This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: Procurement’s Survival Manifesto on a Knife-Edge?

Written by Philip Ideson


Today’s “Must Read” comes from Derk Erbe at HfS Research. Derk extracts a number of findings from HfS’s recent Procurement-as-a-Service Blueprint, and on the face of it you may look at this as commentary on the procurement services market.

However, I encourage you to look deeper. How organizational leaders are accessing procurement capability is changing, impacting not only the procurement delivery model, but also the skills sets of retained teams (think program and relationship management). There are lots of opportunities for those ahead of the curve, and lots of impact for those who are not!

Procurement’s Survival Manifesto on a Knife-Edge as the As-A-Service Model takes hold | Derk Erbé, Horses for Sources


No More Excuses: Procurement Needs To Take Ownership Of CSR | Procurious

The Missing Link: Why Procurement Competency Assessments Alone Fail to Make the Grade | Bill Michels, Aripart Consulting

The Perils Of Seeing Category Management As A Price Management Tool | Allison Ford-Langstaff, Future Purchasing

Contract theories you should know | Dr Sara Cullen, PASA

Unidentified Flying Progress (in Procurement) | Brian M Harman, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.


Tradeshift Acquires IBX Business Network to Create World’s Largest Business Commerce Platform | Tradeshift

Watson and Einstein Sitting In A Tree: IBM-Salesforce join forces to give you more ways to buy AI | Horses for Sources


Podcast: How the American Cancer Society Elevated the Role of Procurement, w/ Brian Kyle

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.