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3 Ways an RFP Can Give Your Telecom and IT Services a Boost

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Overhead expenses, including telecom costs, can slow or completely sabotage your business success if left unmanaged. You don’t need to fall victim to escalating overhead.  Instead practice efficient and pro-active management by preparing a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP). It’s true an RFP process can take an investment of time and…

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Managing The Cloud

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Everywhere you look in the IT space, the focus is all about the cloud. Most businesses are considering moving services to the cloud or have already moved multiple services to the cloud to reap the benefits. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings are particularly hot right now – a…

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Can IT and Procurement Play Nice Together? Yes! Yes! Yes!

For all the years I worked in IT management, rarely did anyone from the purchasing department ever approach me, except to challenge items I would purchase within my allowable budget that had peculiar, almost comic book-sounding names. (As if I really wanted to purchase a DDOS cloak from the Black Lotus!) Typically, it was up to me to approach the…

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What Takes Longer: Training Cats and Dogs or Implementing a Procurement Solution?

Have you ever tried to train a cat or dog?  Was your pet agreeable and quickly learned the desired behaviors?  Or did you have to pay for someone else to train (your dog) or just give up (your/my cat)?  Multiply that frustration by 101 and you now know the pain of a system roll out or implementing a procurement solution…

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Mobile Procurement Security – Can You Afford the Risk?

My goal today is to make you squirm.  I want you to feel a little uneasy.  Most importantly, I want you to think, hard, about a subject with the questions I am about to ask.  The questions I pose to you are these:   What happens if you are the unlucky person who loses their mobile device at the airport,…

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Highlights From The IT Negotiation Webinar Yesterday

In case you missed yesterday’s Next Level Purchasing Association monthly member’s webinar yesterday, I thought I’d post a few highlights here. And there were many highlights due to the fantastic presentation from ClearEdge Partners‘ Tom Demarco. Some excerpts from Tom’s sage advice… On incumbent supplier’s inflexibility with pricing: “They know you won’t leave them unless you’ve kicked the tires with…

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