Better Together

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The Office of Collaborative Business Services enables cross-campus collaborative projects to save money and improve quality through group purchasing, best practices in business administrative processes, and technology deployment.

Better Together is the quarterly newsletter of OCBS. Its objective is to encourage more cross-campus collaboration by publicizing initiatives and successes. Please feel free to forward the newsletter to others you think might be interested. We hope you will find this publication useful and agree that our institutions truly are “better together.”

Better Together: July 2019

In this issue of the OCBS newsletter Better Together, we talk to Charlie Cobb, Associate Vice President for Supply Chain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). We fill you in on the Alliance affiliate program, and we say goodbye (but also hello) to John Joshua, Director of the UT System Supply Chain Alliance, who resigned his position to pursue an exciting opportunity as Director of Sourcing and Contracting for the MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

An Institutional Expert’s Perspective on Cross-Campus Collaborations

We recently interviewed Charlie Cobb, Associate Vice President for Supply Chain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). 

Did you know . . . that the Alliance has a highly successful affiliate program?

An Alliance affiliate is an institution outside of UT System that has signed an Alliance affiliation agreement, entitling the institution to buy goods or services under master supply contracts the Alliance has put in place.

Change in UT System Supply Chain Alliance Leadership

Effective in June 2019, John Joshua, Director of the UT System Supply Chain Alliance, resigned his position to pursue an exciting opportunity as Director of Sourcing and Contracting for the MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

Better Together: December 2018

In this issue of the OCBS quarterly newsletter Better Together, we focus on the recent UT System Supply Chain Alliance conference in Austin, which continued the tradition of bringing together leaders from across UT System to promote cross-campus collaboration involving supply chain, accounts payable and materials management. Please feel free to forward the newsletter to others you think might be interested, and reach out if you have suggestions for future issues.

The Stars Came Out in October

At the end of October, the UT System Supply Chain Alliance hosted its seventh annual “Power of Collaboration” conference in Austin. 

Rising Stars

Two individuals were recognized at the conference by Procurement leaders as “rising stars” in their profession, Darya Vienne and Michael Lau. We spoke to both of them about themselves and their work.

Timelapse: The Lego Robot Challenge

Teams competed to build a Lego robot as quickly and accurately as possible. Watch a timelapse video of one of the teams. 

Conference Photos

View a slideshow of photos from the 7th annual Power of Collaboration conference. 

Better Together: September 2018

Value Creation by OCBS in Fiscal Year 2018

The UT System Office of Collaborative Business Services (OCBS) is on a mission to leverage our institutions’ strengths across UT System to create new value through business efficiencies. We look back at Fiscal Year 2018 and quantify our collective achievements.

UTRGV Implements New Cost Savings Tool

We speak to Alex Valdez, UTRGV’s Chief Procurement Officer, about his experience in adopting a new, UT System-wide methodology for demonstrating procurement-related savings.

Alliance Spearheads UT Support of HUB Firms

The UT System Supply Chain Alliance plays a leading role in enabling UT System institutions to comply with policies promoting the purchase of goods and services from Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) firms. We take a closer look at some of the Alliance’s success in this area.

Better Together: June 2018

Accredited GPOs Update: 2018 Timeline

The Accredited GPOs Program is designed to ensure that UT System institutions use contracts offered by GPOs only if the GPOs utilize sourcing processes meeting minimum procurement standards applicable to us.

Putting Our Data to Work

Procurement professionals across UT System have embarked on an exciting journey to improve their “spend analytics” capabilities.

New Tool for Clinical Value Analysis

The OCBS recently procured from Lumere, Inc. (formerly Procured Health) a new software tool to help with “clinical value analysis.”