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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

Wishing You a Crazy Successful Year of Sourcing in 2019

As we reflect on an amazing 2018—learning from our customers and the incredible Sourcing community—we wanted to send the warmest wishes for a happy New Year! We’ve experienced an incredible past 12 months, chock-full of feedback, insight, and support from the best and brightest people. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store…. read more

2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice

It’s All About our Customers: Scout Named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Strategic Sourcing Application Suites

It’s true: we’re more than a little obsessed with our customers. And, it’s what sets Scout apart. As a disruptive technology platform, it’s easy to get down in the details of the tech, tweaking everything for a better, faster, cleaner result. But, what makes great innovation really stick is whether or not your customers love… read more

procurement strategy

Don’t Sacrifice Long-Term Value for Short Term Gain: A New Approach to Reverse Auctions

It’s easy to look at sourcing and procurement strategy as a black-and-white, zero sum game. When I win, you lose. And at the center of this dynamic is the assumed trade-off between maximizing savings and supporting supplier relationships. Truly, achieving bottom-line savings and fostering strong supplier relationships are competing priorities of which procurement is well-versed…. read more

sourcing strategy

Execute with Confidence: Three Lessons for Aligning Strategy and Technology in Sourcing

Rarely used and dusty, legacy tools have a funny way of stifling procurement teams’ sourcing prowess, hindering ambition and demotivating top performers. For leaders focused on future-proofing their function, their only choice is to incorporate top sourcing strategies into everyday business practices. Fortunately, modern platforms are finally starting to address the needs of more flexible,… read more

Scout Spark

Announcing SPARK 2019: Putting Sourcing Center Stage at SFJAZZ

SPARK is back! For our second annual conference for forward-thinking CPOs and sourcing leaders, we’re stepping up to a new venue, so mark your calendars for February 26 and 27 in San Francisco For Scout SPARK. You’ll experience two days of discovery, dialogue, and the opportunity to dive deeper into how we can make global… read more

sourcing data

Hit Your Sourcing Stride Through Engagement and Quality Data

Successful sourcing teams hit their stride when they find that perfect balance of supplier and stakeholder engagement. So the question is, what steps need to be taken in order to reach that peak? One thing seems to be certain: quality data is the starting point. And as the race to predict and keep ahead of… read more