SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - February 11

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Here's your weekly briefing of the latest thought leadership, networking events and training with SIG. 

New Speakers Announced for the Midwestern Regional SIGnature Event

The Midwestern Regional SIGnature Event will take place on March 6 at the beautiful Minneapolis Central Library downtown. The impressive line-up of speakers includes Nancy Brooks, Vice President of Procurement Commercial Office with Best Buy; Rohan Ranadive, SVP, Head Intelligent Automation at BB&T; Linda Tuck Chapman of Ontala; Shirley Hung, a Vice President with Everest Group; Clare Horn, Process Excellence Lead of Virtual Operations; and Dawn Tiura the President and CEO of SIG. Join us for a full-day of thought leadership and networking. This is a free event for buy-side participants and their team! Visit our website to see the agenda and register. 

Free Industry Research

When critical supply chain partners are financially weak, they become more likely to be the source of unpleasant surprises. Such supplier problems can damage a company’s brand reputation and sales. To avoid surprises, companies can leverage risk management strategies and predictive analytics to gain visibility into latent supply chain risks. 

SIG University Open Enrollment

SIG University continues to certify the most well-rounded procurement professionals in sourcing, supply management and third-party risk management. Take advantage of a 15 percent discount when you enroll by March 15. Classes begin on April 15.

Latest Future of Sourcing Articles

 "Will AI help us or destroy us?" asks Steven Sargent in this article on how AI evangelists (claim) it is transforming business. He sorts through the hype and provides some historical background on AI's progress and his outlook on the best applications for procurement. 

Sarah Scudder, President of Real Sourcing Network, wants to help sourcing and procurement teams improve its relationship status with marketing. She has four steps to help sourcing pros win the hearts of marketers to create a better working relationship. 

Peer2Peer Inquiries

The SIG Peer2Peer program allows members to crowdsource best practices on topics specific to their needs. Members can leverage the experience of other industry professionals by posing questions to the greater SIG community on issues they are facing within their organization. Below are the latest inquiries that you are invited to respond to. If you're not a SIG member, submit your response to Mary Zampino: mzampino@sig.org.

Migrating to Cloud Computing

Share recommendations on how to structure an RFP for a migration to an online cloud solution, and in this case, the full scope of where the work will be is unknown.

 

Supplier Management Metrics 

Give insight into what metrics your company is utilizing measure supplier management progress and/or value to an organization.

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Stacy Mendoza, Digital Marketing Specialist

Stacy Mendoza is a Digital Marketing Specialist with Sourcing Industry Group (SIG). Stacy began her career in market research as an editor for Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C. Since moving back to Florida in 2014, she has worked in marketing and public relations, specializing in content creation, media relations and crisis communications. Stacy is a passionate volunteer who donates her time to help nonprofits develop marketing strategies and awareness campaigns. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Follow her on Twitter and tweet at @SIG_Stacy.