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We’ve had 460 Downloads of Coupa eProcurement from 7/27 through 8/26. Good start- but lots of work to do. The closest apples to apples comparison I could find is to TenderSystem, even though that’s in the Sourcing space. They did around 200 a month for the 1st 3 months on Sourceforge. Sugar did around 400 month 1 but over 5,000 in month 2. Though we’re just starting month 2 there’s no way we’ll match Sugar’s month 2 volume. After all, this is Procurement…


Written by Dave Stephens

08/26/06 5:40 PM at 5:40 pm

Posted in Coupa, Opinion

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  1. Dave, Congratulations. Glad that you decided to share your statistics. I know one other company with a recently launched product taking the opposite view. Am I brave enough to do the same this time next month? Let’s hope so! Of course, ours would be number of trial registrations.

    Manoj Ranaweera

    08/26/06 8:44 PM at 8:44 pm

  2. […] I was talking about this recently with Dave Stephens of Coupa, who released their Open Source e-Procument platform recently. Dave is doing great and guess what! He is thinking of establishing a corporate blog in addition to his very successful blog, Procurement Central. He just published their first month statistics. Great stuff Dave. Keep the information free! Blogging is great – how else could you tell the whole world how great you are doing! Don’t forget it works in the opposite way as well! […]

  3. Interesting that people are using other people’s name as “tags”! Would too much tagging bring Web 2.0 back to the same shape as Web 1.0, too much junk and spam?


    08/27/06 2:41 PM at 2:41 pm

  4. manoj, just for the record the sourceforge stats are “on the record” – they’re available from sourceforge to anyone.. so it wasn’t too brave to post them – the data was already there for everyone to see! it’s just part of the transparency of open source…

    Dave Stephens

    08/28/06 6:59 PM at 6:59 pm

  5. The stats would have been even more useful had they provided the information by geography, company and time of the day. Perhaps the admins of the project get such information? If not, having a download link from the company’s website that redirects to sourceforge would probably provide some insight? Like coupa. However, it wouldn’t cover the entire list of downloads as people may directly download from sourceforge.

    Now if only Dave can share those stats :)


    08/28/06 10:36 PM at 10:36 pm

  6. Dave, true but I am not a regular visitor to

    AC, the blogsphere is allowing individuals to emerge as mini brands. Blog stats indicates that Dave’s blog is read by about 50 to 100 people a day. Technorati does not recognise Dave as a tag yet

    Dennis Howlett is another guy who is tagged. The problem arise when there are more than one with the same name. Fortunately, there are very few Manoj Ranaweera’s than Dave Stephens (perhaps). I am not sure whether I am tagged yet. Better check Technorati!

    AC, do you blog? Love to read yours one day

    Manoj Ranaweera

    08/30/06 1:49 AM at 1:49 am

  7. Manoj:

    How did you calculate/retrieve those blog stats? I recently compared the Technorati ranking of Dave’s blog to five other blogs, including mine, in response to Doug’s post over at Vendor Management (found here: ) and based on those rankings, and where I sit vs how many unique article views I get a day, I’d guess Dave is much closer to 100, and probably over that, on your average day – but I never figured out how to pull unique readership stats.

    Much appreciated,


    Michael Lamoureux

    08/30/06 3:26 AM at 3:26 am

  8. wordpress has some built-in reporting. last few days are representatirve – from 8/21 to yesterday: 314, 176, 157, 149, 152, 74 (sat), 81 (sun), 153, 164, and today is a partial. separately there’s the RSS readers, who come in over the same period as: 76, 81, 63, 74, 91, 23 (sat), 52 (sun), 53, 78, 44. not sure what this all means & very hard to tie this to unique visitors – just sure it’s lower. not sure how much this all matters to most readers though.. so how about you guys weight in on budget-based procurement, encumbrance acct, etc.. btw, as for whether tagging becomes one big mess as chaos reigns supreme it’s a valid question – and i would imagine there has to be some sort of trash collector system that eventually does some pruning to keep things under control.

    Dave Stephens

    08/30/06 7:34 AM at 7:34 am

  9. Dave:

    I use the paid, hosted version of GoDaddy quick blog. (I don’t think it’s much different than the free version, the big difference being alloted bandwidth and disk space.) It has lots of stats, but the ones I find most useful are hidden in the last statistics tab under “article views”. My last 6 days are: 188 126 142 164 127 112 and I’m at 132 so far today. Not quite at your level, but that’s the price I pay for having never worked at Oracle I guess. ;-)

    I haven’t figured out how to track RSS views, but I don’t have many RSS users … apparently CNet is right in a recent blog entry when they state that apparently 90% of blog readers don’t know about RSS. Think that’ll be my non-sourcing Saturday post.

    Michael Lamoureux

    08/30/06 11:46 AM at 11:46 am

  10. Michael, there is a counter on Dave’s home page. It seems to be incrementing at slightly higher rate than my own (hence the childish challenge to myself – you have to have someone to benchmark.).

    Don’t be dispared, Michael, I did not work for Oracle either. Without blogging, Manoj Ranaweera would still be a unknown entity. I am yet to make any impact. However, I am more popular than before I started blogging. Hopefully, this will help us to get more clients. Using the blog to build trust is my key objective right now.

    I still have no clue who reads my blog or whether I have a regular readership.

    Manoj Ranaweera

    08/30/06 10:04 PM at 10:04 pm

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