Down the Procurement Stadium with BravoSolution, the Falklands, Carillion, Roomex and Superorganism

Thanks to BravoSolution and everyone who came to their workshop at the amazing Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday at which I spoke and ran […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

Spend Data, AI and Machine Learning – Webinar and Paper Now Available

Next Tuesday at noon UK time we have our webinar with Paddy Lawton of Coupa Spend. Paddy was the founder and Chief Executive of UK-based […]

Why Don’t SMEs Win More Government Work – Our Readers Comment

We reported here on the disappointing figures quietly released by the UK government recently that showed spend with smaller firms (SMEs) declining in 2015/16. While […]

How Well Do You Understand Your Organisation’s Culture?

Coming into a new job of any kind is a challenge, and understanding the prevailing organisational culture is important if any employee wants to succeed. […]

Cash Flow Problems For Hospitals – Is Supply Chain Finance An Answer?

How bad is the financial crisis in the UK’s National Health Service? One worrying indicator is the number of Health Trusts (who run hospitals and […]

The Amazon Effect: Competition for Procurement Talent

We enjoyed an article on the Spend Matters US site from Nick Lazzara and Naseem Malik, of MRA Global Sourcing. They talk about the “Amazon effect”, not […]

Dhatim Conciliator: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths & Weaknesses [PRO]

“Cognitive” procurement has a ring to it. Enough so that any CPO who works for an organization with a broader digital transformation mandate just might pick up the old handset when a new technology provider that uses artificial intelligence (AI) in new ways decides to call. And Dhatim’s Conciliator, one of the first entrants into the cognitive sourcing market that uses AI and customized learning models to identify and predict savings opportunities, classification errors, and even individual (and theoretically supplier/vendor) [...]

What Makes a Successful Procurement Leader (Part 2)

In Part 1 yesterday we talked about George Owens, who won the Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year award in Berlin recently at the […]

What Makes a Successful Procurement Leader? (Part 1)

Many, many words have been written about procurement leadership and what makes a successful procurement director, CPO or equivalent. We should always be careful about […]

More on NHS Procurement League Tables – Our Readers Comment

We had some interesting comments on our article about the NHS procurement “league tables”. To remind you - NHS hospitals are now ranked in a […]

Are You Wasting Time and Money on Technology RFPs? [Plus +]

Technology selections are a serious but often overlooked topic, especially given not just the time and effort involved — but also how long you'll live with the results of your decision. This article describes many cost/benefit aspects of the RFP process when it comes to technology solutions and shares some insider "secret" provider insights. We will also share how to avoid allocating inordinate amounts of time and resources in return for a suboptimal outcome. More importantly — and this might sound like [...]