NASPO Sent Me A Tweet Regarding Podcast – Here Is My Response!

Posted on April 27, 2022


Over the past two weeks, I have reviewed two of the FeedSpot Top 20 podcasts in the procurement industry. Here is the link to the first post from April 11th.

Something interesting happened on my way to review the remaining 18 podcasts from the FeedSpot list – a Tweet from the good people at the National Association of State Procurement Officials, otherwise known as NASPO.

As a journalist (yes, I actually did have press credentials) and ghostwriter, I have always been curious. In other words, in my Trivial Pursuit mind, I am also interested in new information – or in the case of the NASPO tweet, a new podcast.

Now, this is where it gets interesting.

The podcast that came up featured the NASPO CIO Bob Sievert talking about eProcurement and his upcoming webinar on June 10th – eProcurement: What It Is & What It isn’t. By the way, to the show’s producer, there wasn’t an active link to register for the webinar πŸ˜‰

Anyway, and this is the interesting part – one of the very first posts I wrote after launching this blog in May 2007 was the two-part “Yes Virginia! There is more to e-procurement than software!” review of the Commonwealth’s eVA initiative.

So, why did I choose to write about Virginia’s initiative?

After reading my earlier post, “The Ariba Interviews: Re-engineering the Future ofΒ On-Demand?” Bob Sievert sent me an email. Even though the blog was relatively new, Ariba’s PR Firm contacted me to schedule an interview with a company senior executive. Bob thought that the story’s angle was interesting. Since Ariba was one of the providers with whom the Commonwealth was dealing, he said he would like to share some further (and interesting) insights into the relationship.

The rest, as they say, is history, as I have written many articles regarding Virginia’s success with eVA and delivered keynotes at their annual conferences over the years.

If you want to delve deeper into the history of one of the very first successful eProcurement initiatives in the public sector, you can do so through the provided links.

In the meantime, and returning to the present-day and the earlier referenced podcast and subsequent webinar, I cannot think of many other individuals as knowledgeable as Bob is about eProcurement: What It Is & What It isn’t.

So, even though they are not in FeedSpot Top 20 list – at least not yet, the NASPO Pulse Podcast is definitely worth a listen.


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