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Is Walmart’s new “made by women” product labeling sexist? by Jon Hansen

July 7, 2014

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“The path to gender equality does not involve stickers pointing out that a product has been made by a female entrepreneur. Women are not a charity group. If we want to help women in business, let’s close the pay gap and remove the glass ceiling – and then let products designed by women rise or […]

The reemergence of a recognized brand by Jon Hansen

July 3, 2014

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It has been a while since we last heard from Rosslyn Analytics, a company whose intelligence sharing platform empowered buyers in a way that  forever changed the industry’s view of data mining and its practical utilization in the purchasing decision-making process.  In short, Rosslyn was efficiently managing big data before we called it big data. […]

Why a new CEO from outside of the company means greater job security for a CPO by Jon Hansen

June 27, 2014

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My father used to say be careful for what you wish as it may actually come true. It was one of those sayings that took on greater meaning with both age and experience. Well for many years now, procurement professionals have clearly wanted a seat at the executive table.  While we are still a long […]

No longer a man’s world . . . the rise of the female B2B economy by Jon Hansen

June 26, 2014

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“This is a mans world, This is a mans world, But it would be nothing,nothing Without a women or a girl” According to a recent AT Kearney study titled The Rise of the Female Economy in B2B, the role of women as the chief decision maker in the home has now extended to the virtual […]

IBMs acquisition of Emptoris: So there was a plan after all by Jon Hansen

June 25, 2014

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In my post yesterday regarding Oracle’s acquisition of Micros Systems I wrote the following: The only concern I have is whether or not Oracle will screw things up by seeking to assimilate Micros into its culture, as opposed to capitalizing on its core or indigenous strengths.  In its purchase of Emptoris, IBM recognized that company’s […]

Oracle’s purchase of Micros takes me back to my old hospitality days by Jon Hansen

June 24, 2014

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A long time ago, in a galaxy (okay lifetime) far, far away . . . As soon as I heard the news that Oracle was expanding its reach into the hospitality business through its $5.3 billion purchase of Columbia, Maryland-based Micros, I was immediately reminded of a fellow by the name of Joe Finizio. Joe […]

Translating Irrelevance: Why vendor “market share news” has little value in a practical sense by Jon Hansen

June 18, 2014

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“Il mercato mondiale del software dedicato al procurement e al supply chain management è cresciuto del 7,3% nello scorso anno, toccando 8,9 miliardi di dollari nel 2013.” – Gartner, crescono le soluzioni IT per il procurement 18 Giugno 2014 No I haven’t been taking lessons in Spanish – on a good day I have enough […]

Why press releases should have a “shelf life” or how SciQuest has taken the practice to a new low by Jon Hansen

June 11, 2014

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For those who have followed this blog for any length of time, you already know that I have never been a big fan of press releases. I have always considered them to be little more than contrived exercises in self-promotion that generally make infomercials look like legitimate sources of real news. Within the above context, […]

Where is procurement headed in the 21st Century . . . the answer can be found in a ketchup bottle by Jon Hansen

May 29, 2014

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I have to say that I have moderated and/or hosted everything from conferences to webinars, and of course my show on Blog Talk Radio – which will soon air its 900th episode. All of them by and large have been fun and for the most part, memorable for different reasons.  Being the moderator/host for today’s […]

Make one little suggestion that women might be better negotiators than men and . . . by Jon Hansen

May 20, 2014

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Less than 24 hours after posting my latest LinkedIn article Are women really better negotiators than men?, there has been a steady flow of comments – 246 so far and counting, as well as 203 likes.  What is interesting is that I could not help but wonder how many of the select few of the […]

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