Answer: Theranos coverage . . . Question: What does the Silicon Valley press and the procurement industry’s media have in common?

May 6, 2016

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But if you peel back all of the layers of this tale, at the center you will find one of the more insidious culprits: the Silicon Valley tech press. – from The Secret Culprit in the Theranos Mess by Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair News May 2nd, 2016  Back in 2010, I wrote a post that did […]

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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 […]

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Ohio Drops SciQuest And The Power Of Truth

April 26, 2016

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The beauty about telling the truth is that it cuts through distractions such as a $3.5 million lawsuit, and places the focus on where it belongs . . . the facts of a story. Back on August 7th, 2015 I wrote a post titled The Ohio Effect: Why SciQuest’s condition may be terminal. In the post, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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