Podcast: How will the coronavirus impact global supply chains?

With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus dominating the global news, what impact will this have on global supply chains? Alejandro Alvarez, Partner: Operations Performance at Ayming, joins the Digital Insight as we discuss, with China’s role so crucial in the global supply chain, how businesses may soon be affected more than people realise. Listen […]

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Podcast: getting to know the business around you in procurement

The latest episode of The Digital Insight welcomes back Mike Cadieux, procurement fanatic and founder of Procurement Foundry, as he discusses the role of the professional as the procurement function continues to evolve. It’s time for the professional to truly get to know the business around them. Listen to the episode!

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Banking SaaS: Why a full-service system provides both front-end and back-end services with large flexibility

SaaS is a cloud-based IT infrastructure that offers software system access based on a subscription model. This allows accessing a variety of software programs through a browser without needing to have everything set up on company hardware. When it comes to banking and financial services, SaaS solutions have been particularly helpful in developing the sector’s […]

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3 key tips for cyber insecurity

A new report from  Specops Software into the rise of cybercrime has revealed the countries most at risk of falling victim. It is revealed that the Netherlands were the most vulnerable European country, with the highest rate of cybercrime. This could be due to the large number of cloud provider incoming attacks (16.28%) to Microsoft […]

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Frank Vorrath’s predictions for procurement in
2020: part 2

Part 2 of Frank Vorrath, Executive Partner, Supply Chain, Gartner, exploration of his predictions for the procurement business landscape in 2020. Sustainability will drive future consumer behaviour and companies further developing  future circular economy concepts  Every company is looking at sustainability and saying, what does it mean to us for our future? Some of them […]

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Podcast: Making procurement cool with Mike Cadiuex

The latest episode of the Digital Insight welcomes Michael Cadieux, a procurement industry fanatic obsessed with making procurement cool, and the founder of Procurement Foundry, to pick apart exactly why procurement needs to be made cool and how Michael plans to achieve that. Michael also details why the Procurement Foundry is the world’s premier sourcing […]

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Frank Vorrath’s predictions for procurement in 2020

Part 1 of Frank Vorrath, Executive Partner, Supply Chain, Gartner, exploration of his predictions for the procurement business landscape in 2020. The focus for CEO’s and business leaders will remain on business growth and new business models There’s been an enormous amount of focus from companies on growing their business, and creating more shareholder value. […]

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Exclusive: George Booth, CPO at Lloyds Banking Group on risk assurance in procurement

George Booth, Chief Procurement Officer at Lloyds Banking Group explores risk assurance and whether it’s become a top priority for the CPO of today. How has the perception of sourcing and procurement changed, and how the role itself has changed and become more strategic to a business? There is no doubt in my mind that […]

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Barratt Developments: tackling tomorrow’s needs today with supply chain capability

John Adams, Group Procurement Director at Barratt Developments explores how the company’s competitive edge comes from supply chain capability. In recent years, an increasing number of organisations have begun to recognise supply chain and procurement as a key facet to their operations. As a result, the very perception of supply chain has changed and is […]

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Issue 9 of CPOstrategy is live!

Read the latest issue here!  This month’s exclusive cover story features an interview with John Adams, Group CPO of Barratt Developments. We travelled down to Barratt’s London office to sit down with Adams as he explores how the company’s competitive edge comes from supply chain capability.  We also hear from Frank Vorrath, Executive Partner, Supply […]

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Does the digital bank actually exist yet?

The rise of innovative technologies in finance naturally sparked an interest in digital banking. No wonder it has become a catch-all thing – while the competition in disruption is quite intense, many traditional banking institutions are currently attaching themselves to the idea of a digital bank in order to look more modern. Many new electronic money licence […]

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Machine Learning Helps Businesses to Save Time and Money

By Dave Brittain, Head of Amazon Business UK It is well-known that machine learning is used today in Amazon Alexa and other virtual consumer assistants, but it also plays an important role for businesses looking to save time and money when it comes to procurement.  Procurement is a key player in the broader transformation and […]

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Podcast: Ranjit Ranjan discusses digital transformation and innovation in the UAE

The latest episode of The Digital Insight welcomes Ranjit Rajan, a thought leader on the impact of digital transformation on economies, business, and the technology industry, with a specialization in the emerging markets of the Middle East and Africa. In this episode, we explore the digital transformation and innovation curve of the UAE, the challenges […]

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How ready are UK consumers for facial recognition technology in retail?

The rapid rise of the internet has made shopping much more convenient and easier for consumers. In turn, retail shops have suffered from lower footfall and sales – leading to the closure of many small as well as big high street brands. To entice people to come into stores, retailers have had to take drastic […]

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Podcast: Rob Galbraith, the ‘most interesting man in insurance’

The latest episode of The Digital Insight welcomes a man who has been described as many things: a global insuretech leader; an inspiration; a mentor, and even the ‘WD-40’ of insurance.  The Digital Insight welcomes him as Rob Galbraith, an industry leader in fintech, a popular keynote speaker and the author of Amazon bestseller, The […]

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The three trends that shaped fintech in 2019

In 2019, fintech – technologies and innovations in finance competing with traditional services – experienced a surge in both the user numbers and the size of its market. According to predictions, the sector is set to reach over 4.5 billion users by 2023, while its market value is forecasted to grow to USD 310 billion […]

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4 fintech predictions for 2020

2019 has marked another period of skyrocketing development in fintech. Predicted to have the annual growth rate of 24.8% over the next few years, fintech is becoming an increasingly competitive market space for both investors and companies in this field. Below are four of the most relevant technology trends of fintech to follow in 2020. The prominence of RegTech RegTech (Regulatory Technology), as […]

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Podcast: The digital revolution with Dan Jelfs, Mobica

In the latest episode of The Digital Insight, Dan Jelfs,  Senior Vice President of global sales at Mobica believes that, as a result of increasing connectivity between everyone and everything, we are on the cusp of a digital revolution. Dan also explores how in turn this has made technology more pervasive and a key driver […]

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Lisa Moyle, VC Innovations: Embrace innovation

Lisa Moyle, Director of Strategy at VC Innovations, discusses the disruptive market of financial services, and she explores what it means to seek out and embrace innovation, whether you’re an incumbent or a startup. Tell us about your role with VC Innovations I’m director of strategy for a startup in the media space called VC […]

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Making Supplier Assurance effective in the supply chain

Laura Greenwood, Third-party Assurance Consultant at Crossword Cybersecurity PLC, explains how to approach Supplier Assurance and its management, as it becomes increasing important to procurement professionals. Businesses are facing continual pressure to improve third party assurance & risk management from regulators, auditors, risk & compliance, and even customers & investors.  In fact, it is typically one of […]

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Why Supply Chains are a huge cyber risk

Cyber security attacks happen almost daily, impacting SMEs to multinational corporate companies. The majority of the attacks and data breaches can be found coming from the same place – through the supply chain, where security can become weak and mismanaged. Or, directly through people that work as part of a supply chain, when using their […]

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The digital transformation of financial services with Jim Marous and Sonia Wedrychowicz

Jim Marous, internationally recognised financial industry strategist, and the publisher of the Digital Banking Report and Sonia Wedrychowicz, an experienced technology transformation professional of over 25 years discuss how digital transformation is more than merely technology while exploring the leadership and cultural issues surrounding digital transformation in banking. How do you feel the conversation around […]

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Virtual Cards for Business Payments: What’s the hold up?

The benefits of virtual cards are numerous and varied, yet their adoption into the corporate world has been slow. Pat Bermingham, CEO of Adflex, asks whether fear of the unknown is holding firms back. From workforce expenses to high value transactions between buyers and suppliers, the market that supports the initiating and acceptance of card-based […]

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Podcast: Talking procurement technology with John Vass, Tradeshift

The latest episode of the Digital Insight welcomes John Vass, the global industry lead at Tradeshift,to discuss procurement technology and the shift in perspectives within procurement and supply chains towards technology, and how it has changed the way in which organisations connect and engage with suppliers. We also explore John’s role as a panelist at […]

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5 industries driving innovation hubs around the world

In a 2018 report, Forbes identified a trend that was sweeping the world. This trend is the rise of the multi-sector innovation hub.  All over the world these hubs bring together business sectors and models, infrastructures and physical resources to enable and drive true innovation. Here, we look at 5 leading industries driving the innovation […]

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APMs for B2B payments – buzzword or next big thing?

Despite delivering convenience, speed and a better user experience in the consumer payments market, alternative payment methods (APMs) feature less prominently in the world of B2B transactions. It’s high time this changed, argues Pat Bermingham, CEO, Adflex. To understand why APMs are becoming increasingly important in B2B payments, let’s first clear up some confusion:  What […]

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Marketing’s procurement challenge

Media spend is a major expense for many companies. To maximise effectiveness marketing and procurement must work together says David Indo, CEO of ID Comms. Procurement has often been seen in a bad light among the agency community that helps brands buy their ad space. That’s not entirely surprising because when procurement teams first got […]

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Podcast: Episode 5 of Frank Vorrath’s Supply Chain Masterclass

The Digital Insight, welcomes Frank Vorrath, Executive Partner of Supply Chain at Gartner back for part five of a six-part supply chain masterclass.  In this episode, Frank explores the business of supply chain outlook for 2020 as he details his 10 predictions for the year ahead. LISTEN TO THE LATEST PODCAST NOW!

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Applying Intelligent Process Automation to the supply chain

Dharmendra Patwardhan, Executive Vice President of Business Services at Capgemini Already established as one of the most talked about back-end business solutions of recent years, Intelligent Process Automation is set to remain on top of companies’ agendas throughout 2020. But while many continue to herald the technology as the key to unlocking all their problems, […]

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Invoicing in the IoT: why connections are key to maximising business value

By Patrick Bermingham, CEO at Adflex. Start-ups and established companies alike are increasingly interested in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), but many are missing a trick when it comes to payments. Businesses face many challenges when designing and implementing their own IoT payments solutions, most notably serious security risks and a lack of interoperability […]

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Payments as a Value Creator in the B2B Supply Chain

Today’s digital payments tech is delivering far more than process and cost efficiency in the B2B supply chain, says Patrick Bermingham, CEO, Adflex – it’s also creating new value by changing how buyers and suppliers find and do business with each other.  A surprising number of big organisations still rely on traditional paper invoicing and […]

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Fighting procurement fraud with artificial intelligence and data analytics

John Cushing, CEO and Founder of Qynn, explores how AI and data analytics can help companies combat the increasing challenge of procurement fraudProtecting business and supporting growth through finding the best market rates and products has always been procurement’s main objectives. However, achieving this is a lot more difficult than it may seem. Scouring the […]

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How a procurement transformation enables greater value for KPMG

Historically speaking, procurement has often been seen as a mere cost centre and the part of the business where buying was done. In recent years however, procurement has taken a dramatic shift as more and more businesses around the world, from large scale global organisations to smaller and younger companies, have redefined their understanding of […]

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Welcome to the winter issue of CPO Strategy!

Read the latest issue here! Our exclusive cover story this month is Martin Lee, Chief Procurement Officer at KPMG, as he explores how a procurement transformation, centred around spend control, brings value for KPMG. Lee is currently overseeing a major procurement transformation with KPMG, in which one of the UK’s leading providers of professional services, […]

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Black Friday’s Blind Spot

Poor demand planning expected to drive massive errors this Black Friday By: Robert Byrne, VP Supply Chain Solutions at E2open The festive season is the season for stuffing. Turkeys with delicious fillings, socks above the fireplace with presents and warehouses with enough stock to meet customer demand during shopping extravaganzas like Black Friday and Cyber […]

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Digitalised data: sustaining the supply chain

From fragmented thinking, to out of date infrastructures and poor processes, there is a long list of reasons why supply chains can become unsustainable. But, according to a luxury packaging provider, digitalised data is set to transform the industry in a big way. With over 30 years’ experience in the supply chain and distribution industry, […]

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Harnessing the short-term: network-enabled Sales & Operations Execution

Christine Barnhart, Product Manager at Infor, explores how network thinking, using modern, multi-enterprise business networks or MEBNs. can unlock efficient and scalable real-time connectivity, collaboration, and visibility to the entire supply chain ecosystem. Many businesses that have invested in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) have hit a curious issue: they continue to have out of […]

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Marc Imowitz, SVP of Procurement at TricorBraun, discusses the transformation of procurement

The latest episode of The Digital Insight welcomes Mark Imowitz, Senior Vice President of Procurement at TricorBraun to explore the idea of transformation of the role of procurement and that of the procurement professional. Imowitz also speaks to the need to communicate and champion the people in any procurement transformation, stressing the importance of taking […]

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Six ways to retain procurement leaders

It’s a familiar story. A new procurement manager has been recruited and everyone is very excited. Their track record is impressive, their ideas visionary, and they bring fresh energy and insight to the business. But after six months they leave. I’ve seen this happen time and time again, in both private and public sector organisations, […]

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Usability and the importance of a customer-centric approach to software development

Pete Kinder, CTO at Wax Digital explains why customers need to be at the heart of eProcurement development There are typically two ways to approach designing software for business users. You can either build what you think the market wants, or create a platform designed to work specifically for the people expected to use it. […]

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50% of UK CIOs and CTOs investing in in-store digital capabilities

Half of UK CIOs and CTOs are investing in in-store digital capabilities to replicate the convenience of online services A new report has revealed that over half (51%) of UK retail CIOs and CTOs are investing in up-to-date pricing and quicker payment options in-store as they look to improve their physical infrastructures in order to […]

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74% of UK businesses encountered supply chain risk in the last 12 months

Supplier failure and supply shortages are the biggest risks, yet many businesses are unprepared to mitigate these events in the future Research from Ivalua, a leading provider of global spend management cloud solutions, has shown that almost three quarters (74%) of UK businesses have encountered some type of supply chain risk in the last 12 months. The […]

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Coupa Pay: How American Express and Coupa will transform supplier payments

As one of the leading providers of BSM solutions, offering a comprehensive, cloud-based BSM platform that connects hundreds of organisations with more than five million suppliers globally, Coupa Software constantly looks to provide greater visibility into and control over how companies spend money. This makes its most recent announcement, that it has partnered with American […]

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CJ Das, CIO of SimpleTire, discusses digital transformation.

The latest episode of The Digital Insight welcomes CJ Das, CIO of SimpleTire. With over 20 years experience from being a software manager to becoming a chief digital officer and in his current role as CIO, CJ looks to answer a simple question, what is digital transformation?  YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE LATEST EPISODE HERE

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Exclusive supply chain podcast with Gartner’s Frank Vorrath

Part four of a six-part supply chain masterclass with Frank Vorrath, Executive Partner, Supply Chain, Gartner. In this episode, Frank explores the concept of transforming organisational structures and talent development in order to prepare for the next era of business growth. “Companies that really understand and develop the talent they have, while also looking from […]

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The latest edition of The Digital Insight, featuring the U.S. Air Force’s CTO Frank Konieczny, is out now!

The latest edition of The Digital Insight podcast is out now! Frank Konieczny, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Air Force, talks about how the role of the CTO is changing in a bid to add stability and assurance throughout organizations. “What you will find in the field, especially in the Air Force is that […]

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HCT – a procurement revolution

Tasked with a revolution of procurement, Mahmoud Al Alawi, HCT’s Director of Procurement and Contracts discusses the organisation’s digital journey… As the largest applied higher education institution in the UAE, The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) encompasses 16 men’s and women’s campuses across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Dhafra region, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah […]

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Exclusive podcast with CSI’s Neill Hart

Neill Hart, Head of Productivity and Programs at Computer Systems Integration (CSI), speaks exclusively to The Digital Insight about how the company has moved beyond simple systems integration and helps customers find and exploit a ‘perpetual edge’ in technology innovation and digital transformation. Click here to listen to the full podcast! “As Head of Productivity […]

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Colgate-Palmolive, Nestle and Nike dominate the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner Inc released the results of its Supply Chain Top 25 ranking for 2019, with Colgate-Palmolive, Nestle and Nike among the global leaders for supply chain best practice. Announced at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in early May, 2019 represents the 15th consecutive year that Gartner has collated the Top 25 as a platform […]

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Tableau 2019.2 redefines the location data conversation

As location data continues to dictate customer interactions, Tableau Software redefines the data driven conversation, following the unveiling of its latest next-generation mapping capabilities that will enhance how people anaylse location data. With the general availability of Tableau 2019.2 now live, the company’s product offering allows for greater understanding of location data through mapping technology. […]

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