Join Me For Two Webinars Today (and a Much Deserved Jog and Ale to Follow if You’re in Chicago)

Today is one busy day at Spend Matters HQ, at least from my vantage point. I'm leading two webinars on two very different topics: P2P success secrets and getting past using reverse auctions and basic RFX capabilities in sourcing. I have an hour between shows to catch a bit of a break, but besides that, I'll be jumping from one to the next with the motivation of a slow jog to follow and the balmy Chicago winter weather to get me through it (that and a Half Acre -- a great Chicago brew that puts Goose Island to shame -- that will follow at the end of the day). I know Sheena is happy that we're not hosting these webinars back-to-back ourselves, but regardless, with the city street and radiator noise we face from our first floor office in a 1920s high-rise, it's never a dull webinar moment. That's for sure!

We're doing both webinars live with two partner organizations: sharedserviceslink.com and ISM (Zycus is sponsoring the ISM webinar). The first webinar is at 11:00 AM CT with sharedserviceslink.com. Learn more about it (and register) by clicking here: Top procure-to-pay secrets to realize your cost reduction and working capital ambitions. The second webinar is at 1:00 PM CT. You can register for it here: Leaving Reverse Auctions in the Dust: Discovering a Next Generation of Sourcing Technologies.

On the first webinar, I'm planning to focus on covering the basic P2P ground, but in a pragmatic manner, answering the following types of questions: How do you choose the right procure-to-pay technologies for you? What can current electronic invoicing and invoice automation capabilities achieve? What must be done to maximize the return on your procure-to-pay technology investments? I'm hoping to leave attendees with a number of key takeaways if all goes as planned, including:

  • How to create business cases for P2P investment based on a variety of different criteria
  • Identify what type of buyer each organization is to understand the specific vendors that are most likely to help address your top concerns and opportunities vs. just sharing a generic shortlist
  • An approach to create vendor shortlists based on unique organizational requirements
  • Common pitfalls and challenges in procure-to-pay implementations
  • How to achieve significant value from deployments in less than six months
  • How to make collaborative decisions between accounts payable and procurement to address both the up and downstream components of the procure-to-pay lifecycle

Sound interesting? Join me in a few hours with sharedserviceslink.com for: Top procure-to-pay secrets to realize your cost reduction and working capital ambitions. And the offer stands for anyone that wants to meet me at the office at 3:15 or so today after these two webinars to get some fresh air and hit the lakefront trail for a relaxed 5-mile jog -- not to mention the Half Acre to follow.

- Jason Busch

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