The Monthly Metric: SWOT Analysis

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Welcome to the first installment of The Monthly Metric, where we examine a piece of data that can help supply management professionals do their job more efficiently. In our introductory post last month, we addressed how advanced analytics has taken over Major League Baseball, but is not as prominently used in procurement. This, according to survey results indicating that many supply management … [Read more...]

Seizing Initiative on Legal Spend

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By Robert DiDomenico In 2009, purchasing legal services was a new corporate initiative for corporate procurement departments — one that was quite different from buying hard goods. By addressing legal spend, the thought was, procurement professionals could create value for their organizations. While there is still agreement that money can be saved, the legal arena provides even greater … [Read more...]

What Productive Procurement Looks Like

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In six years of Return on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA) annual evaluation reports of procurement organizations — a collaboration of A.T. Kearney, Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) — the results have shown remarkable stability. Or disappointing monotony, as ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry remarked in What Good Looks Like, a white … [Read more...]

The Monthly Metric: Introduction

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March seems to be a less-than-ideal month to start a project that involves seriously crunching numbers and exploring the science of supply management. After all, it’s spring break time, so who wants to go back to school, right? However, March is also when Major League Baseball teams are on the field for spring training, as the six weeks in Arizona and Florida prepare them for the 162-game grind … [Read more...]

Contract administration success is focus of seminar

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Often, the biggest barometer of a contact’s success are the post-signing actions of the parties involved, not the words on the document itself. Ensuring it’s all about action, not words is the job of the contract administrator. “Administering Contracts: From Award to Completion,” an ISM Seminar next held July 11-13 in Pittsburgh, is designed to teach administrators the best practices that … [Read more...]

Seminar provides purchasing playbook

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ISM Seminar spoiler alert: One of the first things instructor Edward F. Cocca does in “Fundamentals of Purchasing: The Building Blocks of World-Class Professionalism” is hold up a blank sheet of paper. “I’ll hold it up and point out that it has boundaries, horizontally and vertically, with a flat plane. It’s defined. That’s theory,” says Cocca, a Scottsdale, Arizona, based consultant and … [Read more...]

ERP and CTRM Systems: A Comparison

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By Shobhit Mathur The appeal of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is understandable. It is a proven technology. It is made available by well-known and trusted brands. Its suppliers have deployed solutions in a wide range of industry sectors, business types and organizational structures. And ERP analysts and developers have a huge pool of practical experience from which to draw on and … [Read more...]

Prioritizing to Increase Efficiency

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For businesses and supply management professionals, doing more with less has been a running theme for years — and one that’s probably here to stay. As a result, it’s no surprise that reducing costs while increasing productivity are high priorities among procurement leaders, according to a recent research report by The Hackett Group. However, with staffing and budgets typically remaining flat, … [Read more...]

Global Tech Summit Offers New Ways of Looking at Procurement

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Today’s procurement professionals are faced with continually changing technologies, say speakers at the Global Procurement Technology Summit, presented March 14-16 in Baltimore, by Institute for Supply Management® and Spend Matters. “Technology is really shaping the way we work,” Mary Lue Peck, senior vice president of ISM, told the 200 attendees present during the opening remarks at the … [Read more...]

Assessing and Managing Risk with Contract Analytics

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By Lloyd Alexander, Seal Software Most companies rely on their procurement departments to choose the right suppliers, bring spend under control and negotiate favorable payment terms. The procurement function within an organization is also becoming much more strategic, and can involve cross-departmental inventory management, internal audit and reporting, and, as it relates to supplier … [Read more...]