Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Supplier Enablement Success on a Global Scale
    November 13, 2020

    Enabling 10,000 suppliers across the globe and incorporating them into a new procurement system is no easy task. While companies may be eager to load their suppliers into a new system and begin transactions within different channels, they tend to…

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  • The Personas of Procurement: Part 2
    October 29, 2020

    In last month’s blog installment, The Personas of Procurement: Part 1, we discussed how today’s procurement function has grown into a practice that delivers measurable and meaningful value for organizations. As we discussed last month, we’ve identified four personas that…

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  • The Personas of Procurement: Part 1
    September 15, 2020

    This is part 1 of a 2-part series The function of procurement has evolved. Modern procurement has proven to deliver more specific, measurable value to an organization than ever before. Years ago, procurement was viewed as a rubber stamp –…

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  • User Experience: The Key to Successful Adoption
    August 27, 2020

    Seeing a 2-year old child navigate an iPhone can leave a lasting realization of just how user-friendly the design is. Market leaders, like Apple and Amazon, create products that are so intuitive and easy to use that even a 2-year…

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  • Break Through with Procurement Operations
    July 16, 2020

    “A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery said that.  Benjamin Franklin noted, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  As a lifelong Red Sox fan, it pains me, but even Yogi Berra…

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  • COVID-19 and P2P – The Importance of Risk Assessment
    June 17, 2020

    The spread of the COVID-19 virus is having significant impact on businesses worldwide.  Organizations everywhere are executing business processes to minimize the impact of this health emergency on their operations and customers.  What steps can procurement professionals take to better…

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  • Help 2.0 – Take Your Procurement Programs to the Next Level
    April 22, 2020

    Traditional help desk operations are generally reactive in nature, managing tickets and responding to system issues in order to address day-to-day procurement operations problems. But leading procurement organizations have discovered, with modest planning and investment, help desk operations can provide…

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  • There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills – Mining for Data in Modern Procurement
    February 19, 2020

    Discovery The year was 1848.  James W. Marshall was a foreman working at a lumbermill in California when he spotted a shiny nugget in the mud.  Over the next two years, an estimated 300,000 people would migrate to California not…

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  • Time to Face the Music: When Expectations Meet Reality
    January 20, 2020

    Unrealistic Expectations The importance of setting expectations cannot be understated – especially in project management. Clear expectations help define project goals, assign roles and responsibilities, and the set rhythm for the overall engagement. This is why every successful project must…

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  • WestView Capital Partners Completes a Growth Investment in The Shelby Group
    January 9, 2020

    The Shelby Group, LLC, a leading e-procurement transformation and optimization consultancy, announced today that it has received a growth investment from WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on middle market growth companies.  CEO John Dreyer and Executive…

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