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Scout-Powered Customer Success: Meet Emily Jedinak, Senior Customer Success Manager

In our Meet the Scouts series, we get to know the people who make the Scout magic possible. This week, we’re featuring Emily Jedinak, Senior Customer Success Manager! After just a year at Scout, Emily was recently promoted to Senior CSM and has also earned the Top CSM award for the first quarter this year…. read more

Scout Recognized as Top Reverse Auctions Technology Provider

It’s always an honor to be recognized for our commitment to excellence in sourcing. We are proud to announce that today, CIO Applications has recognized Scout as a 2019 Top 10 Auction Software Solution Provider.  This prestigious award is based on an in-depth evaluation of Scout’s capabilities in the Auction Software category. This annual list… read more

Sourcing Teams, Celebrate Your Independence from Spreadsheets!

As July 4th sleepily winds its way through the summer heat (or fog, for us here in San Francisco!) we begin to set our sights on what to barbecue this week and what kind of pyrotechnics might inspire us. First, though, let’s pause for a brief moment to consider independence. Independence means the freedom to… read more

Crowdsourcing Success with Sourcing Leaders Across the U.S.

The Beatles got it right: we get by with a little help from our friends. Luckily, at Sourcing Leaders, we have a huge network of friends. In the past two weeks, we’ve met up with sourcing professionals across the country, in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, to discuss our struggles and successes. Our goal… read more

Workday and Scout – A Procurement Partnership to Watch in 2019

A lot of folks have been asking about our partnership with Workday, and stemming from our SPARK 2019 customer conference, we wanted to share some exciting updates across three different areas: Partner. Scout is in the midst of building a product integration, which will be certified by Workday. This integration will provide a seamless connection… read more

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Modernize Your Finance and Procurement Organization for 2020

How do you know if your finance organization stuck in the past? If you hear mutters of “what contract?” and “wrong version!” as your team and your procurement organization slogs through spreadsheets and emails, that’s a pretty good sign it’s time to modernize your processes. Despite gaining greater visibility and control of sales while improving… read more

Negotiating like a Ninja: 4 Key Takeaways for Procurement

Negotiating: some of us love it, and some of us hate it, but we all do it. Maybe you’re convincing a three-year-old to eat her vegetables, or maybe you’re brokering a multi-million deal with a key supplier. Fortunately, while we can’t help you much with the former (besides sharing our sincere wishes of good luck),… read more