Opinion This Month in Procurement

This Month in Procurement: A Collaboration w/ Mark Perera of Old St Labs

January 2017 marks the first month of a new collaboration that I am very excited about.

I am co-hosting a new monthly show, imaginatively titled The Month in Procurement, with Mark Perera. Mark is the CEO and Founder of Old St Labs, the Founder of Procurement Leaders, and as I have got to know him, I see how passionate he is about levering innovation and technology to help businesses really harness the power of their supply networks.

The show is meant to be a conversation. We’ll be bringing in other people to join us every month to just chat about the issues of the day and their impact on procurement, and, frankly, anything that we have on our mind! I’ll be leaving the edit button at home, so what we say, is what you will hear!

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Topics that Mark and I talk about include:

  • An Introduction to This Month in Procurement
  • Trump, Brexit and the impact of geopolitics
  • M&A in Procurement: Coupa/Spend360 & WNS/Denali
  • Accuracy of past procurement technology projections – why has progress been slower than predicted, and what does the future hold?
  • Optimization vs. transformation of the procurement delivery model.

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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.