Leadership Team  2014-2015

Big Data, Cloud Computing and Electronic Records-
What are they and why do we care?

 Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

Notice the change in program location

May 12,  Applebee's -
Kennewick on Columbia Center Blvd. 

Networking @ 5:30p.m.,  Program ~6:30 p.m.
No charge to attend, dinner on your own.
Please RSVP : RSVP@ismcb.org

Big Data, Cloud Computing and Electronic Records-
What are they and why do we care?
_ Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

These new technologies are the Holy Grail for large organizations. But these new technologies come with risks. As companies seek new processes in order to stay competitive and reduce costs, they will depend on procurement to write contracts and help with implementation.

This is the way it was characterized for supply chain managers in a recent online presentation. “We seek enlightenment by being able to compile, analyze and mine information from all of our systems in all of our factories, sales locations, warehouses and support organizations. Once we have all that information, we also want to integrate that data with our suppliers, shippers and distributors.”

Our discussion in May is intended to help people understand the terminology and discuss some of the issues that will have to be addressed in our contracts and processes. 

Here is a very detailed report prepared for DHL about the growing trend of connecting “things” to the internet.

As they say….” when we light up “dark assets” — vast amounts of information
emerge, along with potential new insights and business value”


Not sure if I’m ready for my shoes to start sending me text messages about walking further.
However as a Sci-Fi fan, I do like the label “ Dark Asset”

See you at the program

Strategies for Personal Growth Become a valued member of your organization

Do contracts have to include "WHEREAS" clauses?  When should we seek legal advice for writing contracts?

This short article about contract drafting raises some good points about when to seek legal advice  and making sure the written agreement says what you intend (or not). 


IMO (in my opinion....): Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

Is Your Cloud Computing Strategy Safe?

Trivia Question: What well-known family is in the news [again] with problems exacerbated by electronic information and emails stored in the “Cloud” and on personal devices? As exciting as the new problem might be, I suggest that the important lesson to be learned is how vulnerable we all are to problems with electronic communications and data.  Read the full article here...

Bottom Line:

Like any new business tool, Cloud Computing strategies should be thoroughly evaluated for risks, and mitigating safety precautions taken BEFORE implementation. Don’t assume old strategies – such as locked doors or paper shredders - will protect electronic records.

We'll talk more about this at our May program.  More thoughts here: http://www.mltweb.com/tools/imo.htm

Read all about it on the NAPM-Spokane web site

ISM-CB Experience Exchange - building a professional network.

Personal Value Strategy: Share educational opportunities and the benefits of an expanded professional network with your colleagues.

American Society for Quality :  

April 2015 ASQ Section 0614 newsletter is now available.

For more information about ASQ Section 614: http://www.asq614.org.


The Make it in Washington team has updated information about the MiiW scholarship. I have attached the updated information and ask that you share it with your membership. It would be helpful if you could post to the ISM website and if you could make an announcement at the next meeting.

ISM – Columbia Basin members who work for a manufacturer in any Southeastern Washington counties are eligible for the scholarship. There are other eligible counties and they are listed in the attachment.

I have the application forms and can assist any interested individual apply. This is a great opportunity for members to get tuition free education at WSU, Highline Community College, U of W, and Shoreline Community College.

Jerry Baker,   Shoreline Community College

Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Washington PTAC - February Government Contracting Opportunities, News, & Events

Understanding Government Contracting Solicitations
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015,  Time: 9 – 10:30 am, Cost: FREE!
Location: Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, Bechtel Board Room, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

Yakima Government Contracting Workshop
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 201, 5Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am, Cost: FREE!
Location: Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, 10 N. 9th St., Yakima, WA 98901
RSVP: Register here
Download flyer

Ashley Coronado
PTAC Government Contracting Assistance Specialist
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
Kennewick, 509.736.0510

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

 NCMA web site: http://ncmacolumbiabasin.com/index.html

Compliance Hot Topics: Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Representations and Certifications
Speaker: Howard Roth, Thursday, April 23, 2015

The presentation “Compliance Hot Topics” is designed for industry professionals and will keep them abreast of significant developments in small business subcontracting plans to include updates on penalties and plan requirements. Also covered are current developments in representations and certifications affecting both company compliance plans and Agency contracting officer’s oversight responsibilities.

Intern Opportunity

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council is currently recruiting a Research Intern. Please note that the closing date is April 30, 2015.  Link here

For more information about the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, please visit our website at www.erfc.wa.gov

Institue For Management Accountants

 IMA web site: http://ima.labworks.org/

ISM-CB professional network exchange is our way of encouraging communication and discussion among our members. Sharing information, expertise and experience are just some of the many benefits of membership. Networking with other members is a great way to build a professional support team.

Board of Directors  Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month - all members welcome

2014-2014 Programs

September 9, 2014:“Table Topics – Roundtable Networking”

October 14, 2014  Understanding Incoterms2010,  Heather Allen & Ian Hizzey

November 11, 2014  Suspect Counterfeit, Rick Warriner CHPRC

December 5, 2014  - Holiday Networking Social , Barnard Griffin Winery
Invite your friend and colleagues to join us for a holiday networking social. RSVP please 

January 13, 2015   Status of the local Economy, Ajsa Suljic
Regional Labor Economist, Employment Security Department, Washington State

February 10, 2015  Negotiations, Pete Braun

March 10, 2015   Boise Cascade - Plant Tour Hosted by Bryan Tinnin

April 16, 2015  4-Corners of a Contract - Legal Seminar, Richland Library

May 12, 2015 , Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Electronic  Discovery -
What is it & why should we care?  Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

June 2015 (date tbd) – Annual Business & Planning Meeting

Who Are we?

Contact ISM-CB:  President / Membership Chair / Information   / Web Site

ISM-Columbia Basin is the regional affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management a not-for-profit educational organization of over 40,000 Purchasing Agents, Buyers and Supply Chain Professionals. www.ism.ws  Local membership represents companies from Moses Lake to Walla Walla including food processing, government contractors, educational institutions, utilities and manufacturing. New members and business professionals are always welcome at ISM-CB events. Visit the ISM-CB web site at: www.ismcb.org

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