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  • Meet me in…. Chicago… and San Francisco…

    April 26, 2010

    Meet me in…. Chicago… and San Francisco…

    May is shaping up to be a busy month. To start, it is ‘events season’ for many of the solution providers in the supply management space and I will be... Read more

  • Spend Analysis, Italian Style

    April 16, 2010

    Spend Analysis, Italian Style

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming…. Two of my favorite things: (1) waking up in Italy and (2) talking about spend analysis. Despite my 90-year old Nonna’s... Read more

  • Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 3)

    April 12, 2010

    Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 3)

    Today we conclude a series of articles (found here, here, and here) on Supplier Innovation. At the core, competitive advantage is built upon a foundation of enterprise partnerships with customers... Read more

  • Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 1)

    April 7, 2010

    Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 1)

    On Monday, I made the case that “targeted bets on some smaller suppliers can help enterprises find that next big (or key incremental) innovation.” Today we’ll look at how procurement... Read more

  • A Cinderella Story

    April 5, 2010

    A Cinderella Story

    Everyone loves an underdog. Tonight at 9:21 pm ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, Butler University tips off against Duke University in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship... Read more

  • Opening Day – Welcome to CPO Rising!

    April 1, 2010

    Opening Day – Welcome to CPO Rising!

    Welcome to CPO Rising, the first independent site that seeks to chronicle the continuing rise of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and other supply management leaders within the enterprise business ranks.... Read more

  • Farewell, but Not Goodbye

    March 31, 2010

    Farewell, but Not Goodbye

    Today’s article is a copy of the note I published on Aberdeen’s GSM blog earlier today (3/31/10), which was my last day at Aberdeen Group. It is with mixed feelings... Read more

  • CPOs: Think Globally, Network Locally

    March 26, 2010

    CPOs: Think Globally, Network Locally

    The CPOs in the Bay Area have an informal group that gets together from time to time to network and discuss best practices (Sidebar: I dialed into their meeting a... Read more

  • “We have no specific procurement goals.”

    March 19, 2010

    “We have no specific procurement goals.”

    The title of this article was the response I received to the question “How does your CFO measure your performance?” that I posed to the director of procurement for a... Read more

  • The “CPO Bump”

    March 17, 2010

    The “CPO Bump”

    While the cost of some marketing programs can be excessive, effective campaigns can pay huge dividends for many years. One of the most challenging aspects in all of marketing is... Read more

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