IT Procurement: LinkedIn Groups Designed to Serve You

There are plenty of business professionals that continue to consider LinkedIn only as a means to find their next job. While that is part of LinkedIn’s value, the rapidly growing membership have helped evolve it into an incredible resource. In fact, I have not previously seen anyone publish a blog on the real value of LinkedIn Groups, which articulates WHY each of you should join and participate in groups a few times each week. Since the “why” seems overdue, here are “why” I believe more should seek out LinkedIn Groups that will be helpful:

  1. Role-specific LinkedIn Groups can help you do your job better.
  2. LinkedIn Groups can keep you abreast of industry-specific news or trends about your role.
  3. Members (and their posts) can help you be more informed about “best practices” in your role, how best to present your objectives to senior management, upcoming events designed to broaden your scope, expose you to new vendors, etc.
  4. LinkedIn Groups can broaden your exposure to peers facing the same issues as you do, in your role.
  5. And, yes, role-specific LinkedIn Groups can be a great place to post or find job openings that fit your skills and needs.

Having closely studied role-specific LinkedIn Groups quite closely since 2013-14, here are my best recommendations for anyone in IT Procurement and/or IT Strategic Sourcing. No matter the group name, I believe all of these will be helpful. You can click the html link to the right, visit the group and request membership from the volunteer Group Admin(s). Please know that the Admins are volunteer, from the LinkedIn community, and they attend to membership requests in their spare time.

Group Name Group URL
Contracts and Procurement Professionals https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2059610/
Global IT Procurement https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3693626/
IT Procurement https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1984846/
IT Vendor Management https://www.linkedin.com/groups/93570/
IT, Computer Software & Hardware https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2091085/
ProcureCon Community https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1383997/
Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders https://www.linkedin.com/groups/131572/
Procurement Executives – Best in class. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2634669/
Procurement of IT & Telecom https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2130222/
Procurement Professionals https://www.linkedin.com/groups/51126
Procurement Pros – Smart & Collaborative https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7443500
Purchasing & Global Supply Chain Professionals https://www.linkedin.com/groups/50589/
Strategic Sourcing https://www.linkedin.com/groups/27404/
Strategic Sourcing & Procurement https://www.linkedin.com/groups/139021/
Supply Chain Management Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/58800/

The Procurement Foundry

I’d also like to draw your attention to an Organization that started as a group, but has now become a full slack collaboration community – Procurement Foundry. They’re seeing enormous success and growth because the information and events they promote are incredibly content rich! Although their purpose is general to all procurement, they offer great content for those in IT Procurement roles. Best way to start is to “follow” their LinkedIn company profile and sign-up for their newsletter here:

www.linkedin.com/company/procurement-foundry/

For those in IT Procurement roles, I hope this blog is useful to you and I’ll encourage you to share it with your peers. If you believe I’ve inadvertently excluded any valuable LinkedIn Group mentions, please connect to me at LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/brentjanderson65/), send me an InMail and be sure to include the specific URL. I’d be honored to add your suggestions to this blog and continue to update it in service to the community.

Enjoy your holidays and please be safe!

About The Author

Brent joined XSi in 2020, bringing with him 30 years of marketing expertise, mostly IT and healthcare. Early in his career, he worked for a few of the country’s leading brand development firms in the Twin Cities, but landed firmly in IT and Independent Hardware Maintenance in 2002. During his IT Maintenance career, he worked at four IT maintainers (Qualtech/QSGI, Top Gun Technology, SMS/Curvature, SSCS), helping two of them from their origins to a recognized and successful business entity. In all instances, he managed the marketing departments, was the primary liaison with industry analysts (e.g. Gartner, IDC) and oversaw all marketing objectives, strategies and tactics. His greatest strengths have been in brand or market positioning and building a solid digital presence. His interests include: prairie restoration and habitat improvement projects, pollinator education, movies, music, craft beer, cooking, cast iron cookware restoration, youth education, fishing, hunting and BWCA camping.

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