With apologies to Dr. Martin Luther King -- who played, perhaps, the most important role in the Civil Rights movement in the United States -- I thought I'd share a few of my dreams for the Spend Management sector in 2008 and beyond.
I have a dream that companies and governments will end wasteful spending once and for all and live out the true meaning of the procurement creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that spend must be managed, lest it manage us."
I have a dream that one day in the pork-barreled hills of Washington that the US government will get serious about eliminating the deficit for the benefit of all domestic and global companies engaged in cross border trade (not to mention future generations of those growing up the US).
I have a dream that one day even the domestic auto industry, a sector sweltering with the heat of procurement injustice, sweltering with the heat of supplier oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of savings and collaborative cost take out.
I have a dream today ...
That's it. I've butchered MLK's great work enough. But if you'd like to read his famous "I have a dream" speech in its entirety, you can find it here.
- Jason Busch