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Why Smart Tech Is Key to the Evolving Role of Procurement Leaders

Procurement travel spend

Procurement leaders have emerged from the pandemic stronger and smarter thanks to the recent development of next-gen tools such as AI and automation to support strategic goals and build resilient organizations.

To explore this technology in the evolving role of procurement leaders, Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) recently brought together Kate Seagriff, Director of Strategic Sourcing at TripActions, and Aurelie Krau, Travel Consultant at Festive Road, to discuss the topic with SIG President and CEO Dawn Tiura

The webinar "Building Resilient Procurement Organizations with Travel & Expense Technology" pushed the audience to reexamine whether they have the tools to scale business growth, gain real-time visibility on spend, and show value by driving continuous improvement.

The Evolving Relationship Between Procurement and Technology

As the panelists explained, procurement functions are becoming the cornerstone of organizations as cross-business optimization and efficiencies grow in importance. The role of spend analytics and the procurement function has further shifted against the backdrop of a changing global economy influenced by the fourth industrial revolution, the localization of the value chain, and increasing consumer demands from mass customization and personalization. 


This Month at SIG – December 2021

Here's your monthly update on the latest thought leadership, networking events and training with SIG.

As we brace for 2022,  the future of procurement is here. We have a host of resources, insights and events to help you deliver on procurement 3.0 


December Microlearning by SIG University

On December 8, experts from Majel Partners, Elizabeth Zucker and Angela Easterwood, will share an approach to identifying and selecting the best-fit KPIs for supplier relationship management strategies. That session will be followed by SIG University Faculty and Global Procurement Executive, Tom Ciardiello, who will lead an exciting deep-dive discussion on being an effective communicator. 

Join your sourcing, procurement, and risk management colleagues in this two-hour interactive virtual environment to be challenged with topics related to our industries!

 

A Flexible (and Fast!) Way to Get Certified Now

Did you miss our 2021 open cohort start dates and can't wait for 2022? We have fast-track and self-paced options for all programs if open cohort semester timings do not work for your schedule! Have a large group from your organization interested in taking the program together? We also offer closed cohorts for groups of 20 or more that can start when it is best suitable for your team, and volume discounts are available!

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

Automation Really Isn’t About Automation

SIG University Certified Intelligent Automation Professional (CIAP) program graduate Paul Kistner discusses how automation allows best-in-class organizations to find ways to add strategic value to their customers. 

Paul Kistner, Executive Director, Business & Customer Transformation, Allegis Global Solutions

Reengineering a Company’s Thoughts on IPA

IPA for organizations

SIG University Certified Intelligent Automation Professional (CIAP) program graduate Jamie Maiers discusses the benefits of  Intelligent Process Automation and the stakeholder management challenges of implementation.

Jamie Maiers, System Analyst, Allegis Group

How US Firms are Achieving True India Costs

india outsourcing

As the need for change and innovation continues to grow, companies are rapidly shifting focus towards outsourcing as a solution to assisting in digital innovation.

For many US companies, understanding the total cost of IT talent services has always been challenging, and is even more concerning now as budgets and resources continue to tighten during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are my thoughts on what to consider as you source IT talent and how to drive the “true India costs” that so many US firms are looking to take advantage of now.

Impact of Uncertainty

Many companies experienced an unanticipated disruption due to the Covid-19 crisis.  Project timelines had to be extended, delivery negatively impacted and enterprise control compromised.  While there’s no doubt that the pandemic has had an impact in some shape or form on all businesses, we have not seen a significant disruption with our clients at SMC Squared, in part due to the business continuity plans that were already set in place.

Continuity plans are a basic deliverable from the time of initial setup with SMC Squared and are essential for every global office.  All SMC Squared global employees are provided with secure laptops and remote connectivity as part of our continuity plan if the office is not accessible.  This was tested for our clients prior to COVID, so when Prime Minister Modi announced the shutdown with short notice, all of our employees had their laptops with them, including those who may have traveled home to their native places over the weekend. Therefore, despite the continued uncertainty of the pandemic, the change has had a minimal impact on work capacity.

Steven Stephan, SVP of Global Services & Co-Founder of SMC Squared

This Month at SIG – November 2021

Here's your monthly update on the latest thought leadership, networking events and training with SIG.

As we charge forward into 2022,  procurement’s value proposition to the organization continues to grow. We have a host of resources, insights and events to help you deliver on procurement's new future. 


November SIGnature Events

After an amazing Global Executive Summit, the SIG team is hard at work to bring you our next in-person event of the year, our SIGnature Events. SIGnature Events are powerful one-day meetings in which buy-side practitioners benchmark with other organizations and network with colleagues facing similar issues. Delegates will learn and network throughout the day, then wind down the afternoon with a happy hour, casual one-on-one discussions creating long-term collegial relationships. 

Northeastern Regional SIGnature Event

Western Regional SIGnature Event

Eastern Regional SIGnature Event

 

Power Hour Webinars

Building Your Roadmap for Total Talent Management

Today, organizations need a scalable solution that enables global enterprise-wide workforce planning, a future-proof supply chain, improved compliance, better supplier management, an innovative way to engage talent, and data-driven decision-making in a way that hasn’t been possible before. 

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

How AI Will Transform Procurement

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Procurement is entering a new era of increasing complexities in which traditional measures of success such as cost savings are no longer the sole focus.

Instead, and as reported in the Deloitte 2021 CPO Survey, "changing business dynamics and increasing layers of complexity" and corresponding "expectations" are transforming the way the industry thinks and acts.

For example, new and more challenging areas such as "climate change, geopolitical stability," and "increasing societal expectations" are now part of the new equation.

The introduction of these emerging variables is causing organizations to re-examine their digital transformation strategies, including how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help them address the industry's challenges.

The SIG Survey

In 2021 SIG surveyed 100 procurement professionals from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations on digital transformation and AI in procurement.

Based on the results, it is clear that those responding to the survey believe that "procurement's priorities lie with how AI technology can streamline the roles and processes to deliver meaningful and sustainable results."

Unfortunately, and despite the opportunity for more significant gains, the survey reports that "several obstacles" make it difficult for organizations to "bridge the divide" between the promise of digital AI and the realization of its optimal benefits.

Crossing the Divide

Understanding the importance of AI and identifying the challenges with realizing its potential to redefine and empower procurement to achieve critical objectives is the first step to crossing the aforementioned divide.

Mary Zampino, Vice President – Content, Research & Analytics

SIG Speaks to Kristen Jordeth

Kristen Jordeth speaks to SIG

Kristen Jordeth is the Director of Procurement Product Strategy at SAP. At SIG's Fall Global Executive Summit, Kristen will highlight how the ability to survive future disruptions will be dependent on a companies ability to manage and respond to real-time risk information about third parties transacting with the business.


What is your role and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?

I am the Director of Procurement Product Strategy focusing on future innovations within Supplier Management and the SAP Business Network.  My day-to-day responsibilities are to ensure our solutions are addressing the future needs of our customers.

What does Procurement 3.0 mean to you?

Procurement 3.0 means to make the day-to-day procurement process more efficient, transparent and streamlined.  Removing tactical procurement that is traditionally done in a spreadsheet or via lots of paperwork and replacing it with technology. 

How have you and your team innovated through Procurement’s new “seat at the table”?

Procurement’s new “seat at the table” has validated the need for intelligent enterprise solutions.  With Procurement now involved in executive planning, it is important for the procurement processes to connect to all other business processes.  At Sapphire this year we announced the SAP Business Network which brings together our SAP Ariba Network, SAP Logistics Network and SAP Asset Network together to expand transparency and enable stronger collaboration. 

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

CPO & Executive Virtual Series Recap: Maximizing Supply Chain Potential with Contract Intelligence

contract lifecycle management

Recently, SIG had the pleasure of hosting Nitin Khorana, Vice President from Icertis for the September CPO & Executive Virtual Series. It was a very engaging discussion that lasted nearly two hours with tons of excellent takeaways. Let’s get into it!

Contract Intelligence Driving Visibility into Supply Chain

Nitin kicked off the day discussing the impact that COVID-19 has had on supply chains and bottom lines. As Nitin highlighted from one particular study, 97% of supply chains reported that their workforce was impacted by COVID-19. The resulting question from organizations became "how do I manage risk and how do I react quickly to maintain supply chain performance post-pandemic". 

This is where Chief Supply chain officers have come to the forefront. These key players for the business have become increasingly recognized for their ability to deliver profitability & long-term business objectives. What helps these supply chain leaders elevate this supply chain performance? Visibility into their supply chains.

As Nitin points out, contract management plays a vital role in supply chain performance. Contract intelligence is able to set qualification benchmarks and processes for existing and new suppliers. By using blockchain framework delivers visibility into tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers by quickly being able to identify contracts that don't align with risk & category strategies. 

Icertis Blockchain

A More Resilient & Efficient Supply Chain Starts with Contracts

Corporations are increasingly using their financial strength to address supply chain performance through contract-driven supply chain visibility and diversification. There are three ways that contract lifecycle management (CLM) can drive this visibility. 

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

This Month at SIG – October 2021

Here's your monthly update on the latest thought leadership, networking events and training with SIG.

It’s hard to believe that we are making the final turn into 2022. It has been a wild year, with the Procurement function emerging to the forefront of the business from the pandemic. Procurement 3.0 is here and we continue to lead the conversation.


SIG Global Executive Summit

The SIG team is in overdrive to bring you our first in-person event of the year, the Global Executive Summit.  Delegates should come prepared for a state-of-the-art experience that immerses them in industry trends, best practices, innovations and solutions that are shaping high-performance teams and best-in-class procurement organizations. 

There’s still time to register for the Fall Global Executive Summit. To learn more about the Summit, check out the Summit website and share it with your team to plan your trip. 

 

Power Hour Webinars

Revolutionizing the MRO Supply Chain – The 20 Year Dream That Is Now Achievable with Buyerquest

For Asset Intensive companies, getting a handle on vendors, assets and parts has been a huge problem from a cost, risk, and performance standpoint.  Fragmentation and manual processes are time-consuming and limit the opportunity to use business intelligence to deliver new opportunities for success, growth, and innovation in supplier partnerships. 

Join this session to learn Skookum’s story, a 30-year leader in Facilities Management and Logistics Support, and their experience solving these problems through digital solutions that revolutionized their MRO supply chain, making a 20-year dream a reality. 

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

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