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If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway

I read recently that NASA is still flying aircraft from the 1940s as part of a long-term science program. This is surprising on two levels. On the one hand, these aircraft are still airworthy. Is it that they built them to last in those days? One hardly thinks so, given what they were built for. Without being too morbid about it, World War II bombers weren’t really designed with a view that they’d still be operational many decades later.

The Great Procurement Makeover

As portmanteau words go, "makeover" is one of the more interesting, with a couple of somewhat opposed meanings. In its popular culture context, it’s a familiar concept. The application of a new layer of color and design creates a transformation of a house, a face or an entire neighborhood.

Zero SUM revealed in 'Supply Management Metrics that Matter' Report

Ardent Partners' 2017 Supply Management Metrics that Matter report certainly contains a lot of food for thought. After a rigorous and detailed research process the Ardent analyst team have distilled their findings into some intriguing stats and benchmarks.

The “People” Factor in Digital Procurement Transformation

With digital transformation becoming the buzzword of sorts in procurement alleys, it’s important for CPOs to realize that driving this agenda would require a combination of elements. Their plans of transforming the procurement function can come unstuck if they commit the cardinal sin of overly focusing on one element at the cost of the other.

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