This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: The “Massive Problem” at the Heart of Procurement

By January 13, 2017 February 23rd, 2020 No Comments


It isn’t often in the procurement space that we publicly debate key issues, and that is the key reason behind why I selected this week’s “must read” as a must read.

The article was written by ex-CPO and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) expert David Atkinson.  David’s article was in response to a piece in mid-December from Bertrand Maltaverne.  The debate in question is related to the challenges of SRM:

Original Article:

The Massive Problem at the Heart of SRM | Bertrand Maltaverne

David’s Response:

The “Massive Problem” at the Heart of SRM | David Atkinson

I encourage you to read both, and then jump into the comments below David’s article.  You will see a number of people from across the procurement spectrum that I really respect continue the conversation. It is debates like this that we need so that collectively we can help our organizations maximize the benefit derived from their supply market ecosystems!


What are the Hottest Skill Niches in Procurement & Supply Chain? | Bronwen Hann, Argentus

Procurement Metrics for 2017: Broader. Positive. Worthy. | Anthony Gluyas, Accenture

How will CPOTUS Trump Deal with the Gig Economy? | Andrew Karpie, Spend Matters

Procurement Education and Skills – Interview with Dr Jo Meehan (Part 1) | Peter Smith, Spend Matters

Procurement Choices, Consequences and Collaboration – Interview with Dr Jo Meehan (Part 2) | Peter Smith, Spend Matters



No More Denial for WNS as it Makes its Concerted Procurement Play | Phil Fersht & Derk Erbe, HfS Research

Coupa Acquires Spend360, Adds Best-in-Class Spend Classification Capability to its Suite | Spend Matters Analyst Team



Podcast: How to Develop, Deploy and Retain a Team of Procurement Superheroes w/ Mark Trowbridge of Strategic Procurement Solutions

Article: First Take: WNS Acquires Denali Sourcing Services to Expand Source to Pay Footprint



I was invited earlier this week to participate in a survey to support a piece of research that it being undertaken by Kim Whitehead, an Assistant Professor at Anderson University.

The survey is on a topic that I am passionate about – studying correlations between new product development and supplier relationships.

If this is a topic that interests you, check out the survey, here.

(note, I have no connection with this, or Kim… I am just interested in the topic and it would be great for Kim to receive as many responses as possible).

Until next time…