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NEWS: Art of Procurement Partners with SIG

Written by Philip Ideson

Today is a big day here at Art of Procurement. We are delighted to announce that Art of Procurement will be partnering with SIG, or Sourcing Industry Group.

Ok, so what does that mean…

Next week’s episode will mark two years of the Art of Procurement podcast.  We have had 157 episodes so far, and I have been very lucky to build a network and community of forward thinking procurement leaders who have joined me on this journey.

That being said, I’ve always been limited in what I do by the fact that we are a very small team.  And by very small, I mean myself and the generosity of some of my closest friends in the procurement space to give their time for free to help take Art of Procurement to where it is today.  It has been, and is, a labor of love.  More recently, thanks to the support of Palambridge (the business I recently co-founded) we have been able to put in place processes and build a small team. However, I have always felt that there is so much more that Art of Procurement can become to help guide, inspire and validate procurement leaders on their quest to elevate the impact of our profession.

For a little while now, I have been keeping my eyes and ears open to the possibility of a partnership with an organization that can help AOP continue to grow and expand. Over that time, I have got to know the entire team at Sourcing Industry Group, or SIG, very well – through meeting and connecting at industry events, to actually interviewing most, if not all, of their leadership team for the podcast, and for The Procurement Revolution event.

I started to share some of my vision and hopes for the Art of Procurement with the SIG leadership team early in the summer, and it quickly became apparent that we both hold the same passion for the procurement profession, but – and I think this is of critical importance – a cultural connection in terms of the best way to develop and share content in a responsible way.

With that alignment, the partnership we announced today was just a matter of time.

So, what changes?

Today, nothing changes.

As part of our partnership, I had the opportunity to interview a number of procurement thought leaders at the SIG summit in California a couple of weeks ago, and so I am planning on releasing all of those as a series to run through the month of November.

When I look to the future, there are a couple of things that I am most excited about:


Firstly, this partnership opens up new opportunities for the creation of content – both providing more access to the practitioner community, but also in creating new content channels.  For example different types of shows focused in different areas, with different hosts… and other channels such as webinars, and events, and much greater use of the Art of Procurement blog for written content.

Secondly, and this is something that I have been passionate about for a long time – making existing content more accessible. There is so much fantastic content that exists within each show, but a key area of focus for me is how can we make that more accessible and therefore more actionable.  

I want to thank you, whether you have been a listener from the start, or have joined us more recently, and I look forward to continuing on this journey of helping us all learn from each other as we seek to elevate the impact of procurement.

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About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.