Browsing All posts tagged under »Acres of Diamonds«

Hochfelder’s bold MRO prediction? by Jon Hansen

February 6, 2014

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Okay I know that coming on the heels of my previous post in which shall we say, I questioned the veracity of a research paper by The Hackett Group on supplier consolidation, this next post may cause some to suggest an absence of bran in my diet.  Or maybe that the winter has been far […]

Next week’s line-up of shows features interviews with execs from IBM and Xchanging by Jon Hansen

May 10, 2013

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While the world of procurement is never boring, some week’s have an added pop to them in that you get an opportunity to cover two of the hottest stories that are trending at a particular moment in time. On Tuesday, May 14th at 12:00 Noon EST, I will be airing my interview with Alisa Maclin, […]

Don’t sweat the small stuff? Why industry experts point to Indirect Material Spend as an important reservoir of untapped savings!

September 12, 2011

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With regard to costs, the conventional wisdom is that procurement should focus principally on the “big ticket” areas of spend, such as raw materials and energy.  And, you certainly should devote attention to raw materials and energy – not just to reduce costs, but also to reduce volatility through better risk management. But, if you […]

The Baron Son: Finding Your “Acres of Diamonds”

January 16, 2010

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The Baron Son is an allegorical tale designed as a road map to wealth, power, and success. A legend from centuries past, it is the account of a young boy who loses everything, and through struggle, finds the secret to become the richest, most powerful man the world has ever known. The above is the […]

Oracle launches sourcing software on demand: Why market adaptability may ultimately derail the transition (Part 2)

April 14, 2009

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“Recognizing that adoption or end-user compliance is one of the main barriers to a successful program, the ability for project champions to leverage user comfort with known applications such as Excel to access certain functions within the SAP architecture could stimulate stakeholder buy-in, at least internally. By promoting the utilization of SAP through a familiar, […]

Answering a Silent Question: When Compliance Adherence is a Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil Proposition (BC Compliance Group Profile)

January 15, 2009

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How Can You Negotiate After the Deal is Done? “Imagine This: a requisitioner commits to a deal with a supplier without your involvement or approval.  Now the supplier believes he’s already won the order and you’ve lost the upper hand in any negotiation.  This can be one of the toughest situations you will ever face […]

Undiscovered Diamonds for 2008: Finding the Acres of Diamonds in an Evolving Market (Certify Profile: www.certify.com)

December 16, 2008

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“For every acre of that old farm, yes, every shovelful, afterward revealed gems which since have decorated the crowns of monarchs.” From Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell   Often times we have a tendency to overlook that which we either take for granted, or lacks the perceived big bang impact that places a […]