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Recommended Procurement Webinars Jan 22-26: Cognitive Supply Chain, Mindmapping, and an Efficiency/Customer Sat Paradox


In addition to the virtual events being held this week, ProcureCon Facilities is meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (how nice for them…) on Monday and Tuesday. My recommendations for this week are below, but if you’d like a ‘long shot’ event worth considering, I recommend ‘How to Drive High Performance’ from SIG and Mike Staver on February 6th. Click on the title of each recommended webinar below to view the full description and register.

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How IBM Built the Cognitive Supply Chain of the Future (IBM, Procurious)

January 24th, 3:45pm ET

The first two things that make this webinar stand out from the pack are that it is only 30 minutes long and it starts at an odd time. Maybe the speakers, IBM's Chief Supply Chain Officer Joanne Wright, and Procurious Founder Tania Seary, have early dinner reservations somewhere fun and it’s going to take a while to get there? We may not have been invited to dinner, but we should absolutely take them up on their invite to this webinar. They will take this opportunity to share how IBM overcame their supply chain challenges using cognitive technology.


Mindmapping Supply Chain Risk (riskmethods, Supply Chain Media) 

January 25th, 10am ET

I’m not entirely sure what a mindmap is, but if there is a logical application for one in business, I’m not surprised that it is related to supply chain risk management. In this webinar, riskmethods founder Heiko Schwarz will present their collaborative Mindmap for SCRM and explain how to translate it into successful SCRM operations in 4 steps: Plan, Do, Check and Act.


Decoding the Latest Procure to Pay Benchmarks – Know the Secret behind the Leading Procurement Teams (ISM, Zycus, The Hackett Group)

January 25th, 2pm ET ** Being Rescheduled - No New Date Set Yet **

At first glance, this looks like a relatively straightforward Hackett Group research-based webinar. They’ll talk about findings relative to transactional procurement and as well as the transforming to digital procurement. So, here’s the twist: according to the event description (and they study’s findings), nearly 90% of companies are planning initiatives to streamline their P2P policies, with customer satisfaction being the leading objective. If streamlining, transactional procurement, and digital procurement are the best ways to increase customer satisfaction – do most stakeholders just wish procurement would go away?



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