Down the Procurement Pub with BravoSolution, Trade Extensions, Coupa, Basware and Metallica

Regular readers may have got the impression that photography is not my strong point. Just to re-inforce that, here is a "selfie" which, believe it or not, features me with Guy Allen, and there is (or should be) Tower Bridge also in the background. We were with our friends from BravoSolution, talking about our Real World Procurement events, amongst many other topics of interest. But how to take great photos was not one of them.

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We will have more on it next week, but if you can’t wait, part two of our Five Principles of Sourcing series is now available here for free download from the Trade Extensions website. The same link also gives you access to the first briefing paper in the set, where we outlined what we’re trying to achieve with this initiative. In the new paper, we cover the first two of our principles: “Coherence” and “Alignment”. Read all about how these two factors play into successful sourcing activity in any organisation.

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Leslie CampbellCoupa, the spend management software company, has appointed Leslie Campbell to their main Board in what we assume is a non-executive role. Campbell most recently served as CPO for Reed Elsevier, a leading provider of professional information solutions, where she transformed their procurement function after joining in 2007. Before that she was in senior procurement roles at Dell and Oracle. She’s an accountant by training, and we don’t know her, but this looks like a smart move by Coupa. Not only do they get that procurement expertise and experience at board level, it shows a commitment to the profession – to be able to say to clients and potential clients “we have a CPO sitting at our very top level” is a very positive factor.

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Basware has just published a report that we'll be looking at and reporting back on shortly - "Working with UK National e-Invoicing Forum, Local Government Association, the Department of Business Innovation & Skills and the Crown Commercial Service, Basware has launched a special report to offer guidance to local government organisations on how to make the move to e-Invoicing. Supporting data from the iGov 2015 Survey has been used to provide a snapshot of e-Invoice usage within local government across England. This data is qualified through in-depth interviews with respondents to create this more detailed study. The full report is available to download here: http://www.basware.co.uk/knowledge-center/making-it-happen-report-public-sector"

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Harriet baldwinWith the recent UK government ministerial reshuffle / bloodbath, West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to serve under Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon with responsibility for defence procurement. She replaces the well-regarded Philip Dunne, who has moved to Health. She read modern languages as Oxford and worked in banking before becoming an MP in 2010.  She has been economic secretary to the Treasury but has no history really around procurement or MOD, which is par for the course as far as new Ministers go, experience not being one of the key selection criteria for these roles. Good luck to her though – it's a vital job.

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Last week in our regular music slot we asked you to think about your best ever cover versions. We’ve had some great suggestions already (see here in the “Comments” section) from some serious music fans -thanks! Let’s start featuring some of those with this classic – a cover of a cover you might say, as this was based on a traditional Irish song when Thin Lizzy did their famous version. Here is the mighty Metallica.

And keep those "best cover version ever" suggestions coming in - you can use the "comments" here please.

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