Strategic Talent Management Speaker Series: SAP’s Brigette McGinnis-Day

SAP is a major force in the technology world here in the United States and around the world. Their software has fundamentally changed the way businesses operate from banking to higher education and nearly every industry in the country. Their business applications solutions, database, technology products, analytics, cloud, and mobile solutions are driving the way their customers manage their businesses.

At our upcoming talent management session you will be able to experience how SAP is accelerating talent growth by using their cloud technology to stay ahead of the competition. You can also expect to learn about SAP’s unique approach to Talent – “Everyone at SAP is a talent and everyone at SAP has potential.” Learn how SAP has determined to grow from within to ensure they have talent that is agile, comfortable with ambiguity and have the people and mental agility to develop quickly. Finally, discover how SAP employees build their brand to thrive in a highly innovative culture.

Event Details:

Strategic Talent Management Speaker Series: SAP’s Brigette McGinnis-Day
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Leaping Ahead: Developing Thriving Talent in a Fast Paced Culture Via Technology

Presented in partnership with:

Pittsburgh Human Resources Association | HR Leadership Forum


CombineNet Finds that Greater Than 70% of its Customers Use CombineNet Advanced Sourcing Product to Complement SAP®, Ariba®, Oracle®


CombineNet, Inc., the leading provider of best-in-class online sourcing technology solutions for global supply chains, today announced that a recent analysis of its customer base found that greater than seventy percent use the CombineNet ASAP® advanced sourcing product in the presence of either SAP®, Ariba® or Oracle® sourcing solutions. The remainder use CombineNet to replace other vendor offerings or desktop tools, mainly spreadsheets.

“The most often-cited reason customers select CombineNet is to get more spend under management through an e-sourcing platform, by supporting larger, more complex spends or those that can benefit from sourcing optimization,” said Rich Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of CombineNet. “Analysts and other sourcing surveys repeatedly find that even among industry leaders, only 30 to 35 percent of spend is handled through general sourcing applications. CombineNet ASAP offers an advanced, rapid-results e-sourcing solution proven by our Global 2000 customers to improve spend management and deliver substantial, additional cost savings.”

“Since implementing CombineNet ASAP as an advanced sourcing solution, we have gained capabilities helping us to more than double the amount of spend e-sourced. With its flexible features such as Expressive Bidding that drives e-collaboration with suppliers and its sourcing optimization power for improved scenario analysis, CombineNet has been a valuable addition to our global strategic sourcing process,” said Jacob Gorm Larsen, Global E-Sourcing Manager at A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.

CombineNet ASAP delivers robust and flexible e-sourcing functionality and sourcing optimization power complements offerings from SAP, Ariba and Oracle without disruption. CombineNet ASAP specifically adds benefits in three main areas:

  • Ease in Handling Larger-Scale, More Complex Events – CombineNet ASAP enables rapid, easy launch and management of online sourcing events in multiple formats (RFIs, RFPs, and next generation E-Auctions), across all spend types and sizes. On the higher end, e-sourcing events having more than 1,000 items per event represent 20% of events conducted in CombineNet ASAP.
  • Expressive Bidding® — A concept introduced in the early 2000’s by CombineNet, the product allows for the collection and analysis of both price and non-price information from suppliers, increasing the benefits of buyer-supplier collaboration and savings.  Such information may include capacity, sustainable sourcing practices, packaged or bundled bids, conditional offers, alternative proposals at the item level, and whatever else the buyer wishes to collect and assess.
  • Industry-leading Sourcing Optimization– Now with 21 U.S. patents for optimization methodologies, CombineNet translates that intelligence to user-friendly features for creating and analyzing any desired number of “what-if” scenarios to determine optimal supplier award decisions based on a customer’s individual business rules. CombineNet ASAP’s optimization engine is designed for speed, with 94% of
    • of sourcing scenarios processed in less than 10 seconds.

CombineNet ASAP is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service product allowing for quick training and rollout. Full return on investment is typically realized following the first e-sourcing event conducted in CombineNet, as found through recent customer analysis. Further, customers can integrate CombineNet ASAP more closely with existing procurement suite applications through the use of data import and export utilities, and the product offers an API framework for developing automated custom integration with enterprise applications.

CombineNet will present more about its advanced sourcing solution as a complement to SAP, Ariba and Oracle in a live webcast on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM EST. The event will also feature Aberdeen Group and highlights of their recent strategic sourcing benchmark report, which looks at advanced sourcing practices.

To attend the June 27 webcast presentation, please register at:

Or visit our website for more solution information at:

SAP® is a registered trademark of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. Ariba® is a registered trademark of Ariba, Inc. Oracle® is a registered trademark of Oracle.

About CombineNet

CombineNet, Inc. delivers award-winning best-in-class e-sourcing software solutions through its products CombineNet ASAP® for advanced e-sourcing, CombineNet Spend Analysis, and CombineNet Contract Management. Using these Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based sourcing products, CombineNet customers can rapidly adopt proven solutions for increasing spend under management and improving enterprise spend insights. Now in its twelfth year in business, CombineNet is known for its track record in driving significant bottom-line and productivity savings for its clientele which includes: Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Sears, Johnson & Johnson, A.P. Moller-Maersk, Bayer, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, AstraZeneca, and many more Global 2000 firms.

Long Business Systems Becomes SAP Business ByDesign™ Solution Reseller

Long Business Systems, Inc, (LBSI) announced it has become an SAP® Business ByDesign™ solution reseller authorized to market, sell and deploy SAP Business ByDesign as well as offer additional services. These additional services include training, implementation, consulting, change management and data migration. SAP Business ByDesign is a fully integrated business management solution that delivers the best of SAP software, on-demand.

This solution is designed as best-fit for companies who want the benefits of large-scale business management applications without the costs of supporting the corresponding IT infrastructure. SAP Business ByDesign unifies multiple business operations and enables companies to implement preconfigured business processes in order to solve immediate problems. Accessed via a single user interface, SAP Business ByDesign delivers pre-configured software for business processes and supports managing financials, customer relationships, human resources, projects, procurement and the supply chain.

“With SAP Business ByDesign, LBSI has extended our overall SAP practice to include an additional choice for customers that want the security of the SAP brand and a Software-as-a-Service deployment,” “said Scott Long, President of LBSI. “”We’’ve been a long-time believer in the value that SAP can bring to a small or midsized customer as evidenced by our success and our customer’s success with SAP Business One since 2004. SAP Business ByDesign represents another great choice for the clients we service in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.”

SYCOR AMERICAS to Present at SAPPHIRE NOW Conference

 John Bertolino, Director of Sales and Marketing of SYCOR AMERICAS Inc. is very excited to announce SYCOR AMERICAS’ participation in the upcoming SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida – May 16th through May 19th, 2010.

SYCOR AMERICAS Inc. was one of a select group of companies chosen to deliver breakout sessions for the upcoming three-day conference. Bertolino went on to say:

“In the SAP world,  SYCOR is recognized as having many strong senior SAP consultants. Our strong SAP expertise combined with the business knowledge/experience of our consultants make SYCOR a strong player in the SAP market. Pedro Burckhardt, one of our senior SAP consultants, will be delivering this particular session. The topic that Mr. Burckhardt will be delivering is SAP upgrades, and project management challenges. SYCOR AMERICAS Inc. has an impressive track record in both the delivery of Project Management during SAP Upgrades and the rollout of SAP Upgrades.”

This session will be attended by some of the largest SAP users in the United States, as well as Europe and Canada. Bertolino also said, as a Pittsburgh-based service provider, it is great to have such well-respected SAP resources as part of its delivery

SYCOR AMERICAS is a single-source solution provider offering a wide variety of business process improvement and information technology services.