This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: The Rise of the Dinobots

Written by Philip Ideson

Today’s This Week in Procurement comes from Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee, and architect of the Vested framework. Kate explores the coming role of Bots in procurement, but also their limitations.

As we look at all the things that AI and RPA may be able to do to streamline the procurement process (and as I do on this week’s pod with Dawn Tiura), it is just as important to note their current limitations to seek out the sweet spots for the procurement careers of the future!

The Rise of the Dinobots | Kate Vitasek, University of Tennessee


How well are you collaborating? | Rachel Sharp, Procurement Leaders

Buzzwords, Jargon and other LinkedIn Problems | Andy Wilkinson, The Chameleon Career Consultancy

CPO Rising 2017: Staying Focused on the Long Game in Procurement | Andrew Bartolini, CPO Rising

Assessing the True Return of Procurement Transformation on Total Shareholder Return: A Tough Proposition | Robert Handfield, NCSU

5 Young Supply Chain Professionals on What They Wish They Knew Earlier | Sydney Lazarus, Spend Matters

Confederations Cup 2017 – A Challenge for Logistics Processes | Luisa Walendy, All Things Supply Chain



Washington’s Inaction Causing CFOs to Delay Spending | Chris Schmidt, CFO


Podcast: Intergenerational Differences in Procurement: Beyond the Label w/ Jim Baehr & Michael Urick

Blog: Talking with Woz Part 1: Innovation begins with Experimentation

Blog: 7 Tips to Speed up the Procurement Contract Process | Brian Lyew

Podcast: Build-a-Bot: Real World Examples of the Technologies Shaping the Future of Procurement w/ Dawn Tiura

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.