• A Walk in the Clouds

    April 21, 2010

    A Walk in the Clouds

    As I write this, I wish I was in the clouds, literally. But I am not, still grounded in Italy by the volcanic ash clouds of Eyjafjallajökull (what a nice... Read more

  • Planes, Trains, and (Auto)-Mobility

    April 19, 2010

    Planes, Trains, and (Auto)-Mobility

    After the breakup of The Sugarcubes, I was pretty sure that nothing that ever happened in Iceland would have a big impact on my life. I was wrong. Curses, Eyjafjallajökull!!!... 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

  • Procurement “Genius” aka April Foolishness

    April 14, 2010

    Procurement “Genius” aka April Foolishness

    It did not go unnoticed by my two brothers and some readers that I officially launched CPO Rising on April Fool’s Day. I’m not sure what that indicates, but after... 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 2)

    April 9, 2010

    Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 2)

    Earlier this week, I discussed the opportunity to promote innovation by working with smaller suppliers and presented a successful case study of Kellogg’s development of supplier innovation program. Today, I... 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