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Revised Forrester Wave Report confirms what I have been saying since 2007 . . . eVA is tops in public procurement by Jon Hansen

April 4, 2014

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From my very first Yes Virginia posts (Part 1 and Part 2) in September 2007, I have believed without any uncertainty that the Commonwealth of Virginia’s eVA eProcurement platform is a model that governments around the world should emulate. This is especially true given the fact that the vast majority of initiatives in the public […]

How effective are vendor videos in promoting their brand and services by Jon Hansen

April 3, 2014

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Earlier today I receive the link to Year in the Life candidate cloudBuy’s new video. As a 2014 New Wave company, I was of course interested in the video for a number of reasons. To start, and in the context of my July 2013 post “Recent Zycus video demonstrates that even though you are “on” […]

The Elcom enigma; A case of unlimited possibilities and unrealized potential by Jon Hansen

April 1, 2014

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Based on my conversation earlier this morning with Elcom’s Executive VP Finance David Elliot, I could not help but wonder if we should seriously consider broadening the definition of a start-up business. I have of course written about Elcom in the past, including my reference to  the company in my September 23rd, 2013 post “Welcome […]

Buyers need not apply by Jon Hansen

March 24, 2014

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In the coming weeks I will be making an official announcement sharing with you the news that I will be partnering with another notable industry expert on a book that will focus on the future of procurement.  So be sure to stay tuned for future updates as this is going to be a must read […]

Zycus LinkedIn post uses the equivalent of Sandberg’s “bossy” term to describe procurement professionals? by Jon Hansen

March 21, 2014

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In a recent post by Roz Usheroff, she indicated that you would probably have to be on another planet – maybe even in another galaxy – to not have heard of the recent call to arms of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to eradicate the word “bossy” from our everyday vernacular.  The reason for Sandberg’s discontent […]

The Ides of March for procurement experts? by Jon Hansen

March 21, 2014

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Back in October of last year I wrote a post titled “It’s the end of the world as we know it . . . at least for traditional analyst firms and bloggers,” in which I talked about the reasons why the days of the traditional industry experts were numbered. What was interesting is that very […]

The Groundswell Effect and the Emergence of the Public-Private Partnership Relational Model by Jon Hansen

March 17, 2014

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In his book Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes, Mark Penn argues that the biggest trends in America are the Microtrends, the smaller trends that go unnoticed or ignored. If you think about it for a moment, you will see that Penn is right on the money.  After all, how many of us […]

Forbes article about ERPs moving to the cloud is, according to Oracle’s Ellison, gibberish by Jon Hansen

March 6, 2014

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Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder if anyone remembers what they said in the past and how it comes across today. For example, back in 2008 Oracle’s Larry Ellison said that “we have redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do.”  Dismissing it with the fashion industry analogy that […]

What financial impact will Walmart’s decision to remove hazardous chemicals from some of the products it sells have on its supply chain? by Jon Hansen

March 5, 2014

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“Walmart and Sam’s Club believe that customers/members should not have to choose between products that they can afford and products that are better for them and the environment.” A March 4th sustainablebrands.com article by Mike Hower was interesting on so many levels. As someone whose family has eschewed factory food in favor of cooking healthy […]

Rashed Procurement Leaders post on procurement skills important, interesting and promising by Jon Hansen

March 4, 2014

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As a parent of 4 kids under the age of 8, I did not realize how big they had gotten until I returned home from a fairly recent 4-day speaking engagement.  Now for those who do not have children, 4 days may not seem like a long time.  However for those out there who do, […]

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