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Featured across the Blog Talk Radio Network, The PI Social Media's flagship radio show PI Window has been called "one of the most popular PODcasts in North America" by social media expert Shel Israeli. Over these past few years PI Window on Business has covered a diverse range of topics welcoming guests from the world of business, politics and entertainment. The next 500 shows will be equally engaging.






Is Procurement Good For The Environment?

Everycs, a data and software engineering company focused on product intelligence, has just joined forces with environmental consultant GreenDelta to connect their Makersite platform with the world's life-cycle data, augment it with other information, and enable faster, distributed collaboration for procurement professionals. Joining me today to talk about what this means to the supply industry as a whole is Everycs CEO, Christoph Wilfert.

Duration: 00:31:47

The Ivalua tail wags the CGI dog

Today I will be joined by Ivalua’s SVP Sales and Business Development Amol Joshi to talk about the upstart company's big win with the State of Arizona. Ironically, the use of the term upstart is somewhat deceiving, because Ivalua has been around for 15 years. The moniker, however, is appropriate because the win with Arizona as well as with Cadillac Fairview, US Foods, Honeywell and Credit Suisse are an indication of a seismic shift in the industry. In short, companies like Ivalua are...

Duration: 00:31:00

A Discussion With Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey Smith

One top public sector procurement expert suggests that the additional $2 million that Santa Clara County is going to pay to KPMG to review its procurement practice makes absolutely no sense. Or as he put it, there is no amount of service or insight that KPMG – or any consulting firm for that matter, can provide that would come close to justifying not just the additional $2 million, but the total $3.3 million that the County will spend. In today's segment, I welcome Santa Clara County...

Duration: 00:38:17

THOMASNET – D&B Partnership: Now This Is A Story To Watch

The partnership between THOMASNET.com (formerly the Thomas Register), a company that is more than 100 years old, and Dunn & Bradstreet (a company that is more than 150 years old) to protect supply chains against disruption due to unforeseen risks, is a potential game changer. Today I will be joined by THOMASNET President and CEO, Tony Uphoff, to talk about the new partnership focusing on the following three questions; 1. Given the length of time, your respective organizations have been in...

Duration: 00:31:45

The Global Procurement Awards

Procurement is a cornerstone of a sound supply chain and overall business strategy. Procurify recognizes the importance of innovation and excellence in the profession and is committed to rewarding those organizations and individuals showing leadership and dedication to driving it forward, impacting their teams, organizations, communities and the world at large. Today we talk with Procurify's John Rugamas about this new program. In the introduction to the Global procurement awards,...

Duration: 00:31:08

Procurement Unplugged: Turning Big Ideas Into Meaningful Action

Last month I welcomed to the show Procurious' Tania Seary to talk about the state of our industry and the then upcoming Big Ideas Conference. Today, I am once again joined by Tania Seary, to not only revisit some of the questions we discussed last time, but to learn about any new revelations that resulted from the event, including their impact on the procurement world. During this 30 minute segment I will be asking her the following questions: 1. In the last segment we talked about the...

Duration: 00:37:27

THOMASNET.com (Tom Greco and Travis Sherbine) Briefing with Jon Hansen

In this advanced briefing of their presentation at the upcoming ISM2016 conference titled "Why Buyers Find it Tough to Connect with SMB Suppliers and What They Can Do About It"?, I am happy to welcome to the show Tom Greco, vice president, THOMASNET.com, and Travis Sherbine, vice president, marketing and product management, THOMASNET.com.

Duration: 00:29:32

CBC Next Gen Dragon Nicole Verkindt talks about her latest business venture

Nicole Verkindtis a frequent commentator on Canadian news outlets CBC's Exchange, "The Round Up", and is a "Dragon" on CBC's "Next Gen Dragons Den" focused on investing in early stage technology start ups. She is alsothe founder of OMX (theomx.com), an online platform that helps organizations "buy local" by pushing out opportunities to organizations that match the requirements. The platform also manages and tracks total job creation and economic impact from large projects, primarily large...

Duration: 00:31:35

Procurement Unplugged: A New Wave Era Company Talks About The Future

Back in 2013, our expert panel identified Market Dojo as one of the first New Wave Companies to watch. Here we are in 2016 and we want to know how the has company fared during a time of significant change and transformation. Today I will be joined by executives from Market Dojo as I ask them the following three questions: How has the company evolved since 2013 when our panel had first selected you as a New Wave Company to watch?What is your interpretation of where the industry is now at...

Duration: 00:41:39

Buyers Meeting Point Weekly Commentary for December 7th, 2015

This week our guest audio excerpt is from an unusually entertaining video from Next Level Purchasing Association President Charles Dominick on traditional vs non traditional approaches to recruiting. The video was posted to YouTube on November 9th, so here is what I'm guessing happened. Right after the NLPA Halloween party, Charles found a box of leftover costumes and a case of Red Bull before going into a planning session on procurement recruiting. The result is an absolutely hysterical...

Duration: 00:09:06

Ask the Expert – Nine questions critical to the future of procurement WEBINAR

Jon Hansen and Kelly Barner are the co-authors of ‘Procurement at a Crossroads: Career Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry’ (November 2015) takes a close look at the field of procurement during a time of extraordinary transition. In the book, the authors identify nine key questions critical to those in the profession and then present multiple perspectives on each. The topics include changing professional demographics, technology, media coverage, public vs private sector,...

Duration: 01:07:51

Buyers Meeting Point Weekly Commentary for September 21st, 2015

In this week's guest audio, we look at procurement from a particularly illuminating perspective – and that is the sales perspective. Elliot Epstein is the CEO of Salient Communications and as a sales professional he has partnered with CIPS to bring sales and procurement professionals to better understand each other. In this excerpt he addresses what sales professionals should do about procurement's 'rules of engagement' as well as when they realize their solution is new to the prospective...

Duration: 00:13:19

Buyers Meeting Point Weekly Commentary for September 14th, 2015

This week's guest audio touches on the dark side of collaborative business relationships – the fallout for all parties if and when they fail. It was recently reported that Suzuki and Volkswagen have finally completed their 'divorce' or the breakup of their 2009 partnership that was supposed to bring market, manufacturing, and technical expertise together for the benefit of both parties. But does this real life cautionary tale demonstrate what not to do or should it discourage other...

Duration: 00:09:12

Buyers Meeting Point Weekly Commentary for August 31st, 2015

This week's guest audio comes from Dustin Mattison. His Future of Supply Chain podcast series offers weekly interviews with leading supply chain thought leaders. The podcasts can be seen on YouTube and his blog is part of the Kinaxis Supply Chain Expert Community. In this podcast Mattison interviews Julio Franca, a Director at the global, boutique management consulting firm Spin Consulting. The excerpt we are about to hear is the first question of the podcast and in it Franca addresses...

Duration: 00:10:47

Buyers Meeting Point Weekly Commentary for August 24th, 2015

Panel Discussion on The Politics of Procurement This week's guest audio comes from a panel discussion moderated by Code for America. They create open source solutions and facilitate a collaborative community around their use. Code for America also hosts an annual summit that brings together public sector innovators and the organizations that collaborate with them – and that is where this particular recording was made: at a 2014 summit panel on public sector procurement. In this exchange,...

Duration: 00:09:51

An Introduction To The ISM Mastery Model

While part of ISM2015 is celebrating the past 100 years, it’s more about focusing on the 100 years ahead. Thomas W. Derry, ISM CEO, made that focus front and center during his press conference to launch the ISM Mastery Model. The ISM Mastery Model is a major step forward in training practitioners and growing the profession. Joining me today to talk about this new program is Lara Nichols. Lara isSenior Vice President, Procurement of NFP You can learn more about the ISM Mastery Model through...

Duration: 00:28:39

Buyers Meeting Point Weekly Commentary for August 10th, 2015

Procurement Career Development - Is MBA vs. Certification a False Choice? This week our audio comes from a Financial Times conversation with Ian Clarke, Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School.The core question in the discussion is whether MBA programs provide professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to have competitive careers in today's business environment or whether they are too technical. The full video can be viewed on YouTube:...

Duration: 00:09:26

Procurement Unplugged: The Three Most Important Questions For 2015

Since January, we have been airing a series of what you could call informal, off the cuff interviews with a number of executives and experts from various areas of the procurement world,regarding what I would consider to be the three most important questions in our industry for 2015. While there are certainly more questions regarding the procurement world than the ones I will be posing to our guest today, these three have been the most prominant for my listeners and readers. Here are the...

Duration: 00:35:13

Up Close With Bravo's Daniel Warn

With sources indicating that trouble is brewing with the Government of Ontario's implementation of the Bravo Tendering platform, the company's VP Dan Warn joins us up close to set the record straight. About the show's up close format: My up close series follows a casualformat - there isn't even my usual intro music. It is in essence a real heart-to-heart discussion on a breraking news event involving one or more of the primary figures.

Duration: 00:29:45

Buyers Meeting Point Weekly Commentary for June 29th, 2015

In this Procurement Perspectives Podcast, Kelly Barner shares guest audio fromthe ThomasNet and ISM 30 Under 30 supply chain rising stars program. They hosted a panel-style interview and discussion with some of the 2014 award recipients at this year's ISM conference.The excerpt I am going to share now starts with a question from Supply Chain Management Review's Editorial Director, Bob Trebilcock, and he asks how these rising stars ended up in supply chain. The full panel discussion can be...

Duration: 00:10:22

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