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Buyers Meeting Point Editor Kelly Barner Included in New eBook on the Future of Procurement

14 Predictions LP SArtLocomote, a Melbourne, Australia-based technology company founded in 2014 to manage every aspect of business travel, has recently released a free eBook containing predictions on the future of procurement. They’ve collected 14 predictions from 10 industry thought leaders including KPMG, Procurement Leaders, Procurious, and Source One Management Services.

BMP’s own Kelly Barner made a prediction that was selected for inclusion in the book. Her entry, titled “The Rise of Automation” focuses on the upcoming shifts in procurement’s relationships with third party service providers and how they will change as technology is used to complete more and more tasks.

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Buyers Meeting Point Editor Kelly Barner Featured on The Art of Procurement Podcast

frame handssmKelly Barner, Owner and Editor at Buyers Meeting Point, was featured in a recently released episode of The Art of Procurement podcast. Launched and hosted by ProcureChange’s Phil Ideson earlier this year, the podcast series was founded with a simple mission: to help elevate the procurement profession through access to actionable insights and an overview of the trends, products and services that are set to transform the procurement value proposition.

While the main topic of the podcast is the valuable role supply market intelligence should play in strategic procurement, the coversation touches on a number of subjects, including the rise of robotic process automation (RPA) and the role it may soon have in the field of procurement.

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How would you incorporate this feedback from a social media forum?

WWYDLogoAssume you are a procurement manager for a company named Devester Corporation.

Imagine that you are responsible for generating a list of alternative suppliers to consider for an important purchase for your company. Your company wants to purchase a new integration software that would facilitate seamless communication among all supplier-related databases and software. Several suppliers on the market sell this new software. Your company has previously purchased large-scale software platforms.

You went online to an online community forum in which purchasing peers in your industry share ideas. You posed a question to the group to ask their experience with this type of new software.

Several purchasing managers from the forum responded to your online question and said that one particular company who sells such products, Aulander Solutions, created more problems for their company than they solved, scoring a 3 out of 10 on their annual evaluation, with 6 being the company’s minimally accepted score.


Wake Forest is conducting research into the role of social media in procurement. Please take a few minutes to answer their questions. 

In appreciation for participation, we will enter the names of those purchasing professionals who complete and submit the survey into four separate drawings and donate $500, $250, $150 and $100 prizes to charities selected by the four winners.

IACCM to Re-Run the Free Course: Manage Business Relationships and Contracts Successfully

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Last April, IACCM was invited by the UK Cabinet Office and Civil Service Learning to partner with the University of Southampton and deliver a free learning course on the Open University’s FutureLearn platform:

'Manage business relationships and contracts successfully'

An overwhelming 16,000 people from around the globe benefited from this online course last April making it a great success. We are glad to repeat this interactive learning event starting November 9, 2015.

The program is based on IACCM’s Ten Pitfalls in Contract Management and the content is relevant to both experienced and inexperienced participants. Content for this online course is posted each Monday over the course of 3 weeks. Log in when you are ready to study and also to have conversations with fellow learners on the discussion forum.

As a non-profit association, IACCM was delighted to be invited to create this course and we're pleased to have it run again so more professionals can benefit and raise their understanding of how to manage better business relationships through contract and commercial management.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join this interactive and dynamic course starting again on November 9th, 2015.

Please register today and encourage others in your company/network to do so as well.

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