For those of you that do not think that all types of social networks have a place in the business world or in our procurement world in general, just remember that these are the tools of choice of our younger generations. That would be those that are coming after those of us with more than a few years of experience. By the way, that includes the use of these tools in their work lives and BYOD to access them. Want to know where the best place to look for procurement talent is? Give up? It’s LINKEDIN.
The blogosphere is crowed with any number of opinions on any number of subjects and feeding the engines of big data. As a medium it has evolved from on line dictionaries in the early to mid 1990’s. Blogs are a form of Social Media just as Wiki’s are. Forums have been around for thousands of years (I think there’s one in Greece), it is only natural that as technology evolved to include more people that offerings such as Facebook would evolve to include many of these tool types as well. It is only a matter of time before they evolve to help us solve complex problems in all areas of life and that includes the procurement space.
If you visit the SafeSourcing Sourcebook™ and become a member you can host forums on anything you wish to learn about in the procurement space and post that forum to thousands of other members. It may be something as simple as a question like this. Can anyone tell me how they are presently planning to source paper products based on the rumors of an up pulp market? How might you plan on mitigating price increases?
Job specific social communities are not the way of the future, they are here today. Visit Sourcebook™ and create your forum.
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