October Music Review – Hozier, Ben Howard, Ex Hex and Lucinda Williams

- October 25, 2014 5:02 AM | Categories:

Everything from debuts to 30 year plus veterans this month. The debut eponymous album from Hozier highlights this singer’s sensual and stunning R ‘n B / soul / blues / rock voice, part Van Morrison, part Paulo Nutini. But songs such as the already legendary Take Me To Church (17 million views on YouTube) show that Andrew Hozier-Byrne from Wicklow in Ireland is a very talented songwriter too. He’s charismatic and excellent live (he can REALLY sing), based on his Reading performance this year, and he’s breaking the States by the look of it. Actually, at times I hear a […]

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What Do Procurement People Do All Day? (And What Should They Do?) [Plus +]

- October 24, 2014 10:19 AM | Categories:

blur-city-crowd-1719-821x550 I saw a blog post a few months back asking the question about how chief procurement officers (CPOs) spend their time. Although the post was really just a Trojan Horse for campaigning a full-blown “benchmarking” survey, the topic is a good one to explore, and there is already some solid quantitative research on the topic. For those of you who have children, you may be familiar with Richard Scarry’s book What do People Do All Day. It’s a wonderful illustrated children’s book dealing with all of the various roles that people play in a small town. Of course, I didn't see any procurement people, and I was envisioning a small, dimly lit negotiations room where supplier people were, ahem, “sharpening their pencils.” But, there was a firefighter, so perhaps that is close enough.

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Exclusive! How the UK Government Plans to Cope with EU Cash Demand

Peter Smith - October 24, 2014 8:52 AM
October 25th 2014 Dear Mr Barroso We understand you have an invoice for £1.7 billion payable to the European Commission by the UK government. First of all, we need to set you up a... more ▸

Down the Procurement Pub – with Atos, IBM, NHS, Haworth Tomkins, and Ex-Hex

Peter Smith - October 24, 2014 7:31 AM
This week I met old friends Neil MacKenzie and Peter Jones from the consulting arm of Atos, to talk about their very thought-provoking report on procurement technology – see ... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Oct. 20 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - October 24, 2014 6:10 AM
Check out the most popular and noteworthy articles the Spend Matters Network published this week!... more ▸

Product vs. services supply chains: differences? Discuss!

Sheena Smith - October 24, 2014 4:22 AM
Greetings from Chicago, where the trees are lovely, there's a nip in the breeze, and the impending winter doom is nigh. Lots happened across the pond this week: we request your exp... more ▸

This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Nancy Clinton - October 24, 2014 12:28 AM
Six weeks in and our new site, Public Spend Matters Europe, is continuing to receive a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. There’s a new article e... more ▸

Institute of Competition and Procurement Studies Presents Procurement Week 2015

Peter Smith - October 23, 2014 9:56 AM
Here is the another taster from a new post on Public Spend Matters Europe, our sister site dedicated to public procurement issues. Institute of Competition and Procurement Studies ... more ▸

Social Media and the CPO Plus

Peter Smith - October 23, 2014 2:32 AM
For a recent workshop in London, I prepared a session titled "From Facebook to Supplier Collaboration - how social media is changing procurement.” As well as being one of the mo... more ▸

2015: A “Banner Year” for Invoice Discounting pro

Jason Busch - October 22, 2014 2:13 AM
Invoice discounting is about to hit the afterburner with significant program acceleration inside existing accounts as well as new program implementation and adoption in 2015. In th... more ▸

SciQuest 14.2 Update Part 2: Total Supplier Management – Sophisticated Supplier Lifecycle Management Solution Renewed pro

Thomas Kase - October 21, 2014 6:24 AM
In Part 1, we looked at the new TSM (Total Supplier Manager) 14.2 release by SciQuest. Details included a Base TSM with extendible functionality on a core Java framework shared wit... more ▸

10 Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year Invoice Discounting Growth Hits an Inflection Point (Part 1) pro

Jason Busch - October 20, 2014 6:28 AM
There. We’ve put a date on it. 2015 will be the year invoice discounting growth hits a true inflection point with many procurement and A/P organizations finally moving away from ... more ▸