PROCUREMENT OPTIMIZATION BLOG

Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Help 2.0 – Take Your Procurement Programs to the Next Level
    April 22, 2020

    Traditional help desk operations are generally reactive in nature, managing tickets and responding to system issues in order to address day-to-day procurement operations problems. But leading procurement organizations have discovered, with modest planning and investment, help desk operations can provide…

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  • There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills – Mining for Data in Modern Procurement
    February 19, 2020

    Discovery The year was 1848.  James W. Marshall was a foreman working at a lumbermill in California when he spotted a shiny nugget in the mud.  Over the next two years, an estimated 300,000 people would migrate to California not…

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  • Time to Face the Music: When Expectations Meet Reality
    January 20, 2020

    Unrealistic Expectations The importance of setting expectations cannot be understated – especially in project management. Clear expectations help define project goals, assign roles and responsibilities, and the set rhythm for the overall engagement. This is why every successful project must…

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  • WestView Capital Partners Completes a Growth Investment in The Shelby Group
    January 9, 2020

    The Shelby Group, LLC, a leading e-procurement transformation and optimization consultancy, announced today that it has received a growth investment from WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on middle market growth companies.  CEO John Dreyer and Executive…

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  • The Elephant in The Room
    December 17, 2019

    On the road to procurement transformation, many clients spend significant time, effort and attention on how they will restructure policies and processes for managing spend.  And they are correct to do so – “there’s gold in them thar hills!”  Clients…

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  • The Global Digitization Mandate
    November 20, 2019

    Our world is digital. There is no question about it. Smartboards, smartphones, tablets, connected TVs, connected fridges – you name it! Our everyday lives have gone digital, but B2B business processes remain somewhat archaic as paper still reigns supreme over…

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  • The Global Digitization Mandate
    November 20, 2019

    Our world is digital. There is no question about it. Smartboards, smartphones, tablets, connected TVs, connected fridges – you name it! Our everyday lives have gone digital, but B2B business processes remain somewhat archaic as paper still reigns supreme over…

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  • Global Platform Deployments: Executing Successfully (Part 2 of 2)
    October 23, 2019

    In my last blog, I stressed the importance of “Planning and Preparation” before commencing a global implementation deployment. Now that you have a global rollout strategy, identified governance ‘layers’ and selected success metrics, you are ready to enter the next…

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  • Successful Global Platform Deployments: Preparing for Success (Part 1 of 2)
    September 26, 2019

    All global projects have unique challenges and here at The Shelby Group, we’ve had the opportunity to encounter many of them! When supporting our clients’ global deployments, we can easily pinpoint the ‘what to watch out for’ areas like taxes,…

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  • Direct Materials Through a P2P Platform: The Game of Communication
    August 21, 2019

    You’ve been tasked with implementing direct materials through a P2P platform. What does that mean? How do direct materials differ from indirect? I have come to learn that purchasing/invoicing for direct materials brought with it an array of complex use…

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