In the age of “hyperspecialization”, it is critical to take the time to think about the critical issues facing your area of specialization, to develop and organize your thoughts as to verbalize them in a coherent fashion. If not, you may very well suffer mad scientist syndrome, isolated in your world’s jargon and unable to tie your issues back to the bigger picture. However, to tie everything into this bigger picture, you should also seek general knowledge outside your area of expertise to stay connected with the rest of your 7.6 billion counterparts on this planet.

This is exactly the aim of this blog.

Being knee-deep in procurement and information technology on most days, you will find some very specific, detailed posts about my thoughts on various procurement related subjects in these pages.  On the other hand, in the words of Dennis Flanagan: “In an age of specialization people are proud to be able to do one thing well, but if that is all they know about, they are missing out on much else life has to offer.”  Therefore, you will also find reviews and notes on various books completely unrelated to procurement in these pages as well as I try to cultivate some sense of general knowledge. Who knows, these posts might just help you find your new favorite book.  Worst case, I promise to always recommend books that will make you seem interesting should you die in the middle of reading them.  Make sure to always leave them in plain sight when not reading…



Joël Collin-Demers is a procurement process improvement & system consultant based out of Montreal, Quebec.  He is a member of IBM’s Global Business Services team since 2012 and has worked with various clients in the pulp & paper, aerospace, mining and entertainment industries as well as in the public sector.

The opinions or views expressed on this website represent the individual thoughts of Joël, and not necessarily those of IBM or any of its corporate partners.