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I’m sure you looked at my title and thought “here is another blog, article, rant, etc. on talent management” and just to be clear it IS, and it ISN’T.  If your organization is truly trying to move up the maturity curve and is really making an effort to get to Category Management. then finding AND [...]

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Author: Anne Kohler
Posted: January 13, 2022, 3:32 pm

We were recently approached by the CPO of a very large global organization who has been a client in multiple different companies, and he was all excited about this new concept called AGILE procurement and wanted it introduced to his organization immediately. First, let me acknowledge that it is very gratifying to our ego to [...]

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Author: Dalip Raheja
Posted: January 6, 2022, 5:11 pm

This sounds counter intuitive to many people when we say this but the absolute best outcome for ANY sourcing event is that there is no change in the supplier and the incumbent maintains the business.  Imagine how easy life would be and how much our stakeholders would love us.  Imagine how much friction we would [...]

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Author: Dalip Raheja
Posted: December 16, 2021, 4:50 pm

As Strategic Sourcing professionals we are constantly gathering data, analyzing it, drawing conclusions and making recommendations.  It’s actually a key component of our role as an internal consultant.  But are we utilizing a disciplined process that help to ensure that the data we are gathering is relevant so that we don’t get lost in data [...]

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Author: Anne Kohler
Posted: December 9, 2021, 3:33 pm

Many of you continue to ask us to focus on the difference between Category Management (CM) and Strategic Sourcing (SS).  The first clarification we would make is that CM is the next level of maturity from SS so it’s not a question of one vs. another but rather building on SS.  This is an important [...]

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Author: Dalip Raheja
Posted: December 2, 2021, 3:31 pm