Spend Matters and the tale of traveling through time zones: conference mania!

It was quite a travel week for the Spend Matters team - first, Jason Busch, Lisa Reisman, Pierre Mitchell, Thomas Kase, and myself all converged in Las Vegas (so sunny. so hot.) for ISM's annual conference, and then Jason jetted off to Philadelphia for Elemica's event. ISM actually marked my speaking debut on the procurement circuit, in the session "From Wikis to Whitepapers: Brand Yourself by Leveraging Social Media and Other Resources." Lisa Reisman moderated the panel discussion for "The Impact of Regulatory Issues on the Future of Supply Management" and presented "Using Macroeconomic Indicators to Drive Procurement Decision-Making." Jason Busch presented "Spend Analysis Meets Big Data: A Checklist for New Procurement Analytics." A big showing from the Spend Matters team, in other words!

Before I dive in to the actual conference coverage, here's what I'm sure you're really curious about:

  • I lost $40 at roulette 🙁
  • Lisa Reisman of MetalMiner won $15 from a slot machine called China Shores (we were staying at the Wynn Encore, after all)
  • Jason Busch managed to break even at the blackjack tables

Now that that's dispensed with, here's the real coverage from the event:

And after flying back to Chicago, Jason Busch then flew to Philly for Elemica Reveal:

Back on the home front:

We're thrilled to introduce our new marketing manager, Kyle Fitzsimmons, who has already managed to standardize everyone's email signature (after only 10 years of non-matching ones!): An Interview with Kyle Fitzsimmons, the New Spend Matters Network Marketing Manager

Peter Smith presented on a fantastic webinar this morning with Lindsay Sloan of SciQuest on challenges for procurement in the financial sector. You can watch the recording here.

For this week's music, I finally got around to watching the movie Blue Valentine and cannot stop listening to this little gem:

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