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Is the acquisition cup half full or half empty: Xchanging and SciQuest One Year Later

October 29, 2014

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A year ago this past September 20th, I wrote the post titled Is the acquisition cup half full or half empty: A tale of two takeovers!  In it I talked about the stark differences – at least they were stark to me – between the Xchanging acquisition of Chicago-based MM4, and the purchase of CombineNet […]

How do procurement professionals know when “The Price Is Right”? by Jon Hansen

October 10, 2014

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Editor’s Note: I just came across this post on LinkedIn and could not help but wonder if procurement professionals and suppliers share the same view in terms of what constitutes the “right price.” Click on the image below to access the article and then share your thoughts. 30

The thin line between undue influence and relationship building in the public sector by Jon Hansen

October 7, 2014

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Three years ago I interviewed Judy Bradt regarding a discussion I had with a former senior aide to New York Governor Cuomo, regarding his assertion that the majority of contract winners in the state had been determined before an actual RFP was issued. Bradt’s response was both insightful and deft in terms of achieving the […]

New industry study reports a significant reduction in intended spend on Procure-to-Pay Platforms by Jon Hansen

October 7, 2014

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You ever notice that with a satellite dish, there are always sporting events going on somewhere around the world on a 24/7 basis.  From football – both the North American and world versions – to cricket, hockey and even outrunning boulders down steep inclines (although I am not sure if the latter counts as being […]

If you want to make a ‘private sector’ approach work for public procurement – start small by Jon Hansen

October 4, 2014

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Editor’s Note: The following is the article I wrote that appeared in the most recent edition of IACCM’s Contracting Excellence ezine  regarding the viability of the public sector adopting private sector procurement practices.  Check out the IACCM website to access other interesting articles and insights. Having written extensively about the New Public Management or NPM mind-set […]

Is eCommerce bad for the economy? by Jon Hansen

October 2, 2014

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The other day I received an interesting phone call from Daniel Blaise who, after reading my coverage of the emerging eCommerce world, wondered if I had ever considered the possible downside of this “new” global reality. Downside? How could there be a downside? Blaise is the founder of nearest.com, which was established as a means […]

From the telegraph to wearable devices, supply chain collaboration in the modern era has come a long way by Jon Hansen

September 29, 2014

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It was the late 90’s, and I was heading up a project that would enable the Department of National Defence to acquire Indirect MRO spare parts online from suppliers throughout North America. The challenge went beyond the mere sourcing process, as the DND required that parts be delivered within 24 hours to one of their 40 bases across […]

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