December 2020  -  Vol.3, Issue 12
, Welcome to the December ProcurePro Newsletter!
 
As 2020 comes to a close the ProcurePro team would like to wish all of our wonderful readers a happy and SAFE holiday season.
2020 Year In Review - The Good, The Bad & The Downright Ugly
 
Each year here at ProcurePro I write an article about the year in review.  I reflect back on our successes and share what’s ahead for the coming year.  This year, I reached out to my team as this year has been “unprecedented” as they say.  I think people use this word because, frankly, there is no blueprint or roadmap for what we are all going through.  Honestly, I am still kind of in shock and when I take a moment to really think about it, I find it all so surreal.  Not just Covid-19, but the cultural and political unrest.  We’ve all kind of been doing the best we can, winging it as we go.  One of my long-time colleagues said we are all in this together, but we are all in different boats.  It got me thinking that yes, while we are “All in This Together”, our experiences, trials, wins and sometimes devastating losses are so vastly unique and different.   So in a year where, “How are you?” takes on real meaning or the requisite intro to an email; “I hope this email finds you well and staying safe”, I asked my team to help me write this “2020 Year in Review” and to share “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”.   Here is what they had to say. 

Krysten Lammert – Sales & Marketing Coordinator – 2020 Ontario Tech Graduate

Krysten joined us in the spring near the beginning of the pandemic and had just graduated with a Degree in Marketing and a minor in Supply Chain.  Krysten is a perfect fit for our team as Susan calls her our ‘unicorn’.  We are a Supply Chain and Procurement consulting company, and her job is to help sell and market our business.  When we interviewed Krysten, it was the first video interview I had ever done.  It was also the first time I have ever hired someone in my 30-year career without actually meeting them face to face.  In fact we still have not met face to face.  A fact I sometimes forget because I feel like she has been with us for years. One of the first major interviews of her career, Krysten took the interview from her parent’s basement in lockdown.

She jumped in with both feet, rolled up her sleeves and got right to work.  Her enthusiasm and tremendous initiative are magical.  She brings fresh ideas and perspectives constantly.  In her spare time she jumps horses and climbs rocks. Not little rocks, big sheer cliffs!  One Saturday in the summer I got a text from her.  Halfway up the cliff side, she decides to send me a  picture of her view!  She scares me but she is living life to the fullest and I am so proud of her.  Aside from her wonton disregard for spelling, I could not be happier that she joined our team. 
 
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ProcurePro Case Study - Financial Technology Company

Challenge: 

This client was a mid-sized financial technology company, servicing the fund management industry. They did not have a procurement department, did not have specific procurement expertise in house and had limited resources available to deal with several major sourcing initiatives.  They recently embarked on a 5-year IT Modernization Program and we needed assistance to help them select a Managed Security Services Provider by managing the RFP process. They wanted to work with a team that had procurement experience and who could act fast to meet their extremely tight timelines.

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The Battle for Strategic Procurement Resources
 
As the global economy continues to stumble and stutter, the strategic procurement profession is more and more being looked to, to help organizations survive and weather the economic storm, by driving cost savings to the bottom line. This is great for the profession but skilled resources and business partner alignment continues to be a challenge.
 
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EXCITING NEWS! ...  

You’ll recall back in April we sent out a press release regarding our new business venture – ThryvX Consulting.  We can't say too much just yet, but we've been hard at work and will be releasing some very exciting news and updates on this in the New Year! 

We will also have more information about our Learning on Demand services to share as well.  In the meantime, you can always contact us to schedule customized training for your sales or procurement team! 

We have a lot of great things happening in 2021 that we can't wait to share with you!  

WE'RE HIRING!!! 

ProcurePro is currently looking for a part-time Zoho Business Systems Analyst with expertise in Zoho One. 

The Role: 

Part-time, project based ZoHo One Implementation Project “ZoHo Project” 5-15 hours per week, contract 6 weeks with potential for extension or full-time contract, including supporting Client Zoho Implementation Projects “Client Project” depending on company and individual performance. 

The BSA will act as the technical point of contact for the ZoHo Project or Client Project and will identify and document the technical and functional system configuration requirements, workflows, and procedures to satisfy the BRD to improve business efficiency and ZoHo One adoption.

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Hope, Positivity & Honeycakes! 

Our CEO Jill Button returns once again as guest host for the podcast "We As Women, Start Talking".

In this podcast Jill had the pleasure of speaking with multi-award-winning children's book author of the Honeycake series, Medea Kalantar. 

Listen as these two fabulous women break down their strategies for difficult times.  

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ProcurePro - Did You Know? 

Did You Know ... 

Many organizations have methodologies, policies, and processes that they follow for procurement.  The problem with traditional linear methodologies used today is that it can take a long time and is often unnecessarily complicated and cumbersome.

Agile Procurement is taking all of those traditional, linear steps, synthesizing, and boiling it down to those critically needed to deliver a procurement initiative in a simplistic, interactive and flexible way that offers value and savings and is much more nimble and agile. 

Interested in learning more about ProcurePro’s 4 Steps to Agile Procurement, contact us today!
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