Wow, what a year this has been. Normally, my inclination would be to tell you about all the achievements we have made this year, but truly I am just as excited to tell you about the year ahead as I am to reminisce about the year gone by.
Once upon a time, in a land far away...actually it was 17 months ago in Denver...a dedicated group of SIG members got together to start building SIG University curriculum. First we agreed upon the ideal traits of a sourcing and governance professional; next we conducted a skills gap assessment and identified all the areas of deficiency that were consistent across organizations and industries. The skills gap analysis was critical to the development of the curriculum in sourcing and governance. We worked diligently with CPOs, Outsourcing Heads, academics and senior practitioners to develop the curriculum, then create the content, record the training, alpha and beta test it, develop the marketing materials and ultimately roll out SIG University (www.siguniversity.org) at the Fall Summit.
Where it is today is amazing. We hired Amy Finnila (lifetime educator) as Dean of Students and Mark Pollack (from Apollo Education Group) as VP of SIG University. To date, we have enrolled our first class of students, worked with dedicated CPOs and attorneys who have offered their time and expertise to be faculty, and have uploaded over 250 lessons for the January 4 first semester launch. In addition SIG University is generating a lot of international attention. We have been approached by the State of Jalisco in Mexico, the city and government of Nanjing in China, the government of Jamaica and several universities to partner with them to get the "language of sourcing" rolled out around the world. What has been equally interesting is that people who deliver sourcing services are realizing that if they better understood the language of sourcing they would be more successful in winning deals. I actually talked to the COO of a major outsourcing provider who said they often did not know the intent of certain questions in a RFP, nor how we evaluated their responses, so this training was going to be key for them to better represent their strengths and win more deals.
In looking back, as well as forward I am filled with joy as we - as an organization and as an industry - continue to raise the bar every year and increase the professionalism and respect for the sourcing and outsourcing space! In closing as my last newsletter of the year, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful and prosperous new year.
P.S. It goes without saying that this year has been busy...but it’s not over yet. Stay tuned for some additional groundbreaking news we will soon be able to share…2016 is going to be a wonderful year!