ISM Services Group to Host "Services Spend: Your Value Powerhouse"

FOR RELEASE: October 28, 2005

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143
  jmchale@ism.ws
Two-Day Conference Offers Strategies for Supply Management Professionals Responsible for Acquiring Services

(TEMPE, Ariz.) Oct. 28, 2005 — The 6th Annual Services Group Conference, held December 1-2, 2005 at the Embassy Suites Golf Resort, Phoenix/Scottsdale will bring together supply managers in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. "Services Spend: Your Value Powerhouse" is the theme of this year's conference, which is presented by the Institute for Supply Management™.

The 6th Annual Services Group Conference offers opportunities to learn from other practitioners and experts. Supply management professionals with a solid foundation - as well as team leaders, project managers and members of cross-functional teams - will discover how to translate knowledge of sourcing and buying tangible goods into the service arena and reveal hidden savings in the process. Networking time is built into the schedule, which includes five general sessions and six breakout sessions.

World-class speakers will share strategic expertise. ISM Board Chair Theresa Metty, C.P.M., will present "Procurement 2006: Find Hidden Value for Your Organization." Breakout session presentations will feature expert advice on topics including "Project Management and Sourcing of Non-Traditional Services" and "Services Contracting for the Supply Professional."

For complete conference information, visit www.ism.ws. Media credentials to attend the 6th Annual Services Group Conference may be obtained in advance by contacting ISM Public Relations. To obtain a media pass, contact Jean McHale at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3143, or e-mail jmchale@ism.ws.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. 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'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) Visit ISM's Media Room at www.ism.ws, Quick Search: QS130.

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ARAMARK Corporation
A world leader in providing award-winning food and facilities management services to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and corporations, as well as providing uniform and career apparel. ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry in the 2005 FORTUNE 500 survey and was also named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine in 2005, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 242,500 employees serving clients in 20 countries. (www.aramark.com)

Ariba, Inc
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A.T. Kearney
One of the world's largest management consulting firms, with a global presence of nearly 60 offices in 35 countries, A.T. Kearney provides strategy, operations, organization and technology consulting services to the world's leading companies. A.T. Kearney helps clients — from Global 1000 companies to corporate ventures — employ technology to gain a competitive advantage in the digital economy. We work with clients to align technology with business strategies and help executives bring their business models online. Our deep operations expertise has made us a leader in e-procurement and Web-enabled supply chain integration. Together with our parent company, EDS, we provide strategy and implementation for clients to help them manage the business and technology complexities of the digital economy to deliver far-reaching results. (www.atkearney.com)

Primacy
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SAP
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