The Next Level Purchasing Association – Free! (Are we bovvered...?) -- Next Level Purchasing (NLP) are probably better known in the US (and countries such as India) than in most of Europe, but they have carved out a niche as a provider of education, mainly on-line, that leads to their own SPSM purchasing certification. Charles Dominick, their founder and MD, also does a nice line in blogs, which tend to be interesting and at times educational/thought-provoking.
Peter attends the Emptoris Empower Event! -- At the Emptoris Empower event last week we heard about their future product development strategy. It appeared very logical and there was a clear sense of strategic direction aimed very clearly at helping the practitioner perform 'sourcing' tasks in their widest sense. Without getting too much into technological detail, or specific time-plans, here are the key themes that emerged from those presentations.
Procurement without PQQs – we see a new public sector 'open' tender -- In the dingy basement bar, hidden from the tourists not 200 yards away in Trafalgar Square, I sit, nervously sipping my Verdicchio de Castelli chilled white wine. Then, the door is pushed open, and a tall, saturnine figure enters. "Are you..?"
A guest post from Guy Allen, VP Global Procurement for Fujitsu -- Just before the CIPS dinner a couple of weeks ago, I asked Peter Smith (erstwhile Spend Matters editor) which hotel he was staying at, so that we might share a taxi (or at least a' pre match' bevy). I was delighted when I found out he was staying at one of my company's preferred hotels, albeit at a rate 25% less than we pay.
- Sheena Moore