I'm pleased to announce that in the next couple of weeks, you're going to see a handful of new voices joining me on Spend Matters. I plan to keep writing just as much if not more, so look for a general uptick in both the quantity -- and hopefully quality and usefulness -- of content. The two newest contributors joining me for the first time today are Gregg Brandyberry and Jason Magidson. Gregg and Jason are two of the most insightful (and entertaining) thinkers and doers in the space. Both just left GlaxoSmithKline where they developed and successfully deployed the company's Global Procurement Technology Platform over the past 10 years. Gregg was VP Procurement, Global Systems and Operations and Jason was Director, Procurement Systems and later Director, Procurement Innovation (Jason is the author of Idealized Design -- Dissolving Tomorrow's Crisis...Today).
Gregg and Jason have formed a small consultancy called Wildfire Commerce, Inc. They are focused on helping companies achieve real breakthroughs that reduce costs and grow revenues. The two believe all companies have significant hidden opportunities that they can help unlock through real empowerment of the existing workforce, the better utilization of capital assets and shifting the focus from "talking" to "doing" by executing employee-owned accelerated improvement plans.
These guys are practitioners who have been at the forefront of Procurement technology since the late 1990's. For those who know GSK, you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about. They were very early adopters of new technologies and adopted a philosophy that was based on making sure that their Procurement clients were in the driver's seat and always had "best of breed" functionality available -- whether they built functionality internally or purchased 3rd party solutions. They were willing to take certain risks with early technology suppliers and deployed these solutions on a global basis.
I'm sure GSK will miss these guys, but I'm pleased to report that they will begin making regular contributions to Spend Matters. Thanks, Gregg and Jason, for joining me on these virtual pages. Gregg is back from Europe after dodging swine flu (he hopes) during the past week, and will share his thoughts on the matter later today, as both a world business traveler and procurement pharma guy.