The GO Awards – Public Sector Procurement All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!

- March 2, 2015 7:31 AM | Categories:

Last Thursday’s National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16 at the Midland Hotel Manchester was notable for a record attendance, with 470 folk somewhat packed into the room, and an enthusiastic (rowdy) audience that even the compère, the statuesque Becky Meehan (six foot five in her heels) struggled to control at times! Compared to other awards events, this is very much an evening for the organisations shortlisted, and it is all the better for that – very few tables of bored corporate hospitality victims here. It does go on a bit, like most of these evenings, but […]

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IT Supply Chain Developments and Their Impact on Buying Decisions

- March 2, 2015 4:30 AM | Categories:

We are pleased to bring you Al Nagar's (Head of Benchmarking, KnowledgeBus,  Mercato Solutions) end of February advisory post sharing recent movements and impactors within key IT product categories, to keep you abreast of the latest developments to support your purchasing decisions.   With less than 100 days to go until the general election, investing in technology remains high on the political agenda for UK business. For government bodies in particular, the adoption of technology remains particularly significant as public sector organisations continue their journey to digital transformation in an effort to improve the delivery of public services. Fluctuating exchange rates, […]

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UK Government Does NOT “Spend Over a Quarter of its Procurement Budget with SMEs”

Peter Smith - March 2, 2015 3:00 AM
Last week the UK government finally released the figures for procurement spend with SMEs (smaller firms) for the financial year 2013/14 - some 11 months after the end of the year. ... more ▸

February Album Review (part 2) – Peace, the Districts, the Bots, Father John Misty

Peter Smith - March 1, 2015 3:14 AM
Having featured four very impressive albums from the girls yesterday, today it's the boys turn. First of all, boys in a band – Peace, with Happy People, their second album. Their... more ▸

February Album Review (part 1) – Marika Hackman, Susanne Sundfør, Rae Morris and Rhiannon Giddens

Peter Smith - February 28, 2015 12:19 AM
The big question we are asking this month – why is all the most interesting music being made by women? I’m not talking super-obscure stuff; I’m talking fairly or very success... more ▸

Down the Procurement Pub with Proxima, UNISON, eWorld, the LPP and Blur

Peter Smith - February 27, 2015 7:31 AM
This week’s picture shows me having a beer. I know that is not a desperately unusual picture, let’s be honest, but it is the best I could do this week. The photographer was a w... more ▸

Procurement Organization and Structure – Why It Matters For CPOs Plus

Peter Smith - February 24, 2015 2:42 AM
I spoke earlier this month at a half-day workshop event organized by Oracle and Enrich. The topic was “Future-Proof Procurement – what does the future-proof structure and strat... more ▸

Procurement and Insider Trading: What You Need to Know pro

Thomas Kase - February 23, 2015 2:46 AM
Procurement has increasing access to multiple levels of insider information. And just as we have seen enforcement impacting procurement and supply chain activities centered on FCPA... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Feb. 16 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - February 20, 2015 2:17 AM
It's Friday! Time for this week's edition of the Best of Roundup - giving you the latest and most noteworthy articles published around the Spend Matters Network. ... more ▸

Does Procurement Inadvertently Facilitate Insider Trading? pro

Thomas Kase - February 19, 2015 2:44 AM
Have you considered the potential for insider trading violations and the ensuing lawsuits that could arise from access to procurement information? Perhaps this hasn't even entered ... more ▸

Is The CEO The Only One With Need-To-Know? Exploring the Brewing Information Clash pro

Thomas Kase - February 18, 2015 2:25 AM
How much information do you share internally? How much should you share? Who has a need to know? These are important questions to ask as you drive procurement change management and... more ▸

Coupa Sets Itself Apart in the S2P Sector pro

Pierre Mitchell - February 17, 2015 2:39 AM
Coupa stands alone as the most aggressive vendor in the source-to-pay sector on virtually every level – starting with breakneck pace R&D development and continuing to assertive s... more ▸