Last week, Jon Hansen and I did the second in what will be an ongoing series of ‘Point – Counterpoint’ Blog Talk Radio sessions. Here is how these sessions work: we agree on a topic in advance and then I do my darndest to disagree with Jon for 30 minutes, after which he declares us in agreement. Trust me – the conversations are as entertaining as they are informative.
Elliot Epstein, CEO of Salient Communications, has partnered with organizations such as CIPS in the past to help sales and procurement professionals better understand each other. He has also done a series of podcasts on Sales vs Procurement with Paul Rogers – a three decade procurement professional that Epstein describes as the leading procurement coach in Australia.
He talked about the podcast series as well as the sales procurement divide in a YouTube interview titled Dealing with the Rising Power of Procurement.
The sales vs procurement divide has always been an interesting one. Who is really in the power position? How accurate is each side’s understanding of the actions and motives of the other?
This week our audio comes from Acquire Procurement Services, a consultancy based in Australia specializing in establishing and re-negotiating contracts across sectors. Their video is titled 'Why do we treat employees and suppliers differently?' and is available on their YouTube channel. In it, they draw a contrast between the information companies share with their employees and how they handle sharing with suppliers who might perform the same or similar functions on their behalf.
This week our audio comes from a Financial Times conversation with Ian Clark, Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School.
The core question behind their conversation is whether MBA programs provide professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to have competitive careers in today’s business environment. The full video is available on YouTube.
You can listen to the podcast on the PI Window on Business Blog Talk Radio channel.
This week our audio comes from the ThomasNet and ISM 30 Under 30 Supply Chain Rising Stars program. They hosted a panel-style interview and discussion with some of the 2014 award recipients at this year’s ISM conference. The full hour-long conversation is available on Sound Cloud if you want to hear it.
The podcast starts with each of the participating recipients and program mentors introducing themselves and then moves on to a press-conference style question and answer session with some of the most recognizable names in procurement media – including the Hackett Group, Manufacturing Talk Radio, and Spend Matters.
The excerpt I selected to share starts with a question from Supply Chain Management Review’s Editorial Director, Bob Trebilcock, as he asks how these rising stars ended up in supply chain.
In my PI Window on Business Podcast this week (listen here), I shared audio of Mark Hager, an author and a professor at Arizona State University, talking about why people join professional associations and how that is changing.
The interview was loosely based on a paper he wrote on the same subject (you can read it here) and which digs deeper into the idea of private (individual) versus public (collective) motivations for joining an association.
Next week, professionals will gather in Phoenix, Arizona for ISM2015, the annual conference that marks the 100th anniversary for one of the most recognized institutions in all of procurement. There will be impressive keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, fun giveaways, and plenty of chances to network. All of the resulting ‘brouhaha’ and ‘ballyhoo’ may belie the fact that procurement is in a time of serious transition right now.
Companies are spending more with suppliers than ever before. Supply chains are longer (or shortening) and are full of risk. The fixed cost of a high headcount procurement organization is starting to look less and less logical as the type of project we manage becomes increasingly long term and one-off. Baby boomers are retiring and Millennials are bursting onto the scene with their work life balances and crazy new ideas. Dare I even mention Procurement-as-a-Service?
Does this fluid set of circumstances really lend itself to a Centenarian association and old school networking? A couple of weeks ago, I don’t know how I would have answered that question.
This week’s webinar notes are from a September 4th event run by IACCM in advance of their Americas Conference to be held in Phoenix, AZ from October 8-10. To incorporate the buyer and seller perspectives in one event, they invited Todd Snelgrove, Global Value Manager, SKF Group (procurement) and Lisa McLeod, author, business coach, and President of McLeod & More (sales). The event is available on demand, although a paid or trial membership to IACCM is required.
Rather than covering a webinar this week, I decided to focus on a recent interview conducted by Jon Hansen on the PI Window on Business Blog Talk Radio program. In April he spoke with Bill Michels, President of ADR North America, which was acquired by a for-profit arm of the Institute for Supply Management in December of 2011. The interview titled ‘The Future of ISM’ is available on demand on Blog Talk Radio.
Each Monday, Buyers Meeting Point covers the coming week in Supply Management for the PI Window on Business Blog Talk Radio Program, with host Jon Hansen. We cover the coming conferences and webinars and help you decide how to allocate your professional development time for the coming week.
In addition to that review of the calendar, we present a guest sound bite – a timely excerpt that gives us an opportunity to further explore a topic of importance based on the time of year or the events being held. Most of our sound bites come from YouTube, where we comb through funny cat videos to bring you two minutes of high value multi-media procurement thought leadership.
In this week’s guest sound bite, we’re taking on one of the new ideas that we may get to hear more about in the Aberdeen Group CPO Summit recap webinar on Thursday this week – CrowdSourcing. In this video, Brian Bednarek, CEO of Mesh 01 and an Industry Analyst, speaks with CBS News Online about crowdsourcing and how it's changing the way companies work.
After watching the video, I did what Brian suggested – I put crowdsourcing and procurement into Google. I came up with a number of blog posts by the usual suspects, and their reactions were mixed. On the upside, crowdsourcing allows buyers access to the collective genius of a large group of resources they don’t have to target. The purchasing is done at will, on demand, and a la carte. On the other hand, quality may come into question, as do loyalty and continuity between projects. It’s really a question of value – you may spend less by taking the crowdsourced approach, but something beyond margin is being sacrificed to bring you those lower prices. No judgment here on good or bad – simply make sure you understand what you get for what you are paying.
Of course, that all assumes that procurement professionals will be using crowdsourcing as a way of getting the services their organization. The other possibility is that companies start crowdsourcing for solutions to their procurement challenges. We could find ourselves reaching out to the community at large in a more formal way than we do with social media sites today.
You make money while you are spending money – a quote from Alpar Kamber’s father
This week’s featured event was an interview by Jon Hansen, host of the PI Window on Business Blog Talk Radio program, and Alpar Kamber, a Managing Partner with Denali Group and the Founder and Practice Lead of their Sourcing Services group. The broadcast recording is available on demand on the PI Window on Business site. You can also read more from the Denali Group leadership team in a recent Buyers Meeting Point interview: Planning for Sustainable Results: Long-term Vision, Short-term Action.
If you like what you hear and read, there are additional upcoming opportunities to interact with Alpar and the Denali team in a non-commercial setting. They are hosting two sourcing forums: one later this month in Pittsburgh and one in 2013 in Seattle.
This week’s featured event looked at ISM’s recent acquisition of ADR North America. Jon Hansen, host of the PI Window on Business Blog Talk Radio program and writer of the Procurement Insights blog interviewed Bill Michels, President of ADR North America and ADR-ISM China, and Senior Vice President at the Institute for Supply Management. If three hats is not enough, he is also the author of ‘The Sourcing Guy’ blog.
Okay, so you know how every week in my PI Window on Business radio update on the coming week I say that you just never know what to expect? This week is the perfect example. I attended three webinars, and the one that I didn’t even know about until the day before it happened was the best of all. Read on!