Friday 31 October 2014

Real World Sourcing Series: Making Spend Governance Work

By Alisa Matterson

On Wednesday 22nd October 2014, a diverse mix of the Procurement professionals assembled in the wonderful location of The Don restaurant for the fifth round of the Real World Sourcing Series. This session covered the hot topic of, Making Spend Governance Work.

This series is promoted and supported by BravoSolution, and developed by Peter Smith (Spend Matters) and Guy Allen (Real World Sourcing Limited).

Guy began the session by discussing what does the frequently used term “Governance” actually mean? Ideas were bounced around the room, and then the dictionary definition of was revealed, “The action of governing a state or organisation.”

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Let me Google that for you; do you really know what you’re buying?

By Scott Farrance

In an industry now underpinned by the Internet, itself an unstoppable and unavoidable force of human engineering (thanks Sir Tim Berners-Lee) it has become very easy to find out almost anything.  However, this ‘world at your fingertips’ working style which has been created has some drawbacks.

Friday 17 October 2014

The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades...

By Steven Low

Disruptive technology and new start-up companies taking unique approaches to traditional markets are a common news item nowadays. From Uber, Airbnb through to wearable gadgets and self-driving cars, we are on a never ending journey of discovery, adaptation and re-invention. Looking into the future of procurement and how technologies and working practices might change our industry, I think it leads to an interesting, challenging - if maybe a little uncertain - time ahead.

Monday 13 October 2014

Why Won't My Wife Use a Potato Peeler?

By Ian Dawson

A few days ago I arrived home from work to find my wife busily preparing dinner. As I walked into the kitchen I noticed a large pile of waste potato skin and flesh building up by the sink and I saw that she was peeling the potatoes a little awkwardly with a small knife. "We've got a potato peeler for that" I offered helpfully (or so I thought), fetching the peeler from the drawer.

Wednesday 8 October 2014

South African Police in Keystone Cops Style Procurement Practices

By Ben Turner

As procurement professionals, we’re constantly exhorted to ensure we follow a proper, robust process in our tenders; to ensure that the contracts are ultimately awarded to the best placed supplier to deliver the service.

Monday 6 October 2014

Supply Management on the move - BravoSolution's Latest Mobility Offering

In the coming weeks, we will be releasing the latest version of the BravoSolution eSourcing platform. This latest release contains a bonus for the smartphone junkies amongst us – it will have an enhanced app* available for Apple and Android based devices.