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SDI’s Kurt Meiers to Speak at ProcureCon Indirect East

From February 11th-13th, ProcureCon Indirect East 2015 will be held at OMNI Orlando in Championsgate, Florida. The three day long event provides attendees with best practice strategies for procurement transformation and evolution from a straight sourcing and purchasing role of indirect goods and services to delivering strategic cost savings and value creation. The event brings together a unique blend of procurement, purchasing, and supply chain experts from a variety of different industries to share their experiences and knowledge with a team of people who truly embrace the strategically important field of procurement. 

What is on the agenda

SDI is proud to announce that our very own Director of Sourcing, Kurt Meiers will be speaking at this prestigious event..  With over 15 years of experience in leading IBM’s procurement team, Meiers is one of  the most savvy sourcing directors in the MRO supply chain industry. Starting on February 12 at 2:00 pm, Kurt will be joining  Marc Ensign and Tuomas Vuoristo for a panel discussion where they will be discussing new strategies and best practices for tackling inefficiencies in MRO. These three leaders in the industry will focus on their preferred methods of uncovering hidden savings, creating efficiencies and tools that can be utilized to obtain both.

On February 13, Kurt will be holding a presentation on how synchronizing your MRO supply chain and expanding your perspective on MRO as a whole could open a world of opportunity for your entire organization. Maintenance, Repair and Operations has historically been considered non-core and a way to control piece-price costs in the realm of high-volume, low-value purchases. Obsessing over individual links in the supply chain provides little value, is inefficient and potentially disastrous for real cost control, inventory optimization, and the overall effectiveness of plant operations.

When every aspect of the MRO supply chain works in unison, with coordinated actions, a common data set, and a broader goal of avoiding point solutions, quick fixes and short-term savings, operational efficiency becomes noticeable, measurable – and remarkable. Come visit us at booth 106-108 at this year’s ProcureCon Indirect East - we look forward to seeing you there!

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In the third post in this series on MRO As-a-Service by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux talk about how managing MRO as a process delivers benefits from efficiency to effectiveness and beyond to an evolutionary phase. The next generation of value, MRO-as-a-Service, helps organizations build intelligent, agile, scalable and integrated supply chains (direct and indirect).

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.