This past year has been somewhat of a watershed year for the Procurement Insights blog as well as its sister radio show The PI Window on the World.
For example, we surpassed the 1,000 post mark with the blog that was launched with little fanfare in May 2007. That is a lot of “virtual ink” so to speak.
In terms of the radio show, we recently aired our 650th episode and have seen our audience size hit levels that we would not have dared to even imagine when we took to the airwaves on March 26th, 2009. For example, our last two featured programs on the Blog Talk Radio network were each downloaded more than 28,000 times in the 24 hour period immediately following the live broadcast.
Suffice to say there are a lot of eyes and ears following us, which is both a privilege and a responsibility.
All this being said I was surprised to discover that our second largest audience outside of the United States is the United Kingdom followed by India, Canada and Sweden. The fact that I live in Canada makes me thankful that my native country cracked the top five list otherwise, there might have been a few embarrassing questions to answer.
However given that we have built up such a strong following in the UK as well as other parts of the world, reason would seem to dictate that we establish a local presence across the pond. Reaching this conclusion, I am happy to announce that on Friday, May 31st, we will officially launch the new Procurement Insights European Union Edition.
Given all the news that is coming across our real-time European news-wire feed, it appears that we will not have to wait long in terms of being able to deliver some of the most interesting and controversial stories I have seen in many years.
Of course what makes our coverage so unique and insightful is the fact that we are plugged in as the saying goes through our Chief EU Edition Editor Colin Cram.
Colin, who is universally known for his seminal paper Towards Tesco – Improving Public Sector Procurement, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. He has held senior procurement positions in the public sector for over 30 years, including central government, higher education, scientific research and local government. He was also responsible throughout for initiating and implementing innovative strategies for procurement, shared services, outsourcings and organisational re-engineering. In short, when it comes to procurement – especially within the public sector – Cram is the quintessential expert.
So what can you expect from the new Procurement Insights EU Edition?
The same leading edge, hard hitting coverage of the procurement world the readers of the Procurement Insights Blog have come to expect and enjoy over the past 6 years but . . . with an EU focus.
This means that we will call em as we see em, and do so in a scrutinizing but fair manner, backed by our usual uncompromising commitment to the highest degree of subject matter expertise and thorough research practices.
What this also means, is that you can count on us to tell it like it is, with the full confidence that what you are reading is on the money.
In closing, and to take a line from one of my all time favorite movies . . . I think that this is the start of a beautiful friendship! On behalf of both Colin and I, we look forward to serving you for many years to come.
Jon Hansen, Procurement Insights