Sourcing Interests Group (SIG): Sold!

Even though I'm a bit late on reporting the news, Barry Wiegler, who was one of the founders of Sourcing Interests Group (SIG) and its recent President and CEO, recently sold his networking and conference organization to one of its members and Denali founder, Dawn Evans. A while back, SIG developed a reputation for focusing more on outsourcing and sourcing in its event topics and less on other aspects of Spend Management, although in recent years, other areas such as contract management have figured more prominently in the discussion. I've heard a number of mixed thoughts on SIG over the years regarding its commercialization and overall usefulness to practitioners. Clearly, nearly all conferences and networking organizations are set up to make money, but I can't help but wonder if there's a new take that would be possible to not only make participation more cost effective -- nearly everyone I talk to complains about the cost of SIG -- but above all, more useful to its participants as well. I'm not sure if a virtual conference like the one put on by European Leaders recently is the right answer, but after participating, I'm inclined to say that it's possible to separate face-to-face networking from learning and online social networking in our sector. What do you think?

Jason Busch

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