Procurement: Why You Should Outsource the Work and Not the People

Posted: 06/09/2018 - 00:49
Why hire a full time employee for a part-of-the time job?

As procurement professionals, we are always striving to achieve the best total cost of ownership with the products and services we purchase. We’ve seen the negative impact that bottom-dollar pricing can have with respect to quality and delivery. We’ve seen how over-engineered products with high price tags can erode our margins. Our constant aim is to look at each purchase holistically and measure its total value to the company we represent. So why don’t we look at our procurement teams the same way?

The Importance of Participatory Compliance with Your Critical Vendors

Posted: 05/26/2018 - 01:22
Actively participate in anticipatory compliance activities to monitor risk.

In a recent interview for a technical blog, I mentioned that I heard keynote speaker former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (at the 2016 Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) Internal Auditors Society conference) reference that organizations should prepare to adopt what he called “anticipatory compliance.” This concept involves outsourcers being able to demonstrate that they are actively anticipating, studying and acting on perceived threats (cyber and otherwise) both internally and with their outsourced business partners.

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