Spend Matters US Weekly Round-Up

Greetings from Chicago, where the wind chill is dipping into the negative twenties  and China’s President Hu Jintao is visiting.

Speaking of President Jintao, please join in the fun, because this was the week’s most read piece: What Did Obama Say After the Bow to Chinese President Hu Jintao...?

Speaking of President Obama, Bill writes a very good piece on how he’s doing some good in the corporate world: President Obama Seeks to Remove Regulations That Impede Corporate Investment -- “Regardless of one's personal political leanings, I suspect we might all agree that if the candidates who ran in the last election for U.S. President could have foreseen the economic calamity they would be required to navigate, they might gladly have dropped out of the race. Mr. Obama won the dubious prize, and has been embroiled in a presidential trial by fire for the past 24 months. Now, somewhat ironically, he seems to have gotten his sea legs and appears to be embarking upon an authentic economic stimulus: to review federal regulations and promote corporate spending.”

We’ve also been focusing a lot on supplier management. Jason recently spoke with Biznet and was impressed. Biznet -- A Pure-Play Supplier Performance Management Solution (Part 1) -- “Without question, Biznet, which only focuses on supplier performance management (and related risk areas), clearly appears at the top of the pack in certain markets, primarily oil and gas, in which it has material market share (other top best of breed vendors in SPM include Emptoris, BravoSolution, Hiperos and Ivalua).” On a related note, check out our new Compass Research paper! Beyond Basic Scorecarding -- Supplier Performance (SPM)/Development.

Enjoy your weekend, and please join me in pretending I am here:

- Sheena Moore

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