Procurecon Indirect West 2018

September 24-September 26, 2018

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CPO Study 2015: Gauging the Priorities and Goals of Chief Procurement Officers

This research study allows the reader to analyse the Priorities and Goals of Chief Procurement Officers! They discuss the following topics:
  • Where is procurement headed?
  • The next generation of procurement talent
  • Managing contractor relationships and minimizing risk
  • How technology is evolving
  • The rise of SaaS solutions
  • What is causing disruption around procurement?
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The Director's Report: ProcureCon Indirect West 2016

Over the past several years, the procurement role has developed well beyond its original function. In the past, procurement was tasked with the general sourcing of specific goods and services for their companies. 

Today, the role has a hand in the overall cost savings – through financial oversight and cross department organization. Procurement practitioners are no longer limited to looking at savings with a narrow focus – now you’ve been tasked with seeing how the rest of the company can benefit from your skills. 

Internally, procurement teams found the best way to ensure success would be to consolidate the goods and service across departments where possible. This would work to keep costs low while removing excess or redundant expenditures. In doing so, key stakeholders through the company would be on the same page in terms of procurement strategy and execution; they had to be since the good and services had to work for them. However, this was relatively short lived, as companies saw more growth as the recession ended. Read more of this report to see a more in-depth analysis.

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High Performance Sourcing and Procurement

NO ENTERPRISE IS AN ISLAND; each one exists as part of an expansive ecosystem of customers, competitors, and collaborators. At their core, enterprises must generate economic value by identifying and addressing their customers’ needs more efficiently and effectively than their customers can themselves. To thrive, they must also address those needs better than their competitors. And to succeed in serving customers, besting the competition, and achieving growth and profitability objectives, companies ultimately must rely on a group of critical collaborators: their suppliers and vendors. In an era of rising customer expectations, intensifying competition, increasing globalization, and rapidly changing business conditions, high-performance sourcing, procurement, and supply chain management have become crucial to enterprise success. Historically viewed as back-office operational functions, sourcing and procurement are now strategically at the forefront of the business, helping companies not only maximize efficiency, but also respond flexibly to the demands that drive the marketplace. Strategic sourcing—including activities such as alignment of plans to business objectives; supplier research, assessment, and development; contract negotiation; and supplier relationship management, including risk management—today plays a wide-ranging and highly influential role in the enterprise’s effort to address business challenges, build strategic partnerships, and maximize opportunities. Enterprises that focus on strategic sourcing can generate substantial economic value not just by eliminating waste, reducing costs, and improving administrative efficiency, but also by building stronger relationships that can make them more competitive while improving margins and simultaneously increasing the speed of procurement.

CPO Study 2017: Exploring the Role of Technology in Procurement Strategic Transformation

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The role of procurement is changing, though the core commitment to creating value that drives its evolution remains the same. In a large part, these changes are being enabled by developments in the technology procurement has at its disposal, allowing CPOs to introduce automation, self-service buying, and detailed analytics that provide more easy-to-use tools that capture larger amounts of data. For these reasons, a center-led model is emerging as the preferred organizational structure for procurement within global organizations. In the midst of these structural changes, the role of the CPO itself is being imbued with the authority to influence the larger strategies of the businesses they serve. With increasingly detailed analytics providing insight on patterns of spending, streamlined tools for processing routine purchases, and invigorated relationships with other department heads, CPOs are entering a period where they are more influential than ever before.

Key topics include:

  • Centralization of procurement may not mean scrutiny of purchases made across a global organization; rather, a Procurement Center of Excellence now serves as a strategic command center and provider of consultative value optimization, while recognizing that certain commodities cannot be effectively globalized.
  • Procurement is looking forward to greater levels of automation, Big Data utilization, and more internal client-friendly sourcing tools in order to transcend the tactical focus of their roles, fully dedicating themselves to strategy.

ProcureCon Indirect West 2017 Attendee List

Who will you meet at ProcureCon Indirect West 2017? More than 250 CPOs, Heads of Indirect, VPs and Directors of procurement!

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The 2016 ProcureCon Indirect East Benchmark Report

The 2016 edition of the ProcureCon Indirect East Benchmark Report is here! This report, produced in cooperation with Bidenergy, SAP Ariba, and Software Asset Advisors, covers cutting edge topics for procurement including:

- Cutting into non-managed, one-off buying behaviors
- Managing negotiations and avoiding audits by software giants
- Developing new category management strategies for energy

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ContractRoom: SaaS Assessment Guide

Maintaining the security of confidential business information is a top priority for all companies. When trusting that crucial data with a third party Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider, it is important to ensure they match and exceed your requirements in terms of protecting your data. When assessing the functional and security capabilities of a SaaS provider, the best way to start is to know the questions you need to ask a SaaS providers and what to look for in their answers. This document can serve as a guide to better understand and explore the multiple security layers of cloud-based service, including:

  • What to look for in an information security program
  • Importance of application architecture for providing a secure environment
  • How to think about data security in general
  • Correctly assessing systems and network security
  • Key areas to focus when determining data center security

In each section, we use ContractRoom’s own security architecture, controls, and practices to illustrate and explain the different components of an enterprise-grade cloud application and data center security. While your IT department may already have standard procedures when it comes to enforcing security policies and evaluating vendors, by focusing on the most important aspects of what a secure SaaS offering looks like, you can get ahead and streamline your selection process.