey 2016

Procurement: At a Digital Tipping Point?
The Deloitte Global CPO Survey profiles the views of senior procurement leaders from around the world on the key issues facing the procurement function. Conducted in association with Odgers Berndtson, this is the fifth edition of the report that provides unprecedented insight into CPO sentiment, drawing on our a large sample of 324 CPOs from 33 countries around the world.

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Deloitte

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Procurement in 2025

Five Megatrends & Their Implications
In this white paper, Procurement in 2025: Five Megatrends & Their Implications, industry analyst Michael Kushner outlines what you need to know to thrive in a function transformed. Aimed at helping proactive sourcing and procurement pros, this paper gives advice on how to prepare for the inevitable structural changes the future will bring.

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GEP – Michael Kushner

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Supplier Networks v2.0

A Look At Commerce in the Cloud
In this report from the Aberdeen Group they found out how best-in-class companies are maximizing their use of supplier networks, and they explain how you can do the same.

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Aberdeen Group

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