Spend Matters UK/Europe Round-Up

Peter tackles the impending Olympics, supplier lifecycle management, the new CIPS website, and this intriguing-looking band:

The Olympics "Delivery Partner" model – a precedent worth following? (Part 1) -- The ODA – Olympic Delivery Authority – have had a lot of praise for their work on the Olympics, much of it justified, particularly the venue construction work coming in ahead of schedule and to budget. However, the ticketing process hasn't been plain sailing (it's been pointed out that this is LOCOG responsibility – apologies to ODA) and we still have to see how some of their other areas of responsibility pan out – let's hope transport and security work as well as the construction process. (Part 2 here)

Supplier Lifecycle Management – the benefits -- We launched our new research paper last week – "Supplier Lifecycle Management: Reduce risk, Improve Performance and drive Supplier Value". In it, we look at the concept of Supplier Lifecycle Management, (SLM), which works from the premise that the supplier should be considered as central to procurement activities and processes. Here and here are our two previous posts about the paper, and today we'll complete our coverage of it by looking at the benefits you can achieve by taking this approach.

Sourcing Interests Group – "the good, the bad and the ugly" -- We mentioned here the Sourcing Interest Group's London Roundtable event on February 29th / March 1st. There are a few places left, and you can register to attend free of charge if you are a procurement practitioner! (Sorry, that doesn't apply to those of you on the provider side of things). I've been working on my session, which will be on March 1st, and now have a title - "Sourcing – the good, the bad and the ugly"!

New CIPS website – a huge improvement -- The new CIPS website has gone live at last. The old one was looking more and more tired and was never particularly user friendly, so this was a very necessary development. And what an improvement – I think it looks really good, and while I haven't spent too long trying it out, navigation and signposting seem much better. There are new features as well, like "Ask the Expert" (Ian Schollar of CIPS being designated as that person) which might be entertaining – let's see if we can think of some good challenging questions...

The procurement conference season approaches – please entertain me! -- As you may have noticed, we're getting into the first of the two conference seasons of the year; there's March–June and September–November. I'm involved with both the BravoSolution Real World Sourcing briefing events and the SIG London Roundtable – both will of course be excellent! But on what would seem to be a totally different note, I went to an excellent gig on Monday, with an eminent procurement colleague. We'll tell you more about it tomorrow, but one support band were just brilliant live. The headliners, on the other hand, probably had stronger songs, but just weren't performers. I may buy the album from the support act, but would travel some distance to see them live again; I'll definitely buy the new CD from the headliners. Two different sets of criteria -- performance versus content.

- Sheena Moore

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