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This Month at SIG – March 2022

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

2022 is already shaping up to further depend on procurement's expertise in transforming sustainable supply chains. We have a host of resources, insights and events to prepare you for procurement's transformation!


Procurement Technology Summit

Prepare yourself and your team for the future of business at the SIG Procurement Technology Summit April 4-6, 2022! Are you registered?

Get ready for amazing keynote sessions, a chance to engage and learn from the brightest industry experts, speed networking, and experience live solution deep-dives from best-in-class providers.

 

Future of Sourcing Awards

Do you hear that? That's the sound of the SIG Future of Sourcing Awards making a return! The FOS awards are held to honor and celebrate individuals and organizations that show innovation, leadership and transformation in critical areas to the sourcing industry. The next Awards will take place in Rancho Mirage, California, on October 19, 2022, the capstone evening at the SIG Global Executive Summit. Attendees will enjoy dinner, networking, entertainment and an awards ceremony delivered in the most innovative ways imaginable. This event will bring together some of the brightest minds, the best insights and the most relevant topics to create a truly remarkable experience.

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

The Inflated Supply Chain: How To Navigate The Complexity Of Doing Business During A Period Of Rising Inflation

Supply chain Business During Inflation

A timeless saying is that "life is 10 percent what happens to you, and 90 percent how you react to it."

I was reminded of these words when I recently read the PBS News Hour article How the supply chain caused current inflation, and why it might be here to stay.

According to reports, the 6.2 percent increase in prices over last year was unexpected and, therefore, a shocking turn of events to many experts. Even more troubling is that there is a growing belief that higher consumer prices will become the "new normal." In short, while the rate of inflation may nominally fluctuate over the coming months, its fastest rate of increase in "more than three decades" is a trend that will likely continue in the coming years.

I intend to understand the "why" of what is happening and highlight the consequences of the current crisis - including the means and tools at your disposal to deal with it.

Supply Chain Mess

While there is no single reason for the inflation we are experiencing today, it seems that the catch-all reason given by experts is that our supply chains are a mess.

Starting with the "severe shortages of goods and labor in supply chains," pundits point to a dramatic increase in people buying online due to the pandemic as an exacerbating factor.

For example, industry projections that orders would hit 4.7 million packages a day during this recent holiday go well "beyond what the system can possibly absorb or deliver." However, that is just one part of the story, which brings us back to my opening comments about our reaction.

When The Chips Are Down

The strained relationships between buyers and sellers due to inflation are making headlines around the globe.

Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, SIG

It’s Time to Take a Holistic Approach to Managing Procurement Risks

Holistic Approach to Managing Procurement

In what was traditionally a siloed function, separate from overall executive and organizational strategy, procurement professionals have more recently become integral to company operations and resilience. This prominence grew during the COVID pandemic, which broke down barriers between departments and raised attention to the importance of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and other procurement personnel, and the work they do.

The Power of Procurement

The procurement team is at the interface between the enterprise and the extended enterprise: the organization and its suppliers. Procurement professionals are in the position to understand the risks and the wider ecosystems their suppliers operate in. They, like no other function, can make predictive connections and be able to quickly identify risks specific to one supplier or those endemic to the wider ecosystem, and quickly pivot alongside the business accordingly. And it’s not just risk, but opportunity and innovation for the enterprise, such as identifying new products, materials, capabilities and offerings.

With this greater inclusion of procurement professionals into organizational strategy, CPOs and similar roles need to begin to reframe how the function can best serve the organization, and how other departments can serve them. One key to this new way of thinking is framing procurement around holistic risk management, particularly when it comes to managing third parties, suppliers and the supply chain.

Best Practices for Taking a Holistic Approach to Procurement

While not everything in this shift can be implemented immediately, there are general aspects of agility that should be on procurement’s agenda, including:

Hannah Tichansky, Marketing Campaign Manager, Aravo Solutions

This Month at SIG – February 2022

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

2022 is off to a fast start and the future of procurement is squarely in view. We have a host of resources, insights and events to prepare you for procurement 4.0!


February Microlearning by SIG University

Stakeholder Engagement has shifted dramatically over the last few years, making way for Procurement’s traditional tasks to become automated. So what should you be armed with to be a vital asset for the business? Join Anita Weise, former VP of Procurement at Vail Resorts as she gives a thought-provoking discussion about the new lens into Stakeholder Engagement! She will be joined by Daryl Hammett, Global Head of Lead Management and Operations Amazon Web Services (AWS), who will lead an exciting deep-dive discussion.

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? 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

Developing a Clear and More Certain Path to Digital Transformation Success

Digital transformation success

SIG and Globality, the world’s only AI-powered Marketplace and Platform for B2B services, partnered to produce a study looking into why B2B services remains one of the greatest untapped opportunities to drive business value


Almost 70% of Globality and SIG survey respondents indicate that they are either proceeding as planned or are now accelerating their digitization initiatives.

However, bridging the gap between intent, action, and a positive outcome has never been an easy endeavor. In fact, and as pointed out in her latest book, Trade wars, pandemics, and chaos: How digital procurement enables business success in a disordered world, Dr. Elouise Epstein talks about how people are coming clean about the challenges with their existing or historical tech. In other words, organizations need more than just a desire to digitally transform the enterprise if they hope to avoid the same pitfalls that have undermined initiatives in the past.

The purpose of this article is to leverage the insights gained from the Globality and SIG survey to create a clear and more certain path to digital transformation success.

Clear Benefits

According to most survey respondents, there are several priorities when it comes to digitization in critical areas. These top priority areas include the rapid identification, selection, and engagement of suppliers, the ability to react with speed to market dynamics, and the capability to drive revenue through innovation.

While varying degrees of organizational maturity regarding procurement processes may result in some differences in the priority of identified objectives, there is generally no argument that the benefits of a progressive digital strategy are clear.

Geoff Talbot, Chief Growth Officer, SIG

The Importance of Selecting the Right Sourcing Business Model

Selecting the Right Sourcing Business Model

SIG University Certified Supplier Management Professional (CSMP) program graduate Gicela Isla-Richter breaks down the importance of the selecting the correct sourcing business model and the levels of supplier management.


The CSMP course has provided me with the tools and methodologies to help my company ensure that the supplier provides value and complies with applicable internal and external business rules. Equally important, we can better mitigate risks and work more effectively by providing the right amount of effort to manage and build a collaborative relationship with its key suppliers.

Not all suppliers should be managed the same way: each supplier requires a “right-sized” level of governance!

What is Supplier governance?

It is a framework mutually agreed upon by the buyer and supplier. It establishes and enforces rules, distributes authority, defines working environments and identifies risks.

Depending on the importance of the service or product, supplier governance can span through multiple levels of company governance: i.e., corporate, business unit, and contract governance.

Gicela Isla-Richter, Enterprise Risk Manager, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada

This Month at SIG – January 2022

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

We kick off 2022 and the future of procurement with a host of resources, insights and events to help you deliver on procurement 3.0!


January CPO & Executive Virtual Series

SIG's CPO & Executive Virtual Series is an opportunity for the most senior procurement executives to gather with their peers in an interactive virtual environment to discuss their most pressing issues. On January 26, Keith Hausmann, Chief Revenue Officer from Globality, will explore top business priorities procurement can address by reimagining its sourcing models and the major benefits this transformation will bring to the enterprise.

Join us for this executive-level conversation with actionable takeaways!

 

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

Did you miss our 2021 open cohort start dates? 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!

Power Hour Webinars

Learning Lab: How to License and Protect Key Information

Join Scientist.com and SIG as they explain the sourcing cycle and explain why protecting your confidential information, IP, and resources are crucial to your long-term success.

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

Combining Intelligent Automation Techniques for Strategic Digital Transformation

Intelligent Automation Techniques

SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Tom Conti shares the four crucial areas to turn your tactical RPA initiative into a strategic Intelligent Process Automation program.


 While an organization's digital transformation journey may include Intelligent Process Automation, it is only one of the components necessary to influence disruptive organizational change. But what is Intelligent Process Automation (IPA)? At its core, Intelligent Process Automation is the tactical or strategic application of technology to automate a process. This might include loading data, orchestrating different areas of work, or automating repetitive tasks. When properly implemented, an organization can achieve many benefits by using IPA, such as reducing operating costs, enhancing the customer experience, reducing risk, or improving compliance adherence.  

The Four Areas for RPA Definition

There are four central areas to consider when defining the objective of the transformation program to evoke disruptive change. These areas include Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the automation technologies available, process excellence, and change management. When executed together, these techniques offer the greatest return on investment when implementing an IPA program to address the defined business objective. 

First, Robotic Process Automation, or RPA, is a tactical approach to beginning a transformative intelligent automation journey. RPA is best suited where productivity is the primary driver, where simple, rules-based processes can be applied. Often, digital and structured inputs are utilized in RPA processes as little variation is observed within the process where it would make RPA a disagreeable approach.

Tom Conti, Solutions Consultant, Canon Business Process Services

SIG’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

SIG's 30 Year Anniversary Celebration

I can't believe it's the end of the year again, and what a year it has been. 2021 presented many new challenges. We had to navigate carefully and, at times, change direction. However, when the SIG community told us what they needed, we forged ahead and rolled out some amazing virtual and in-person events to SIG members to help them navigate the disruptions.

As we commemorate SIG’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, we want to take a moment to thank our members for making SIG a fun, vibrant community of practitioners, critical thinkers, problem solvers, thought leaders, executives, and industry leaders. Our members make the magic come alive. SIG’s achievements over the past 30 years are the results of the combined contributions from every individual member, cheers to future successes and past glories!

Here's a special message from our President and CEO, Dawn Tiura, about SIG's past, present and future. 

Dawn Tiura, CEO & President 

Thanks to the vast input of SIG's member network, here are the bright spots and successes we collectively achieved this year.

Daafram Campbell, Senior Marketing Manager

Top 10 SIG Speaks Blogs of 2021

2021 blogs

To wrap up 2021, we highlight the top 10 SIG Speaks blogs of the year. From sustainable sourcing to McDonald's happy meals, this year we have brought a range of content to fuel your procurement toolkit for the future of the industry!


Women's History Month Spotlight

SIG celebrates diversity and inclusion by highlighting the professional contributions of SIG members for Women's History Month. Here is a round-up of our favorite women authors over the last year to feature!

Lovin’ It: How McDonald’s Happy Meals Saved the SIG Summit

SIG CEO & President Dawn Tiura tells the story of how McDonald’s happy meals turned frowns upside down and saved the SIG Summit.

Sustainable Sourcing 101

This guide provides a basic overview on sustainable sourcing, including links to resources.

New Priorities for Procurement Leaders

CEO of Scanmarket, Betina Nygaard, discusses the new priorities that procurement leaders must adapt to in the post-pandemic workforce.

The Future of Procurement and the Shifting Supply Chains

As we reflect on 2020, the future has to be about possibilities to reshape our supply chains, with lessons from the past unifying ideas to accelerate the recovery and reset needed – for defining the future of work, a thriving planet and equality for all. 

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Manager

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