Author Archives: Ashley Sieb

Deliver the ROI You Promised in Your Source-to-Pay Transformation

You want to automate the source-to-pay cycle, but what solution is best for your business? Would focused specialty solutions serve you best? Should you consider a monolithic enterprise platform? Without understanding the tradeoffs that accompany these decisions, you may not realize the ROI you need within an acceptable time frame. The Source-to-Pay cycle in mid- to large-sized enterprises encompasses diverse teams with unique application requirements.  As these enterprises embark on the automation journey, they are faced with a variety of solutions, … More

Going Beyond Supplier Diversity 101

In today’s world, supplier diversity is becoming a growing concern and objective for procurement teams. While supplier diversity can be a moving target for most organizations, there is no denying diversity is becoming a competitive advantage. Improved supplier diversity is helping organizations strengthen employee motivation and emerge into new markets. Often, procurement teams struggle with where to start when mapping out their strategy, goals, and metrics for the diversity program. Dysfunctional processes, bad data collection practices, and the inability to … More

Participate In IASTA and Efficio’s Global Procurement Survey

Iasta has partnered with Efficio to research how procurement maturity varies globally and address the steps procurement leaders are taking to become change agents in their organizations. Our hope is the survey results will help us better understand procurement’s organizational impact from a global perspective. We are asking questions around: The big picture – What are your top challenges and plans over the next two years? The sourcing process – How do you prioritize, manage, and report on your projects … More

Top 5 Reasons Why Should You Attend ISM 2014

ISM continually sets the bar for supply chain events around the world. This year, ISM 2014 will take place in the city that never sleeps (Las Vegas) on May 5-7. Why should you attend ISM 2014? Here are five top reasons you won’t want to miss this conference: #1-Connect with the biggest names in procurement: You can attend leading-edge programs presented by big name speakers, such as the winners of the ISM Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Supply … More

5 Communication Tactics for Modern Sourcing Pros

Not everyone has a knack for strong communication. We live in a technology-driven world where instant messages, emails, and text messages drive most of our conversations. In fact, some people would actually prefer these digital communications over face-to-face interactions. But there is no denying the benefit of in-person communications. You can pick up on body language in the room and people are more likely to ask questions and participate in the conversation. As a Modern Sourcing Pro, you need to … More

IASTA Makes 2014 Best Place to Work in Indiana List

Have you heard the exciting news yet? Iasta has been selected as a 2014 Best Place to Work in Indiana.   Our CEO, David Bush, shared this quote in a recent press release, “I am proud that Iasta is being recognized as a top place to work in Indiana. We provide our employees with opportunities and experiences that create a positive and thriving culture. At Iasta, we live and breathe our core values and mission, which help give our employees … More

5 Common (and Dangerous) Misconceptions about Sourcing

With the constant changes and innovations occurring in today’s world, sourcing is often a bit of a moving target. And often other departments and stakeholders are confused about (or unaware of) the definition and value of strategic sourcing. What’s the strategic sourcing process look like? Who is responsible and accountable for sourcing events? What technology is used, and how can other departments benefit from this technology? These are just a few of the questions that drive the misconceptions about strategic … More

Your Top 10 Questions About Supplier Risk & Big Data

Are you suffering from information overload? If so, you aren’t alone! We live in a word full of too much information and data being thrown at us- both personally and professionally. In fact, Gartner predicts that enterprise data will grow 650 percent in the next five years. And IDC argues that world’s information now doubles every year and half. Talk about an explosion of data! Trying to get a handle on this information and knowing the best ways to create … More

4 Must Attend Procurement Events in 2014

Networking, inspiring speakers, user training, and cocktail hour- these are just a few perks of attending industry events and conferences. If you don’t have any conferences booked for 2014 or simply need inspiration on which events to attend, we’ve created a list of 4 procurement events you must attend in 2014. #1: ProcureCon Indirect East: February 18-20, 2014 – Charlotte, NC ProcureCon Indirect East is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about innovations in indirect procurement and hear how … More

52 Reasons to Work at Iasta

Did you see that Indianapolis was recently listed on the New York Time’s 52 Places to Go in 2014 list? Iasta is excited and proud that our HQ city made the list! In order to keep the excitement alive, I reached out to our employees and asked them to come up with reasons why they love working at Iasta. With great pride and pleasure, I present to you our list of 52 reasons to work at Iasta. 1.    We have … More

4 Naughty Procurement Habits You Must Break Today

“You better be nice– Santa is watching!” How many times did you hear that phrase growing up? Only once or twice, right? As a kid, you were encouraged to act “nice” because you knew Santa was watching at all times. But as an adult – do you feel the same pressure? If you want to be on the “nice list” this year for your procurement habits, here are four procurement habits you need to break: 1- Being a collaboration scrooge. … More

4 Tips for Recovering From Supply Chain Disasters

What happens when disaster strikes your supply chain? As a modern sourcing pro, you understand your role in your company’s supply chain operations and supplier risk program. Even though you can’t avoid ALL supply chain disasters, having a plan in place and being proactive when responding to changes in your marketplace and your supply base is a critical to your company’s success. If you aren’t sure where to start in developing your supply chain disaster plan, start with these four … More

3 Real Supply Chain Disasters

Has your company ever experienced a supply chain disruption that turned your company upside down? Have you ever experienced a day at the office like this?… Phones are ringing off the hook. Everyone is running around the office- frantically looking for their supervisors. The media is knocking on your door- demanding answers or at least a comment. Facebook and Twitter are blowing up with comments about your company’s supply chain disaster. Maybe you’re lucky enough to never experience a supply … More

October Monthly Payback: Heather Foeh from Oracle Eloqua

Who is Heather? Heather is the Director of Customer Culture at Oracle Eloqua (which she thinks is the most awesome job she’s ever had). She’s responsible for nurturing and communicating with Eloqua’s amazing Advocates, and is always looking for new ways to help all Eloqua customers attain and celebrate their successes. Prior to this role, Heather was a senior manager of customer success with Eloqua and a marketing automation consultant with Astadia. There are even some varied jobs of webmaster … More

4 Tips to Maximize Your Time at ProcureCon Indirect West

Iasta is packing up our bags and heading out West! Okay – not all of us are heading to Arizona – just our CEO David Bush and our new Director of Marketing & Sales Enablement – Constantine Limberakis. Are you heading to ProcureCon Indirect West too? If so, we hope to see you there this year. Don’t forget to stop by Iasta’s booth (we are giving away some cool door prizes) and join David and Constantine’s session, “Uncovering Collaborative Ways … More