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Zoinks! Why do Cloud myths persist? (Determine)

This content was published on the Determine blog on July 11, 2019

I recently completed a thorough study of myths by examining one of the most scientifically significant examples available — Scooby-Doo and the gang: Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy. You may laugh, but studying the adventures of Mystery, Inc. sheds a great deal of light on all kinds of myths, cloud procure-to-pay (P2P) included.

Myths and mysteries usually play on some combination of the following:
- Deep-seated, preexisting anxieties
- Lack of understanding or clarity
- A desire on the part of believers to accept the myth
- A touch of theatrics

In the Scooby-Doo TV series, the above factors typically drove the plot through the protagonist’s dark backstory or lingering guilt, the gang being stuck in the dark, and ridiculous costumes and special effects. Details are scarce, someone is chasing you, and your imagination takes over. Next thing you know, no one questions the reality that Uncle Jesse’s wonderful old theatre can’t be saved because it is haunted by a headless phantom stagehand.

P2P myths may be less dramatic, but they are no less dangerous because they prevent procurement from getting an accurate view of the situation at hand and selecting the best, most logical, path forward.

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Establishing Corporate Culture, One Individual at a Time

Last week I had the chance to catch up with an old friend, Bill Michels, CIPS Americas Vice President of Operations. The reason for our conversation was the recent announcement that CIPS has opened a new office in the US, co-locating a business development manager, an education manager, and a program coordinator with CIPS’ industry partner, ASCM (formerly APICS) in their Chicago office.

But, as it is with old friends, we talked about a whole lot more than the press release.

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Buyers Meeting Point Owner Kelly Barner Ranked Top Influencer in Procurement by Thinkers360

Thinkers360, the world’s first open platform for thought leaders and influencers to share opportunities, has ranked Buyers Meeting Point Owner and Managing Director Kelly Barner the top influencer in procurement. Other influencers ranked in the top 10 include Marcell Volmer, James Marland, Hal Good, Tania Seary, Mark Perera, David Food and Joanna Martinez.

To learn more about Thinkers360 or to view other influencers, click here.

Congratulations! You are ready for procure-to-pay! (Determine)

This content was published on the Determine blog on July 2, 2019

It is amazing what procurement professionals can accomplish with nothing more than spreadsheets, email and a phone. We can source, manage suppliers, track spend and report savings. In fact, we are so resourceful and so good at cobbling together solutions that we often stay with that approach longer than we should – especially considering how much is at stake for the company and its customers. The challenge for procurement is knowing when the time is right to make the switch to a procure-to-pay (P2P) platform.

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