Spend Matters 50/50: CIPS – A Provider to Know in 2015

100 companies - 100 days

We announced here and here our two (not ranked) lists: Spend Matters 50 To Know and 50 To Watch firms for 2015/2016. In the first case, this is our view of the 50 solution provider type organisations in the procurement industry that every senior procurement leader should be aware of and understand. The 50 To Watch are the up-and-coming firms  - those with interesting and relatively new solutions for our market. The 50 To Know are the key organisations in our industry that procurement executives need to have on their radar.

Having announced the lists, our US colleagues are now featuring each of the 100 firms in turn with an article giving an overview of each, with some headline Spend Matters thoughts on them. So on this site we will be giving you a brief extract of the US article; in this case our own Peter Smith (CIPS President some years ago) wrote the review, so here is some of what he had to say about CIPS:

"The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement professional institute, certainly as measured by number of individual members or revenues. Over the past few years, it has powered ahead of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) on those terms, mainly through 2 things – a more focused commercial approach than most other professional bodies and growth in the emerging markets ... the jewel in the crown is still the CIPS qualification program, which has maintained its position as the most rigorous and extensive procurement syllabus in the world ... There have been failures or disappointments, too ...

You can read the article in full here. And we have reviewed the new re-launched Supply Management magazine and media partnership with Haymarket here, do take a look at our initial impressions. We also published an interesting interview we did recently with CIPS President Richard Masser here.

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