It is the autumn school holidays (Nov 2016) and I am taking a much-needed break from work to spend some time with my wonderful wife and adorable kids. My recent promotion to Director at CGI has brought a ton of additional workload in managing a team located mostly in North America, so a week off before plunging into the rush towards Christmas is much needed.
The time off gives me a moment to reflect on this blog and why just paid the hosting subscription for another year. Why do I do this?
Firstly, this is a great way to connect with people in the technology procurement industry. The huge number of people I have connected with online since starting SoftwareSpend is incredible. Would I have connected with them anyway without the blog? Maybe. But having a website gives me more control over what I say online and who sees it than simply using LinkedIn (especially since Microsoft acquired LinkedIn, I am much less eager to use it for publishing blogposts). Also, the private membership forum on SoftwareSpend allows members to share ideas with like-minded software procurement professionals without prying eyes.
Secondly, writing about the issues that software procurement professionals like me encounter is a way of forcing myself to articulate my understanding of these, rather than just relying on intuitive knowing. Formulating these ideas into publishable blog posts forces me to think them through. I will often direct people to my thoughts on these subjects by linking to my blog posts. For example, when having an email conversation on approved supplier lists recently, I pointed my correspondent to this post on the subject: approved supplier lists.
Thirdly, SoftwareSpend is sometimes a way for me to scream into the blogosphere about things that get on my nerves in this profession and in the corporate world in general. There is nothing like airing frustrations publicly, such as this rant on the obsession with hard P&L savings.
Fourthly, publishing my thoughts allows prospective employers and clients to get to know me before hiring me. By being truthful on these pages and on the podcast, I can point employers at this site so that they can see if there is a fit with their organisation before they think about hiring me.
So there are four of the reasons I use to justify the hosting subscription.
However, Simon Sinek suggests that a “Why Statement” should be much more succinct than that. So here is my Sinek style why statement, which has not changed since day one of this blog…
SoftwareSpend exists to enable software procurement professionals to connect and share online to improve their ability to negotiate deals.
Image credit: “Why” by Sarah Wynne, Flickr, Creative Commons.