Last year, we wrote about Alibaba partnering with Coupa in what appeared to be the Barney partnership of the year. The hookup was said to “provide Coupa customers with an easy way to find and source from suppliers on Alibaba.com. Coupa customers will have immediate, easy access to millions of additional global suppliers from Alibaba.com.” Fast-forward and Alibaba is taking multiple P2P wives, or so it would seem. Anyway, to get back to the title of this article and find out all the eProcurement applications that Alibaba is selling, all you have to do is check out the Alibaba site – which scares us a bit; read on to find out why.
In the last edition of this multi-part series, we started drilling into the top 5 personality styles for procurement. In this edition, we’ll finish off the analysis and discuss a few implications. Coming into the No. 2 spot is the ENTP (Extroversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perception). Approximately 12.1% of procurement professionals in a recent personality study were ENTP’s (compared with only 3.2% of the general population!). The ENTP, typified as the Visionary or Debater, is defined as ”quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people.”