Alan Brace Inspires at the HCSA Conference – It’s All About Outcomes

- November 24, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

Alan Brace If you had placed a bet before the start of the HCSA conference last week that the best received presentation would come from a Finance Director, you could have got pretty good odds. But Alan Brace, CFO (actually, Director of Finance and Procurement) for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board was genuinely inspiring and fascinating. The Board employs 13,000 people and runs four hospitals, as well as various other services in South Wales, and here are some of his key points. – The key problem worldwide is that lifestyle and demographics are putting huge pressures on the health systems. It is […]

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Sigi Osagie – An Excerpt from his Excellent Book, Procurement Mojo

- November 24, 2014 4:30 AM | Categories:

Sigi2 We reviewed Sigi Osagie’s book here – “Procurement Mojo – Strengthening the Function and Raising its Profile.” It’s fair to say we liked it rather a lot, for its combination of a clear strategic view of what procurement and supply chain management is and should be all about, with practical advice and tools for driving change and improvement in the function as a leader. Osagie is excellent on a number of absolutely vital issues, including management of stakeholders, particularly in the context of change. So here is an (edited) excerpt from the book in which he talks about this issue. Over […]

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Why Gambling on Price Alone Represents a Risky Strategy for Energy Category Managers

Nancy Clinton - November 24, 2014 12:15 AM
Mike Jones, Group Managing Director, Optimum Procurement, shares his views and experience of the challenges facing procurement category managers. In this second in his series he l... more ▸

How do you choose procurement technology that grows with you?

Sheena Smith - November 21, 2014 7:07 AM
It appears as though the US team has decided that churning out new research papers and planning webinars is the only way to stay warm during this frigid early winter we find oursel... more ▸

Down the Procurement Lift with HCSA, Xchanging, Procurious and Peace

Peter Smith - November 21, 2014 4:23 AM
I called the lift to the 18th floor last night to go down to the HCSA dinner and as the door opened I was faced by this terrifying scene – a lift full of past present and fut... more ▸

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

Nancy Clinton - November 21, 2014 12:15 AM
It’s that time of the week again when we give you a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe. Our site, launched on September 1st, is continuing to receiv... more ▸

Supplier Relationship Management: Where Is It Going? Are You Keeping Pace? Plus

Thomas Kase - November 13, 2014 10:27 AM
Supplier Relationship Management (SRM): there is probably no other solution set in supply chain these days that is sold in so many incarnations – it’s a wild list of acronyms: ... more ▸

Zycus: Welcome to the End-to-End Procurement Suite Big Leagues (The Good) pro

Jason Busch - November 12, 2014 10:14 AM
Earlier this week, two members of the Spend Matters research team, Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, and Jason Busch, founder and managing director, spent a couple of days d... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay – Shade 9: The Magic Cube (Analyzing it) Plus

Pierre Mitchell - November 11, 2014 6:23 AM
In Part 1 of this Shade 9 Plus article, we discussed building your “spend cube.” Now that you have done that, the real fun begins: finding savings opportunities! Certainly, fin... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay – Shade 9: The Magic Cube (Building it) Plus

Pierre Mitchell - November 10, 2014 6:39 AM
In this installment of our 50 Shades of Pay series, we finally dive into some of the gory critical details of building out the “magic cube” of spend visibility. Actually, it’... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Nov. 3 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - November 7, 2014 6:24 AM
Check out the most popular articles published this week on the Spend Matters Network!... more ▸

Sharing Insight and Making Connections: Coverage from the Procurement Leaders Forum in Singapore Plus

Thomas Kase - November 6, 2014 6:24 AM
We continue our coverage of the Procurement Leaders Forum event in Singapore, which I attended at the end of October. In Part 1, I shared information on the awards given out at the... more ▸