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April 26-30: Operating Models, Optimization, and Spending the CPO’s Political Capital


Thanks to everyone who joined us for Dial P for Procurement on Supply Chain Now last week. Scott Luton and I had an amazing conversation about risk, resiliency, and agility with Gartner’s Koray Kose and my Art of Procurement partner in crime Philip Ideson. Click here to catch it on demand!

If you are planning your procurement webinar schedule beyond this week, I have a really unique event to recommend. The team at Efficio is hosting a virtual launch for their new book: Profit from Procurement. The event will take place on May 6th at 10am ET and feature Philip Ideson facilitating a discussion with authors Alex Klein, Simon Whatson, and Jose Oliveira. Click here to save your space!

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Envisioning the Procurement Operating Model of the Future (AOP, ProcureAbility)

April 27th, 11am ET

You never want to miss an AOP Live session, but this one addresses a particularly important question for procurement teams looking to position for future success: what is the best operating model given your company’s needs? Join guests Conrad Snover and Betsy Pancik from ProcureAbility as they answer live audience questions about everything from talent to technology from transformation.


Is Sourcing Optimization Ready To Go Mainstream? (Keelvar)

April 28th, 10am ET

When I worked at Emptoris (approximately one million years ago) optimization was the #1 area of functionality inquired about in RFPs that we knew most companies were never going to use. In the time that has passed since then, optimization has gotten better and easier to use and data is abundantly available. So why is it not yet mainstream in sourcing? Join Jennifer Sikora, David Siedt, and Martin Srna to find out. You may just discover that you’re ready to get started.


The Time is Now for Business Spend Management Transformation (Coupa) 

April 29th, 11am ET

Procurement may be used to driving spend management, but we always have to remember that it is not our spend. Spend is a representation of business activity – whether opportunities or inefficiencies – and we should always strive to manage it in full alignment with enterprise-wide goals and objectives. In this panel-format webinar, John Sack, CPO at ally financial, Robert Turner, CPO at John Lewis Partnership, and Todd Ford, CFO at Coupa, will discuss why now is the time for procurement to start investing their ‘political capital’ to accelerate business spend management transformation.




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