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Make plans to attend the 61st Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference October 7-9, 2004 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The NAPM Alaska conference is committee is hard at work on the programs. We'll get details to you as soon as we can.
All Purchasing and Contracting professionals need to
read this article from the Chonicle!
This is an extreme example of work being subcontracted by contractors and the Buyer eventually loosing control of private information. Loosing the information is bad enough, but the buyer has probably also lost legal privity and jurisdiction.
Before dismissing it as irrelevant, consider the kinds of information and data your company provides to contractors and vendors. What are the possible ramifications if someone gets that information and uses it maliciously.
Competitive designs, proprietary tooling and unique
specifications are only just a few obvious items to consider. Also consider:
- business plans (we're going to build 400 over the next year),
- new markets (this next order will ship to our new warehouse location)
- classified or national security information (these parts are for the new security system at...)
At the least you should reconsider any personal, private or financial data processing that your company out sources. Where is the information really going? Who has control of the data? Is it being stored by one or more subcontractors? Not to mention just plain old security concerns wherein you grant access to your plant and discover that your carefully selected contractor is subcontracting labor to a fly-by-night labor source in an obscure 3rd-world country.
So - what are we to do about it? Here are some ideas:
Still not convinced it's a concern? Try this exercise.
At your next staff meeting, group function or round
table discussion at an
affiliate program; brainstorm and answer these three questions.
Are your software skills helping you or frustrating you?
Surely by now you've heard the parable about the two lumberjacks in a wood-chopping contest. One Lumberjack worked furiously over the long day, never stopped to rest, but still lost. The second lumberjack also worked hard, but he took a number of breaks and yet he won. When asked how he could have done it even though he took several breaks, the winner replied, " I wasn't taking breaks to rest, I was taking time to sharpen my axe."
The moral of the story is clear. A sharper axe cuts faster. In the long run, talking the time to sharpen your axe is much more efficient that just working harder and faster.
Now how can that story apply to us? I'm glad you asked.
For most of us our 'axe', has become the PC. We work furiously to process large amounts of data, analyze spreadsheets, compose correspondence, store and retrieve documents and locate information buried in the vast expanse of the World Wide Web. Software has become the working tool used by professionals to cut through the information tasks at hand.
Read the full article: Sharpen Your Software Tools
Results Of The 2003 ISM Member Needs Survey
Periodically, ISM conducts a survey to determine member opinions and perceptions about existing ISM programs, products and services. This survey also gathers information about the program topics, methods of delivery and other program particulars that members are most interested in. Members are also asked for feedback on their interaction with ISM headquarters staff, and general demographics information is collected. The last time the Member Needs Survey was conducted was back in 2000. To
read the new 2003 Survey results see: http://www.ism.ws/quicksearch/index.cfm?keyword=QS36
2003 ISM Membership Demographics Report
The Demographics Report is a concise, stand alone document that reports key demographic information from the 2003 Member Needs Survey. To review the Demographics Report go to: http://www.ism.ws/quicksearch/index.cfm?keyword=QS37
Principles of Social Responsibility
As part of its commitment to lead the profession, the Institute for Supply Management(tm) (ISM) has created Principles of Social Responsibility, a document designed to provide a framework for supply professionals to be leaders in the area of social responsibility. ISM's Principles of Social Responsibility can be viewed on the ISM Web siteat www.ism.ws/sr
White collar Crime in the field of purchasing has always been a major concern. Now with increased attention resulting from the Sarbanes Oxley Act procurement controls are finally getting some direct attention from senior management. The hot question of the day is "What kinds of process controls do we need?" You can help answer the question and become a more valuable resource to your company. Start by checking out this web site. Use the menu to drilldown on ways to Identify and Detect Fraud. Spend a few minutes reading some of the case studies. http://www.aicpa.org/antifraud/homepage.htm
Here is one case study that should raise the hair on the back of your
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