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Procurement Insights Moves Into Mainstream Media

July 25, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
With our final sponsorship commitments ending at the end of this month, Procurement Insights will be a 100 percent sponsor free blog. While I have always striven to provide thorough and objective coverage, for me accepting blog sponsorship dollars didn’t seem to mesh with true journalism. Or as I would…

9 Years Ago Today Procurement Insights Was Launched

May 19, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
It is funny how anniversaries can sneak up on you. Especially when you have been doing something you love for so long. A few moments ago, a message from WordPress just popped up on my screen reminding me that 9 years ago today I launched the Procurement Insights blog. 9 years!…

Seary Interview: A energized mix of Python humor with 60 Minutes Insights

May 11, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
I just finished my interview with Procurious’ Tania Seary and all I am going to say is that it was an energized mix of Python humor and 60 Minutes insights. Maybe next time we will reverse roles, with Tania playing host and me as her guest. You just never know. In…

Answer: Theranos coverage . . . Question: What does the Silicon Valley press and the procurement industry’s media have in common?

May 6, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
But if you peel back all of the layers of this tale, at the center you will find one of the more insidious culprits: the Silicon Valley tech press. – from The Secret Culprit in the Theranos Mess by Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair News May 2nd, 2016  Back in 2010, I…

Are Public Sector Procurement Professionals Absent Laggards?

April 28, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
I read and then re-read a recent article that I came across quite by accident in Scoop.it titled Procurement Technology: Why is the Public Sector Absent from the Table? Raj Sharma, who writes for the Public Spend Forum – and is also its Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, seemed to…

McDonald’s, SciQuest and Lady Justice: Why The Canadian Judicial System Fails Its Citizens

March 28, 2016

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Editor’s Note: What is the difference between wanting the truth, and actually seeking it?

The $85 Million Manitoba Hydro Contract Controversy: A Case Of Looking For Phantom Monsters Under The Bed?

March 2, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
Earlier today, an old friend from Winnipeg posted a CBC News article on Facebook titled “$85M contract with Manitoba Hydro was not tendered” with the sub-title “Manitoba Hydro says contract was justified, but won’t say why for competitive reasons.” Based on a cursory view of the above headline, one might…

No Deal: Why The Procurement World Has Gone Silent

February 17, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
“Oh, gotcha. But are the deals not happening or are they just not being announced? With SaaS, you can switch so easily, so why would you bother announcing who you’ve implemented this year/month/week? I think ease of switching has made win news go the way of press releases. It would be…

Why a vendor’s values are more important than their technology

January 21, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
As reader interest continues to shift from technical specifications and Magic Quadrant ratings, to focus instead on real performance indicators such as assessing the people and values behind a company, covering our industry requires an entirely different set of skills than it did in the past. Given the increasing level of…

Musings For A New Year: Do vendors have to make it in the U.S. to be successful?

January 13, 2016

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
Editor’s Note: The following are musings from a mind with too much caffeine, a computer, and observational inclinations. As such, beyond what is plainly written, there is an underlying message. Do you know what it is? If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere . . . – Lyrics from…