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This Month at SIG – January 2020

As the world’s supply chains brace for more uncertainty, the best thing that you can do is prepare yourself to stay ahead of the competition.

2020 will be a big year for many reasons: it’s not only the start of a new decade, but the upcoming presidential election will have enormous impacts on businesses and economies across the world no matter who occupies the White House. As the world’s supply chains brace for more uncertainty and try to read the presidential candidates’ tea leaves, the best thing that you can do is prepare yourself to stay ahead of the competition.

SIG University Offers New Intelligent Automation Certification

Kick off the new year with a professional certification from SIG University! Now offering four certifications, SIG University has partnered with Virtual Operations to provide advanced training on Intelligent Process Automation. Ready to take your expertise to the next level with cutting-edge training? Check out the four certification programs offered below, classes begin January 20.

Stacy Mendoza, Digital Marketing Manager

SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - December 23

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

Complimentary Location Market Report

Everest Group provides SIG buy-side members with a complimentary location report on Poland. The report helps sourcing practitioners stay ahead of competition in understanding key market dynamics and the related opportunities presented by this location.

 

2019 Annual Default Review

Download RapidRatings' 2019 Annual Default Review to find out the top five supplier red flags and top five industries to watch out for.

Future of Sourcing Articles

Liberty Source CEO, Cindy Gallagher explains how impact sourcing can meet the demands of business while also giving back to the community.

Carlos Meléndez, COO and co-founder, Wovenware gives his insights into the ways IT outsourcing is changing and the drivers behind those changes.

 

SIG Partners with Spend Matters

Tap into a wealth of benchmark data to identify which procurement software provider best meets your organization’s specific technology needs with Spend Matters' SolutionMap Accelerator. SIG buy-side members receive a 20% discount.

Hailey Corr, Content Manger

3 Sourcing and Procurement Trends for 2020

SIG's CEO and President Dawn Tiura shares her thoughts on the sourcing and procurement trends that she predicts will move the needle for our profession in the next year.

As we settle into the holidays and celebrate with family and friends, we also look to a new decade. Absent a downturn economy, it’s hard for some to understand the importance of a strong procurement and sourcing organization. But we are so much more than just a cost-savings industry. While we are seen as an overhead, we really are the engine that keeps the company on course.

Rather than looking back at all the gains our industry has achieved this year, here are my thoughts on some of the exciting trends that I believe will pick up momentum in the next year.

1. Elevating the Role of Strategic Sourcing

Without strategic sourcing, we would not be able to improve cost, quality and service levels while guarding against third-party risk. Without the strength of our negotiations, contract development, business insights and supplier relationship management, we would fail on safeguarding our supply chains against human trafficking, conflict minerals and child labor.

I’m seeing more interest in third-party risk management from boards and company executives, and in my conversations with them, it’s clear that more resources will be devoted to supporting sustainability initiatives and the ability to act on business insights.

Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, SIG

SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - December 16

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

Managing Spend within a Gig Economy

Coupa and Forrester have come together to provide an on-demand webinar on how to better source, procure and manage your contingent workforce within your increasing external services spend.

 

Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact On Procurement and Supply Chain

Read how GEP is breaking down some of the essential AI concepts and showcasing the game-changing applications that they believe are most relevant in procurement and the supply chain.

Future of Sourcing Articles

James Simmons walks us through what total talent management is, how we are doing it wrong and how we can start to do it right.

Martin Stark delves into the idea that companies wanting to meet the "social conscience" expectations of their customers must now focus their efforts on developing the capabilities of the circular economy.

Hailey Corr, Content Manger

SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - December 9

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

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

Spend Matters has released Q4 Services Procurement Vendor rankings

In 2.5 years since the first release, procurement professionals have referenced Spend Matters’ SolutionMap procurement technology benchmark rankings over 112,000 times, with the Accelerator toolkit gaining rapid traction to inform procurement technology selections:

“We didn’t have enough process and technology knowledge to identify our requirements for a P2P transformation. We wanted to include enough leading practice into our phase 1 assessment, recommendation and business case…You really helped us narrow the population.” — Senior Director, Supply Market Insight

Read all about the Q4 launch here or view the free procurement tech benchmark rankings here.

Stacy Mendoza, Digital Marketing Manager

This Month at SIG – December 2019

December networking and thought leadership at Sourcing Industry Group.

As the year comes to a close, it's a good time to look back at the goals you set this time last year. Whether you're on track or have a ways to go, take advantage of these opportunities to focus on your professional development. Listen to some inspiring executive advice from the podcast, take an hour to join a webinar or consider sharing your expertise at one of our upcoming events.   


December Webinars

December 4 – Services Procurement: Unlocking Value from your Invisible Workforce
Presented by: SAP Fieldglass

Services providers such as consultants and agencies account for a significant portion of workforce spend and are crucial to business performance. Yet many companies under-manage them, leaving value on the table and creating risk. For the second year of research with Oxford Economics, SAP Fieldglass takes a deeper dive into services procurement. Join us to learn how workforce leaders realize more value from these providers.

Stacy Mendoza, Digital Marketing Manager

SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - November 25

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

2019 Annual Default Review

Download RapidRatings' 2019 Annual Default Review to find out the top five supplier red flags and top five industries to watch out for.

SIG Partners with Spend Matters

Tap into a wealth of benchmark data to identify which procurement software provider best meets your organization’s specific technology needs with Spend Matters' SolutionMap Accelerator. SIG buy-side members receive a 20% discount.

The Sourcing Industry Landscape Podcast

Join Dawn Tiura as she interviews Givewith CEO Paul Polizzotto. He discusses how corporate social responsibility initiatives can drive business value by boosting employee morale, retention rates and investor confidence.

Future of Sourcing Articles

A lot has been written about RPA’s ability to link processes and automate services, but much less has been dedicated to the benefits of RPA from a system engineering point of view. Learn more about how RPA technology can be utilized.

Technology can be a double-edged sword when it comes to communication. It can make us more connected but in the same regard disconnected when it comes to real in-person interactions. How do we as leaders maneuver this complicated new world?

Hailey Corr, Content Manger

SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - November 18

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

A Report on Maverick Spend

The Hackett Group conducted a survey to gain insight into the strategic importance of maverick spend reduction, understand the adoption of specific procurement practices, and differentiate how top-performing organizations approach this topic.

Managing Spend within a Gig Economy

Coupa and Forrester have come together to provide an on-demand webinar on how to better source, procure and manage your contingent workforce within your increasing external services spend.

Join SIG's B2B Private Social Network on TraDove.com

On November 20 at 1pm learn more about how to connect and collaborate with the best-suited buyers and sellers worldwide using AI technology with SIG's B2B Private Social Network on TraDove.com.

Hailey Corr, Content Manger

SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - November 11

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

Procurement Experts Outlook 2019

As a procurement practitioner, you would be keen on chalking an all-encompassing procurement strategy. Download this eBook to gain the latest insights and views from the brightest minds in procurement.

2019 Annual Default Review

Download RapidRatings' 2019 Annual Default Review to find out the top five supplier red flags and top five industries to watch out for.

Northeastern Regional SIGnature Event

Join other sourcing professionals in Toronto on November 14 for a day of thought leadership and networking.

Future of Sourcing Articles

Read about these 5 strategies that can help distribution centers keep their competitive edge by protecting their core operations

Generally, there are four common mistakes that organizations make relating to real estate spend. Luckily, there are some best practices for overcoming these mistakes.

Hailey Corr, Content Manger

SIG Speaks Weekly Briefing - November 4

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

Learn Essential Capabilities for Modern Procurement and Finance

Most procurement and finance organizations struggle with data quality and visibility. Even the most sophisticated teams still find themselves stuck in a reactive mode. This eBook explores some of the technology trends and business practices that are helping to define a new, strategic role for procurement.

This Month at SIG

Take a dive into the Summit Anthology and Resource Guide to map your strategy for the coming year, catch up on some industry research, learn more about our new industry partnerships, with PeopleTicker and Spend Matters, and check out one of the many webinars happening this month.

Talking to Your Tail Spend: Chapter 1 - Why Don't You Call

When we talk about problematic tail spend, what we’re really talking about is unapproved supply sources. But tail spend is a cuter name.

Future of Sourcing Articles

Generally, there are four common mistakes that organizations make relating to real estate spend. Read more about some best practices for overcoming these mistakes

Hailey Corr, Content Manger

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