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Thursday 9th August, 2012

Tradeshift connects the supply chain to maximise profits

It’s all about connectivity. Without it, you’re running an outdated, soon to be obsolete model – or at least so thinks Christian Lanng, CEO of the e-invoicing and B2B network Tradeshift. His vision of a business with a deep weave into the connectivity of others has catapulted the company into a force to be reckoned with in the space of just over two short years.

It’s Getting Cloudy Up Here

Thursday 7th June, 2012

The news recently has been that we’re over the cloud. In fact, according to a recent survey, we're bored of it. To me that didn’t quite ring true. me-bw Bored? Perhaps. Over it? No. The boredom comes from overuse of a buzz word which people still find hard to define - which then becomes irritating.  But my feeling is that real knowledge is still limited.

My suspicions were confirmed during a break out session at the Ariba Live conference in Barcelona, where Ariba’s Senior Solutions Product Marketing Manager, Dan Ashton asked “who here is 100% confident that they understand the cloud?” In a room filled with finance professionals, not one person raised their hand. Of course it’s possible to put some of that down to a squirming unwillingness to stand out in a crowd, however, it’s more likely that no-one felt entirely confident in the level of their knowledge.

New Solutions for Old Problems

Tuesday 15th May, 2012

Great to see some innovative technology on display at the IFO's Fusion event this year. There really is something for everybody regardless of the size of organisation or, with some of the SaaS offerings, how much budget your organisation has.

Most people admit to a surprising amount of paper still being involved in their organisation's P2P operations and say that varying degrees of automation will be necessary over the next 3 - 5 years. Those providers responding to market trends and being flexible and intuitive when it comes to new products are going to be the ones who fill that need. Something like the Taulia dynamic discounting product, FISCAL Technologies AP Forensics® offering or Esker's and TradeShift's SaaS solution highlight some of the fresh thinking around at the moment needed to drive P2P forward.

Talk isn't So Cheap

Monday 14th May, 2012

Opening keynote at the IFO's Fusion Conference, Laura Ling really gave us food for thought today with a remarkable story of bravery, strength and humility in difficult circumstances. A well respected human rights journalist, Laura was taken captive by North Korean soldiers while researching a story on human trafficking into China. Through her tales of desperate times, low points and trauma - one key theme kept recurring - how sometimes just small things can make a huge difference and how above all and at all times, communication is key.

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