Informatica World 2016: Guide for Supply Chain, Supplier Management & Procurement Topics

If you are in supply chain, procurement or supplier management, you are probably aware of “The five data-driven supply chain killers”. But do you know how to fix them?

A great chance to dive deeper will be Informatica World 2016, taking place from May 23-26, 2016 at Moscone West in San Francisco. You’ll get all the information and insight necessary to harness one of your organization’s most important assets: data. But choosing from 130+ breakout sessions featuring Informatica experts and Informatica customers and partners can be be challenging. For your convenience, I have listed the do-not-miss sessions for supply chain, procurement or supplier management executives.

INFA World S360

Stop at the Roundtable “Strategic Supplier Data Management with Supplier 360” and talk to our product experts!

Over the past years, Informatica has helped many customers streamline their supply chain management, improve their supplier information and supplier lifecycle management. Procurement leaders understand that effective supplier data management is a core requirement to the success of their supply chain and sourcing mission.

Join this roundtable to learn how having a master-data fueled solution in place that provides access to a Supplier 360 view across the enterprise allows sourcing and procurement teams successfully increase savings and ensure regulatory compliance. It all starts with centralizing and streamlining the end-to-end process of managing supplier information and the products and services they provide. You will get insight into capabilities to manage the full supplier lifecycle, including: supplier self-registration, qualification, verification, on-boarding, and catalog management and supplier collaboration. You will see how to manage and analyze business-critical supplier data leveraging our new Entity 360 UI’s, configurable business process-driven workflow, blended Product 360 capabilities, and more!

Tuesday, May 24th

Don’t miss the Unilever Case Study: Rich Product Content Drives Customer Experiences That Sell

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Room 2001 (MDM 360 Summit Breakout)
Laura Nailor, E-commerce manager at Unilever will present their use case at the MDM 360 Summit. With over 2 billion consumers, in 190 countries, using a Unilever product on a daily basis, global product data relevancy knows no boundaries nor does it have time zones. In this context, how does a global brand like Unilever remains relevant and remains agile in its growth, in an age of connected consumer experiences and seamless shopping experiences? Discover how this global brand is managed to push forward with its ambitions expansion goals and how it leads those by changing its product information management. Product Data management is cool again, and Unilever has placed it at the center of its global strategy.

Wednesday, May 25th

Start your day with More Agility and Trusted Information through Data Quality and Product 360

8:00 am-9:00 am – Room 2007
For any enterprise selling products or services, high quality data is one of the most important factors driving success. Everything from a 360 view of products to omnichannel sales to targeted marketing activities require high quality data to drive these initiatives and increased sales. Essential business functions, including procurement, ecommerce, marketing, executive teams and others, must be able to rely on the quality of the data in their product information management (PIM) solution. Without confidence in the currency and quality, systems fall into disuse and ultimately fail. The only way to prevent this from occurring is to populate your Informatica MDM – Product 360 and ultimately your sales channels by implementing an end-to-end data quality management process. Join this session and learn how to generate clean, trusted and timely product data that drives profitability, competitive advantages and operational excellence for your organization. You will learn how to take advantage of Informatica MDM – Product 360 and Informatica Data Quality to ensure faster routes to market and how to get the most out of your product data assets.

To manufacturers, CPG companies and retailers, I highly recommend the deep dive session about our GDSN solution:
INFA GS1 1WS_small'NewFast Product Introduction & Compliance Ready with MDM – Product 360 release 8.1 and GS1 – GDSN Major Release 3

9:15 am – 10:15 am – Room 2009
This session covers a deeper dive into the latest release 8.0.5 of MDM – Product 360 (PIM) and the GDSN Accelerator. Find out how you can be ahead of your competition by leveraging the GS1 global data synchronization network and are surpass consumer expectations by providing more and tailored product information. The Informatica MDM – Product 360 GDSN Accelerator – which is ready for the new GDSN major release – provides new possibilities to achieve these requirements. It equips you with a future-proof approach how to efficiently react to ever changing requirements of your industry, helps you comply with official regulations and enables you to share trustworthy and consistent information across all channels.

Using Agile Techniques with MDM to Garner Business Led Data Governance in Healthcare

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm – Room 2005
Alex Zimmerman, Director Data Management & Business Intelligence at Christus Health presemts their case study. Data projects often fail to meet the financial objectives promised by due to lack of business adoption and poor process control. Data Governance programs are designed to address both of these issues, but many programs are stuck in a mire of endless meetings. How can we implement a system that applies Data Governance theory without getting stuck? The supply chain at CHRISTUS Health is not hard to understand, but it is heavy with master data including 30,000 suppliers, 150,000 products, numerous locations, and a variety of contracts. With multiple ERP applications, it was missing an enterprise view of supply chain expenditures, lacked insight into price per procedure, and was overinvesting in redundant system maintenance. The Director of Data Management & Business Intelligence at CHRISTUS Health explains how a supply chain business intelligence initiative allowed the organization to create a supply chain dashboard that quickly revealed cost containment opportunities.

These are just the most relevant sessions I recommend to supply chain, sourcing and procurement professionals. There will be many more opportunities to listen and to talk to supply chain peers and experts. Join Informatica World 2016.