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.
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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.
This session replay features Thomas Kase on his recent travels to Southeast Asia. He spoke at ProcureCon Asia in Singapore – and also travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he spent several days with a local procurement suite solution provider, MyBiz, and some of their clients. Thomas shares some of his observations on procurement and sourcing trends in the region in the areas of CSR, corruption, transparency, multi-tier challenges, talent development, and more.
This Ask the Expert session features Spend Matters Netherlands’ Gert van der Heijden on the nebulous topic of spend analysis. Specifically, he’ll answer questions like: what is the current state of technology in this area? What are companies doing (or want to be doing) right now? How can you close the analysis and analytics gap? What are some examples in predictive analytics? What are the best practices (and the worst mistakes)? And finally.. what will the future hold?
In the last few months, there have been several announcements that companies are attempting to bridge the financing/banking and eProcurement, e-invoicing, purchase-to-pay, and supplier network worlds – Mastercard/Basware, Tungsten/OB10, Tradeshift/CapitalAid, Ariba/Discover, and Taulia with Citibank to name a few. These networks think they’re onto something big. What are these partnerships thinking, and how will they impact the traditional trade product sets – bank lines, factoring, invoice discounting, etc.? David Gustin of Trade Financing Matters tackles all this (and much more) on this session.
This session is a Pierre Mitchell brain dump on ‘everything I’ve ever learned about procurement performance measurement’, especially drawn on his eight years experience at Hackett where he helped broaden/deepen its procurement benchmark and related set of performance measurement tools. His most frequent set of client inquiries by far had to do with this topic, and it’s a really important one, and deceptively complex. This session goes through a 21-item punch list of diagnostic questions to ask yourself and also touches on how to improve problematic areas.
Spend Matters UK/Europe’s Peter Smith discusses how we should really think about supplier diversity. How far does it go beyond a “feel-good” initiative? What are the real reasons to consider it? Hint: it’s a lot more to do with competitive advantage than getting the warm fuzzies.