OECM Pulls (or Perhaps “Censors” is the right word) their SlideShare PowerPoint: Thank goodness for downloads!

Posted on September 7, 2010


In a Goodfellas or Casino-type of move – re burying the proverbial body in the desert, the OECM pulled their PowerPoint presentation from SlideShare.

As you will recall, this was the presentation to which I had provided a link in my September 1st post “OECM Punts Ariba, Taking a $20 Million Dollar Hit In The Process?” where the OECM hierarchy outlined in great detail their bold strategy for launching an Ariba-based marketplace in early 2009.  What is the old saying about being “a day late, and a dollar short.”

Unfortunately, and similar to my soon to be 3 year old son who during a vigorous game of hide-and-seek believes that if he closes his eyes no one can see him, this latest move by OECM to cover their tracks obviously doesn’t take into account the download feature on platforms such as SlideShare.

Nor does it seem that the OECM brain-trust are familiar with the phenomenon known has the Streisand Effect.  For those unfamiliar with the term, I wrote about it in the September 5th PI Window on Business post “The Constitution is not a Suicide Pact: The questions and perhaps answers regarding The Serial Suicide Killer’s First Amendment Rights can be found in a statement by Abraham Lincoln.”

The theory, which was developed by Techdirt founder and CEO Mike Masnick, is based on the belief that any “attempt to censor or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequences of causing the information to be publicized widely and to a greater extent than would have occurred if no censorship had been attempted.”

So while I have empathy for those involved with a project in which there was such a massive collapse resulting in their having to eat $20 million, it is this plausible deniability mindset that is at the heart of why the industry continues to experience the 75% rate of failure predicted by Dale Neef in his 2001 book “eProcurement: From Strategy to Implementation.”

Specifically, how can you address and problem and move forward, if you do not even acknowledge that a problem ever existed (see my September 3rd post:”While Rome Burns, Jason Busch Talks About Remodeling The City“).

The fact is that the relationship between vendors, purportedly independent industry analysts, and client-side senior management highlighted in “The Bands of Public Sector Supplier Engagement,” is far too “mafia-style” for everyone’s good.  Until this problem is addressed, the industry will continue to be tightly controlled by those who truly do know where the bodies of failed initiatives are buried.

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