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Recommended Procurement Webinars Jan 15-19: Translating Cutting-edge Technologies into Measurable Value
Another week, and another ten new webinars are added to our calendar for January and February. My recommendations for this week are below, but if you’d like a ‘long shot’ event worth considering, I recommend ‘How Much Data Accuracy is Enough?’ from S&DCE, Oliver Wight, and the SAS Institute on January 31st. Click on the title of each recommended webinar below to view the full description and register.
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January 18th, 7:30am ET
In this panel-style webinar, Jon Hansen (Procurement Insights), Rob Handfield (co-author of The Procurement Value Proposition and The LIVING Supply Chain), and Mark Hubbard (Brown Dog Ltd.) will discuss how we can bridge the gap between the futuristic potential of IoT and the very real challenges being faced by procurement today. It is true that today’s enterprises will need to be imaginative to seize the full potential of IoT, but someone – procurement perhaps? – will also need to help that vision meet the ground so that it can before reality.
January 18th, 11am ET
One of my concerns about hot trends like blockchain is that the height of the hype will make them seem unattainable and cause a lot of organizations to turn away when there is a huge opportunity to improve performance. In this webinar, HfS Research will share the best uses cases they’ve seen for implementing distributed ledger technology (blockchain is one type of DLT). I’m sure not all of the uses cases will be relevant to procurement, but this is a great way to get your imagination (and understanding) moving in the right direction.
January 19th, 12n ET
In the process of writing Finance Unleashed, I developed a new appreciation for finance and all of its sub-teams. Accounts payable is one of those teams – one that procurement often has interactions with but perhaps doesn’t give quite enough thought to. In this webinar, MineralTree will talk about how companies can realize the full potential of their AP function, especially through digital transformation and technology.