The Analyst Corner: Sourcing

Sourcing is an area where knowledgeable technology investments can lead to a solid return on investment. With the market growing, companies are placing their bets on this sure winner.


The Ariba/Freemarkets union got us back to the racetrack to bet on solid delivery in the e-procurement and e-sourcing arena. But strategic organizations are not willing to gamble. When they put their money down today, they want the promise of a winner. Strategic sourcing continues to be the one area in corporate America where true total cost management can be effectively managed. More than ever, the providers are required to ante up.

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About the author: Murphree has 14+ years experience as a journalist reporting about Fortune 500 companies' supply and demand chain management endeavors. As former editor-in-chief for Supply & Demand Chain Executive, she was responsible for developing and managing editorial content that helped the magazine gain national recognition as the "go to" source for key business issues relating to sourcing, procurement, operations and demand management.

As President and Founder of Speak Easy, Murphree travels all over the country advocating and promoting the value of supply and demand chain management for today's enterprises.

Murphree is currently engaged in significant initiatives for a number of client's including market reviews on strategic sourcing and procurement, diplomacy coaching and management reviews for improved process flow. She is in the process of developing a training series focused on diplomacy to help corporate teams collaborate more effectively in cross-functional teaming environments.

A featured speaker, Murphree has presented on a variety of topics related to supply and demand chain management to organizations such as Banta Corp., the Conference Board, Peoplesoft, and Corporate United. She currently serves on the Advisory Board as Founding Editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. Her Web site is www.juliemurphree.com .

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