Spend Matters UK Round-Up

Supplier Relationship Management – nirvana or a mirage for procurement leaders? -- Many organisations have implemented SRM programmes only for them to fade away over a couple of years, or disappear with a change of CPO or CFO when the required investment failed the business case test. Why is this so?

Making procurement more strategic – A BravoSolution paper -- I found the focus on the need for procurement to move beyond our usual comfort zone particularly striking. For instance, the novel idea that procurement should "teach your marketing team about what goes into your product or service".

National Audit Office – so much on procurement we can't keep up -- I'm a big fan of the UK National Audit Office – not just because they have been a consulting client of mine but because they do good work that helps drive better value and performance in the public sector. But... I can't help wondering whether their recent change in strategy might be counter-productive in one sense?

Procurement news – vendor latest from Hubwoo and Emptoris -- Hubwoo, "a leading global provider of Cloud Procurement solutions powered by SAP® software", and quoted on the Paris stock exchange, announced their annual results last week. And Peter is off to Barcelona to participate in the Emptoris 'Empower Europe 2011? event for the next couple of days.

And finally, some residual humor from last week: The Bribery Act – implications for Procurement -- The Bribery Act comes into force across Europe shortly, and as you may well know it is going to have a serious effect on how procurement people conduct business. It will become vitally important not merely to avoid bribery (obviously) but also to show that you are taking all reasonable steps to avoid accusations or any appearance of bribery or corruption in procurement activities.

- Sheena Moore

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