It has been way too long since I have posted on my blog – but there is a good reason for the lapse. I have had the fortune of writing a book with Kelly Barner, co-owner of Buyers Meeting Point, and the deadline for the manuscript is today. We met the deadline (with a few days to spare)!

Kelly shared in one of her posts how rewarding the experience has been and I too feel exactly the same way. I asked Kelly to co-author a book with me on supply market intelligence and to my delight she agreed. All anyone has to do is read a few of Kelly’s thought pieces to know what an exceptional writer and thinker she is. We have very similar backgrounds in that we both have Master of Library Science degrees in addition to years of experience working in procurement environments.

An excerpt from our upcoming book, Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources, was posted by Kelly and published in’s IMT Procurement Journal.

The excerpt focuses on the importance of knowledge management in regards to supply market intelligence. Here is a paragraph from the excerpt:

There are many opportunities for procurement to build positive relationships through supply market intelligence, and the manager of knowledge-based documentation is critical to the effort. A number of business functions, in addition to executive leadership and external supply partners, will see great value in being able to access and even contribute to the supply market intelligence that procurement creates and documents.

Our new book is a guide on how to develop, execute, and maintain a supply market intelligence program and a reference source for identifying the best resources to use when researching specific markets and suppliers. Kelly and I are very proud of the book and share the vision that supply market intelligence is the key to improving procurement’s performance. It is being published by J. Ross and will be available in October.

I’m happy to be back and can’t wait to start posting again.