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Replay: Continuing Education Discussion

An open discussion with Charles Dominick of Next Level Purchasing and Paul Mallory of IACCM on continuing education in our field. This was the Strategic Sourcing & Procurement LinkedIn group monthly member call on May 5, 2011.



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This call was inspired by the Vision 2020 report, which looked at the skills procurement professionals will need in the year 2020. The report is available for download here.

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Thank goodness Groundhog Day, Feb 2nd, is on a Saturday this year.  I sure wouldn’t want to redo my Monday over again. 

 

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, Ariba has packed a lot in to it.  For those of you new to Exchange or that haven't joined the Customer Success Group, I recommend you take a minute to log in, click on the Customer Success Group, and see all the new content that has been loaded.

 

Best Practice Center Webinar Series on Supplier Enablement:

 

  • Webinar I: Establishing an Effective Buyer Compliance Policy
  • Webinar II:  We Love Logistics: How UPS Keeps Things Moving with Supplier Enablement
  • Webinar III:  Supplier Enablement is a Program, Not a Project

 

Best Practice Center Webinar Series on Solutions Trainings:

  • Sourcing
  • Contracts
  • Spend Visibility
  • Supplier Management

 

The Ariba Customer Success Group is open to all Ariba Customers and is packed with content, best practices, training replays, and knowledge!  Join today and don't miss out on any of the great programs and information we are offering!

We are pleased to announce that the deployment of Ariba On-Demand Release 12s1 is planned for August 4, 2012. This release continues to deliver on the vision of the Ariba Business Commerce Network and is planned to include key enhancements to help drive:

  • Inter-enterprise collaboration
  • Simplified supplier experience
  • Reliable and timely supplier information and intelligence
  • Easier supplier discovery
  • Enhanced integration capabilities
  • Enhanced usability through improved participant grading and scoring

 

To learn more about the exciting features planned for this release, please visit the Early Access tab on Ariba Connect.  Included on Ariba Connect is valuable information regarding release timing, recorded feature demonstrations, release documentation and a summary of the changes to the Ariba Terms. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to become more familiar with these features so that you can further extend the benefits of your Ariba solutions. Ariba will continue to update this portal with information leading up to the general availability of this release.

 

Additionally, with this release, Ariba is introducing the Seller Collaboration Console, allowing sellers to centrally manage their user accounts and company profile (Ariba Cloud Profile) across all Ariba seller-facing solutions and to easily navigate between the Ariba solutions.  Recently Ariba provided you with the 12s1 Buyer Toolkit to help you answer any questions your sellers may have about this release.  The 12s1 Buyer Toolkit is also available on the Early Access tab on Ariba Connect.

We currently expect to begin the upgrade to Release 12s1 at 8:00am US Pacific Time on Saturday, August 4, 2012*. All Ariba On-Demand solutions will not be available while the upgrade is implemented worldwide.

  • You do not have to do anything to request or accept the upgrade.
  • Your data, system configuration, and personalization will not be affected.

Enjoy the new features and please provide us your feedback!

On-board a new employee, get a refresher course, or sharpen your skills with training classes from Ariba University. Courses are delivered in Ariba offices globally and online. Here's a look at upcoming classes in the US:

Please note that all courses are subject to cancellation or change.


Ariba Contract Management Professional – Alpharetta, GA – Week of July 23

July 23-24: Creating Contracts with Contract Management Professional

July 25: Workspace Template Administration

July 26: Clause Library Training

July 27: Template Administration using the Main Agreement


Ariba Supplier Management- Pittsburgh, PA – Week of July 30

July 30: Registering and Managing Suppliers

July 31-August 1: Supplier Performance Projects

 

Ariba Reporting- Online Training – Week of July 30

August 2-3: Reporting for Ariba On Demand Solutions


Ariba Procurement - Online Training – Week of August 6

August 6-7: Requisitioning to Receiving

August 8: Implementing and Maintaining Contract Compliance

August 9-10: Invoice and Payment

You know it.  There is more to good supplier management than just soliciting supplier information. Effective supplier management programs are designed to -

 

  • Manage supplier qualification and on-boarding
  • Define, measure and analyze supplier performance metrics
  • Assess supply base risk exposure

 

How does your supplier management initiatives measure up to these objectives? Benchmark yourself against your peers and best-in-class companies. Participate in the Supplier Lifecycle Management benchmark study and receive a complimentary copy of the Aberdeen report which will be available on August 1st 2012.

 

Click here to participate in the survey: Aberdeen Supplier Lifecycle Management Survey 2012

On-board a new employee, get a refresher course, or sharpen your skills with training classes from Ariba University. Courses are delivered in Ariba offices globally and online. Here's a look at upcoming classes in the US:


Please note that all courses are subject to cancellation or change.

 

Pittsburgh, PA – Week of May 21st

May 21-22: Ariba Procurement- Requisitioning to Receiving

May 23: Ariba Procurement- Implementing and Maintaining Contract Compliance

May 24-25: Ariba Procurement- Invoice and Payment


Pittsburgh, PA – Week of May 28th

May 29: Ariba Spend Visibility- Identifying Sourcing Opportunities

May 30: Ariba Supplier Information Management- Registering and Managing Suppliers

May 31- June 1: Ariba Supplier Performance Management – Supplier Performance Projects


Alpharetta, GA – Week of May 28th

May 31- June 1: Ariba System Administration for Upstream Solutions


Virtual Instructor Led Training – Week of May 28th

May 29: Ariba Sourcing – Event Management

May 30: Ariba Sourcing – Project Management

May 30: Auctions using Ariba Sourcing Professional

May 31: Ariba Sourcing – Event Management Advanced Features Part I

June 1: Ariba Sourcing- Event Management Advanced Features Part 2


Alpharetta, GA – Week of June 11th

June 13-15: Ariba Procurement – Managing and Maintaining Catalogs


Virtual Instructor Led Training– Week of June 11th

June 11-12: Reporting for Ariba On-Demand Solutions


Virtual Instructor Led Training– Week of June 18th

June 18-19: Ariba Procurement-  Requisitioning to Receiving

June 20: Ariba Procurement – Implementing and Maintaining Contract Compliance

June 21-22: Ariba Procurement – Invoice and Payment


Alpharetta, GA – Week of June 25th

June 25-27: Ariba Procurement – Administration

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