Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A Portal to Increase Your Supplier Base

Market Dojo is very excited to release the latest update to its new supplier on-boarding tool - SIM Dojo. This feature means that it’s now possible to open up your portal to a wider market.  Any supplier will be able to submit their interest to become your supplier.  

Our careful design enables you to minimise the workload from the internal assessors and the supplier themselves.  After making it past the initial check, you can then decide which of the other areas you would like to assess them for.

SIM Dojo is an effective supplier management tool which allows information to be collected, and maintained in a centralised portal. This in turn makes it easier to control ongoing supplier governance and compliance, through data which can be easily located and managed.

Our flexible and easy to use software minimises work flow and the categorised supplier lists integrate seamlessly into our eSourcing tool.

Admin makes on-boarding publicly visible.

[Since it is designed to be a self service tool, you can create as many questionnaires as you would like, decide who needs to score them and also which suppliers need to answer them.  For this new feature, there is now an extra option to decide which questionnaire is available to suppliers that submit their interest through the portal] 

     2. Participants follow url to sign up.

3. Participant fills out the questionnaire

As well as the release of this entire feature, we also released some minor fixes and enhancements to improve our general user experience.

If you like what you see, you can always get in touch for a demo.

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!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

[Radio Interview] Jon Hansen and Market Dojo on the future of eSourcing technology

We recently had the great pleasure of taking part in a radio interview with Jon Hansen of Procurement Insights in one of a series of interviews as a follow up to Market Dojo being identified as one of the ‘New Wave Companies’ to watch in 2013.

Jon Hansen of Procurement Insights

Jon was interested in hearing our thoughts on 3 main topics:

  1. How Market Dojo has evolved since 2013?
  2. What is our interpretation of the industry at present and where do we see it heading?
  3. Where does Market Dojo fit into the future equation . . . particular in the context of the advent of mobile/wearable devices and the Generation Next procurement professional?

We had the opportunity to talk to Jon about how the original philosophy of making eSourcing simple remains the same today. How we’ve experienced great growth and moved into overseas markets. How the buying behaviour of clients, and procurement professionals has evolved to allow for the integration of SaaS tools such as Market Dojo into their eSourcing processes.

You can listen to the interview in full here:

Procurement Unplugged: A New Wave Era Company Talks About The Future

Lewis Barnard
Business Development Manager
t: +44 (0) 117 318 1514
e: lewis.barnard@marketdojo.com

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, 11 April 2016

Market Dojo predict tighter supply chain constraints for the Procurious Big Ideas Summit 2016.

For the second year in a row Market Dojo has entered Procurious’ Big Idea Summit. This year, our big idea is that companies are going to pay more attention to compliance within their supply chain.

With new regulations and policies such as the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Read more from CIPS here) and the Living Wage Policy 2016, companies have been forced to have a greater understanding of how their suppliers operate.

Market Dojo predicts that the larger companies will carve the way in obtaining and maintaining this information. The smaller companies will hopefully follow suit. So what does the procurement team need to do to stay on top? How will companies be adapting?

We found that to enable increased supplier compliance, supplier onboarding tools need to become more adoptable and easier to use.

We can already see companies starting to implement this:

Apple released their 2016 supplier responsibility progress report. Most interestingly, they stated that nearly 140 of the audits last year were for the first-time, showing their transition to becoming a more responsible company in relation to their supply chain.

But where does this end? Where does it stop when it comes to compliance with these new regulations?

What measures are your company taking with the impending regulations coming into place. We would love to hear your opinions, please comment below or contact us directly. 

Peter Glass
Business Development Manager
t: +44 (0) 117 230 9047
e:  peter.glass@marketdojo.com

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!

Friday, 1 April 2016

[NEW RELEASE] Improved Public Events

We have improved the Market Dojo eSourcing platform to make publishing and responding to tenders easier.

For some time, we have had the ability for our customers to publish their tenders on a portal page in Market Dojo. We learnt how customers used this feature, and improved it.

Why might you want to do this?

Including more appropriate suppliers helps to increase competition and ensure you find the best value.

Using Market Dojo, you can advertise your tender in a range of different places which refer people to your portal page. Some clients even use Twitter to advertise their tenders. You can then process the applications in an efficient and auditable way. 

One example of our clients successfully implementing this method is seen below with City of Wolverhampton Council. They wanted to find an easy to use solution for sub-OJEU tenders listed on Contracts Finder, so enlisted Market Dojo to help. They created a domain by which suppliers could find opportunities and linked it back to their Market Dojo portal. By clicking the sub £50K option, you are then taken to the City of Wolverhampton Council portal with Market Dojo where you can see all the current opportunities in this region of spend.


How does it work?

When you make your events public, anyone can visit your portal and see a list of Current Opportunities.


If participants see an event they want to bid for, they can sign up, or login, and will then be able to click a button to apply.

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At that point, the event host will be notified and can decide whether to accept them.

We are really excited about how this feature can be used by our customers to make life easier. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Sourcing New Recruits for Team Dojo

Market Dojo are very excited to introduce the latest members of Team Dojo. Helping out on the Business Development side, Peter and Lewis, both Cheltenham based, passed the Market Dojo interview process with flying colours and we are really pleased to welcome them both to the team. 

We asked Lewis and Peter some questions to help you get to know them better.

Lewis & Pete co-ordinate outfits on Day 2 at Dojo HQ!

Where did you go to university?

I went to Cardiff University to study Human Geography and Planning.
Geography was my favourite subject and I had always enjoyed learning about the world and  concepts and our relationship with it.

I attended UoG at the Park Campus in Cheltenham. I studied Marketing and Advertising as part of a sandwich course which included a placement year in Reading working for a Marketing Agency.

What made you apply to work at Market Dojo?

I liked the idea of working for a new, vibrant company, which had made impressive steps in its short time. I also wanted the opportunity to work within the technology/software sector, with co-founders who had an infectious passion for the product.

Working directly with the Co-Founders of Market Dojo was a huge attraction. Hearing Alun’s passion for Market Dojo in my initial phone interview cemented my decision in applying for the role.

What aspects of the Business Development role do you find most appealing?

I’m interested in talking to and meeting with new people, I like the sense of achievement and satisfaction you receive when assisting clients to meet their needs and I also like the challenge and competitiveness of securing new business.

Hitting targets is something that I have always enjoyed, whether this be academically throughout education or physically at football each Saturday. Bringing a level of competition (winning new business) into the workplace was a natural step in my career path.  

What is different about Market Dojo?

The in-house expertise of the founders, the passion which they have for the business and the product, and the friendliness of the whole team. The benefits of using the software are also clear. On our first day, we got to observe a real e-auction event where the cost savings to the client were monumental. To the extent where if I hadn’t have seen it, I would not have believed it, but it certainly helped with understanding the features and benefits of the product.

The honesty and transparency of the pricing. Too many businesses hide costs and add-ons, Market Dojo operate a ‘what you see is what you get’ policy throughout the business which is refreshing to see in a SaaS environment.   

If you didn't go into sales, what other profession would you have considered?

I think I’d have been a teacher, either geography or sport. I’ve taught children sports previously and having a direct impact on people’s future is pretty cool and rewarding!

I’d have liked to be a personal trainer or nutritionist. During a bad two-week school placement at a local gym my days consisted of cleaning and admin. After thinking this was all the industry could offer me, I avoided healthcare and from that day I decided to pursue a career in business. 

What is the most unusual job you have ever had?

Not really an unusual job, but with my last role, I got to do lots of travelling across Africa which was really interesting and something which I believe enabled me to grow both personally and professionally.

While living in Scarborough, I helped organise and promote two UK hardcore raves. As the work was for friends the jobs were unpaid, but it was certainly an exciting experience. 

What is your favourite book/movie?

Book and movie… Harry Potter!

My favourite book is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography. If Arnold wants to do something, he does it, whether it’s bodybuilding, acting or politics. He has always achieved what he set out to do - the book is great proof that hard work really pays off. 

What is the most embarrassing song you have on your phone?

Unsure - although Britney Spears - ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ was the first single I ever bought as a besotted early teenager!

If by embarrassing you mean amazing, and by song you mean album then It’s Justin Bieber's Purpose.    

What is one thing about yourself that you think others would be surprised to know?

I had never drank a hot drink until the age of 26!

At the age of 13 I got through to the final of the North Yorkshire Amateur Boxing Association Championships.

What’s your biggest claim to fame?

After watching Gloucester playing rugby, I got Jonny Wilkinson to sign my trainer.

In 2015 I got all the way through to the live interviews to appear on The Island - Channel 4 Reality tv programme.

Have you ever travelled abroad? What was your favourite country?

Yeah I went to South Africa in my previous job. I attended a conference and had the best steak I’ve ever had. I can still taste it if I close my eyes!

I haven't actually traveled out of Europe but I went to France as a toddler and was speaking French to the locals when I was 12 months old.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Lewis: I like to think of myself as a fit and active person, I play a lot of sport; football and cricket, but I also like to get lost in a good TV boxset; I’m currently watching The Walking Dead and I’m excited for the new season of Game of Thrones to begin very soon!!

I’m currently training twice a week for a charity boxing match which is raising money for Cancer Research UK. The 8-weeks of free training has been supplied by a local boxing gym and the black tie event is being held at the Cheltenham leisure centre. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

The attraction of working for such a small company is the possibility of shaping your own career destiny. Hopefully through my business development efforts the company continues to grow, and in 5 years time I’d like to still have some involvement in business development but perhaps with more of an influence on strategy and future innovations. Personally, I’d like to be a homeowner, and hopefully a parent too.

I see myself as an eSourcing specialist with my own Business Development team at Market Dojo. On a personal outlook, I’d also like a newer car and a mortgage on my own house. 

If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be?

Cat - they have such an easy life but are still independent with a great sense of adventure. Plus I have 2 cats!

Lion - nothing to worry about as lions are top of the food chain, plus it’s lovely and warm in Africa. 

What actor would you cast to play yourself in a movie?

Leonardo Di Caprio because he’s my favourite actor.

Will Smith because he’s gifted. Will can sing, act and dance. That portrays my life philosophy quite well. Also, we look quite similar, right?

Connect with Peter and Lewis on LinkedIn.

A HUGE welcome to you both! :)

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!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

[NEW RELEASE] Improved document uploads

Last weekend we released the latest batch of improvements to Market Dojo. The most notable of these is improved support for document uploads.

We made this change in response to requests from our customers. They want to receive more than one document as the answer to a document question. Previously customers had zipped the documents into one file, or asked several questions. This wasn’t always convenient. Now, you can simple drag and drop the documents into your answer, and you have control of how many documents you include.

Here is what it looks like for someone answering a questionnaire.

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A participant adds two documents to their answers.

As part of this design improvement, our development team also suggested we enhance the User Interface, to make adding documents even easier. This means you can add several documents in one go, and even drag and drop them from your file explorer. This is available when answering questionnaire or creating events. 

Our testing suggests this will make using documents in Market Dojo even quicker and easier. 

We hope you like this new feature, and would love to hear your feedback.

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, 21 March 2016

[NEW RELEASE] Introducing the New Analytics Dashboard for Market Dojo

Users of Market Dojo may have noticed an extra tab located on their dashboard named ‘analytics’. This section is one of the latest features to be added to Market Dojo and gives a graphical representation of your history using the tool. Created by Vibhuti Laroiya as part of her Masters at UWE, who has kindly written this wonderful guest article detailing the features and benefits. Thank you Vibhuti!

Let, Market Dojo Do the Hard Work for You!!

Year 2016, kicked off with the technological and functional advancement of Market Dojo and an objective to make eSourcing more informative yet simple. Our mantra was “Business Intelligence (BI)”.  

In agreement with the late Peter Drucker, a management guru, I too believe in “What gets measured, gets managed!” And, with a vision to improvise the management aspects of e-sourcing we kick started the Project called “Intelligent Market Dojo” in April, 2015. It all started with YOU as the centre:

“How can we help you to manage your events more efficiently?”

“How can we empower your decision making process to host an event in a most simplistic way?”

And, my experience and research led to the conclusion that BI / Analytics is the answer to the above questions.

Now, you must be wondering, how will you benefit from BI / Analytics?

Here are some of the benefits of Market Dojo’s Analytics:

Specially customised for you.
This dashboard will give you an insight to your events; moreover, the events you have been given access to, by other users. This feature, intelligently picks up the events “just for you” to generate summaries of your events, your suppliers and your average savings.

Simplified view of complex data.
The background data which might take you hours to calculate the desired summaries, is now converted into a millisecond affair.

More control of your data
You can easily and thus, remove the challenges to finding answers to complex queries like “How many suppliers have responded to my invitations, so far?” or “who to invite for my next event, based on the responses from your past suppliers.” This feature, will empower you to decide the reliable suppliers for your events which in-turn is expected to get you a quote from a highly competitive event / auction.

Another added benefit is a better understanding of Market Dojo’s capabilities. Once you have run an event with Market Dojo, you will be able to access the analytics tab. Your events are then summarised by ‘Event Type’, giving an overview of not only your activities run, but all your available options, and ‘Auction Type’, letting you see what Market Dojo offers here.

Event Overview by Event Type allowing you to see a comprehensive range of Market Dojo's functionality.

Some more views from within the analytics tab. Helping you make more informed decisions faster.

Showing which event types generate what savings.
After a yearlong collaborative effort with a vision to enhance your experience of event hosting, we take pride to announce that this feature has been released for you to explore. So, let’s make the best use of Market Dojo and let Market Dojo do it all for you!!!

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!