Ask the Expert Video Replay
Each week, Spend Matters Plus/Spend Matters PRO members are invited to a 30-minute Ask the Expert session featuring a Spend Matters analyst. Discussions range from breaking news to innovative new technology to market trends. We often include guests from our large network of category specialists. Members are encouraged to participate in the Question/Answer session. You can find a listing of our currently scheduled Ask the Expert sessions on our events page.
This is the first in an Ask the Expert series featuring our 2015 Procurement Predictions, produced by the entire Spend Matters analyst team. Featuring Jason Busch and Pierre Mitchell, this kick-off event discusses sustainability, innovation, using "fear" as a tool, mass configurability, and the transition from B2B to B2C.
In this Ask the Expert session, Xavier Olivera guides you through the creation of an MRO category workbook to illustrate how rich this type of practice could be for any sourcing and knowledge management effort. Specifically, he talks about category scoping, opportunity assessments, how to profile internally and externally, how to develop a strategy and finally, the role of supplier management in all this.
Everyone wants to do things right, but are they also doing the right things? If not, you’re either destroying value (or foregoing it). In this session, one of world’s pre-eminent experts in PPM, Pierre Mitchell, walks you through how the best procurement organizations use PPM not to track their lagging metrics of the past, but to look to the future, stay aligned with stakeholders, create an effective procurement operating model, and elevate the supply management value proposition and transform functions beyond world class performance.
Thomas Kase, VP Research, talks about Ariba’s cache of patents, what they cover, and who might be in violation. He looks at the most recent of Ariba’s 74 patents, in particular those awarded over the past three years – and those published in the same time period but still awaiting decision by the US Patent Office. This session covers ground for both practitioners and providers.
Peter Smith (of Spend Matters UK/Europe) brings you bids and tenders in 20 minutes or less! Bids and tenders are a much neglected element of the procurement toolkit, and one that is far more strategically important than most people realize. Find out why – and hear about the illogicality of many price scoring methods. Peter also shares the two factors that most organizations forget when they’re choosing the 'best' bid.
Supply Risk is coming to you! We couldn’t convince Putin to join us on this Ask the Expert session, but we did secure Gert van der Heijden of Spend Matters Netherlands. He covers how Russian sanctions might impact your supply chain, risk management tactics for this specific situation, different scenarios to consider, and solutions to support your contingency strategy.
We were lucky enough to have TWO experts at this event: Thomas Kase, our VP of Research and resident supplier diversity expert, and Ronald Garnett, the head of San Diego’s Council for Supplier Diversity. In the second half of 2014, the Council was forcibly disaffiliated from the NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and has since opened its doors as a more inclusive Council working with most diverse categories – covering minorities, women, and service disabled veterans. Thomas and Ron discuss the background of the organizational change, with some details around what transpired after the NMSDC reorg last year, and a look closer at what the San Diego Council is doing in Supplier Diversity.
In an era where “information overload” is an understatement, how do you even begin to think about what information sources you should pay attention to in your sourcing activities? Spend Matters Netherlands’ Gert van der Heijden wants you to put on your bib and grab your fork and knife, because it’s time to eat the elephant, one bite at a time. On this Ask the Expert webinar, he discusses research in a historical perspective, different models and approaches, the pros and cons of outsourcing (and how to DIY), and companies to know and watch in this area.