Coupa Partners with Amazon Business to Enhance Enterprise Purchasing

Last week, Coupa, the California-based provider of cloud-based spend management solutions, announced that it is partnering with Amazon Business to enhance B2B relationships by offering its clients access to millions of suppliers and hundreds of millions of products. With the partnership, Coupa customers can now take advantage of Amazon’s search, browsing, and shopping features to access millions of trading partners with just one step. In doing so, users will also gain visibility into supplier pricing, ratings, and estimated delivery times, while also providing for a streamlined payment platform. Amazon Business will be accessible via the Coupa Procurement interface, with a one-time configuration for easy customer experience and user interface.

Impellam Group Acquires Workforce Management Company, Bartech

In early December, Impellam Group, a UK-based managed service provider (MSP), announced that it has acquired Bartech, a workforce management company based in Michigan, for an undisclosed sum of money. As part of the deal, Bartech’s CEO, David Barfield, will become CEO of Impellam’s North American business, which will include Bartech. Legacy Bartech employees will remain with the company and maintain a culture that is independent of Impellam, but that will help to synergize brands and attempt to gain more MSP market share in North American and the UK.

Randstad Acquires RiseSmart in a $100 Million Deal

In case you missed it, Randstad, the Netherlands-based provider of HR solutions, announced that it has purchased 100% ownership of RiseSmart, a California-based provider of HR services, such as outplacement for transition employees, in a deal worth $100 million. Under terms of the deal, RiseSmart President and CEO Sanjay Sathé will remain and place and lead the company under the RiseSmart brand, independent of RandStad. However, RiseSmart will bring its technology-driven outplacement solutions to Randstad’s customers, which include RiseSmart Spotlight, a cloud-based tool that merges one-on-one career counseling services with job search and social media tools to help transitioning employees find their next position.

Informatica Launches Integrated Big Data Platform

Last month, Informatica (Nasdaq: INFA), the California-based provider of data management solutions, announced the release of Informatica Big Data Management, a solution that brings big data integration, quality and governance, and security into a single platform. In doing so, the solution will automate the coding, cleansing, and categorizing of data that make many big data integration projects difficult to implement. This can be especially helpful with the emergence of connected devices, the so-called “Internet of Things,” which is overwhelming some procurement and supply management teams with Big Data. The offering will provide resource-constrained procurement teams with a single big data management platform that is automated, integrated, and secure, and that can allow them to wrangle internal and external data streams to decipher important information and make informed decisions.


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