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Procurement Pays it Forward w/ Barry Padgett – The Sourcing Industry Landscape Podcast

Welcome to the latest Sourcing Industry Landscape podcast, hosted by Dawn Tiura.

Today’s guest is Barry Padgett. Barry is President of SAP Ariba, a software and information technology services company.

A passionate people person, Barry emphasizes the unique role that procurement has to ensure sustainability and transparency in supply chains to help businesses meet their corporate sustainability goals that impact not only their employees and the communities in which they work, but also the suppliers that companies do business with across the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • While procurement has a fiduciary responsibility to the business, it can also leverage its unique relationships with suppliers for strategic value that goes beyond dollars to drive ethical behavior.
  • In an increasingly digital world, business leaders seek employees who can confidently interact one-on-one and develop strong relationships across the business and among customers.
  • Business sustainability requires a people-centric approach, from developing products oriented toward the satisfaction of end users to engaging your employees.

About the Guest:

Barry Padgett is president of SAP Ariba and is responsible for driving the strategy, operations, product and innovation, and go-to-market functions of the world’s largest business commerce network.

Barry came to SAP through the acquisition of Concur, where he served in several executive roles, including chief product officer; executive vice president and general manager of EMEA and Asia Pacific; vice president of international sales; and general manager of the TripIt business unit.

About the Company:

SAP Ariba is the world’s largest business commerce network. SAP Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world’s largest Internet-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver.

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About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.