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

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 […]

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Why companies don’t sign contracts by Tom Moore

October 29, 2014

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Originally posted on Procurement Insights EU Edition:
It is surprising how often contracts between companies are not signed or executed properly. Case law is full of examples of disputes occurring between organisations who are both working to an unsigned contract. These usually centre on ‘contract by performance’ issues, i.e. there was a contract sort of…

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While Microsoft CEO’s comment upsetting, it is not entirely wrong

October 15, 2014

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Originally posted on The Remarkable Leader:
By now everyone in the social media world and beyond is likely talking about the recent comment by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in which he suggested that “women don’t need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well.” In a monumental effort…

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Going Paperless In The Electronic Age? by Jon Hansen

October 10, 2014

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“We would like to think that we are taking paper across the electronic divide.” Out of a discussion that was rich with interesting insights regarding the concept of the paperless office, Invu’s Stuart Evans’ words about crossing the electronic divide stood out for many reasons. The fact is that while the paperless office has been […]

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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