Archive for June, 2010

How Big Of A Supply Chain Threat Is Internet Over-Reliance?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Today’s Biggest Supply Chain Threat?“ Over the past two weeks, I’ve learned more than I’ve ever wanted to know about Internet security issues ranging from website downtime to cyber terrorism. Ignorance was indeed bliss. Now, being exposed to the threats that all businesses and even countries face is certainly not very comforting.…

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NextLevelPurchasing.com Is Back Online

I am relieved to report to you that NextLevelPurchasing.com is back online after suffering a massive DDoS attack, similar to the kind that you read about hitting Twitter, CNN, and other high-profile websites. While we are working to bring the site’s speed and functionality back to its former levels, NextLevelPurchasing.com is available to you while being protected by some of…

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NextLevelPurchasing.com Website Status

We continue to fight off the DDoS attack on NextLevelPurchasing.com that I reported on Wednesday. Our technology partners have reported that our website is being hit 300 – 1,000 times per second with malicious traffic, crashing the server and rendering the website inaccessible. We continue to work on implementing solutions in the hope that access to our site can be…

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NextLevelPurchasing.com Update

Since the last update, we have gathered a great deal of information on why NextLevelPurchasing.com has been down this week. Our site has endured a DDoS attack. This is where a virus causes hundreds or thousands of computers to repeatedly “hit” a website so fast and frequently that it causes the website to be unresponsive to normal traffic. Fortunately, no…

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The Next Level Purchasing Website Will Be Back Up Shortly

NextLevelPurchasing.com has been down for a little while due to some unplanned events as we implement our new innovations. We expect it to be up in the next hour or two. I’m personally hoping that the site is back up by the time you are reading this. But I wanted to get the message out there in case we run…

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Three Big Announcements Coming From Next Level Purchasing Starting Tuesday!

Innovation in purchasing and supply management training and certification is a constant focus of what we do here at Next Level Purchasing. We’ve been hard at work over the last several months working on three major launches that will, once again, alter the landscape in the purchasing and supply management training and certification market. On this upcoming Tuesday – June…

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June 2010’s Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month Is…

Every month, Next Level Purchasing recognizes a student who has made impressive progress in learning more about the field of purchasing and supply management. We are proud to announce that the Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month for June 2010 is… Wayne Owens, a Purchasing Manager for Goodwill Industries from Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Wayne completed all six Senior Professional…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Cloud Computing Technology in Procurement

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper from Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Ariba. Speaking of Ariba and whitepapers, they recently updated their site and, on my first visit, I couldn’t find their whitepapers on the new site! I was pretty disappointed as they built up…

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Dating Suppliers Before Marrying Them

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “Do You Make These Purchasing Mistakes?” In the description of the fifth mistake, “Failing to qualify a new supplier,” I wrote that you should always “qualify new suppliers in a way that is appropriate for the value and criticality of the purchase. This may even mean ‘dating the supplier before marrying the…

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Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO On Marketing Spend

Yesterday, I attended the 12th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference, a high-quality event that really provides business owners at all levels with good new ideas and strategies. This most recent conference was no exception. One of the more interesting parts of the day for me was the afternoon keynote, delivered by the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ed Stack. I had…

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