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Should analysts and bloggers be required to disclose their stock holdings?

February 1, 2016

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An interesting discussion came up that is just now beginning to gain some traction in the social media world. It started as a comment exchange on my post regarding PayStream and Coupa, in which Kelly Barner talked about the best source of information when selecting a possible service provider. Besides a direct one-to-one dialogue between […]

Does PayStream Report on Coupa Really Matter . . . To Anyone?

February 1, 2016

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Editor Disclaimer: Before anyone – okay Coupa – thinks that I am picking on them, I want to state that the reference to them in this post is purely a matter of timing. Had I received a press release about the PayStream report featuring another vendor, we would be talking about them right now. In short, the vendor […]

How does Wall Street and Venture Capitalist money influence service provider transparency?

January 27, 2016

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I have been getting a lot of interesting feedback regarding my last post about Zycus. In one discussion, I had expressed my surprise regarding how frank they were about the market, the competition, where they are weak, and where they are strong. I could not help but wonder why they were so open. The response I received was […]

Referring to themselves as the last of the great independents, Zycus call was unexpected and interesting

January 26, 2016

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I must admit that I was a little surprised when I received an e-mail from Zycus indicating that they wanted to talk with me to provide an update on their company. It is not because I am not a good conversationalist. I think that I can be an interesting, delightful, and perhaps even entertaining contributor to any […]

Why a vendor’s values are more important than their technology

January 20, 2016

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As reader interest continues to shift from technical specifications and Magic Quadrant ratings, to focus instead on real performance indicators such as assessing the people and values behind a company, covering our industry requires an entirely different set of skills than it did in the past. Given the increasing level of comfort and competency that today’s […]

Procurement and social media . . . is it a pairing made in heaven or the other place?

January 19, 2016

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If this will be the first time that you have tuned in to one of our Point-Counterpoint broadcasts on Blog Talk Radio, then you are in for a real treat today. At 1:00 PM EST this afternoon, Kelly Barner and I will be talking – okay maybe arguing, about the impact that social media has had […]

But You Can’t Say That, or Why Do I Write What I Write?

January 15, 2016

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Someone recently asked me why I write what I write? My initial response was to say something reminiscent of the sentiments expressed by George Leigh Mallory regarding why he climbed Mount Everest . . . because it is there. In short, I write because I love to write. However – and this is just my viewpoint, […]

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