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July Music Review (part 1) – La Roux, Tom Petty, Jenny Lewis, Hurray for the Riff Raff

- July 26, 2014 2:41 AM | Categories:

There’s been a lot going on in terms of new releases of interest this month, including from a couple of my all time favourites, plus we’re a little behind, so we’re doing a double-header today and tomorrow. La Roux had a huge hit with her eponymous debut album and two mega singles way back in 2009 (remember In For The Kill and Bulletproof?) After some difficulties with her own psyche and her previous collaborator, she is finally back with Trouble in Paradise. As another reviewer noted, it certainly doesn’t sound like the product of a tortured musical process. Light but […]

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Down the procurement pub with the Bluelight portal, Boeing, Proxima, health data and Hozier

- July 25, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

Museum tavern The Museum Tavern for a working lunch with Guy Allen. Good beer selection, but £6.29 for a toasted cheese and ham sarnie (with salad) or £8.08 with chips.  Eight quid!  And you’d think you might get salad and chips for £8 but no, they remove the salad if you have the chips. A real rip-off, which pub operators Taylor Walker can get away with because the clientele is largely tourists from the British Museum over the road. (In another of their pubs down the road, the same sandwich is slightly cheaper at £5.69).  So let’s give thanks to Wetherspoons, and […]

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Getting the best from procurement consultants

Sheena Smith - July 25, 2014 4:32 AM
The bosses are on vacation here in the US, so we've obviously been making the office spotless and thinking through forward looking strategy and not at all going on rollicking pub c... more ▸

LeanLinking Brings Social Media Principles to Procurement and Supply Management Plus

Peter Smith - July 25, 2014 2:27 AM
We've been talking for some time on the different Spend Matters sites about how social media principles and approaches will inevitably make their way into the business and procurem... more ▸

New solution providers – Bolero. Not really new, but a platform to digitise the trading world?

Peter Smith - July 25, 2014 12:12 AM
Continuing our series this week on interesting and innovative new players in the procurement and supply chain solutions space, but we’re cheating somewhat today with Bolero. ... more ▸

In Defense of the Signed Document pro

Pierre Mitchell - July 24, 2014 3:22 PM
Many people refer to ERP systems (notably master data stored in them) as the “system of record," which is interesting terminology. Think about supplier master data entered in the... more ▸

How Procurement Professionals can add value to business performance: sustainability and diversity

Nancy Clinton - July 24, 2014 8:15 AM
In this second in a series of articles looking at how procurement can add value to business performance, Gerard Chick, chief knowledge officer, Optimum Procurement Group examines a... more ▸

Celebrating Cynics – Monopolies aren’t good. So why have we encouraged their formation?

Peter Smith - July 24, 2014 4:31 AM
We introduced our “celebrating cynics” series the other day by making an appeal for procurement people to become – well, maybe not too cynical, but at least worldly-wise when... more ▸

What Makes Public Sector Spend Analysis Different: Motivations and Process Requirements (Part 2) pro

Jason Busch - July 23, 2014 11:21 AM
Building a successful public sector spend capability requires similar core capabilities as found in those sold to the private sector, as well as additional ones. But more so tha... more ▸

Provider Strategies in Asia: Country-Specific Trends and Considerations (Part 2) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 22, 2014 11:35 AM
This is the second in a two-part Spend Matters Plus series from Thomas Kase, VP of research, on strategies for providers to deliver procurement solutions and services in Asia. This... more ▸

Provider Strategies: Delivering Procurement Solutions and Services in Asia (Part 1) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 21, 2014 10:56 AM
“Asia” is obviously an impossibly broad label, covering so many countries, with such a range of cultures, languages, and political, ethnic, and demographical issues that we hav... more ▸

Trojan Rabbits and Project Portfolios: Procurement Market’s Freemium Applications and Services (Part 1) Plus

Pierre Mitchell - July 18, 2014 2:05 PM
The old Trojan horse trick has its place in the procurement market. This Spend Matters Plus research brief, by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, covers the good, bad, and ugl... more ▸