This Month at SIG – March 2020

Monthly round-up of research, webinars and events at SIG.

In the Northern Hemisphere, March signals the first month of spring. In the procurement world, March signals the beginning of conference season! Attending events gives you the opportunity to learn more about the industry and make valuable connections, which are important for professional growth. Short on time? Check out a virtual webinar to learn something new in just an hour. No matter where you get your inspiration, share what you learn with the broader SIG community in our member’s LinkedIn Group.


Rescheduled - Western Regional SIGnature Event

The Western Regional SIGnature Event has been rescheduled to October 1 due to the current reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state. This postponement was done out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and employees. All registrations have been carried over to this new date and there is no need for you to register again.

Please modify or rebook your travel and hotel reservations for the new date. Most airlines are accommodating reservation changes right now due to the Coronavirus. If you cannot attend on October 1, please update your registration status on our website. Should you have any questions or concerns about your registration, please email events@sig.org.

Take note that at this time there is no impact to the SIG Procurement Technology Summit scheduled to take place April 20-22. We look forward to welcoming you in October and we thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we work to minimize the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.  

March Webinars

Take an hour out of your day to join us for some great webinars in March. We’ve sourced a diverse array of thought leaders to provide you with the latest insights on procurement technology, data-informed best practices, contingent workforce management and more. No time to attend? Register anyways to receive the free recording to watch later.

March 3 – Procurement Leaders, Make Your Ecosystem Work for You
Presented by WNS – Denali

Greg Anderson, SVP of Procurement Services at WNS - Denali will reveal the key building blocks of the Procurement Ecosystem as confirmed in a new Performance Procurement Benchmark Report recently published by WNS. Join this webinar to get firsthand insights on how businesses can deliver broader value beyond cost savings!

 

March 4 – What You Need to Know In Pricing Your Global Workforce
Presented by PeopleTicker

With top talent in high demand, global workforce managers and staffing consultants need to be on top of the proper pay and bill rate structures. This webinar will show you how real-time, global data can create a competitive advantage for your business. 

 

March 12 – A New Decade Begins: The Future of Procurement Technology
Presented by Scout RFP, a Workday company

Dr. Elouise Epstein, Vice President at A.T. Kearney, will join this webinar with Scout RFP, a Workday company, to talk about the emerging technologies that are bringing procurement to a digital inflection point. Join this webinar to learn key insights from Dr. Epstein’s published research.

 

March 17 – Digital Should-Cost Analysis - How to Unlock Savings and Value with AI-Powered Modeling Tools
Presented by GEP

Should-cost analysis is the method of breaking down the component parts of a cost to determine the most accurate value possible. Join this webinar to learn how AI technology can create a self-sustaining engine powering decision-making and impactful cost reduction.

 

March 24 – S2C Synergy: Aligning Source-to-Contract Success and Stakeholder Satisfaction
Presented by Zycus

Procurement’s ability to deliver on its core value proposition is inextricably linked to successful execution of the Source-to-Contract (S2C) cycle. This webinar will break down the S2C process to identify the best practice processes and best-of-breed technologies that can ensure S2C success.

 

March 31 – Cost Optimization in Outsourcing: How a Data-Driven Approach Can Save You Millions
Presented by Sapience Analytics

The pace of digital transformation is driving the need for a shift in the way we approach sourcing, procurement and vendor management. This webinar will show you how to develop a proactive outsourcing model that optimizes cost, improves productivity, mitigates risk and accelerates business objectives.

 

A User’s Guide to the Gig Economy for Procurement Practitioners - Part 1

The gig economy has been talked about so extensively that the term has become nearly meaningless. Yet contingent workforce and services procurement practitioners know there is something going on beyond the buzzwords, something that is beginning to matter to the work they do. It is difficult, however, for many practitioners to distinguish what is essential and of importance in the context of their procurement goals. To aid in that effort, this Spend Matters’ brief explores how practitioners can make the gig economy work for them.

This two-part brief is available to readers as part of SIG and Spend Matters ongoing partnership. Part two will be published next month.

 

Stacy Mendoza, Senior Marketing Manager

Stacy Mendoza is a Senior Marketing Manager with Sourcing Industry Group (SIG). She began her career as an editor for a public opinion research firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked on projects for political campaigns, nonprofits, and major corporations and brands. Since 2014, she has assumed progressive levels of responsibility in leading marketing and public relations campaigns and specializes in content creation, social media marketing, data analytics, media relations, and crisis communications. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, a certificate in grant writing from The Graduate School in Washington, D.C., and is Inbound Certified through Hubspot Academy. Follow her on Twitter and tweet at @SIG_Stacy.