There are a dozen events taking place this week – many of which seem to have been planned to incorporate a big picture vision for the new year. The really amazing thing is that even with so many webinars taking place, there is very little topical overlap. Scan the titles of this week’s webinars and you’ll have an appreciation of the full range of subjects touched on by procurement on a regular basis. Click on the title of each webinar below to view the full description and register.
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Leading Practices: B2B Payment Risk and Cash Flow Management (SAP Ariba)
January 24th, 2pm ET
When procurement talks about risk, we usually mean the risk associated with supplier performance or product/service delivery. But the risk hasn’t completely abated after the demand is filled. Treasury and AP departments usually handle the next phase of supplier risk – related to financial liquidity and payment timing. Even though procurement doesn’t have transactional responsibility for making payments to suppliers, we have a responsibility to be informed and to support our colleagues. Join SAP Ariba for a webinar on B2B payments and working capital strategy.
Moving Data at the Speed of Business (Supply Chain Insights)
January 25th, 1pm ET
Looking to get closer to ‘real time’ in 2017? Well you won’t be able to do it without the latest technology and data management. In this webinar, Supply Chain Insights will review how “to incorporate data from sources like GPS, telematics, sensors, mobile devices, twitter, and machine-to-machine data to accelerate supply chain decision making”. And before you start thinking this is a problem you can buy your way out of, they will also be discussing strategies for turning all of that new data into real time decisions.
Procurement 2017: Big Trends & Predictions (Ardent Partners)
January 26th, 2pm ET
Register for this webinar to hear an expert panel’s predictions about what this year in business holds for procurement and supply chain. Join Andrew Bartolini, Christopher Dwyer, and “two industry experts” as they discuss trends for 2017. Of all the topics mentioned in the event description, I’m most interested in hearing what role they think the “gig economy” will play in procurement and managed services this year.
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