TCGi Quarterly Happenings: SAM, e-Procurement e-Book, Awards, Announcements & More!

TCGi Quarterly Happenings: SAM, e-Procurement e-Book, Awards, Announcements & More!

    TCGi kept it all the way up with accolades and announcements! With new partnerships and expanded capabilities, our 2017 looks to end on a great note!                                                       […]

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 [...]
Ask Avis Webisode Series #2: Reducing Un-Managed (Tail) Spend

Ask Avis Webisode Series #2: Reducing Un-Managed (Tail) Spend

Spend that isn’t effectively managed quickly spirals out of control. This is especially true at the lower-value-purchase end of the spectrum.

How much money is your company losing to Tail Spend? Typically, millions of dollars! Stop the bleeding NOW!

Avis Yates Rivers, provides her insights in 90 seconds for taking those critical first steps that will transform your Procurement Operation!

Ask Avis Webisode Series #1: Contract Management

Ask Avis Webisode Series #1: Contract Management

Effectively managing contracts is one of the most important ways to mitigate risk and stay in compliance.

How much money is your company losing to overlapping contracts?

Avis Yates Rivers, provides her insights in 90 seconds for taking those critical first steps that will transform your Procurement Operation!

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 [...]
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 [...]
5 Steps To Selling Your Leadership On Tail Spend Management

5 Steps To Selling Your Leadership On Tail Spend Management

Okay, so you’ve seen the light and realized the importance of tail spend management. This area of non-managed spend is costing your organization a lot of money.  At first, you may have believed your organization’s unmanaged spend was a minor issue. You probably thought the rogue spending only made up a few smaller purchases. Then, [...]
Is Your Un-Managed Spend Putting Your Company At Risk?

Is Your Un-Managed Spend Putting Your Company At Risk?

Maverick spending could be putting your company at risk. How much visibility does your procurement organization have into your company’s purchases? Is there a person or group who is monitoring these purchases to determine if your company is being put at risk? These are questions every procurement professional needs to answer. When your organization has spending that [...]
7 Proven Ways To Improve Your Presentation Skills

7 Proven Ways To Improve Your Presentation Skills

Your presentations skills are just as important as the information you are presenting. Whether your presentation is for educational purposes, a PTA meeting, a motivational talk or to take advantage of a business opportunity, there are basic elements that must be effective in order to engage and connect with your audience. How To Improve Your [...]
Networking is Not Just a Verb, It’s an Attitude

Networking is Not Just a Verb, It’s an Attitude

Networking can sometimes seem like a burdensome task filled with unrealistic expectations and anxiety-ridden over-thinking. Let’s say you’re at an event, and Warren Buffet walks up to you and asks you to tell a little bit about yourself. Then he skims over the opportunities he is working on and asks if there is anything that [...]
IT Vendors: What Is Your “Relationship Status?”

IT Vendors: What Is Your “Relationship Status?”

Hopefully you wouldn’t classify your relationships with your vendors as “Complicated.” Your relationship with your vendors should be much deeper than a questionable Facebook relationship, right? This is why you need to develop a strong vendor relationship management program. Successful Procurement Departments know how to work closely with vendors long after the signing of the [...]
Ok, raise your hand if you want a seat at the Billion Dollar Roundtable

Ok, raise your hand if you want a seat at the Billion Dollar Roundtable

That’s right, with a billion dollars or more, a seat can be yours. You get to sit and discuss how to most effectively spend your billion or so dollars, as well as commit to spending more. Not even King Arthur and his chivalric knights had it that good. Ok, so maybe it’s not as romantic [...]