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Blogging keeps you up to date

  1. 1. Blogging keeps you up to dateGregg BarrettTHIS week I am picking up from my previous articles on sources of information thatorganisations should refer to so they can improve their knowledge and understanding ofmatters in the procurement, contracts and legal field.Today, I am looking at a few associations and other industry bodies that provide usefulinsight and which I visit weekly and sometimes daily.National Contract Management Association ( National Contract Management Association (NCMA), focuses on matters in the NorthAmerican public-sector contracting environment. The monthly NCMA publication, Contract ManagementMagazine, carries many noteworthy articles. The annual NCMA conference, or the WorldCongress, is a well-attended event with high-calibre speakers.Through the NCMA website, you can access all the conference presentations and the currentissue of Contract Management Magazine.The Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa( Corporate Lawyers Association, or Clasa as it is known, is geared for the corporate legalfunction. That said, it is not merely a resource for the legal professional and withprocurement heavily involved in the contracting function at many organisations, beingfamiliar with developments in the legal environment can be beneficial. In the latest Clasapublication, published bi-annually, there is an interesting article titled Protecting YourCompany’s Corporate Reputation, a topic of importance to corporate functions beyondmerely legal. I recommend touching base with the Clasa website once a quarter to pick up onarticles of interest.CGF Research Institute (CGF - is not an association but a great resource for information on the topic of Governance,Risk Management and Compliance (GRC). With the current state of economic and socialaffairs, matters in the GRC space are top of mind for most organisations. As GRC touches onall aspects of the organisation including procurement, contracts and legal, organisations likeCGF are of real value and importance. Fortunately, CGF is a proactive organisation led bysomeone who is passionate about the cause – which makes a real difference. If you are not amember of CGF, then consider becoming one.The Association for Operations Management in Southern Africa (SAPICS –
  2. 2. To describe Sapics, I will use the official line on their site: “Sapics is South Africa’s leadingsource of knowledge and expertise in supply chain and operations including production,inventory, materials management, purchasing, distribution and logistics. Sapics is closelyaffiliated to Apics, The Association for Operations Management in America.”I have worked with Sapics for several years and have seen the association grow from strengthto strength. I found the broad thinking of the Sapics leadership refreshing and a welcomedeparture from the myopic silo approaches that plague many associations. If you are involvedin Supply Chain Management (SCM) and/or operations, then Sapics is your place.The annual Sapics conference takes place at Sun City next month and if you can’t attend,watch out for the Sapics regional events in Cape Town and Durban later in the year.International Association for Contract and Commercial Management ( IACCM is the global authority on matters relating to contract and commercialmanagement. The association was founded in 1999 with support from IBM, British Telecom,Marconi Communications, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens and Lucent Technologies but hasgrown to represent a global association with members in over 100 countries representingmore than 1  600 corporations.The IACCM is the embodiment of a collaborative entity and has relationships with severalother associations including Apics and the NCMA. With a dynamic and forward-thinkingleadership, it is truly a thought leader offering great value to members. Although it holdsregional meetings throughout the world to discuss matters of importance affecting members,the IACCM has two annual conferences – the Americas conference in the US and the EMEAconference in the UK. Although the regional meetings and annual conferences are of benefitto attendees, it is really the IACCM networking and online resources that put it in a league ofits own. The IACCM member library is a resource I visit daily because the volume andquality of new material that makes its way into the library daily is of such a high standard thatmissing it means really missing out.Beyond conferences, networking and the member library, the IACCM facilitates webcastsand Ask the Expert calls weekly. There is also the monthly publication, ContractingExcellence, with articles from leading practitioners, solution providers and academics.Keeping pace with what’s happening on the IACCM front is made easier through the use ofcommunity of interest groups where you set your community preferences and get updatesrelevant to that community via email or RSS feeds. If you are not a member, you can sign upas a guest member. You will find directions on the IACCM home page to do this.I hope you will check out the sources mentioned. Doing so will improve your knowledge andunderstanding of matters affecting the procurement, contracts and legal environment andempower you to add greater value to your organisation.)  Gregg Barrett is a director at Cylon Technology –  E-mail queries to margaret. botha@