The people involved in procurement can be scattered all over the world and across a range of organisations with differing IT platforms.

A cloud-based service can provide a homogenous 24/7 service where none of these things matter. Providers claim that a cloud-based solution costs as little as 31 per cent of an in-house system where supplier communication can make up 40 to 70 per cent of costs.

Open networks can also allow suppliers to keep customer catalogues updated and confirm orders while users can quickly turn purchase orders into invoices, confirm receipt and manage contracts. Such systems can provide improved spending visibility and control.


ODCA talks up adoption of cloud usage models

Mar 19, 2014 James Stirling

Anti-vendor lock-in group reveals findings from third annual membership survey

Google cloud services hit by outage

Mar 18, 2014 Jane McCallion

Talk, Hangouts and Sheets go dark for several hours

eProcurement key on keyboard

Thomas Cook signs cloud deal to save on procurement costs

Feb 25, 2014 Rene Millman

Uses cloud-based service to make 30 per cent savings on tendering process

UK Cloud Awards - Shortlist of finalists announced

Feb 12, 2014 Cloud Pro Staff

It's been a long process but the judges have finally picked the finalists to do battle for the UK's first cloud awardss

UK Cloud Awards signs up first sponsor

Nov 29, 2013 Cloud Pro Staff

Ingram Micro is the first named sponsor for the UK Cloud Awards - which has also strengthened the judges' team


Five reasons why SMBs avoid the cloud; and why they’re wrong

Aug 30, 2013 Nick Booth

SMBs have everything laid on for them by the cloud - yet they still don’t want to get involved. Is there any hope for the next generation?

Cloud politics: the CIO's difficult balancing act

Jan 18, 2013 Mark Samuels

The arrival of cloud computing means CIOs change their approach to procurement, what strategy works best?

Will cloud computing bring democracy to IT delivery?

Apr 23, 2012 Sue Tabbitt

As the Government tries to make UK cloud-friendly and innovation-ready, are political and cultural barriers really coming down?

Negotiating cloud contracts - check fine print for liability

Jan 30, 2012 Frank Jennings

Are cloud service providers seeking to exclude all risks and are customers taking on greater risks than they need to?

Ten things NOT to do in the cloud

Jul 26, 2011 Adrian Bridgwater

How to work with apps that won't move to the cloud

Case Studies

Cloud provides documentation solution for e-invoicing firm

Sep 20, 2013 Rene Millman

OB10 chooses Alfresco for global document management platform