Finding the “Zen State” for the Modern CPO: Part 2

Last month, I hosted a roundtable discussion, “Finding the ‘Zen State’ for the modern CPO.” During the breakout session, I challenged thirteen procurement leaders to identify ways they can find a “state of harmony” in the dojo of the modern enterprise. In part 1 of my blog post, I shared the findings of the group’s top internal and external challenges the CPO is facing today. In part 2, I’ll be sharing how CPOs are applying innovation to their organizations for … More

5 Executive Approaches for Enterprise Contract Management

I’ll never forget the first time I learned about marketing automation (MAS) tools. I quickly realized having access to an MAS tool would make my life and job a thousand times easier. And once I saw a demo of the tool, I was ready to do whatever it took to sell the solution internally. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what does marketing software have to do with contract management software? Well, not a lot in terms of functionality. However, … More

4 Tips to Deliver Winning Results in Procurement

October is considered one of the “favorite months” in my house. It brings fall weather, pumpkin-flavored everything, and football! And now that football season is in full swing, I can’t help but think about the parallels between procurement pros and pro football players. Being a procurement pro is hard work. Procurement is constantly changing- new technologies are popping up, and you’re always asked to do more with less and increase procurement’s value. Similarly, the life of a pro football player … More

5 Critical Mistakes Sourcing Managers Make

There is no denying the power and influence that sourcing managers have today. Organizations are leaning heavily on sourcing teams to keep costs low, value high, and supplier risk even lower. Even sourcing mangers that use top-notch platforms and follow a strict sourcing process can fall short if they are making one (or all) of these critical sourcing mistakes. Here are the five sourcing mistakes we hear (and see) sourcing managers make – and how to avoid them. Inviting suppliers … More

3 Reasons Why We’re Excited to Attend Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum

Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum tickets purchased? Check! Plane tickets & hotel room booked? Check! Bags packed? Check! We’re ready to travel to the UK next week for Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum next week on October 15! This year’s theme is: Maximising Procurement Value Through Process Improvement and Innovation. We can’t wait to embrace this theme through engaging networking sessions, roundtable discussions, and inspiring keynote presentations. Below are three reasons why we’re excited to attend Procurement Leader’s Zurich Forum: 1-Gain inspiration … More

Getting Enterprise Contract Management Right: Join Iasta at IACCM

Iasta is kicking off October by prepping to attend the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) on October 14-16 in Chicago. IACCM is the global forum for innovation in trading relationships and practices and is leading the way in responding to the demands of global networked markets. What’s On The Agenda? On Day 1, Selectica will host an executive boardroom session, “2015 Readiness: Contract and Commercial Management Trends & Transformation Discussion.” Patrick Stakenas and Bill DeMartino from Selectica … More

Improving Collaboration within Supplier Relationship Management

A few weeks ago at Iasta reSource Indianapolis, I hosted a roundtable titled, “What is Supplier Relationship Management? Discuss supplier partnerships that inspire, improving communication.” We had a great discussion around supplier relationships, so I wanted to share some interesting discussion points that could help you to start thinking about what supplier relationship management really means in your organization. A common issue procurement teams face when managing supplier relationships includes coordinating with stakeholders to ensure the relationship is going well … More

Supply Chain Finance Collaboration

I recently wrote an article for eSourcing Forum about the role procurement can play in carrying out a company’s working capital strategy. Since more procurement pros are reporting to Finance, I shared three ways procurement can support the CFO: Establish Payment Terms Implement Technology to Manage Initiatives Manage Interface With Suppliers The third way, which leverages procurement’s existing relationships with suppliers, allows procurement to contribute to working capital by managing the importance of expense-based supply relationships to an operation. As … More

Finding the “Zen State” for the Modern CPO: Part 1

A few weeks ago at Iasta reSource Indianapolis, I had the privilege of hosting a roundtable discussion, “Finding the ‘Zen State’ for the Modern CPO.” During the breakout session, I challenged thirteen procurement leaders to identify ways they can find a “state of harmony” in the dojo of the modern enterprise. After brief introductions around the room, we looked to find our Zen state by breaking down the challenges of modern CPOs into two core areas: Internal Pressures (Yin) and … More

3 Ways Procurement Can Support the CFO’s Working Capital Strategy

Working capital is defined as the amount of cash an organization has on hand at any given time. Some people also refer to working capital as net liquid assets or current assets minus current liabilities (where ‘current’ means due within a year). The amount of working capital held by a company is a primary measure of operational health because it communicates a steady top line and the ability to manage costs. The management of costs is a clear reason procurement … More

ROSMA and Supply Chain in 2020

Iasta recently hosted our user conference (Iasta reSource) in Indianapolis on September 9-11, 2014. The conference was a great opportunity for our clients to come together and network with peers, attend sessions led by fellow Iasta clients sharing their success stories, and participate in interactive sessions lead by experts such as A. T. Kearney. One of my favorite sessions during the conference was led by Marc Hochman at A. T. Kearney titled, “Supply Team 2020”. Marc discussed the progression that … More

4 Tips to Tame the Sourcing Monster

Is there a sourcing monster lurking around your office? He’s known to wreak havoc in your sourcing software, causing your database to become messy and confusing. The sourcing monster makes using eSourcing tools increasingly more time-consuming, degrades the efficiency of your standard processes, compromises integrity of the eSourcing process, frustrates users, and lowers adoption. You’ll know the monster’s been hiding under your desk once you log into the system and realize he is: Sending RFPs with outdated and inconsistent legal … More

5 Reasons to Attend eWorld 2014

Iasta is busy prepping for eWorld Purchasing & Supply on September 24 in London. This UK leading event centers on the use of leading-edge technologies and techniques within the procurement & supply chain functions. eWorld is targeted to senior business executives responsible for implementing web-based procurement and supply chain strategies, sourcing technology partners, and using / joining electronic marketplaces. If this sounds like you, check out these five reasons why you should join Iasta at eWorld in September: 1-Attend cutting-edge … More

3 Reasons to Join IASTA at ProcureCon Indirect West

ProcureCon Indirect West is right around the corner – September 15, 16, and 17 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. This year’s theme is: Where Sourcing Meets Innovation. Iasta is attending and we are excited to embrace this theme through engaging networking sessions and even hosting an interactive roundtable of our own! If you’re a CPO or director from a large or small spend company, here are 5 reasons why you should join us at ProcureCon Indirect West: 1-Participate in an interactive … More

6 Ways Retailers Benefit from Using Modern Sourcing Solutions

The retail industry runs a high supply chain risk as a result of high public visibility and being consumer-focused. In order for retailers to be successful in a heavily competitive marketplace, they must adopt and advance modern sourcing and procurement approaches that go beyond cost savings efforts alone. These modern approaches create a combination of tools and processes that allow for greater visibility. Modern sourcing tools and processes also give procurement teams the ability to reduce risk from the supply … More