This Month at SIG - July 2018

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Here at the SIG headquarters, we’re working hard to provide you with an exciting line-up of fall events and thought leadership. Whether you plan to spend July taking some much-needed time off or your goal is to wrap up some big projects, SIG is here to support you in your day-to-day responsibilities. Register for one of our upcoming webinars that cover today’s latest trends in the industry or listen to our thought-provoking podcast on your commute or a work trip.

You can stay up-to-the-minute with all things SIG by following us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Here’s what’s happening in July:

CPO Virtual Forum

On July 19, senior procurement executives are invited to join SIG and Oliver Wyman for an exclusive CPO Virtual Forum. CPO Virtual Forums are one-hour, single-topic sessions in which CPOs gather online to openly discuss their most pressing issues. Facilitated by Oliver Wyman, the forum will generate actionable next-steps to discuss during the CPO Roundtable held at the Fall Global Executive Summit in Rancho Mirage, California, October 15-18.

This interactive presentation will be delivered in an open-mic, collaborative format via WebEx that will not be recorded to ensure candid conversations. The topic for this Virtual Forum will be "Procurement Rebranded: Leveraging the Wisdom of Brands to Produce a Star Function." Visit our website for the full session description and to register, but you must hurry – space is limited!

Parascript Webinar

For organizations that are looking to automate functions, it can be particularly challenging when dealing with unstructured data. Parascript's self-learning document automation software processes more than 100 billion documents for financial services, government organizations and the healthcare industry each year.

On July 24, take an in-depth look at document processing automation at the core of cognitive RPA and its impact on operations with Mike Spang, Harvey Spencer Associates VP of Research, and Greg Council, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Parascript. Attendees will learn how to close the gap between product launch and goal realization, examine the current state of document automation in cognitive RPA application deployment, recommended steps for a successful RPA document automation project and more.

Sourcing Industry Landscape

SIG’s partnership with the Art of Procurement provides SIG members with access to a robust library of audible content and the opportunity to contribute thought leadership to the show. Each interview provides actionable advice for sourcing and procurement professionals at any stage in their career: be an active and engaged listener with customers, embrace and adapt to change, and commit to learning and growing in the field through networking and professional development.

In The Sourcing Industry Landscape, SIG CEO Dawn Tiura, CSP, hosts short interviews with global thought leaders and influencers in sourcing and procurement. Here's what you can expect: 

  • Inspiring stories from professionals who are passionate about sourcing and procurement
  • Insight on the newest technologies that are driving performance
  • Traits of highly successful leaders
  • First-hand accounts of mitigating risk in volatile markets
  • Transformative predictions on the next big disruptions in global supply chains

In an industry where the conversation is dominated by change, you'll hear first-hand how leaders in the field are embracing advances in technology to become the disruptors rather than the disrupted; and how their success is elevating the profession of procurement and sourcing for the better. Recent interviews include Coupa CEO Rob Bernshteyn, SAP Ariba’s Dr. Marcell Vollmer, ConnXus’ Daryl Hammet and more.

Check out all episodes of The Sourcing Industry Landscape to date and subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. You can listen to the podcast in iTunes, your favorite podcast app or through the Art of Procurement website. A new episode is published every other Wednesday.

SIG Resource Center

The SIG Resource Center is constantly updated with professional templates, thought leadership, process matrices and methodologies. Much of this content is provided by member companies, but did you know that we also accept content from individuals? If you’ve created a template that saves you time, streamlines a process or you would like to contribute thought leadership, please reach out to us. As a membership organization, community is our greatest strength. You’ll also find industry research and benchmarking from HfS Research and market intelligence from Beroe.

In that regard, here are the most downloaded pieces of content from the SIG Resource Center that our members find the most useful, and we hope you will too:

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.