Recent disasters, whether earthquakes, tsunamis, or tornadoes, have threatened business continuity for many industries. As has been pointed out in many recent procurement webinars, this presents an opportunity for us to step up and prove our strategic value to the organization. We cannot, however, rely solely upon the stories in the news. We need to educate ourselves and be prepared with suggestions.
I've always thought of Knowledge Management systems as databases full of documents. Unwieldy, outdated, only updated when your boss reminds you that participating will be part of your annual review cycle. As it turns out, most of what we already do can be worked into a knowledge management program - we just have to be deliberate about where information goes. The other take-away isn't a new one, but it seems to be one of the hardest ones to maintain. At the end of a project, it is important to download and record your experiences and lessons learned - for yourself next time or someone else down the road.
This week BMP attended a webinar for our Flip Side resource – where we take sales-side training and strategy and reposition (or “flip”) them to benefit procurement professionals. The webinar was put on by the TAS group, a sales software and methodology company. Click here to listen to the archived recording. Our notes on the highlights are below.
This week brought us an insightful webinar from Ariba and SIG called “Vision 2020”. Since this was the largest SIG webinar ever (over 800 attendees) many of you may have been there – in fact I hope you were. It was a fast-paced, exhilarating (and sometimes scary) hour that I am glad I didn’t miss.
The webinar covered just the tip of the findings from Vision 2020 – a collaborative effort between Ariba and a panel of global C-level executives with experience managing $1B in spend each. The full document can be downloaded HERE free from Ariba’s site. I think we all owe it to ourselves to read it and carry it with us to meetings, and refer back to it until it is tattered and worn!
SIG Webinar: Next Generation Sourcing Strategies For Facilities And Maintenance Transformation, Presented By A.T. Kearney (Daryl Watkins, Senior Sourcing Manager and Bernard “Bud” J. Going, Director of Procurement).
This week, I attended a webinar hosted by the Institute for Human Resources. The webinar was titled "How can HR and Procurement work together for the Most Effective and Efficient Contingent Workforce Program" and the archived recording can be found at HR.com (after a free registration process).
I spent the last couple of weeks reading The Contract Negotiation Handbook by Stephen R. Guth Esq., and despite how it may initially sound, I came away with one critical realization: I am a pop tart.
This week, BMP attended a webinar hosted by the University of California at Irvine's Expension School. The webinar was titled "Proposal, Preparation, Acquisition and Negotiation" and the archived recording can be found HERE.
Buyers Meeting Point attended the February 23rd Procurement Leaders webinar "A Better Way of Buying Contract Labour" sponsored by Beeline and took the following notes. You will notice that several times we reference information at time intervals. The sides were not numbered (as we could see) but it is very easy to navigate within the recording by time.
You can access the archived recording by clicking here.
We’ve read as many of the news stories on this topic as possible to bring you the following synopsis. Most of the details are widely available across all sources, but in the case that an interesting detail or fact came from one particular article, we’ve cited the source (see our footnotes). Otherwise, there is a listing of articles for further reading at the bottom of the page, with date, source and a link (click on the article's title to access it at its source).
BMP viewed Sourcing Interests Group’s recent webinar, “Uncovering the Telecommunications Spend Treasure Trove” Presented by Emptoris, on February 22, 2011 and took the following notes.
We haven’t found the archived copy posted on either SIG or Rivermine/Emptoris’ websites yet, but if you are sourcing or managing telecom category spend, there are several other webinars and a series of whitepapers available on Rivermine’s website. (Emptoris announced their acquisition of Rivermine on January 6, 2011)
The following notes were taken by BMP during a recent Gartner webinar. The speaker was Daryl Plummer, Managing VP & Gartner Fellow, and in our opinion he did an excellent job making a topic that may seem intimidating quite accessible. To listen to an archived recording of the webinar, CLICK HERE.
BMP viewed Gartner’s recent webinar, “Supply Chain Excellence: how to Reduce Costs and Improve Agility in 2011”, on February 3, 2011 and took the following notes.
The complete archived webinar is available on their site and can be seen (after a quick registration process) by clicking on THIS LINK.
Allow yourself more than the literal time of the webinar to review the presentation materials. Some of the graphic slides are very dense, but are well worth the time to pause the webinar and absorb the content.