It’s been a long year and we’re only halfway through it. Many of us have scrapped our plans, both personally and professionally, retooled our strategies and reprioritized our resources. It’s frustrating to make drastic changes with no clear forecast on the horizon, but growth comes from being uncomfortable and taking risks. Instead of dwelling on what could have been, let's take a look at what’s to come.
Summit Presentation Anthology
Following each Summit, we release our Summit Presentation Anthology that offers a snapshot of each presentation along with the presenter’s contact information. The inaugural Spring Procurement Technology Summit was supposed to be an in-person event in April, but the global pandemic upended our plans and we had to pivot our strategy to go digital.
While we missed catching up with old friends and making new connections at the Summit, we welcomed over 1,100 delegates from all over the world to our digital platform. The best part? Every single session is recorded! Not only can you get the presentation decks, but you can watch any sessions you missed or revisit sessions to dive deeper in the subject matter. The Anthology is only available to SIG members. If you’re not a member and want to join, reach out to us.
COVID-19 Resources for Procurement, Sourcing and Workforce Management
When we switched our spring Summit from in-person to virtual due to the global pandemic, many Summit presenters also changed their topic given the current events. What we are experiencing now is historical on many fronts, not the least of which is the role of procurement in a global emergency.
The inaugural SIG Procurement Technology Summit was unlike any other industry event. As COVID-19 swept across the globe, my team and I had to pull off something we’ve never done before: turn our in-person Summit into a completely virtual event.
While the circumstances were less than ideal, it was a humbling experience and a good reminder that to stay relevant, you must be flexible and agile when disruption strikes. Admittedly, a global pandemic was not in our risk scenario playbook, but you can bet that it will be going forward.
New Concerns for Procurement
In order to provide SIG members with the most up-to-date and relevant content, we ask for your feedback to find out what’s top of mind for you, your colleagues and your organization. For the first time in six years, the economy is a top business issue. This is markedly different than what you told us was a top concern just six months ago. Now, most people are concerned with how the crisis will impact:
Income and business opportunities
Negotiations in a virtual world
Business resiliency and continuity
Resiliency of their organization and the talent they support
Addressing risk – in the supply chain, in supplier negotiations, in online business operations and transactions
Many of our Summit presentations pivoted to reflect these new realities, and our upcoming events will feature practitioners and thought leaders sharing how their organizations responded to the disruption with flexible, proactive measures. The common thread in all of this is advanced technology and strong leadership.
Spend Matters has just released its 7th annual “50 Providers to Know/50 Providers to Watch” lists. Each year, Spend Matters’ technology analysts assess the capabilities for an array of companies across 13 market sectors and releases its lists of 100 vendors in the industry. These represent the best-in-class companies you need to know about as well as the up-and-coming, growing firms to keep your eye on.
Providers to Know
Among this year’s vendors are 11 companies that have earned the “50 Providers to Know” distinction each of the seven years the lists have been published! These include Accenture, Achilles, Basware, Beeline, Coupa (including Trade Extensions and Spend 360), Deloitte Consulting, GEP, Insight Sourcing Group (including SpendHQ), Ivalua, Jaggaer and The Hackett Group. These vendors sit alongside AppZen and Rosslyn Analytics, which are brand-new “to Know” companies for 2020.
Providers to Watch
Eight vendors jumped from the Watch to the Know list in 2020, they are Agiloft, Celonis, ConnXus, Lease Accelerator, MBO Partners, NPI, Per Angusta and Tipalti. More than half of the “50 Providers to Watch” list represents new honorees, with 34 new companies included, four of which are start-ups featured on the 2019 Spend Matters “Future 5” list — Bid Ops, Fairmarkit, Negotiatus and SupplyHive.
No one could have predicted that the start of Q2 would be quite like this. As the world works to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses will come to rely on procurement more than ever. This month, SIG is providing free access to a selection of business continuity resources for all readers, along with more information on earning a professional certification that will increase your value during these uncertain times, plus there's an exciting update on the Procurement Technology Summit and more.
Business Continuity Resources for Sourcing and Procurement
The SIG Resource Center has thousands of tools and templates for SIG members to use and reference, but since knowledge sharing is of critical importance right now, SIG is offering free access to the below resources to all readers, regardless of membership status. These can be used to help you and your teams ensure business continuity and plan for future crises that may arise.