Browsing All posts tagged under »Mickey North Rizza«

What If?

July 13, 2017

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Inspired by The Economist’s annual “What If” essays, I thought that it might be fun to apply the same question to our procurement world. For example, “What If” Rob Bernshteyn had been CEO of Perfect Commerce instead of Coupa? “What If” IBM never purchased Emptoris? Here’s one, “What If” Andrew Bartolini had continued to be […]

Mickey North Rizza v. Thomas Kase

May 3, 2017

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Some of the people who have been following the #coupakase story had observed that while Thomas Kase’s move to Coupa isn’t as noteworthy as when Mickey North Rizza jumped to Bravo, they are in agreement that the optics are an issue. I would agree with this assessment from the standpoint of poor optics. However, for […]

How to see through the consultancy illusion by Kelly Barner

September 3, 2013

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Editor’s Note: I have been a fan of Kelly Barner’s writing style for some time, as she has always found a way to provide meaningful insight in an informative yet entertaining fashion.  However, today’s post has caught my attention for an entirely different reason.  Specifically, what I have always considered to be the “smoke and […]

Demands of Collaborative Supply Management Thin the Field by Kelly Barner

August 7, 2013

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Qualified sales people are in short supply. In a July 22nd article in the USA Today (Sales Rep Wanted: Inquire Anyplace), Paul Davidson wrote that “As the economy picks up, employers are facing a shortage of qualified sales associates and managers that’s hampering revenue growth.” According to Manpower’s annual talent shortage survey, ‘sales representative’ will […]

Did industry analysts turn a blind eye to long-standing problems? by Jon Hansen

June 25, 2013

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BPM estimates the dollar loss at “tens of billions” each year as a result of obsolete, redundant and unused software . . . The court fights that preceded word Monday that Oracle and PeopleSoft finally agreed to merge shed some light on software companies’ knowledge of enterprise software’s failings. The gems unearthed include this Microsoft […]

Why Mickey North Rizza can’t go home again . . . or can she?

June 21, 2013

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In Part 2 of yesterday’s post in which I wrote about Jason Busch’s proclamation that he is moving on regarding his “thinking,” I was posed with an interesting question. If after spending years with a service provider, a journalist/analyst may lack the necessary objectivity to “effectively” cover the market, what are my thoughts if this […]

A Sycophants Waltz? Why One Can’t Get a Straight Answer from Jason Busch?

May 21, 2010

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I must admit that I was surprised by the kerfuffle surrounding my suggestion that Jason Busch might on perhaps one or two points of opinion surrounding topics such as spend intelligence be out of touch.  Wait for it . . . did the world just stop rotating on its axis? If you recall from a […]