Procure to Pay

Dec 22, 2017  |  Articles

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people.  Here are a few […]

Dec 17, 2017  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Innovation and Social Responsibility Supply Index: A Critical Input to “Drucker Management Top 250 List”

Research by NC State Poole College Professor Robert Handfield, director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative based Poole College, and Yung-Yun Huang, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in operations research, supplied two of the […]

Jun 27, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Assessing the True Return of Procurement Transformation on Total Shareholder Return: A Tough Proposition

In my earlier book with Gerard Chick on “The Procurement Value Proposition“, we advance the notion that buildoing a business case for investing in people, process, and technology improvement in procurement is key.  Many procurement assessments developed by consultants seek […]

Mar 10, 2017  |  Articles

Can Blockchain become the solution for anti-counterfeiting and chain of custody?

Recent articles in the New York Times and in the International Business Times highlight the emerging role of blockchain as a key enabler of improved integration between parties in the extended global supply chain.  For instance, IBM and WalMart are […]

Jan 11, 2017  |  Director's Blog

New YouTube on Procurement Analytics from IBM Empower Conference

I was interviewed at the IBM Emptoris conference back in November on some of the emerging trends in terms of the value added that procurement can add through analytics, the importance of data governance as the foundation for analytics, sources […]

Jan 8, 2017  |  Director's Blog

NC State ranked as a top 25 global supply chain programs at SCM World… and here's why!

Great news this week for NC State as SCM World announced its top 25 supply chain management programs globally.  The NC State Supply Chain program was listed as one of the top 25 programs in the world, which says a lot […]

Nov 5, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Data is the Real Gold At the End of the Rainbow for Contract and Spend Management Systems

Contract management analytics are critical for tracking transactional compliance with contract pricing, terms and conditions, but also as a vehicle for workflow management around negotiation of contract renewals, and aggregation of supplier performance data on service level agreements, delivery, quality, and […]

Oct 5, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Contingent Workforce is a Major Focus for Procurement

The number of workers who are “contingent is growing rapidly.  Brian Hoffmeyer from IQ Navigator, a procure to pay solution, spoke today at IBM’s Empower event on this trend, and the implications for procurement.  I had the opportunity to sit […]

Sep 13, 2016  |  Director's Blog

CAPS Procurement Analytics Study Highlighted in Inside Supply Management

This month’s Inside Supply Management published by the Institute for Supply Management features an article announcing the launch of a study being undertaken by the Center for Advanced Purchasing on the evolution of procurement analytics.  I am leading the study along […]

Jul 6, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Data integrity is a real problem in the operating room

A recent visit to a mid-sized hospital in the Northeast United States provided a number of important insights into how is great a problem material handing data integrity is in the daily life of those people who work in operating […]