Spend Matters 50/50: Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) – A Provider to Know in 2015

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We announced here and here our two (not ranked) lists: Spend Matters 50 To Know and 50 To Watch firms for 2015/2016. In the first case, this is our view of the 50 solution provider type organisations in the procurement industry that every senior procurement leader should be aware of and understand. The 50 To Watch are the up-and-coming firms  - those with interesting and relatively new solutions for our market. The 50 To Know are the key organisations in our industry that procurement executives need to have on their radar.

Having announced the lists, our US colleagues are now featuring each of the 100 firms in turn with an article giving an overview of each, with some headline Spend Matters thoughts on them. So on this site we will be giving you a brief extract of the US article, plus adding our own comments where we have anything useful to add from a European perspective. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t!

Here is what our US colleagues had to say about SIG:

"... SIG is now one of the most familiar names in the procurement conference and membership area. In contrast to others, it relies heavily on members (providers and practitioners) to share best practices with each other (e.g., in the form of webinars) ... Members also help shape the areas of content — for example, supply chain risk has been a top focus area this year. Content in the form of conferences and events remain at the heart of what SIG does — and what SIG does best."

There's more here on our US site. SIG is less well established in Europe than in the USA, but has made efforts in recent years to establish events in London in particular - there is a "regional round-table" in March, for instance. The recent news that Jamie Liddell, the editor of Outsource magazine, is joining SIG (along with his magazine) should strengthen the presence this side of the Atlantic - Liddell is London based and is a good addition to the SIG business generally.

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