Industry Calendar

WEBINAR SERIES: Lessons from the Leaders (SAP Ariba, IBM, VELUX, Barclays)
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Discover how leaders elevate the strategic value of procurement to the business and how you can drive agility and resilience across your organization and your supply chain.

New research from Oxford Economics uncovered a group of procurement leaders — about 10% of executives — who stand head and shoulders above the rest in:

  • anticipating and responding to the unexpected
  • driving better performance from suppliers
  • expanding the value they deliver to their organization

What can we learn from the leaders? And how can you drive more value in your own organization?

Register for our upcoming series to discover key findings from the research and hear lessons learned from industry-leading SAP customers.

You’ll learn the key actions you can take to drive resilience and to get your organization on the road to ready.



Digital Transformation: Procurement-powered performance
June 23, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT • 4:00 p.m. CET
Featuring IBM

37% of executives say that most or all of their procurement processes are manual, according to research by SAP and Oxford Economics. So, it’s no surprise that many procurement functions struggle to support the business and collaborate with suppliers. From transaction issues, to poor visibility, to a lack of data and insights to inform decision-making, there is much room to improve.

Yet, some organizations are rising above these challenges. These “leaders” have invested in process and technology transformation and are realizing stronger ROI. In this session, you’ll hear what leaders do to enable their success. You’ll learn about IBM’s procurement transformation journey – and their impressive results. Hear what you should be thinking about as you embark on the path to transform - and get inspired to take action!

Customer: Jason Mudd, Director, Source to Pay, IBM Transformation & Operations, Global Procurement 
Partner: Tom Cassell, Global Leader for IBM’s SAP Procurement and Supply Chain practices

Host: Molly Spatara, Global VP, SAP Procurement Solutions

Direct Spend: Close collaboration that goes beyond transactions
June 30, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT • 4:00 p.m. CET
Featuring VELUX

Only 26% of executives say their organization’s collaboration with top suppliers is highly effective in remediating potential shortages or overages.

In our upcoming Lessons from Direct Spend Leaders session, find out how Danish windows manufacturer VELUX collaborates more effectively with essential suppliers to avoid shortages and improve performance.

They’ll reveal key actions you can take to effectively manage direct spend and critical supplier relationships to drive measurable process improvements, reliable delivery dates, and time saved.

Customer: Gillian Winsley, Internal SAP Consultant, VELUX
Customer: Mikael Hansen – Logistics Consultant/ Project Manager, VELUX

Host: Florian Seebauer – Senior Director SAP Ariba Solutions for Direct Spend, SAP SE


External Workforce: Agility isn’t always on the payroll
July 7, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT • 4:00 p.m. CET
Featuring Barclays

The external workforce gives companies flexibility and better resiliency, helping to support peaks and fluctuations in demand.

But many organizations lack visibility into this large and critical spend category, and do not manage it effectively. This reduces business agility, creates compliance and security risks, and means organizations are leaving money — and value — on the table.

Find out how the British universal bank, Barclays, is leveraging this spend category to source the skills they need to deliver better business outcomes.

Customer: Bev Thaker-Fell, Procurement Director - HR, Marketing, and Professional Services, Barclays
Host: Molly Spatara, Global VP, SAP Procurement Solutions


Supplier Risk: Getting closer to see further
July 14, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT • 4:00 p.m. CET
Featuring SAP

Supplier risk is at the forefront of leaders’ minds following the widespread disruption in 2020. Practices deemed acceptable in prior years now seem risky. What are leaders doing to manage risk more effectively? And how can you do the same?

Register for our upcoming webinar to hear how advanced analytics are helping organizations around the world use third-party data to predict and manage supplier risk and make better decisions faster.

Matthew Montgomery, Principal Solution Advisor, Intelligent Spend and Business Network, SAP
Host: Molly Spatara, Global VP, SAP Procurement Solutions

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