ISM Announces 2005 Web Seminars

FOR RELEASE: January 27, 2005

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143
Industry Experts to Discuss Risk Management, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Sarbanes-Oxley Act Disclosure and Managing Global Outsourcing Initiatives

TEMPE, Ariz., January 27, 2005 — The leading organization for supply management professionals, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), announces four new Web seminars for the first half of 2005. Each of these dynamic sessions, presented by industry experts, will address issues that are critical to supply management professionals as the global business climate shifts and demand for efficient processes increases.

Beginning February 16, 2005, the latest developments in the evolving global marketplace are addressed in "Supply Chain Risk Management in an Uncertain Global Environment." Presenters Joe Cavinato, Ph.D., C.P.M., and Jack Barry, will cover risks of sole sourcing, supply continuity, transportation and logistics, intellectual property and technology, finance and regulations, inventory and asset management, and risks associated with company image and reputation. Dr. Cavinato is ISM professor of supply chain management at Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. He also directs the A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership at ISM. Barry is chief executive officer of Pegasus Global Partners in Fairfield, Conn. The supply chain consultancy assists clients on four continents with reducing costs, improving operational efficiencies and gaining competitive advantage.

On March 29, 2005, Anthony Tarantino, Ph.D., CPIM, presents "The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Best Practices in Supply Management Process Controls." Tarantino is chief compliance strategist at Logical Apps, an Irvine, California-based company providing business rule and workflow software solutions. He is former vice president, supply chain, for E2open LLC, in Redwood City, Calif. Tarantino has nine years of experience as an executive level supply chain consultant and more than 20 years of industry experience in supply management. He will demonstrate the value in standardizing business practices around best practices such as monitoring key performance indicators, automating approval workflows, rationalizing the supply base, expanding long term agreements, deploying supplier managed inventory programs and using eBusiness tools to automate process controls.

As a follow up to ISM's November, 2004 Web seminar on RFID, an advanced seminar, "RFID Solutions for the Supply Management Professional" is scheduled for May 18, 2005. Presenter Charlie Robertson will focus on the solutions provided by a major supplier of RFID solutions which have been proven in the field. Although specific industries will be explored, the solutions presented apply in most manufacturing and logistics applications. Robertson is a supply chain consultant who holds an extensive background in purchasing, logistics, material control and finance. He has been successful in applying his supply management expertise to the printing, healthcare, contract labor, engineering services and telecommunications industries.

ISM's fourth new Web seminar, "Effectively Managing Offshoring Contracts," is slated for July 2005. This Web seminar will address typical pitfalls and issues encountered in the start up, maintenance and ramp down of offshoring projects. Details on the date and presenter for this program will be announced in early 2005.

Additional ISM Web seminar information is available online at in Seminars & Online Learning.

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