ISM Announces Annual Services Conference, Integrating Your Services Spend: Next-Generation Strategies

FOR RELEASE: September 26, 2007

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276 extension 3087

Jean McHale
800/888-6276 extension 3143

Informative and exciting program to take place November 29-30, 2007.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) September 26, 2007 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announces its 8th Annual ISM Services Conference, to take place November 29-30, 2007. The program, "Integrating Your Services Spend: Next-Generation Strategies," will take place at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix.

Supply management professionals are invited to take part in this exciting program, which will feature active networking and stimulating speakers.

This program is designed for supply management professionals who are responsible for not only acquiring services but also for developing the supply chain strategies that support the goals and objectives of the organization. Supply management professionals with a solid foundation will benefit from this program.

General session topics include:

  • Services Sourcing Savvy: Strategies for Optimizing Your Services Expenditures
  • Talent Development for Purchasing Professionals
  • Leadership Under Fire
  • Driving Value Through Organizational Synergy
  • Supply Management Professionals: Academic and Practitioner Future Perspectives

Topics of the three concurrent sessions include:

  • Preferred Supplier Programs for Professional Services
  • Expanding the Impact of Services Procurement for the Human Capital Spend
  • Fundamental Strategies and Best Practices for Supply Chain Organizations and Services Spends
  • Services Supply Management Around the World and Around the Clock
  • Meetings and Procurement: The Perfect Marriage
  • Consulting Category Management

For complete registration information, available discounts and sponsorship/exhibit opportunities, visit Media credentials to attend the 8th Annual Services Group Conference may be obtained in advance by contacting ISM Public Relations at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3087.

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources and related capabilities the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. Further, supply management is: future oriented, senior-management critical, strategic in relation to the competitive imperatives of the organization, and a significant contributor to marketplace intelligence and profitability. Components included under the supply management umbrella are: purchasing/procurement; strategic sourcing; logistics; quality; inventory control; materials management; warehousing; transportation/traffic/shipping; disposition/investment recovery; distribution; receiving; packaging; product/service development and manufacturing supervision.

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