Before the end of the 2013, we asked procurement professionals what their number one procurement wish would be for the New Year.
Having worked alongside CPOs, buyers, category managers and many others over the past ten years, we were intrigued to discover what a procurement professional would like to see change or improve in 2014. Read More
Wax Digital’s test manager, Dean Walsh reveals the critical importance of Quality Assurance testing throughout the web3 solutions portfolio and looks at the new wave of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) testing software.
Product testing is vitally important at Wax Digital as we act as the first client for web3, analysing and probing the software to ensure that it works exactly as it should, as well as ensuring that it integrates seamlessly with other IT systems such as SAP, Oracle & dynamics and third party applications before the go live process. Read More
Have you ever wondered how CPOs got to where they are today? Which career path did they take? How many years was it before they secured the CPO title? You can find the answers to these questions and more in our exclusive CPO Careers Research report- available for download now.
Working alongside many of the UK’s leading procurement professionals for over 10 years, here at Wax Digital we decided to undertake some research into the CPO job role across the FTSE 350 to see how these CPOs reached the top. Read More
With so many spend categories to consider, each providing varying savings opportunities, pinpointing the indirect spend categories which will reap potential savings or minimise cost increases through eSourcing is a regular, everyday focus for procurement professionals.
From feather dusters to Kangaroo glue (!), we’ve seen a wide-range of products and services sourced via web3 eSourcing and to assist procurement professionals, we’ve come up with a (by no-means definitive) list of spend categories which can offer the most lucrative, repeat or surprising savings opportunities in our interactive eSourcing Savings Visualisation. Read More
Peter Kinder, Chief Technical Officer at Wax Digital advises on the critical importance of Disaster Recovery when hosting data in the cloud.
Part one of this blog series looked at why some organisations are still resisting the move to the cloud while part two analysed supplier selection. In the third and final installment of this exclusive blog series looking at security in the cloud, I’ll cover a crucial element of security; disaster recovery (DR). Read More
Congratulations to Wax Digital Business Analyst Brian Couzins who recently completed the final 3 square miles of the challenge to walk the entire 555 square miles of the Peak District.
With several Wax employees at his side, Brian completed the last few miles of the walk at the Marsden Clough Valley in Holme and walked straight into the record books as the first person to complete the gruelling challenge.
Although enjoyable for the most part, the feat was not without its obstacles; of which included Brian being air-lifted to hospital after a bee-swarm attack a few years ago. He bounced back from this minor set-back however to finish the challenge which in total took seven years and over 180 separate walks. Read More
Highlighted by a myriad of major news stories earlier this year, the dangers of outsourcing have once again been put firmly in the spotlight.
The high-profile cases of the horsemeat contamination scandal as well as the Bangladesh factory collapse have served to encourage even the most diligent procurement director to take a deeper look at supply chain risk and management.
When establishing an outsourced supply of goods or services the issue of sub-contracting is typically covered in initial contract negotiations, yet unauthorised subcontracting can still occur, especially if ‘on the ground’ checks are not made. Unauthorised sub-contracting is a huge potential risk to supply chain deliverables and quality and one that many buying organisations address through technology, best practice process and effective supply chain management. Read More
With tighter budgets, and increasingly fewer resources, it has never been more crucial for procurement teams to maximise time efficiency throughout the purchasing lifecycle and create cost savings wherever possible.
Even with the economy starting to pick up, many organisations are still recovering from the financial difficulties of recent years. It is during this recovery period that critical internal changes should be made to ensure that they have the biggest impact when moving forward into a more secure economic environment.
There is an ever increasing focus on SRM and the importance of enhancing supplier and stakeholder relationships is now a key business focus for many organisations. But recent reports suggest that many procurement teams simply don’t have the resource to concentrate enough time on these essential areas, cementing the need for time-saving technologies and strategies. Read More
Independent procurement consultant, John Martin recently spoke at the eWorld purchasing and supply conference in conjunction with Wax Digital.
John has a wealth of experience working with leading organisations including Dixons Retail Group and having recently worked on Wax Digital web3 implementation projects for some of his clients, John hosted a session looking at the topical subject of supplier engagement – A Supplier’s Journey: From paper to procurement excellence.
You can watch the whole supplier engagement speaker session video on our YouTube channel but for those who want a quick overview we thought we’d highlight a few of the key take-home messages that John covered. Read More