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Sourcing Center Stage: 10 Major Moments from SPARK 2019

What happens when you plan something and your expectations are more than exceeded? That was SPARK 2019. More than 400 guests, from all over the globe, gathered to hear Sourcing best practices full of grit, triumph, and transformation. Even as I type the words “thank you”, it’s tough to put our collective gratitude into words… read more

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Everything You Need to Know for SPARK

SPARK 2019 February 26 – 27 | SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA We’re so excited to see you at SPARK next week — loaded with inspiring keynotes and sessions, new strategies to bring home, and networking with 600+ Sourcing and Procurement peers at Tuesday night’s SPARK’s Havana Sourcing Club After-party or Wednesday morning’s Bougie Brunch. Find… read more

This Valentine’s Day, Source New Inspiration at SPARK

Valentine’s Day is a chance to embrace what you adore. Whether you love a good meal, relaxing on the beach–or optimizing your Procurement process–today is a good day to reflect on your passion. In the spirit of Valentine’s, we can’t help but write this ode to you. We love working with you, learning from you,… read more

change management at SPARK

How Sourcing Supports Change Among Stakeholders and Suppliers

Did you know that a mere 29 percent of procurement organizations are viewed as valued business partners? It’s true: 71 percent of procurement organizations are still working towards being a valued resource to the business.¹ With the majority of organizations focusing on business impact, we reached out to one of Scout RFP’s first five customers,… read more

contract management at spark

Cool, Calm, Collected: Corral Your Contracts at SPARK

Do one Google search for contract management and you’ll see McKinsey listed as the expert authority almost every time. According to their recent research, “Companies are overlooking a significant source of value: suboptimal contract terms and conditions combined with a lack of effective contract management can cause an erosion of value in sourcing equal to… read more

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CPOs: Set the Stage for a Successful 2019 at SPARK

There are dozens of reasons why forward-thinking CPOs and sourcing executives make SPARK the kickoff event for their calendar year. At SPARK, not only will you have the chance to discover new strategic frameworks for your team and measure yourself against the best-in-class benchmarks for the industry, you will also pick up countless tips and… read more

Sourcing That Shines

Sourcing That Shines: Start Your Year with a SPARK

Once again, the new year is here, and with it comes a new opportunity to shine. How are the world’s leading enterprises upping their sourcing strategy to shine even brighter? Sure, there are classes, webinars, and articles; but, what if you could combine these resources into one giant, learning support system? SPARK 2019 is just… read more

Sourcing Predicts 2019

Building Momentum in 2019: Sourcing Predictions for a Crazy Successful Year

We anticipate a number of big, if not surprising, changes just over the horizon. We’ve seen momentum building around these topics for months, but what caught our attention was how rapidly the tides in the Sourcing industry are shifting. We’re excited to see how these trends develop, and we’re rooting for many of these Sourcing… read more

5 Things to Gobble up at SPARK 2019

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. That’s the beauty of the holidays; everyone has their own way of giving thanks. For me, nothing says, “Thanksgiving at Scout” more than a dancing hand turkey from our very own, Emerson Garber. I’m sure you would agree, too! At Scout, we are forever thankful to our… read more

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Find your Flash of Genius in Allen Gannett’s SPARK 2019 Keynote

Beyond cost savings, spend under management, and risk mitigation, there’s another powerful way to measure the impact of Sourcing: finding unexpected solutions to tough business challenges. The best teams are a source of innovation and crazy successful problem solving, but it can be a daunting task to find the path to your next ‘aha!’ moment…. read more