iBundler: An Agent-based Decision Support Service for Combinatorial Negotiations

AAAI Conferences

Negotiation events in industrial procurement involving multiple, highly customisable goods pose serious challenges to buying agents when trying to determine the best set of providing agents' offers. Typically, a buying agent's decision involves a large variety of constraints that may involve attributes of a very same item as well as attributes of multiple items. In this paper we describe iBundler, an agent-aware negotiation service to solve the winner determination problem considering buyers' and providers' constraints and preferences.

TPBOSCourier: A Transportation Procurement System (For the Procurement of Courier Services)

AAAI Conferences

TPBOSCourier is the Transportation Procurement and Bid Optimization System (TPBOS) for Philips Electronics to automate and optimize its procurement of courier services. It was jointly developed by Red Jasper Limited and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and has been successfully deployed in 2005. Philips typically procures courier services for more than 2500 shipping lanes annually and the use of the software has resulted in significant cost and time savings in analyzing and optimizing procurement decisions. This paper explains the development and design of the TPBOSCourier.

The Unstoppable 'Amazonification' of Sourcing and Procurement


"How do we bring the'Amazon effect' into our organization?" Amazon is changing how consumers view the world; procurement professionals cannot afford to ignore consumers' perceptions of how simple business-to-business (B2B) interactions should now be. In our Procurement As-a-Service Blueprint, we use the term'Amazon-effect' to describe a move to simple, seamless, digital buying experiences, with procurement becoming more user-focused, driven by more technology and changed user expectations. 'Amazonification' is one of the five driving forces in the transformation of procurement: 'Amazonification' driven by the "Triple-A Trifecta" of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics Cloud-based platforms Partnership ecosystems Sourcing and category management talent Blockchain or distributed ledger technologies (DLT) 'Amazonification' driven by the "Triple-A Trifecta" of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics Amazon has created a de-facto standard for purchasing experiences: simple, easy and accommodating to the user. Many people wonder why buying at work should be so different from buying as a consumer.

Innovation Is Law's New Game, But Wicked Problems Remain.

Forbes - Tech

'Legal innovation' is no longer an oxymoron. The staid, precedent bound, legal guild is slowly morphing into something different. The contours of the new legal order are still being shaped and the dominant players have yet to emerge. Even confirmed industry Luddites concede the legal profession/industry is changing. Many lawyers, to borrow from T.S. Eliot's Journey of the Magi, are "no longer at ease in the old dispensation."

Automated And Agile: The New Paradigm For Legal Service


Axiom, a legal staffing-turned-technology company, recently announced a five-year deal with Johnson & Johnson (J & J) to provide multi-shore contract management services to the pharmaceutical giant. Axiom will support J&J's global procurement contracting function, helping to standardize its vast trove of procurement agreements across a dozen contract types and 10 languages. This is not Axiom's lone big dollar, long-term contract with a major corporation. A couple years ago, it inked an eye-popping $73 million deal with Credit Suisse to process the bank's "master trading agreements." Axiom's metamorphosis from staffing to technology is emblematic of the maturing face and changing focus of legal service providers.