May 17, 2020

Can you sustain the risks of a changing supply chain management environment?

Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Due to the speed of which supply management is experiencing an extensive transformation, global supply chains have started to be disrupted as technology...

Due to the speed of which supply management is experiencing an extensive transformation, global supply chains have started to be disrupted as technology becomes increasingly influential to businesses worldwide.

With the requirement to undergo a digital transformation fundamental to achieving and sustaining growth in a range of industries, organisations must meet these challenges head-on through the implementation of new technology.

To help facilitate this, the ISM Corporate Program provides organisational success by enabling every team member’s knowledge of end-to-end supply management practices.

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Through ISM’s Mastery Model Assessment, its leaders have developed a strategic talent roadmap through the identification of where existing skill gaps lie in the organisation. By providing an educational library that offers leaders the tools to close the gaps and improve employee proficiency.

By following a customised learning roadmap from the ISM Mastery Model Assessment or understanding your own training needs, ISM can adopt a plan to exactly align company’s organisation ambitions.

ISM empowers organisational success and offers a range of services such as ongoing professional development, ensuring knowledge stays relevant, streamlining and enhancing operational performance as well as receiving industry best practices. Since 1915, ISM has been the professional association for procurement and supply management professionals and has helped drive the supply chain space forward. The organisation provides community premium solutions for talent development without the prohibitive price tag on a recurring basis.

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Jul 13, 2021

5 minutes with: Ivalua’s Sundar Kamak

Ivalua
supplychain
Manufacturing
Procurement
2 min
Ivalua
Procurement and manufacturing veteran Sundar Kamak, Head of Manufacturing Solutions, Ivalua weighs in on challenges and opportunities in the industry

Who are you? 

My name is Sundar Kamak, I’m Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua. I’ve been with the company for around two years now, and I’m responsible for our industry solutions and our pre-sales team. Before joining Ivalua I spent almost 20 years in the source-to-pay procurement space, working for a number of providers. But I got my career started in manufacturing and supply chain, specifically in automotive and aerospace.

And what is currently taking up the majority of your professional time?
 

The last year I've been focused in helping organisations put together a digital transformation strategy, especially manufacturing companies, so they can continue to address some of the challenges they face due to the COVID pandemic. 

The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works


What are the biggest challenges facing your corner of supply chain? 
 

We have a lot of clients coming from different backgrounds - aerospace, high-tech, automotive - and they’re feeling the pressure and the crunch. There’s a lack of product, lack of material availability, lack of resources, labour shortages. So, I work with the leadership in these organisations, try to understand what problems they're looking to solve and come back with Ivalua solutions that can help them address some of these challenges.

Where do the biggest opportunities lie? 
 

If we look at manufacturing, it all comes back to procurement and supply chain being involved sooner in the process. The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works. It’s important to treat suppliers like partners, which means you build trust, so they can participate very early on in the product design and product development process. It’s not done consistently in the manufacturing sector, but it will be key. 
 

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