RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Noted procurement experts Paul Harris and Ian Robbins of E&I Consulting Group address multiple areas of concern in 2018 for smaller colleges, universities and K-12 school districts on the current edition of JAGGAER’s InsideSpend webinar and podcast series. JAGGAER is the world’s largest independent spend management company, and E&I Consulting is a leading consulting and professional services firm focused on procurement transformation in the educational marketplace.

Harris and Robbins identified five critical areas of focus for procurement leaders to effectively address 2018 trends and manage digital transformation: Technology optimization, talent management, value generation, data analytics, and customer engagement. The JAGGAER webinar walks viewers through the process of understanding what steps to take in managing technology, and all related variables, for schools at varying points along the adoption curve, from beginners to advanced users.

According to Paul Harris, “Procurement is not just about saving the institution money—it’s also about the efficiencies and quality improvements you’re creating. Ask yourself: are you setting up the institution for success? Today, procurement has the opportunity to generate real revenue for the organization through contract management; procurement leaders need to get educated and creative on how to do that.”

In addressing technology optimization Ian Robbins adds, “Are stakeholders using technology today in the most effective way within the institution? If you’re still invoicing manually, you’re way behind the times. There is technology available to you to create efficiencies to free up staff whose time could be spent on more strategic tasks. Whether it’s leveraging an eProcurement catalog environment, electronic sourcing, contract management or supply management—there are technologies available to automate many of these functions.”

“E&I Cooperative Services and JAGGAER are both highly recognized names within the education space. JAGGAER has been the solution of choice in higher education for over 20 years. Our award winning solutions are being used by over 600 colleges and university campuses and more than 70% of top research universities, and K-12 school districts. E&I has decades of experience working with almost 4,700 institutional members in education across the United States. It’s critical that we share what we’ve collectively learned with the market,” says Robert Bonavito, CEO of JAGGAER.

A link to the webinar can be found here.

About JAGGAER: Global Indirect and Direct Spend Management Solutions JAGGAER is the world’s largest independent spend management company, with over 1,850 customers connected to a network of 3.7 million suppliers in 70 countries, served by offices located in North America, Latin America, throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. JAGGAER offers complete SaaS based indirect and direct eProcurement solutions with advanced spend analytics, complex sourcing, supplier management, contract lifecycle management, savings tracking, and intelligent workflow capabilities. We have pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continue to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and analyzing the market. Our solutions suites are trusted by the world’s largest education, manufacturing, health care, retail, consumer package goods, logistics, construction, utilities companies and public service organizations. Additionally, JAGGAER holds 38 patents–more than any other spend management company. www.JAGGAER.com

About E&I Consulting Group E&I Consulting Group is a consulting and professional services firm focused on procurement optimization in the educational marketplace. Through a range of integrated services, we help schools and universities drive enterprise value across their entire supply chain – becoming more strategic so that they can accomplish more for less, drive down costs, and maximize operational efficiencies. Recent clients include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Ithaca College, Northern Arizona University, San Diego State University, Rhode Island School of Design, California State University (CSU), the State University of New York (SUNY), and the University of Kansas. For more information, visit: www.eandiconsulting.org.

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