Maverick Spend, Rogue Spending and Tail Spend — A Brief Primer (different names, same procurement challenge)

Maverick Spend, Rogue Spending and Tail Spend — A Brief Primer (different names, same procurement challenge)

Introduction Maverick Spend, Rogue Spending and Tail Spend are common terms in procurement. As an adjective, rogue can be defined as unpredictable. Maverick can be defined as unorthodox or independent. Well, Tail, we’ll explain that in a minute. Clearly, when talking about your procurement spend processes and procedures, these are not descriptors that will instill […]

Tech Concepts 2Q News – Check out the Happenings & Events from the Second Quarter!

Tech Concepts 2Q News – Check out the Happenings & Events from the Second Quarter!

To find out about all of the amazing happenings and events of the second quarter of 2017, please click here!  It includes the next Ask-Avis webisode on un-managed spend and highlights from events in Sydney, Orlando, NYC, New Orleans, Chicago & more!  
New Webisode in the Ask-Avis Series: Reducing Un-Managed Spend

New Webisode in the Ask-Avis Series: Reducing Un-Managed Spend

Ask Avis: Reducing Un-Managed Spend In this webisode edition of Ask Avis, Avis Yates Rivers, CEO of Technology Concepts Group International (TCGi), provides insights on the topic of Un-Managed Spend, also commonly referred to as Tail Spend. For most medium to large corporations, across all industries, un-managed spend has become a real problem, wasting millions [...]
The Cloud and Your Compliance Risks

The Cloud and Your Compliance Risks

The Power of The Cloud Today, every company, big and small, is using the Cloud. From storage to computing. It has become an essential way of doing business. However, this shift to cloud-based services also creates new security and compliance issues. Storing and sharing documents and files within an organization as well as when communicating [...]
Tech Concepts 1Q News – Exciting Happenings To Start 2017

Tech Concepts 1Q News – Exciting Happenings To Start 2017

Check out some exciting happenings and valuable information for the first quarter of 2017 - click here to view the full newsletter!  Launch of Ask-Avis: the first of a series – e-procurement 90-second insights. 5 Benefits of automation – e-Procurement Meet Women Inventors for Women’s History Month. Hidden Figures Screening & Panel Pics.
Why should you automate your procurement? 5 benefits!

Why should you automate your procurement? 5 benefits!

Why should you automate your procurement?   5 benefits of e-Procurement that will transform the way you do business! Experts are calling the current trend in automation, the fourth Industrial Revolution. In manufacturing, robotics are changing the way goods are produced. Service-related industries or organizations are undergoing transformation to increase efficiency and productivity as well. [...]
The 4th Industrial Revolution & Google’s Computer Science Study

The 4th Industrial Revolution & Google’s Computer Science Study

Is the US ready for the fourth Industrial Revolution?   How big a role will a Computer Science Education play in that revolution? Thirty years ago, a manufacturing job could provide a middle-class wage with just a high school diploma and some on-the-job training. Over the last five decades we have seen manufacturing leave the [...]
The Fierce Urgency of Now or the Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism? A Call to Action!

The Fierce Urgency of Now or the Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism? A Call to Action!

“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take thetranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”   – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I [...]
TCGi 2016 Holiday Message & Exciting News

TCGi 2016 Holiday Message & Exciting News

2016 Holiday Greeting from Avis Yates Rivers & The TCGi Team! ____ View TCGi’s 2016 Holiday Message & Exciting News   ____ TCGi has a special 2016 Holiday Greeting for Everyone, a photo collection of some of the year’s most impactful and interesting happenings along with a couple of exciting announcements, including the release of [...]
Business after the Election

Business after the Election

Business after the Election A very long election cycle has ended and the initial reactions of the results have given way to discussions of Cabinet choices. Business owners and CEOs have to sort through the noise to determine how to best navigate their respective companies given the previous comments and current signs of the President-elect. [...]
Tail Spend and the Changing Role of Procurement

Tail Spend and the Changing Role of Procurement

Procurement is going through a fundamental change. Traditionally seen as a transactional body of the corporation, Procurement has begun to align with the company vision, thus transforming it from transactional to strategic. A key action to accomplishing this strategic alignment is providing the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) with a seat on the corporate board. This [...]
Tech Concepts e-Blast – Sept 2016

Tech Concepts e-Blast – Sept 2016

View The Full Tech Concepts e-Blast w/links   In the September edition of the Tech Concepts e-Blast (Preview Photo above), learn about some of the key happenings of the summer and all of the great things ahead in the fall for TCGi and its peer and client community, including the launch of its new Procurement [...]
Tired of Maverick Spending? Here are 6 Ways To Reduce It.

Tired of Maverick Spending? Here are 6 Ways To Reduce It.

According to a 2016 Benchmark Report: Challenges in Procurement, 80% of senior Procurement executives (100 were interviewed for the report) identify managed spend (as a percentage of total spend) as a key performance indicator. So what does this mean? It means that the value of your Procurement organization is directly tied into its ability to reduce [...]
AI’s 2016 Influential Businesswoman Awards: Most Pioneering Woman in Technology

AI’s 2016 Influential Businesswoman Awards: Most Pioneering Woman in Technology

AI, Acquisition International, recently announced the winners of the 2016 Influential Businesswoman Awards. These Awards are designed to place strong women in the spotlight and to give recognition to those most deserving. “As women continue to shatter glass ceilings and become a significant part of the business world, we feel those individuals deserve to be recognized, and awarded, for [...]
Creating Magic Together—Sustained Success— WBEs meet in Florida

Creating Magic Together—Sustained Success— WBEs meet in Florida

Creating a successful business takes hard work and persistence. At those moments when all of the pieces start to fall into place, it seems almost magical.  Well, the WBENC’s 2016 National Conference & Business Fair will be an incredible opportunity for “Creating Magic Together” for all those in attendance in Orlando, Florida, June 21 through June [...]