Browsing All posts tagged under »strategic sourcing«

Is purchasing a bad word? (Procurement Foundry Special)

December 5, 2019

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Which would you rather be; a purchasing professional, procurement professional, strategic sourcing professional?

Why the everyday taxpaying citizen should care about the Missouri NIGP Code Bid Protest by Jon Hansen

April 4, 2015

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“Can you imagine what a politician would do with a story like this?  How would State’s explain their coming under the thumb of a purported non-profit entity such as the NIGP who, through what appears to be a non-arms length relationship with a private entity, wields enough power to the point that they can dictate […]

Like a big screen action thriller, all that was missing from Barner’s ThomasNet article was popcorn . . . by Jon Hansen

September 3, 2014

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From a penny wise, pound foolish acquisition to a misdirected NPM reference involving Walmart, Kelly Barner’s recent ThomasNet News article “Three False Assumptions About Strategic Sourcing” had it all.  The only thing missing for me with this roller-coaster ride of sheer procurement enjoyment, was hot buttered popcorn and a big box of Mike and Ike. […]

IBMs acquisition of Emptoris: So there was a plan after all by Jon Hansen

June 25, 2014

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In my post yesterday regarding Oracle’s acquisition of Micros Systems I wrote the following: The only concern I have is whether or not Oracle will screw things up by seeking to assimilate Micros into its culture, as opposed to capitalizing on its core or indigenous strengths.  In its purchase of Emptoris, IBM recognized that company’s […]

Blinded by familiarity, Jason Busch gets called out by a vendor for missing the mark

December 1, 2011

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However, we took slight offence to his comment “Still, as far as we’re aware, Ariba is the first provider in the Spend Management sector of any material size/market share in a given product area to make a product free for buying organizations.” Why are we offended? Well, Jason himself reviewed our free e-Sourcing offering over five […]

Procurement Insights Exclusive: Taking An Advanced Look at the New Book by Source One’s Dorn and Payne

October 6, 2011

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A funny thing about momentum . . . it has a kind of unique way of feeding off of itself to the point of gaining a critical mass that affords one with opportunities they might not normally have had. From exclusive interviews with senior executives to breaking news tips, having the real inside track on […]

Today’s Zycus Webinar on eSourcing 2.0 is here! was interesting, yet it did not tell the whole story

December 3, 2009

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Like most professionals in my field I receive endless invitations to attend conferences, webinars and store openings.  As a result one has to be selective in terms of which invites they will accept otherwise, and like the frequency of corporate golf tournaments during the dot.com boom – I actually reached the point of being able […]

Behind Yesterday’s Press Release Regarding Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Decision to Expand Their Utilization of Emptoris’ Sourcing Solution

November 5, 2009

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A beverage company buys large quantities of aluminum, which it uses to manufacture cans to package its products.  They would like to periodically take advantage of spot markets for recycled aluminum.  They can use numerous approaches to buy recycled aluminum from the spot market including bid automation software, auction services, and industry exchanges, but their […]

Strategic Sourcing: Emerging Practices & Supplier Discovery and Visibility Groups Launched

October 11, 2009

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Social networking has redefined how we interact and do business. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the way associations and information sources are attempting to transform themselves into real-time, globally connected intelligence providers. It is an important step as professionals are looking for a collaborative forum that extends beyond the mere provision of […]

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, […]