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The Premier Supply Management Conference of the Year is Nearing and a Special Offer

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This Supply Chain Matters commentary is directed towards our various strategic sourcing, procurement and product supply management readers.   ISM 2015 Conference Logo

We wanted to make all of you aware that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will be conducting the Supply Management Conference of the Year, ISM2016, from May 15-18, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indiana Convention Center.Alan_Mulally_2

The themes chosen for this year’s ISM 2016 conference is: Proactive-Disruptive-Productive and includes a great line-up of speakers, sessions and networking opportunities.

Former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, is a featured keynote speaker. Mr. Mulally will share his experiences as a dynamic change agent incorporating skills of positive attitude, team-building and business outcomes based decision-making. He will address the principles that took Ford’s supplier
relationship quality rankings from near-dead last to being close tothe top among automotive manufacturers.SusanCain

Former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant Susan Cain, author of the best-selling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, will address why introverts are capable of great achievement.

Susan Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative and current Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland will lead a discussion on the ISM Report on Business® and the future of the economy. Ms. Schwab was integral in the initial launch of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations and she will further address how the TPP relates to the future of supply management.

New this year are Customizable Experiences learning tracks that include:

The Emerging Professional– tailored for attendees with 1-8 years of work experience seeking to accelerate certification, expand professional networking and work experience opportunities.

The Corporate Executive– tailored to corporate teams of five or more supply management professionals which will include hands-on team-building sessions, exposure to future up and coming talent, and exclusive access to keynote speakers in an Exec In forum.

ISM 2016 Educational learning tracks for this year are:

Do– Concrete examples of success stories from industry leaders.

Don’t– What the opposite of supply management best practices including mistakes to avoid.

Direct– Covering a broad spectrum of issues, strategies and processes impacting direct materials spend.

Indirect– Helping to identify key characteristics of several indirect spend categories, areas of value creation, savings and other relevant metrics.

People– Insights on the tools, resources, innovations and solutions needed to enhance talent management strategies and individual career management.

Tools– Addressing tools, templates and processes for risk management, innovation, sourcing and procurement practices.

Risk– Examination of risk assessment practices, operational blind spots and gaps, vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk.

Rewards– Exploration of rewards that can be realized from diversity, sustainability, supplier innovation and business growth.

Senior purchasing and supply executives speaking within these learning tracks include corporate names such as Becton Dickinson, Chevron, CH Robinson, Dell, DuPont, Google, IBM, McDonalds, Miller Coors, PepsiCo, Siemens, Unilever, among others.

For more detailed information on ISM 2016 learning tracks and sessions, you can visit the dedicated conference website.

There is also an incentive for early registration that attendees can take advantage of.

If you register now, you can obtain a 40 percent discount and obtain a complimentary copy of Alan Mullally’s book on his experiences leading Ford. The discount offer expires after February 29.

You can either register directly at: www.ISM2016.org or double click on the ISM 2016 Conference icon. Please include the promotional code: ICON16! to take advantage of this limited offer.


Added Reminder: Presentation on Positioning Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management

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In a prior posting, I alerted our readers to an upcoming speaking engagement where I will be speaking on a very important and timely topic at the upcoming APICS 2015 annual conference being held from October 5-7 in Las Vegas. This week, the conference agenda was finalized and I’m pleased with the line-up of timely topics and distinguished speakers featured at this year’s conference.

On Tuesday, October 6th, I will address the topic: Positioning Your Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management. The presentation is part of the Supply Chain Leadership educational tract.

As we have noted on this blog, multitudes of industry surveys as well as senior leadership conversations all point to a growing skills gap across multiple disciplines of supply chain management. Many supply chain leaders express frustration in their efforts to find talent with correct skills. Such skills include embracing the flood of new technologies making their way into supply chain business processes, understanding of global business cultures and facilitating organizational change. There are many facets to this challenge, both organizational and individual in scope.

In my talk, I will address the major technology megatrends impacting multi-industry supply chains and specifically their impact on multi-dimensional supply chain management business process and decision-making needs. I will further explore the supply chain professional’s future toolkit, how you must take the ownership for individual career management, and how tomorrow’s leaders can ensure that they are the right person, with the rights skills, at the right time.

Please consider attending the upcoming APICS 2015 annual conference and specifically attending my session. I can promise you a lively, interactive and highly educational interaction based on my observations and insights of industry supply chain business and technology needs.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor

 


Positioning Individual Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management

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Supply Chain Matters has returned after our two-week summer break.

This author thoroughly enjoyed vacationing in Italy with time to experience the extraordinary sights and culinary delights of Tuscany, Rome and the Naples region.

It is now time to return to our commentaries and insights related to multi-industry and global supply chain developments.

Before delving into individual trending topics, I want to alert our readers to an upcoming speaking engagement where I will be speaking on a very important and timely topic at the upcoming APICS 2015 annual conference being held from October 5-7 in Las Vegas.

I recently conferred with APICS conference organizers regarding the specific educational topics for this year’s annual conference, and we mutually decided that an important topic to dive into was that of supply chain skills and talent management.

On Tuesday, October 6th, I will address the topic: Positioning Your Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management.  The presentation is part of the Supply Chain Leadership educational tract.

As we have noted on this blog, multitudes of industry surveys as well as senior leadership conversations all point to a growing skills gap across multiple disciplines of supply chain management. Many supply chain leaders express frustration in their efforts to find talent with correct skills.  Such skills include embracing the flood of new technologies making their way into supply chain business processes, understanding of global business cultures and facilitating organizational change. There are many facets to this challenge, both organizational and individual in scope.

In my talk, I will address the major technology megatrends impacting multi-industry supply chains and specifically their impact on multi-dimensional supply chain management business process and decision-making needs. I will further explore the supply chain professional’s future toolkit, how you must take the ownership for individual career management, and how tomorrow’s leaders can ensure that they are the right person, with the rights skills, at the right time.

Please consider attending the upcoming APICS 2015 annual conference and specifically attending my session. I can promise you a lively, interactive and highly educational interaction based on my observations and insights of industry supply chain business and technology needs.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor

 


This Week- Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference

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Supply Chain Matters is once again mobile this week. We are headed west to attend Gartner’s annual Supply Chain Executive Conference which brings together a vast array of both supply chain end-user and technology service provider attendees.We will also be joining some of our blog sponsors and consulting clients at this annual event.

This is also the event that unveils Gartner’s Annual Top 25 Supply Chains rankings. Will the Apple supply chain be ranked number one for the eight consecutive year? Will Amazon de-throne? Will Gartner’s ranking process including new names in the 2015 ranking?

Stay tuned and we will provide our impressions and takeaways from this week’s event.

If you happen to be attending this week’s event, please say hello.  This author will be wearing his Supply Chain Matters logo shirt.

Bob Ferrari


Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Speak at Intesource E-Sourcing Innovation Conference

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The role and contribution by procurement to the business is changing rather rapidly. The reasons are many and the change has accelerated because of evolving mega-trend convergence that surrounds various industry and services focused supply chains. Such trends include more rapid advances in the technology and software applications supporting sourcing and procurement business processes.

Once more, retail food and beverage and other service industries are undergoing extraordinary challenges brought about by global expansion of supply networks. Recent headlines surrounding brands such as McDonalds and KFC and their challenges with China based food suppliers are just two examples.

On March 8-10, e-Sourcing technology provider Intesource will be hosting its 2015 InnovationBest Practices in Sourcing customer conference in Las Vegas. We are pleased to announce that Bob Ferrari, Supply Chain Matters Founder and Executive Editor will be a featured guest speaker. This week on the Intesource E-Sourcing Society blog, Bob is featured in a guest commentary describing his upcoming talk, Converging Mega-Trends Impacting the Supply Chain.

Customers of Intesource and Supply Chain Matters readers who may be in Las Vegas during this period are welcomed to attend this insightful presentation. 

The agenda for 2015 InnovationBest Practices in Sourcing can be downloaded at this Intesource web link, and conference registration information can be accessed at this web link.

Join Bob Ferrari in Las Vegas in March.

 


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