Author: Pete Loughlin

Kodak. “Who?” Exactly! When you can see the tide coming in you do something about it. The problem for some businesses is that they don’t recognize the tide. This happened to Kodak, the photographic print manufacturer. They produced – still do produce – photographic film and paper. They thought that digital photography wouldn’t take off. How wrong can you get it? OK, they have diversified and now embrace digital but they were slow and too late and Kodak is  now a shadow of its former self.

It's been over a decade since the e-business machine was mobilised and it began to evangelise the use of the internet to deliver supply chain efficiencies. There were some big claims made about how much public sector organisations could save - some of which were valid, others a little optimistic - and despite scepticism in some quarters, the UK government, like most across the world, recognised that the new purchase to pay solutions that were emerging could deliver significant value.

Need a compelling reason to move to e-invoicing? Building a business case or developing a communication plan for it? Or just trying to evangelise electronic invoicing around your organisation? It's so much easier if you can distill down the complexity into easily digestible succinct messages. And that's why we love this infographic from Tradeshift.

You can always tell when something new is here to stay when the older generations call for it to be banned. The riots in the UK this week, quite apart from being a huge wake up call for the British government, has been an eye opener for many about the power of social media.

I wonder if it's just me that recalls that embarrassing teenage episode when one of your friends declares their new membership of the biker club. Proudly carrying their full face helmet, they don't volunteer that they haven't actually managed to save enough money for the bike yet. I cringe when think of it the same way I cringe when I hear CPOs claim their savings.