Leading Supply Chain Management Professionals
ISM—Alabama/Mississippi Gulf Coast, Inc. is a not-for-profit association that strives to provide professional growth and networking opportunities to supply management practitioners within our community. We serve Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties in Alabama state; Jackson and George counties in Mississippi state.
Our monthly, educational meetings give us the opportunity to learn about industry trends and surrounding businesses, while growing our local network. New members and visitors are always welcome.
ISM®'s Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference is recognized as one of the premier educational events within the utility supply chain industry. Given the current environment and the impact to supply chain, this virtual event will focus on resilience. Working with our executive committee of utilities professionals, suppliers and thought leaders—and pulling from our continued research data on the impact of COVID-19—we have put together a focused virtual event packed with education, and yes, connection with other supply chain professionals and suppliers within the utilities industry. LEARN MORE AT www.ismworld.org/upmg
Servicization of business offerings have increased choices and opportunities for buyers but have also challenged their skillset. Whether it is procurement of emerging technologies like cloud based software and data science services or buying through leasing, financing and rental models or sourcing novel solutions from start-ups, the success of service increasingly lies on how well the proof-of-concept or pilot run was conducted, lacunae identified and risks assessed before full-fledged implementation. It applies to both strategic and tactical purchases. This session will share rules of thumb on how to get it right based on our own experience of buying and implementing new services across a range of categories like IT, supplier financing and cargo vehicles.
- Upon completion, participant will be able to list steps to follow to plan a successful proof-of-concept.
- Upon completion, participant will be able to define skills required for buying emerging technologies and novel solutions & services and become more confident of doing first-time-ever deals for the organization.
- Upon completion, participant will be able to describe importance of customer-centricity and cross-functional skills as pillars of growth in future.
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