Washington D.C. 2018 Spring Summit Presentations

Download the file below to access the 2018 SIG Spring Global Summit Schedule and Session Descriptions (in lieu of the Summit Resource Guide). 

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This SRC resource contains a snapshot of every presentation made at the 2018 SIG Spring Global Summit. Over 50 Keynote, Workshops and Breakout sessions were presented, covering a variety of topics. Downloading this document is the best way to digest all of the in-depth content covered at a SIG Summit. 

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How can sourcing leaders take artificial intelligence beyond the hype to generate sustainable revenues? In this session, the presenters will share how Volvo is using AI technology to operate the business leaner, faster and cheaper, while ensuring superior business outcomes in terms of experience, speed and agility.


While risk management is recognized as a top priority for nearly every organization, risk professionals often struggle to bridge the gap between identifying and then mitigating risk. Without a clear path to operationalizing insights gleaned from various risk technologies, companies find it difficult to keep up with increasing risk. Learn how a proactive approach that uses predictive analytics to take action on high risk or highly critical suppliers is necessary to protect your bottom line and brand reputation. 

  • Key strategies to implement your supplier risk program, including risks to focus on and how to segment your suppliers
  • How the value of transparency can build better business relationships and drive the risk mitigation process
  • Actionable steps to manage high risk third parties and monitor potential impact to your organization

A network is a combination of both transactions and collaboration; document transfer is one part of it, but collaboration around performance management and quality are equally important. Attend this session to learn how private marketplaces and digital procurement platforms can bring the future of buying to your organization. You will learn how suppliers networks and technology platforms working together can bring new adaptability, control and innovation to your procurement practices.

  • How to implement your own private marketplace and enter the modern era of business buying
  • How to improve user experience and increase the adoption of suppliers in your network
  • How to increase the visibility of unknown risks


Whether an employee or non-employee, talent is the battleground for future growth. Serving your organization properly means improving the accessibility and retention of talent with key skills. Working against you in this endeavor are organizational and technical debts collected building out a program that may not be taking full advantage of new and evolving talent sources.

  • How organizations are taking a measured approach to adapting in order to evolve
  • The latest thinking on distributed workforces in enterprise companies


The Digital Transformation has arrived. No one—regardless of age—can escape it. And for good reason. Going "digital" improves efficiency, expedites decision making, increases reach, improves customer satisfaction and drives revenues.

The fact is, the world is going digital, yet many businesses are unprepared. The technologies, skills and processes that businesses have in place today do not always translate to the digital world. The modern company must transform itself to adapt to the requirements for today's digital world.

John McGurrin, Vice President, Procurement & Business Network, SAP Ariba will discuss new advances in predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and big data and provide thought leadership on issues that are taking the mainstage in the commercial world, such as blockchain and cognitive procurement.


Innovation today is driven by the needs of the individual - each person's unique opinions, beliefs and preferences - which is why traditional methods of innovation frankly won't cut it in the Digital Age.

As analytics technology continues to advance, so too does the customization of the user experience. And as the bar in some sectors rises from innovation, other sectors are forced to change as well to meet the growing expectations of stakeholders. Across retail, healthcare and even government industries, examples of this shift can be found now and are transforming the way people live, work and play.

We are living in a new age for innovation, created by the limitless applications of technology. Those who manage to embrace technology will gain an advantage in a crowded landscape. Those who don't, may fall hopelessly behind.

In this session, Avasant CEO Kevin Parikh will talk about the opportunities/challenges technology's omnipresence will pose, how to approach innovation and how to remain competitive in a digital world.


We have entered an age where technology can be leveraged to achieve almost anything we set our minds to. What was once fanciful is now implemented, disrupting our currencies, driving on our roads. According to a survey conducted at the end of 2017 by Pew Research, 70% of ""ordinary Americans"" express wariness or concern about the growing trend in automation and place a lot of value on human decision-making rather than a world where machines perform ""human tasks."" The research also noted that 76% of Americans are concerned that the automation of jobs will exacerbate economic inequality and 75% anticipate that the economy will not create many new, better-paying jobs for those human workers who lose their jobs to a robot.

So with automation and technological advancement as the cornerstone in many sourcing arrangements, what space is there for enterprise relationships, cultural fit and human involvement and development? Do our relationships with our service providers still matter? Can our contracts and legal systems offer a sufficient balance between technological advancements on the one hand and protecting data, intellectual property and skills on the other? This presentation will look at the value of the service provider/customer relationship, the importance of human development and how to ensure that your sourcing contract reflects the needs of your business, your workforce and your technology strategy.

  • Whether a good relationship with providers (and your staff) is worth the effort and cost
  • About a best practice approach designed to ensure that you obtain and keep a strong relationship with your provider
  • How to create rules for each party to follow
  • How to run that relationship throughout the contract and beyond


This panel discussion will explore the latest trends in Procurement Analytics, the applicability of Big Data Analytics to the world of Procurement, analytics technology advances and examples of innovative applications in the Procurement analytics space.

  • How the use of Procurement Analytics is expanding beyond Spend Analytics
  • About Procurement Analytics technology advances
  • The future of Procurement Analytics
  • Case studies of innovative practices being applied today