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From Process to Profit… Rightsizing Telecom and IT Services

Special thanks to Source One, a Corcentric company for this guest post. Whether rapidly growing, looking to downsize, or simply looking for opportunities to cut costs, companies should look to right-size and optimize the products and services they currently use. As the term “right-size” implies, the process entails taking a deeper look at your IT and Telecom products and services usage and matching…

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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 Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! 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…

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Managing The Cloud

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! 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…

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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: Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!   What happens if you are the…

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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… Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! On incumbent supplier’s inflexibility with pricing: “They know…

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