Procurement Optimization Blog

  • The Personas of Procurement: Part 1
    September 15, 2020

    This is part 1 of a 2-part series The function of procurement has evolved. Modern procurement has proven to deliver more specific, measurable value to an organization than ever before. Years ago, procurement was viewed as a rubber stamp –…

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  • User Experience: The Key to Successful Adoption
    August 27, 2020

    Seeing a 2-year old child navigate an iPhone can leave a lasting realization of just how user-friendly the design is. Market leaders, like Apple and Amazon, create products that are so intuitive and easy to use that even a 2-year…

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  • Break Through with Procurement Operations
    July 16, 2020

    “A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery said that.  Benjamin Franklin noted, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  As a lifelong Red Sox fan, it pains me, but even Yogi Berra…

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  • COVID-19 and P2P – The Importance of Risk Assessment
    June 17, 2020

    The spread of the COVID-19 virus is having significant impact on businesses worldwide.  Organizations everywhere are executing business processes to minimize the impact of this health emergency on their operations and customers.  What steps can procurement professionals take to better…

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  • 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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