May 14 2009   6:02PM GMT

Looking for procurement cost cutting and governance stories

Rachel Lebeaux Rachel Lebeaux Profile: Rachel Lebeaux

In the course of writing today’s story on spend management software and cost transparency tools, I talked quite a bit with Shane O’Sullivan, group CIO for Skandia Group Cos., about his methods for tightening up operational costs in procurement. O’Sullivan touched on many aspects of his organization’s program, and noted that having a procurement-related governance model in place from early on has been invaluable when it comes to being responsive to marketplace conditions, contract negotiations and the like.

That attitude makes sense to me: has looked at IT governance from a number of angles, and we’ve seen that — especially in a recessionary environment — organizations are finding that establishing protocols with regard to purchasing, hiring and other operational areas is imperative in order to run a lean-but-effective business.

I’m looking to write a longer story about procurement cost-cutting and governance strategies. Are you an enterprise CIO with experience in cost-cutting or governance related to procurement? If so, please email me at

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