Looking to the future, Chris Sawchuk, Principle and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader at The Hackett Group, spoke about organisational agility and the need for organisations to adapt and move quickly in a constantly-changing business environment.
From a procurement standpoint, Chris argued that it means learning from the likes of Uber and being more customer centric and delivering value beyond cost savings, while being more active in promoting itself as a function.
Tania Seary, founder of Procurious, started off with an statistic that there are 27 indigenous tribes in the Amazon region that are entirely disconnected from the rest of the world, comparing that to the often isolated procurement profession.
Tania looked at the impact of social media on the profession, and how it can help to create the community for procurement to allow us to work together, solve problems and ultimately create value for businesses. One of these platforms is Procurious.
Dr David Hames, Executive Chairman – Science Warehouse, is tapping spend data analytics and the eMarketplace.
Growth in the area has been driven by B2C – and as a result we’re seeing a huge digital revolution. However the technology is only driven by the data behind it, and this is what lies behind the good Dr’s idea…
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has partnered with Procurious, the world’s first online business network for procurement and supply chain professionals, to form a social media knowledge partnership that will deliver enhanced learning and networking opportunities for Procurious and CIPS members in the digital realm.
The knowledge partnership will highlight how the growth of social media will impact the procurement and supply profession and encourage the wider community to embrace the new way of networking and information sharing [www.cips.org/procurious].
For CIPS members, the alignment with Procurious will greatly increase the opportunity to expand their network of like-minded professionals globally. Also, it will help them access best practice social media advice, webinars and interviews that will help them stay better connected with suppliers, mitigate risks and prepare for potential disruptions in the supply chain.
CIPS members will also benefit from being able to sign up for social media workshops in addition to the host of procurement and supply chain online learning modules already available on the site.
The agreement helps cement Procurious as the place to go for the best advice, discussions and online learning relating to social media. Specifically, the knowledge partnership will give Procurious members additional content including webinars, interviews, events and access to CIPS experts online.
Commenting on the partnership David Noble, Group CEO, CIPS, said: “Social media growth has been phenomenal over recent years and is having an increasing impact on the procurement and supply profession. Partnering with Procurious is enabling us to leverage the opportunities these platforms provide from both a networking aspect but also a knowledge and educational perspective for our members and the wider community.
Procurious Founder Tania Seary explained: “Procurious was set-up to help procurement professionals get connected and get ahead, and our partnership with CIPS is a terrific proof point of how we’re delivering on this promise.
“We live in an increasingly globalised world so those who master the opportunities such as Procurious offer will be at a huge advantage to those that don’t,” Seary added.
Procurious currently has over 5,500 active members across 100 countries who can use the platform to connect and engage instantly. Members come from organisations including Shell, Apple, HSBC, Rio Tinto, Qantas Airways and General Electric.