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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

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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

Watch How a Collaborative Procurement Pipeline Helps Keep Water Running in Australia

How do you manage 3.4 billion dollars of essential service infrastructure to keep the taps flowing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? In Queensland, Australia, Unitywater and its high-powered sourcing and procurement team is committed to keeping communities healthy through access to clean water supply and sewerage services. Unitywater’s Procurement team focuses on… read more

Developing Success in Sourcing: Meet Sandra Tedt, Principal Product Manager

Nearly two years ago, Scout’s innovative solution and opportunity for growth stood out to one forward-thinking product leader who was looking for her next opportunity. Read on to find out more about why Scout fosters such an exciting and supportive environment for career development. In our Meet the Scouts series, we get to know the… read more