Thursday, 20 July 2017

Market Dojo Release New Host Tutorials

Market Dojo has recently created a range of guides, research and tutorials that will assist hosts and participants to get the most out of the Market Dojo tool. 

The collection of guides includes process guides, category selection guides, business cases, sourcing guides and alternative negotiation approaches. These guides are available to download online but require users to sign up for free

However, for those looking for tutorials, the new collection includes bespoke recordings of new features and capabilities within the new responsive design.

The below list includes those new tutorials for hosts to help you get started and understand how to get the most out of the Market Dojo software.

Creating a new sourcing event
    • Signing Up
    • Creating the Event and Event Settings
    • Creating questionnaires
    • Creating Lots
    • Creating advanced Lots
    • Uploading documents
    • Crediting an Event & our Pricing
    • Creating a quick RFQ
    • Inviting Participants

Managing a current event

    • Managing Participants
    • Making Edits
    • Managing and scoring questionnaires
    • Managing documents
    • Using the Message Board
    • Managing RFQ or Qualification Bids
    • Progressing an RFQ to an Auction
    • Managing an e-Auction
    • Japanese eAuction
    • Managing an event with advanced lots


    • Dashboard, Admin and User Profile
    • Managing your organisation with User Hierarchy
    • Creating a Portal


    • Working in the sandpit
    • 60 Seconds Sourcing
    • Introducing the Lot Matrix

You can find more videos on our Youtube Channel here.

Market Dojo helps procurement professionals negotiate better with our on-demand eSourcing tools. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch or register for free and play around with our software for yourself!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Market Dojo announce Quick Quotes

Market Dojo is currently in the process of developing a "Quick Quotes" tool that will enable users to run efficient RFxs at a highly reduced cost that has very little barriers to adoption for both buyers and suppliers.

Currently, eSourcing adoption is generally limited to complex tenders and eAuctions with the majority of small tenders (<£20k) still being carried out through email. This presents challenges with centralisation and scalability. At Market Dojo we have seen this not only in the smaller organisations but also in large FTSE companies who have multiple systems already in place.  

The idea of Quick Quotes is to bring eSourcing to the masses providing advantages for its use at the lower tender size as well as having an application for the larger tenders.

Quick Quotes speeds up the eSourcing process through simplification and integration with email. Enabling participants to reply directly with an email and therefore reducing the barriers to participation.

The aim of Quick Quotes is to allow hosts to set up events even more quickly using a single page format. You will be able to invite unlimited participants to a single event, with the view for additional functionality such as live messaging, templates and library features to be added at a later date. Hosts would be able to clone events, create event templates or use our comprehensive event library to ensure that they can build the right event for their category.

Nicholas Martin, Technical Director at Market Dojo had the following to say:

"We are really excited to be working on Quick Quotes, it will allow hosts to quickly save time and money through an efficient and specialised RFx tool. From speaking to our customers, we know that the tool will be used on a range of different categories and beneficial to businesses of all sizes.

"We hope to release the tool in the very near future and encourage anyone to come forward with any comments or suggestions on Quick Quotes."

For further information on the tool please contact:

Market Dojo helps procurement professionals negotiate better with our on-demand eSourcing tools. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch or register for free and play around with our software for yourself!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

CPO's First 100 Days

Inspired by Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, Market Dojo are investigating what the first 100 days of a successful CPO would look like. Grey Tennyson, Chief Procurement Officer at VSP Global and formerly CPO at Salesforce discusses his thoughts on how he would transform your procurement team in the first 100 days.

You’re hired! After the jubilation of accepting a job wears off and you’re successfully on-boarded to your new company, you learn you have 100 days to develop a plan. This plan that will begin a journey of procurement transformation that surpasses the expectations you shared during the new hire process. The opportunity is ‘greenfield’: building out a procurement function where one didn’t previously exist or where the function never took hold for one reason or another.

You have 100 days to develop a plan.  What’s first?  

There are various approaches to transformation and the key is to find the right one for your project. The approach I will share is based on my personal experiences building out the procurement function (source-to-settle) at a Fortune 50 company, at a hyper-growth entrepreneurial company, and (most recently) at an established, well-diversified healthcare company.

First course of business – assess the current state if you didn’t do so during the interview process. Have a conversation with anyone willing to engage starting with your new team, executive leadership, and cross-functional stakeholders. You need to understand your inherited brand firsthand – including the perspectives and opinions of your inherited procurement function. These discussions are important on several fronts because they:

I recommend partnering with a change management guru and a project manager to articulate the business requirements that will form your vision, set a definition of success, and develop a communication strategy and cadence. Do not underestimate the impact of change and the new behaviours that are required to effect better business outcomes.

At my current company, we took a slightly different approach to transformation based on our unique combination of vision, culture, and employee demographics. Early on we reached out to Marketing to create a ‘drip campaign’ comprised of video vignettes, campus signage, and direct outreach. The whole effort centred on our mascot – Moolah, a big fury, purple creature that was accompanied by a tagline – ‘Spend It Like Its Yours’ (loosely based on the acronym ‘SILIY’ – pronounced silly). The objective was to have fun with the initiative, which is one of our values. The result was celebrity status for Moolah and greater acceptance of the initiative. Frankly, it was fun to see employees taking selfies of Moolah at all-hands-on-deck meetings.

Included below is a checklist based on my experiences to help develop your plan. Again, model or pivot based on what you observe in front of you and the expectations of procurement. There is no absolute right answer.  

Appreciate that procurement transformation is a journey with a starting point that is unlikely to ever end. You iterate, detour, and adapt to meet the needs of the organisation. Investment is required in the three buckets of people, process, and technology - and most importantly, the leadership team - to stay relevant.

You will encounter setbacks, and your ability to recover will test the team. How they (and you) respond will determine the overall success of the initiative. Most importantly – have fun if you are fortunate enough to have that as a key value at your company.

If you're interested in discovering more from Greg Tennyson, listen to the Art of Procurement discussing "A CPO’s View on Building Effective Procurement Teams".

Market Dojo helps procurement professionals negotiate better with our on-demand eSourcing tools. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch or register for free and play around with our software for yourself!