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Peter Smith and Jason Busch dedicate this blog to everyone who wants to gain insight into Spend Management – procurement, supply chain management, purchase to pay and related areas. We tackle professional issues first, personal issues second, although we’ll be the first to admit that we can all benefit from smarter spending at home as much as in the workplace.

In our commentary and reporting, we’ll dig into the latest news, techniques, “secret” tools of the trade, technology, and its impact. We’ll take a diverse approach to exploring topics. One day we might examine the Spend Management implications of political, economic or trade policy.

The next we might gossip about industry happenings and events. Regardless of topic, we will keep our discussion lively and on target. Because we can all agree that spend does matter.

We have various opportunities for sponsorship, which combines presence on the website with advice from and access to Peter and Jason; if you are interested, please email Peter Smith.

Peter Smith is our Lead Editor, and has been around procurement for 25 years as a manager, CPO, and consultant. He has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Peter was Procurement Director for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (Europe), the Department of Social Security and the NatWest Group. As well as Spend Matters, Peter is MD of Procurement Excellence, a leading strategic consulting firm, and acts as a senior procurement adviser to key UK Government bodies.

He has worked for many leading public and private organisations, both on the procurement side and also to help organisations market and sell better to procurement people. Peter is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops, and his first book, co-authored with Fiona Czerniawska, was published in June 2010 by The Economist Books; “Buying Professional Services; How to get value for money from consultants and other professional services providers”.

Jason Busch is Executive Editor of Spend Matters in the US and shares responsibility with Peter for our new site. He’s also actively involved in a variety of technology selection, strategy and M&A pursuits on behalf of clients from large multinationals to bootstrapped start-ups. Aside from developing Spend Matters and his transactional advisory work, Jason’s current practice as Managing Director of Azul Partners is focused on short-term, expert engagements, often around speaking, training and knowledge transfer. Jason’s clients include many of the largest software vendors, consultancies, and outsourcing providers as well as a range of Global 2000 companies.

In previous lives, before spending five-years at FreeMarkets in a range of corporate development, marketing and line roles, Jason was a management consultant and merchant banking analyst. He’s also been a part-time journalist and columnist throughout most of his career and has authored thousands of articles and whitepapers. Jason holds an MA in history and an undergraduate degree, cum laude, with departmental honors, from the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English literature and history and completed undergraduate coursework at Wharton.

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