This Month at SIG – July 2020

Join SIG for a July event or training.

It’s been a long year and we’re only halfway through it. Many of us have scrapped our plans, both personally and professionally, retooled our strategies and reprioritized our resources. It’s frustrating to make drastic changes with no clear forecast on the horizon, but growth comes from being uncomfortable and taking risks. Instead of dwelling on what could have been, let's take a look at what’s to come.

Summit Presentation Anthology

Following each Summit, we release our Summit Presentation Anthology that offers a snapshot of each presentation along with the presenter’s contact information. The inaugural Spring Procurement Technology Summit was supposed to be an in-person event in April, but the global pandemic upended our plans and we had to pivot our strategy to go digital.

While we missed catching up with old friends and making new connections at the Summit, we welcomed over 1,100 delegates from all over the world to our digital platform. The best part? Every single session is recorded! Not only can you get the presentation decks, but you can watch any sessions you missed or revisit sessions to dive deeper in the subject matter. The Anthology is only available to SIG members. If you’re not a member and want to join, reach out to us.

COVID-19 Resources for Procurement, Sourcing and Workforce Management

When we switched our spring Summit from in-person to virtual due to the global pandemic, many Summit presenters also changed their topic given the current events. What we are experiencing now is historical on many fronts, not the least of which is the role of procurement in a global emergency.

As such, SIG’s Mary Zampino, Vice President of Content, Research and Analytics, has put together an entire list of COVID-19 Resources for sourcing, procurement and workforce management. She provides an overview of these important resources in her blog.

Earn an Industry-Recognized Certification

SIG University's next semester of certification programs begins on July 6. Now more than ever, the demand for sourcing and procurement professionals with specialized skills is in high demand. 

Earning an industry-recognized credential through SIG University will open your eyes to the entire spectrum of procurement’s possibilities, from strategy and governance to third-party risk management and digital transformation, so you can be smarter, more agile and strategic when it matters most. 

Are you a SIG University Alumni? Take advantage of an exclusive 10% discount on your next certification so you can continue to grow your knowledge and certify your expertise. 


Calling all CPOs and procurement executives!

In June, we hosted a two-hour event that brought together a small group of senior procurement executives in a virtual roundtable. Given the positive feedback, we are now hosting these events throughout the summer. The next CPO & Executive Virtual Series will be July 15. It is limited to only 15 buy-side executives and will include focused discussions on industry-specific issues. 

More than just a webinar, this is an engaging session that takes place live. The agenda includes open-dialogue discussions with two featured buy-side executives and a topic-focused discussion.

Take an Hour for Thought Leadership

Intelligent Process Automation – Cut Costs Without Sacrificing Innovation
Presented by: SIG University and Virtual Operations
July 1

In this virtual information session, you will learn more about SIG University’s Certified Intelligent Automation Professional program and structure, meet the Virtual Operations team, and get an overview of the curriculum so you can understand the purpose of IPA, its benefits, and grasp what’s possible by transforming your sourcing and procurement operations. 

>>Start Your Automation Journey
>>Bonus whitepaper: DIgital Disruption in Sourcing and Procurement

P2P Behind the Mask: Hiding Complexity from Your End Users
Presented by: Zycus
July 9

The session will include a case study from Curtiss-Wright, which has achieved high levels of user adoption and compliance despite the fact that system usage was offered on an “opt-in” basis and that these opt-in users needed to be shielded from a complex operating environment including dozens of back-end ERP instances and charts of accounts.

>>Peel Off the Mask

How Did We Get Risk So Wrong and How Do We Fix It?
Presented by: Interos
July 23

Dr. Elouise Epstein and Interos’ Warren Smith will draw upon real-world examples to highlight how a multi-factor and multi-tier approach to supply chain risk can help enterprises shift the value equation and build resiliency against the current and future shocks.

>>Shift Your Risk

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Stacy Mendoza, Senior Marketing Manager

Stacy Mendoza is a senior marketing professional with a nose for news and a heart for storytelling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, a proposal writing certificate from The Graduate School in Washington, D.C., and is Inbound Certified through Hubspot Academy. Connect with her on LinkedIn.