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How I Met Your Supplier: Best Practices in Supplier Management

Delivered January 21, 2014

Don't miss this Free, 1-hour STREAMING ONLY Web event hosted by ISM and sponsored by Zycus
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Kids, did I ever tell you the story of how I met your supplier? All of them?

The fact is, meeting suppliers isn't hard, but finding the right ones and managing them well is. Heightened volatility in a market that has become increasingly global and increasingly complex means that businesses are more reliant upon their suppliers than ever before. In fact, for many procurement organizations, the greatest opportunities to drive near-term value occur within the supplier management process.

Join Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer at Ardent Partners and Askok Kumar, Sr. Solutions Consultant, Zycus Inc. as they take a 360-degree look at supplier management and present a series of best practices that are designed to help procurement departments increase supplier collaboration and improve supplier performance to drive better business processes and better business performance.


Andrew Bartolini
Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer
Ardent Partners

Andrew Bartolini is a globally recognized expert in Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Management. At Ardent Partners, he focuses his research and efforts on helping enterprises develop and execute strategies to achieve operational excellence within their procurement and finance departments. He also publishes the popular blog; CPO Rising. Andrew was most recently with the Aberdeen Group in Boston where he was Vice President/Group Director of Global Supply Management research. His affluent experience includes leadership roles in sales, marketing, and services at Ariba and Commerce One, rich experience in Strategic Sourcing, Business Process Transformation, Software Implementation, Consulting and Investment Banking. He has been named a "Pro to Know" by Supply and Demand Chain Executive three times and holds a B.A. in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A in Finance from Indiana University.

Ashok Kumar
Sr. Solutions Consultant
Zycus Inc.

Ashok Kumar, a Sr. Solutions Consultant at Zycus Inc., has been a core member of the Zycus product and sales team for more than 6 years. He has been instrumental in bringing home for Zycus, a number of customers with varying procurement technology needs in diverse global environments. Through the years spent at Zycus and in the midst of non-transformable ERP and stagnant E-Commerce solutions, Ashok has been able to advocate the need for evolutionary software solutions that is more in concurrence with the end user. An engineering degree holder, Ashok has also been a lead pre-sales consultant for Material and Vendor Master data solutions from Zynapse, a former subsidiary of Zycus Inc. now rolled out as a separate organization called Verdantis.


Dave Castro, CPSM, MCIPS
Senior Executive - Onsite Education
Institute for Supply Management™

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