Spend Matters US Weekly Round-Up

WELL! We’ve finally made it to Friday.

First off, an important announcement. Spend Matters and MetalMiner have partnered with Nucor Steel to present our first ever conference: International Trade Policy Breaking Point. You can watch the live simulcast on 3/1/11 from 8-12 pm CST by registering here!

Now, into some important spend business. We’re seeing a new trend in complex categories and procurement, and Jason has somehow managed to draw several connections between Mike Meyers and Joan Rivers in discussing it: Procurement's New March to Complex Categories (Part 1) -- From Joan Rivers to Mike Myers (see part two here).

Jason also recently did a call with IACCM on whether supplier management solutions are enabling or destroying supplier relations You can read the highlights in the actual post here: Spend Matters and IACCM: Making Supplier Management Tools More Effective, but things get really interesting during the actual call when there’s a highly contemplative discussion around the psychology of people and why they end up in procurement (poor souls). Definitely worth a listen.

Our wonderful state of Illinois just passed a 66% income tax hike. We at Spend Matters certainly had a lot to say about it: Op-Ed: Illinois Debt as a Rallying Cry for Reducing State Spending, Not Raising Taxes

Quandry: does it matter if the employees running your technology/sourcing solution are happy?

And finally, here is an article featuring the libraries of the rich and famous, and I am jealous of them.

- Sheena Moore

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