Our Story: Rising from the Revolution
In September of 2016, Philip Ideson and Kelly Barner came together to run a brand new kind of procurement event: completely virtual, absolutely free, and totally open access. The Procurement Revolution brought together some of the most progressive thought leaders from industry and absolutely anyone who was interested in learning from them.
In the days and weeks following the event, Phil and Kelly talked about how to proceed. The event received an overwhelmingly positive response, but how do you follow a Revolution?
At first, we thought the answer lay in the content that was created for the five-day event. But it was information created for a specific moment in time, and after the event ended, some of the life seemed to be gone. But the people – the Revolutionaries and participants – they were looking for a way to stay engaged and continue the work of inventing the procurement of the future. The answer was in leveraging the knowledge and experience of some of the brightest minds in our industry.
Our network formed the basis for the Circle of Experts, and our desire to work virtually and on our own terms led to the creation of a flexible platform for creating value on demand. Our experience as procurement practitioners/consultants gives us the credibility and understanding to innovate, not to mention relate to the challenges being faced by visionary procurement leaders today.
But what exactly is Palambridge?
For a year starting in 2007, Phil led a procurement shared services center in Chennai, India. Outside his hotel room window, hundreds of workers labored to build Kathipara Junction, a massive traffic construction project that includes the largest cloverleaf flyover in Asia. As the huge structure rose up from the ground, Phil watched workers from all trades coming together to create something that would have been unthinkable without their diverse expertise and hard work. Once the project was complete, travelers were able to move to and from where they needed to go faster and more efficiently.
In Tamil, the local language of Chennai, ‘Palam’ (pronounced pah-lahm) means bridge. For us, Palambridge became the name of – and focal point for – our travels forward from this point in procurement’s journey.