Wednesday, 23 December 2015

What Star Wars Taught Procurement

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Star Wars was born.


And with the exciting release of The Force Awakens, the Market Dojo team (mainly Alun?) wanted to harness the power of the Jedi to learn a few lessons for Procurement.


So what CAN Star Wars teach us…


1. Star Wars taught us that when negotiating, it is important to have something of value to barter with. Anakin Skywalker went to extreme lengths, building a ‘podracer’ to secure his freedom from slavery and secure essential parts to Queen Amidala’s ship.




2. Star Wars taught us that ‘turning to the dark side of the force’ is not an effective way to achieve savings…





3. Star Wars taught us that it is important to have a really good understanding of complex categories.  How else can you build a Death Star! 

When conducting a reverse auction, the lotting structure needs to be able to account for this…


4. Star Wars taught us that keeping your stakeholders aligned throughout the process and clearly defining the specification of a tender are all crucial to ensure that your military does not end up dressed in ridiculous red ‘armour’ with zero protective properties (as stated by We Are The Mighty in their article here.)

 

5. Star Wars taught us the importance of Procurement  within any organisation, regardless of culture. See this quote from the Star Wars Wikia page:


“Procurement and Supply was a branch of the Rebel Alliance that worked to free material from Imperial-occupied worlds. Individuals working for Procurement and Supply included SpecForces technicians (from the 7th Regiment) known as "Procurement Specialists" or "Scroungers." Winter served as a Procurement Specialist on Averam and other worlds under the alias "Targeter." Procurement specialists who specialized in acquiring ordnance were known as "Ordnance Procurers."

6. Finally, Star Wars taught us that if you look like Princess Leia, you get whatever it is that you want in life.




Has Star Wars taught you anything else about procurement? Let us know!

Or get in touch to hear about how you can save money without “Turning to the Dark Side”!



Anya McKenna anya.mckenna@marketdojo.com +44(0)117 318 2537


About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more at www.marketdojo.com

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Trials and Tribulations of a Software-as-a-Service Company

Market Dojo provides an eSourcing solution based entirely in the cloud. And whilst we boast all the benefits of being a Saas company, such as pay per use pricing and delivery, instant access, and the ability to try the software before committing to a purchase, it would be beneficial to explain what exactly SaaS really means.

To do this, we involved the help of our knowledgeable partner Kelly Barner at Buyers Meeting Point. Myself (Anya) and Nick had a chat with  Kelly to discuss what makes SaaS different to cloud computing, how we benefit from working with our SaaS suppliers and how users can benefit from working with us.

Check out the Blog Talk Radio above and get in touch if you have any questions. How do you best utilise SaaS providers? Or maybe you’re part of a SaaS company, what pros and cons have you discovered?

Don’t forget you can always sign up (free) and check out the benefits of a SaaS eSourcing tool.  Feel free to get in touch for more info:

Anya McKenna
Marketing Manager
+44(0)117 318 2537
+44(0)792 337 6307


About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more at www.marketdojo.com