Category Archives: Conferences

A ‘Clean’ Corporate Social Responsibility Lesson

- March 16, 2015 3:08 PM | Categories: Conferences, CSR, Procurement

C9B37875B9 (1) Today we wrapped up a 2-part Plus series on the Global Soap Project and what procurement can learn from the organization that sends recycled hotel soap to African nations lacking a supply of proper sanitation products. Authored by Thomas Kase, vice president of research, the Plus series talked about the "world's best presentation" given by Global Soap Project founder Derreck Kayong last month at the Institute for Supply Management National Supply Chain Diversity Summit in Atlanta.

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Exploring SciQuest Release 15.1: NextLevel Conference Dispatch

IMG_2229 (1) Eric Zoetmulder, vice president of product management, took the stage at SciQuest’s NextLevel conference this morning and shared a number of product themes around where SciQuest is placing emphasis on investing in its suite and individual modules. While we will be covering some of the specific product-level enhancements in detail in the coming days on Spend Matters PRO, we talk about some of the general themes he shared during his presentation.

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Exploring SciQuest Release 15.1: NextLevel Conference Dispatch

Eric Zoetmulder, vice president of product management, took the stage at SciQuest’s NextLevel conference this morning and shared a number of product themes around where SciQuest is placing emphasis on investing in its suite and individual modules. While we will be covering some of the specific product-level enhancements in detail in the coming days on Spend Matters PRO, we talk about some of the general themes he shared during his presentation.

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SciQuest NextLevel Dispatch – A Suite Step in the Right Direction

sciquest SciQuest’s NextLevel customer conference is perennially one of my favorite vendor events. There’s a great diversity of attendees from the private and public sectors, and the suppliers in attendance aren’t just hawking software or IT gear – many are selling highly specialized laboratory suppliers given the provider’s historic focus on the sciences market. But more important, everyone seems open to talking and sharing their experiences – there’s not the “close-to-the-chest” procurement stigma that many practitioners tend to play at other tech conferences. And besides, where else can you find a slightly creepy mascot in laboratory beaker garb with a bunch of groupies trailing him around the floor?

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ISM Supply Chain Diversity Summit Dispatch: A “Clean” Lesson from CSR Initiative

- March 12, 2015 2:34 AM | Categories: Analysis, Conferences, Industry News, Procurement Commentary

america-astronaut-astronomy-2422 Last month, the Institute for Supply Management held its national Supply Chain Diversity Summit in Atlanta. I will share more from the ISM event later, but let's go directly to my best takeaway from the event – a tangible, economically sound, life-changing CSR initiative. It came from Derreck Kayongo, founder and leader of Global Soap Project – an initiative that transforms recycled, discarded hotel soap into usable soap for Africa and other countries with limited sanitation opportunities. Find out how Derreck made this idea a reality and how it can be used as an example for procurement organizations.

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The New Intesource (Proactis) SRM Solution: Coverage from the 2015 Innovation Conference

- March 10, 2015 10:24 AM | Categories: Conferences, Sourcing, Supplier Management, Vendor Snapshots

gray-microphone-music-2235 On March 8, sourcing solution and service provider Intesource began its Innovation Conference (also focused on e-Sourcing best practices) held at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. The event, which ended today, is primarily attended by Intesource's customers and prospects. Intesource's new parent company, the procure-to-pay provider PROACTIS, is also attending. Presumably, PROACTIS is showcasing the capabilities of the acquisition to its clients on the transactional P2P side. The big announcement at this event is that Intesource is finally releasing its new supplier relationship management solution.

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Create and Use Big Data: Dispatch From Procurement Leaders’ America’s Congress

IMG_2215 I’m at the Procurement Leaders' America's Congress in Miami today. Having sat through the morning sessions so far, I can say the trip has been worth it already, not even factoring into the one-on-one discussions and catch-up with old faces and new. Indeed, the number of ideas and takeaways I’ve jotted down from the keynotes has been off the charts. Rio Tinto’s Managing Director and CPO Ramsay Chu stole the show this morning with story after story about data-centered initiatives including how to create and source new information that can take analytical problem solving in entirely new levels.

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Which Procurement Conferences Should You Attend? Start With Procurement Leaders

- February 27, 2015 8:57 AM | Categories: Conferences, Friday Rant

1CA9B8B930 (1) It’s almost that time of the year again (at least we hope), when the freezing winter thaws into spring and the many feet of accumulated ice and snow in Chicago and the East Coast is replaced by, well, mud. Once this transformation starts, you know procurement conference season is right around the corner. That and the Chicago Cubs starting to once again migrate their way into last place (which usually happens around the end of April). Indeed, spring is nearly here, along with the dozens of procurement shows that kick off the warmer months. I am often asked by just about everyone in the market: Which procurement events should I attend?

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Oracle Innovation: When Will On-Premise Applications Meet the Cloud?

- February 3, 2015 6:30 AM | Categories: Cloud, Conferences, Technology, Vendor Snapshots

file0001447089305 In our first installment of this series covering the recent Oracle summit, we discussed how Oracle is working toward mass customization of its cloud application suite as part of its broader PaaS strategy. (Others are doing this, too.) But, this vision won’t likely be fully fleshed out for at least 3 years. Color-coding of screens, changing logos, using flexfields, etc., is not exactly expressing the full power of a PaaS. Oracle does have more extensive capabilities in its PaaS “stack,” but it can only move so fast in using its own platform components to develop its cloud applications.

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A View From The Oracle Value Summit – Part 1

- February 2, 2015 6:03 AM | Categories: Cloud, Conferences, Vendor Snapshots

beach-holiday-idyllic-3847-825x550 I escaped the recent blizzard in Boston and flew out to the Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose, California, to attend some sessions, talk to customers and partners and generally try to stay out of trouble (while also supporting our team with the new CPO site launch). The event is for Oracle customers who use the company’s applications in procurement, supply chain and PLM. I chatted with a mix of folks from IT and procurement organizations, but also peeked in on some of the SCM and PLM happenings. I attended a very interesting session that relates to one of our recent procurement predictions, too, but that’ll be a story for tomorrow!

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TFM’s David Gustin Shares His Expertise at The White House’s SupplierPay Session

file000744506387 David Gustin of Trade Financing Matters was in Washington, D.C., last week attending and presenting at The White House’s SupplierPay session. We talked to David about how he became involved with the initiative and what insight he shared with the many professionals from various organizations and government agencies who took part in the event.

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Lessons From the HfS Blueprint Session Applied to Procurement Services Delivery

- November 20, 2014 10:14 AM | Categories: BPO, Conferences

1349825389jvnca Earlier this week, I stopped by the HfS Blueprint event in Chicago, which brought together similar numbers of practitioners and providers in an intellectually-focused exchange. During one of the presentations, Lee Coulter, CEO of shared services at Ascension Health, and Charles Sutherland, EVP of research at HfS, explored a number of areas driving the future of cost reduction in services delivery. While the presentation covered various topics, one part I found particularly interesting is knowing when a particular function is ready to move to a lower cost labor approach.

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