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Finding the “Zen State” for the Modern CPO: Part 2

Last month, I hosted a roundtable discussion, “Finding the ‘Zen State’ for the modern CPO.” During the breakout session, I challenged thirteen procurement leaders to identify ways they can find a “state of harmony” in the dojo of the modern enterprise. In part 1 of my blog post, I shared the findings of the group’s top internal and external challenges the CPO is facing today. In part 2, I’ll be sharing how CPOs are applying innovation to their organizations for … More

4 Tips to Deliver Winning Results in Procurement

October is considered one of the “favorite months” in my house. It brings fall weather, pumpkin-flavored everything, and football! And now that football season is in full swing, I can’t help but think about the parallels between procurement pros and pro football players. Being a procurement pro is hard work. Procurement is constantly changing- new technologies are popping up, and you’re always asked to do more with less and increase procurement’s value. Similarly, the life of a pro football player … More

3 Reasons Why We’re Excited to Attend Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum

Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum tickets purchased? Check! Plane tickets & hotel room booked? Check! Bags packed? Check! We’re ready to travel to the UK next week for Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum next week on October 15! This year’s theme is: Maximising Procurement Value Through Process Improvement and Innovation. We can’t wait to embrace this theme through engaging networking sessions, roundtable discussions, and inspiring keynote presentations. Below are three reasons why we’re excited to attend Procurement Leader’s Zurich Forum: 1-Gain inspiration … More

Improving Collaboration within Supplier Relationship Management

A few weeks ago at Iasta reSource Indianapolis, I hosted a roundtable titled, “What is Supplier Relationship Management? Discuss supplier partnerships that inspire, improving communication.” We had a great discussion around supplier relationships, so I wanted to share some interesting discussion points that could help you to start thinking about what supplier relationship management really means in your organization. A common issue procurement teams face when managing supplier relationships includes coordinating with stakeholders to ensure the relationship is going well … More

Finding the “Zen State” for the Modern CPO: Part 1

A few weeks ago at Iasta reSource Indianapolis, I had the privilege of hosting a roundtable discussion, “Finding the ‘Zen State’ for the Modern CPO.” During the breakout session, I challenged thirteen procurement leaders to identify ways they can find a “state of harmony” in the dojo of the modern enterprise. After brief introductions around the room, we looked to find our Zen state by breaking down the challenges of modern CPOs into two core areas: Internal Pressures (Yin) and … More

ROSMA and Supply Chain in 2020

Iasta recently hosted our user conference (Iasta reSource) in Indianapolis on September 9-11, 2014. The conference was a great opportunity for our clients to come together and network with peers, attend sessions led by fellow Iasta clients sharing their success stories, and participate in interactive sessions lead by experts such as A. T. Kearney. One of my favorite sessions during the conference was led by Marc Hochman at A. T. Kearney titled, “Supply Team 2020”. Marc discussed the progression that … More

3 Reasons to Join IASTA at ProcureCon Indirect West

ProcureCon Indirect West is right around the corner – September 15, 16, and 17 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. This year’s theme is: Where Sourcing Meets Innovation. Iasta is attending and we are excited to embrace this theme through engaging networking sessions and even hosting an interactive roundtable of our own! If you’re a CPO or director from a large or small spend company, here are 5 reasons why you should join us at ProcureCon Indirect West: 1-Participate in an interactive … More

Collaborative Supply Thinking Outside of the ‘Giga’ Box

Has your organization considered entering into a highly collaborative supply relationship? Some organizations are moving in this direction. Let’s take Tesla Motors and Panasonic for an example. On July 31st, Tesla Motors announced details about their plan to build a lithium-ion battery factory (Tesla Gigafactory) with their primary battery supplier, Panasonic. The factory will most likely be located in the Reno, Nevada area and is being hailed as the solution to Tesla’s lithium-ion battery supply constraints. According to current plans, … More

Beyond Contract Management 101: Webinar with Spend Matters & Selectica

As adult procurement people, the first week of September may not remind you of fresh notebook paper, new pencils, and back to school shopping (my personal favorite time of year as a kid). But it’s still back-to-school season, and we want to help you get back into the contract management game. Whether you’ve taken a break from contract management for the summer (or much longer than that), it’s time to dust off those best practice guides and start putting your … More

Procurement’s Ever-Growing Role in Retail

It’s been 10 years since AT Kearney categorized retailers into three different categories: Food and drug retailers, who sell just what you would expect (food and drugs) Soft line retailers, who sell apparel Hard line retailers, who sell appliances, electronics, and furniture Although these classifications still exist, the definitions have blurred considerably in recent times. Take Wal-Mart, for example. Wal-Mart is a hypermarket giant that combines all three of the above categories under one roof. And as we all know, … More

“The Power of Positive Thinking” for Procurement – Part 3 of 3

If you are just joining this series of posts on “The Power of Positive Thinking” for Procurement, you can read Parts 1 and 2 here and here. We have looked at the need to make meaningful change from within procurement professionals, and the importance of mindset discipline in the face of demanding stakeholders. In this post, we will conclude our series regarding Norman Vincent Peale’s inspirational bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking with rule number six from his “ten rules … More

10 Reasons Why Indianapolis is the Best Place for Iasta reSource 2014: A Guide to Indianapolis

Can you believe that we are only a few weeks away from Iasta reSource 2014? If you’re joining us for the conference, your days at reSource will be full of inspiring speakers and sessions and exciting networking opportunities and receptions. But remember to take some time to explore downtown Indy as well! The city is full of exciting things to do and see. To simplify your trip planning, I’ve created a list of the must-see spots in Indianapolis. Soldiers and … More

6 Tips for Getting the Most out of Iasta reSource 2014

Iasta reSource 2014 in Indianapolis is less than 43 days away. If you’ve never been to Iasta’s user conference (or any conference for that matter), I’m sure you have a handful of questions. What sessions do I attend? Who will I meet? What will I do? How can I get the most out of this event? Attending any type of conference for the first time can be overwhelming (and no doubt exciting). So, to lower your stress levels, here are … More

Top 3 Reasons Procurement Teams Seek New Software Solutions (Part Two)

In my last post, I shared an observation about how cost savings is no longer the sole metric of success for procurement teams.  I also revealed that savings is no longer among the top 3 reasons that procurement teams choose to purchase new upstream procurement software solutions.  Cost savings has been drifting down in the list, holding the #3 spot in 2012 and 2013. Now, in 2014, cost savings has fallen to 4th place. Why the change? Well, to start, … More

4 Ways to Avoid a Horrible Software Implementation

Anyone who has undergone multiple enterprise software implementations can probably tell horror stories about failed deployments. Some software implementations end up taking months, or even years, longer than planned.  Other implementations never even get off the ground because there was not a plan around how to properly implement the new software after purchase. Furthermore, if your software users are poorly trained or face usability difficulties, your software implementation efforts will end up being a waste of both time and money. … More