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Are Public Sector Procurement Professionals Absent Laggards?

April 27, 2016

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I read and then re-read a recent article that I came across quite by accident in Scoop.it titled Procurement Technology: Why is the Public Sector Absent from the Table? Raj Sharma, who writes for the Public Spend Forum – and is also its Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, seemed to scold the public sector for not […]

NASPO Response Explains Why Some View Procurement As A Second Class Profession

April 20, 2016

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Over the years I have been a passionate advocate for the procurement profession. While I dutifully covered stories such as the 2007 CPO Agenda Roundtable, in which participating executives expressed the believe that the best person to run a purchasing department was someone who doesn’t have a purchasing background I, like most in our profession, took […]

Is NASPOs silence regarding NIGP audit non-disclosure a sign that the procurement world can’t police itself?

April 19, 2016

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I also believe that the impact goes beyond the industry to effect the creditability of the government procurement process overall and, ultimately the taxpayer. Look at Missouri as an example. If the NIGP taxonomy can be used to influence decision-making at the state level, thereby giving one vendor an advantage over every other vendor, what […]

Why the procurement world should take note of Bernie Sanders’ closing statement

April 18, 2016

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While I am not a Bernie Sanders supporter – as a Canadian I can’t obviously vote in the US election anyway – I have experienced first hand the uneven advantage that money brings to a select few (McDonald’s, SciQuest and Lady Justice: Why The Canadian Judicial System Fails Its Citizens and, NIGP Counsel: Non-profit organization will not release the […]

Former Coupa VP of Product Management reaches out to talk about his new company

April 17, 2016

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This weekend, the Chief Commercial Officer from POOL4TOOL, Roger Blumberg, reached out to me through LinkedIn to ask if I was familiar with his company. In what turned out to be an impromptu electronic dialogue, it is amazing what you can learn with a few short keystrokes and the right questions. Rather than focusing on the […]

The Greatest Gift Boomers Can Give Millennials? Integrity And Courage!

April 15, 2016

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“To you from failing hands we throw . . . The torch; be yours to hold it high”  During the First World War, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the famous poem In Flanders Fields from which the above quote was taken. His words have come to symbolize both the tragedy of war, and the demands it places […]

Did the NIGP sign form agreeing to comply with Florida open records law?

April 8, 2016

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Despite assertions in the April 5th, 2016 letter I received from the NIGP’s legal counsel indicating that the Florida Open Records law does not apply to the non-profit organization, my research may suggest otherwise. With regard to the NIGP’s annual compliance certification, it appears that before certain Florida agencies would submit their membership dues, the CEO (or […]

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