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6 Reasons Why Businesses Should Consider Procurement Outsourcing

With the customer and market demands associated with most industries changing rapidly, it is critical that an organization’s best people remain focused on the business at hand while preparing for future opportunities. Within the procurement area this is especially true. It is crucial that the purchasing staff ensure your company is receiving the best value, […]

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Humorous and Clever Purchasing Anecdotes

Have you heard some humorous or clever quotes regarding business and procurement?  They are not as easy to find or remember as you would think.  I have recently come across the following and thought this was a very good start – if you are someone who likes to keep these little anecdotes handy.  As you […]

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The First Step in a Successful Cost Savings Effort

Developing an intelligent Cost Savings Strategy while considering the various tactical options such as Value Analysis, New Product or Service Options, Consolidated Sourcing, “Best in Class” Supplier Evaluations, Genuine Partnerships, Resourcing to a LCC Supplier (Low Cost Country Sourcing), Competitive Bidding and Reverse Auctions (to name a few) are all very effective and can drive […]

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Rich Rafdahl

The Top 10 Characteristics and Skills of an Excellent Buyer

What makes a good buyer? The following are the first five traits that contribute to an outstanding buyer. The second five will be published next week. 1. High Integrity – Even though it could be argued this is a soft skill, it is one of the most important traits a good buyer should possess. Without […]

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Rich Rafdahl

One of Business’s Bad Habits – the Verbal Purchase Order

Company employees who have developed good relationships with their suppliers may be tempted to simply place a verbal order to save time and expedite the delivery of the product or service. The common logic is that since they have a long term relationship with the supplier, they are confident that it will work out OK. […]

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Top IT security steps small businesses don’t take

Small businesses are often at a disadvantage because they don’t have the same security budget as larger firms. However, a recent study shows there are even some simple IT security steps that small companies often fail to take.  Often, leadership at small businesses may assume that smaller companies don’t face the same threats as others, […]

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iPad CTO Kit – including the iPad Tips and Tricks Guide for IT Executives and Managers

Download this kit to learn everything you need to know about IT Management. The iPad CTO Kit brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your IT Management related decisions. Click here to learn more!   The post iPad CTO Kit – including the iPad Tips and Tricks […]

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Cloud users give vendors good marks for IT security

Many businesses are concerned about the security of sensitive data when it’s held by a third party cloud computing servcie. However, a new survey says those worries might be exaggerated to some degree.  There’s a significant difference between the concerns of organizations that aren’t using cloud computing services and the experiences of those that have made the […]

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