Procurecon Indirect West 2018

September 24 - 26, 2018

JW Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ


Day Three: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Hand In Hand: Transformation, Innovation and Supplier Collaboration

8:30 am - 8:35 am Welcome Remarks

8:35 am - 8:45 am Chairman’s Remarks

8:45 am - 9:10 am Keynote Presentation: Procurement: Champions of Digital Transformation

Shara Holliday, Director, Strategic Sourcing,Microsoft Connie Chou, Director, Procurement Operations,Microsoft
By leveraging emerging technology, Procurement teams have countless opportunities to digitally optimize the Procurement function. Learn what digital transformation is, areas of industry focus, and how you can champion transformation within your procurement function to improve customer experience, drive operational efficiency and ultimately, greater business agility.

Shara Holliday

Director, Strategic Sourcing

Connie Chou

Director, Procurement Operations

9:10 am - 9:50 am Panel: Prepare for Lift Off: Getting Supplier-Enabled Innovation Off the Ground

Ted Baumuller, Vice President, Category and Supplier Management,Cisco Systems Joseph Burke, Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing,21st Century Fox
A critical component to bringing change and value is innovation - but you can't do it alone. Working closely with suppliers to propel your products or services into the future is vital, and knowing how to do it is no longer a mystery, as these leaders in procurement innovation discuss what it takes to get moving.
  • How to identify and find innovative suppliers in new markets
  • How to encourage existing suppliers to be the potential source of new products or services
  • How to become a customer of choice when dealing with highly innovative suppliers
  • How to think small and get big results by collaborating with start-ups

Ted Baumuller

Vice President, Category and Supplier Management
Cisco Systems

Joseph Burke

Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing
21st Century Fox

9:50 am - 10:30 am Interactive Case Study: Narrow Your Choice, Broaden Your Horizon: The Major Benefits Of Supplier Consolidation

Ted Baumuller, Vice President, Category and Supplier Management,Cisco Systems
Consolidating suppliers  is a proven strategy to concentrate buying power and reduce purchase prices, but the benefits go beyond just that; By simplifying its ecosystem with preferred suppliers, procurement can more effectively work these relationships, getting support for more strategic initiatives like sustainability, innovation, risk reduction, and more. In this interactive case study, learn how one procurement leader took their team from gate keepers to gate openers, harnessing the power of preferred suppliers and encouraging them to bring true innovation to the enterprise in a win-win fashion.

Ted Baumuller

Vice President, Category and Supplier Management
Cisco Systems

10:30 am - 10:50 am Case Study with ProcureCon Partner and Client


11:30 am - 12:10 pm Panel: Wanna Innovate? Differentiate!: Innovation Through Supplier Diversity

Jeffrey Smith, Global Sourcing Director, Indirect Materials and Services,DowDuPont
Having a diverse group of suppliers can provide the expertise and innovation needed to outperform the competition, and an effective supplier diversity process can have a powerful and positive effect on the strength and loyalty of any organization’s consumer base - but to implement a strong supplier diversity program, an organization must create specific business classifications that define supplier diversity and a well planned selection process. Creating opportunities for diverse suppliers takes work and patience to ensure success, however, so in this panel, explore the essential keys and benefits of supplier diversity that will get you doing and getting the right thing.

  • Bringing smaller, more agile companies into the fold to propel innovation
  • Encouraging larger strategic manufacturers to partner with smaller businesses and offer lower pricing
  • Displaying your organization’s commitment to doing business in multicultural markets with rapidly growing consumer groups

Jeffrey Smith

Global Sourcing Director, Indirect Materials and Services

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Interactive Roundtable Discussions

These interactive roundtable sessions take a deep dive into the specific areas you came to learn about. Sit and learn in an intimate format from the speakers who have had an impact on their company and industry. Take control of your own event experience and don’t be shy! Ask questions (or answer them!) alongside other conference attendees who are dealing with the same challenges as you network with industry peers with very similar challenges, interests and responsibilities.

1. Talk To Me: Stakeholder Communication

2. Come Together: Mergers and Acquisitions

3. GDPR Readiness

4. Change Is Good: Procurement Transformation

5. Do The Right Thing: Corporate Social Responsibility

6. Keeping Score: Scorecarding and Benchmarking

7. Tighten Up: Dealing with Tight Supply and Labor Markets

8. Working With GPOs