Questions Practitioners Should Ask About Procurement Technology

Unlike my esteemed colleagues on the Spend Matters US team, I am really not a technologist. That’s ironic, because as the oldest member of the team, and a mathematician by training, I was preparing punch cards to be run through the mainframe overnight at ICI (then the UK’s largest industrial company) while Jason Busch was learning to count in kindergarten. (That is, depressingly, the literal truth).

I also learnt to programme during my degree studies at Cambridge. But perhaps the fact that the Cambridge University Maths Department  computer (there was only one, as far as I remember) used a programming language that was only used in the Cambridge Maths Department made me feel that this wasn’t the most useful thing I might do in my life!

Having started work, I stayed with some analytical roles for a few years, but was then tempted into the wonderful world of procurement, and have stayed there pretty much ever since, with the greatest part of that time being spent as a practitioner. The last ten years have been as a consultant, analyst and writer  – although the consulting has been pretty hands on at times, with stints as an interim CPO in some big government roles.

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