With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting global supply chains, organizations everywhere are under intense pressure to mitigate risk and maintain agility. Close supplier partnerships are central to this effort, with the quality and quantity of supplier data being an important factor in determining a supply chain’s resilience. Read more
The impact on small business of COVID-19 has yet to be truly quantified. During this unprecedented time, all small business owners need to understand exactly what is and is not possible from an economic standpoint. The inability to generate revenue, cover operating expenses, and repay outstanding debt has turned the lives of small business owners upside down. Read more
Investing in a minority business can make the difference
At ConnXus, we don’t just preach the power of supplier diversity & inclusion, we live it and experience its power first hand.
In this supplier spotlight, we explore our multi-year relationship with Holony Media, a minority-owned marketing agency that helped ConnXus embark upon a digital transformation and grow our reach to record breaking heights. Read more
Connxus, a leader in supplier relationship management (SRM) and supplier diversity software solutions, has been named one of Spend Matters’ 50 Providers to Know for 2020.
Each year, the 50 Providers to Know list recognizes the best-in-class companies in the procurement and supply chain market. ConnXus was previously recognized as a Provider to Watch for its ongoing innovation in the SRM space.
“For the past 10 years, the ConnXus team has been on a mission to simplify supplier relationship management and create an ecosystem where procurement professionals, diverse suppliers, and small businesses can innovate, source, track, and connect,” said ConnXus COO and General Manager, Daryl Hammett. “Being recognized by Spend Matters as a ‘50 Provider to Know’ is an honor that speaks to our team’s commitment to our mission and our passion for innovation.”
A Year of Continued Growth
ConnXus released numerous products and platform enhancements in 2019, including SmartScrub, a tool that automates and accelerates the tedious process of validating and enriching supplier data.
SmartSearch, the newest addition to the company’s one-stop supplier relationship management dashboard, enables business intelligence sourcing across a global supplier network. The company also continued to raise the bar in cyber security by integrating HITRUST controls within their SOC2 framework, further protecting customers and their data. Combined with new supplier development programs and ConnXus Certified, a small business enterprise certification program, these solutions bolstered an existing suite of SRM solutions and propelled the growth of a thriving supplier ecosystem.
How are the 50 Providers to Know Chosen?
The Spend Matters annual 50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch lists are determined by the entire Spend Matters analyst team to represent the best of the commercial providers that serve enterprise-level procurement organizations. The 50 to Know list comprises industry-leading proven providers and the 50 to Watch list contains often lesser known providers of which practitioners ought to be aware.
At ConnXus, we understand the concern and uncertainty that many business owners are experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to doing all that we can to fully support our customers. What follows is a list of resources designed to provide information and relief to businesses. We will continually update this post as we find new programs. Read more
Legacy enterprise planning systems are key to all global supply chains, but they are also cumbersome, expensive and aren’t made to support the type of relational data businesses deal with to drive decisions.
Procurement organizations are thinking more and more about innovating old processing systems. What areas have inherent risk in innovating? To what degree do we change? How do we manage it? Who do we get involved? A lot of attention is focused on getting results from innovation and change, especially ones associated with people. Most companies have implemented procedures to manage and grow innovation, but I believe one of the most under-analyzed risks in innovation, and one that could be the biggest threat going unaddressed today, is the risk of groupthink in implementing change in procurement teams.
Thought should be given to what current challenges and problems you are experiencing now. After you answer that question, it’s time to determine who should be a part of your COE (Center of Excellence), which should include subject matter experts who are impacted by the innovation process. These experts will enable the process to have more diversity in thought and input on upstream and downstream controls that may impact key process stakeholders.
As we look ahead to the rest of 2020, cutting-edge technologies will play an important role in the innovation of procurement. New technology brings with it new responsibilities and it’s easy to become lost in the sea of the digital tools available from blockchain to automation to application programming interfaces. It’s important to assess what these tools can actually bring to the organization, and they are most effective when utilized with strategies closely aligned to the values and goals of the wider business. Focusing on a problem and selecting a tool that solves this problem will be vital to its success.
With this in mind, I believe there are three fundamental questions that should frame technology decisions in procurement functions.
Where do we start?
Before selecting any tool, organizations must first assess its’ capacity, including the strengths and weaknesses of the procurement process. A careful analysis of today’s state will lay the roadmap for future strategy and success. For example, corporations are increasingly being held accountable for issues around transparency and risk within their supply chains. Procuring with purpose will look different to different organizations. Analyzing problems first will frame the goal, and ultimately frame innovation choices.
Who gets what information?
Technology revolutionizes the way information is distributed. It lowers the barrier to entry for receiving timely, accurate data and gives power to a broader user base, such as business users that might not have technical backgrounds. But in many organizations, this data is currently scattered across numerous internal and external silos, making it difficult to use this information accurately. Digital tools can consolidate data repositories and provide centralized, real-time access to this information.
How do key stakeholders communicate?
If the answer is ‘not well’, there is an opportunity to introduce tools with new communication features. Leveraging your COE and key stakeholders is key to having domain expertise in the specific areas they operate in, and improved communication and collaboration will create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The growing ability to track multi-tier data has become an important facet of telling an organization’s innovation story to its various internal and external stakeholders.
By asking these three key questions, innovation, procurement, and their organizations will be better placed to choose the tools that best fit their business needs.
Daryl Hammett | GM & COO ConnXus
CSP, CSMP, C3PRMP
We’ve been there — the phone is ringing off the hook with back-to-back meetings, deadlines are seemingly endless and your to-do list is more likely to resemble your college thesis paper than your agenda for the week.
The good news?
Because we’ve been there, we have this kind of stress on-lock and have solidified some tried and true ways you can stay motivated during the most hectic of times.
Let’s dive in.
- Eat The Frog
If you’ve never heard of the “Eat the Frog” method, the answer is no, we’re not asking you to down some slimy green amphibians. Instead, we’re encouraging you to choose your “must do” for the day — the project that leaves you dreading its existence — and tackle it first thing.
Made famous by business bigwig, Brian Tracy, he insists that this is the secret to keeping productivity high and people successful. After all, if you’re going to work up to being the top company in your industry, you have to tackle it step-by-step, project by project. If you can’t be laser focused on one of those steps, how can you expect yourself to juggle 5, 10, 30?
Our recommendation? Blend yourself a Bulletproof Coffee (famous for making brain fog disappear + performance increase) and get to work. May the frog be with you.
2. Time Block It Out
According to a recent article by Fast Company, time blocking could replace your to-do list and in our experience, they might not be too far off from that substantial claim.
To make it brief: Time blocking is taking your agenda and creating dedicated time slots to each of your tasks. For instance, your meeting won’t run past 11, you must use the time from 3-4 to clear your inbox and make that HIIT class you keep intending to from 6-7.
We’ve found that when utilizing the time blocking approach, we feel more motivated to accomplish the things we jot down into our planner and cross them off in bold black ink. Our personal advice? Get yourself a Miracle TimeCube Timer to set an alarm that will go off when your allotted time is up — it will keep you from that “I’m just going to check Facebook quick” urge.
3. Get Outside
It’s no secret that getting some good old fashioned Vitamin D can widely benefit your productivity. In fact, in a recent study from the California Energy Commision, it was found that 6-12% of call center employees work better when they have a view of greenery.
Prop your desk up close to a window, take phone meetings walking around your favorite local park and eat that Thai bowl you just picked-up on that bench you never see being taken advantage of outside your coworking space. When you get back into the office prepare to feel invincible! And maybe even a little less agitated.
4. Zenify Your Office
Okay, we’re not saying you have to carve out a space for a meditation cushion and a koi pond, but doing little things to make your workspace a more enjoyable atmosphere can payoff big. Start with diffusing motivating or calming essential oils (depending on what you feel called to that day), choose a Spotify playlist that makes you feel your most motivated self (may we suggest “Deep Focus?”) and incorporate some green houseplants. Don’t exactly consider yourself to have a green thumb? Here are some options that are tough as nails.
5. Activate a Shutdown Time
With a long task list, it’s often tempting to work until it’s done but that usually leads to one thing: Burnout.
Set an alarm (make it a favorite song of yours!) that will alert you when you’re done for the day and resist the urge to do just “one more thing.” Close your laptop, pack up your briefcase + head home to dinner with the family, happy hour with some friends or the gym; whatever tickles your fancy. Come back feeling rejuvenated and ready for the day ahead — with an end in sight.
We want to know: What do you do to stay motivated in business? Let us know in the comments!
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The way in which we communicate with others has become increasingly more efficient in today’s world. The internet and mobile phones have made communication faster, easier and more cost effective. Given the fact that communication is such an essential part of day-to-day life, people should be able to communicate with minimal distractions or obstacles. Rincon Technology has built its’ business around that exact notion.
According to the company mission statement, Rincon believes that communication and information are “Not only basic human rights, but essential to economic prosperity for people throughout the world.” The founders of Rincon understood this principle, which is why they made it their goal to ensure the whole world had easy access to communication and information in their daily lives.
Building communication networks takes a considerable amount of time and money, and usually has a significant environmental impact. Rincon believes that a market-based approach is best for solving these problems and has spent years implementing its Technology Migration solutions that reduce the time, cost and environmental impact of building communication networks.
Rincon provides customers with high quality new and used equipment, sometimes with discounts up to 90%. Through their partnerships with companies like HP, ECI, Vecima, Infinera, NetApp, RAD, Nokia, Proxim Wireless, Dragonwave, and Aruba, they are able to get you the equipment you need faster and more easily than ever before. In addition to their wide range of quality products, they also provide convenient professional services such as consignment sales, spares management, reverse logistics and warehouse management services.
Rincon Technology is a certified minority owned business (NMSDC and CPUC) with a commitment to continued quality improvement as demonstrated by its ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015, OHSAS18001:2007, and R2:2013 certifications. Rincon is also a pioneer in the Employee Owned movement and joined the Certified EO Association, who helps promote and propagate Employee Ownership across different business types and verticals.
The world today makes a lot of things more complicated. Communication shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re looking for a way to build a fast, effective communication network at a price you won’t get anywhere else, Rincon has the solution you need.