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Save the Date ~ Evolve ‘15

Mark your calendar for Evolve ‘15, a premiere public procurement industry event focused on education, innovation, and collaboration. Join us April 6-8, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort in Austin!

Periscope is proud to bring together public sector and higher education procurement leaders to discuss how to eradicate waste and maximize the value of every dollar spent. Put this conference on your calendar today and make plans to attend. Registration will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Deadlines for Evolve ‘14!

Register now for Evolve ‘14 to take advantage of reduced pricing for a limited time! Both the $385 Early Bird Registration rate and the $108 per night Hyatt Regency Lost Pines discounted room rate will end on Friday, March 21, 2014. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join other procurement industry professionals in learning ways to transform processes into strategic practices that eradicate waste and maximize value in the public sector.

*Click here to register for Evolve ‘14.

*Click here to book your reservation at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines.

For more information, please contact Kara Siepierski at ksiepierski@periscopeholdings.com or 512-666-9381.

Evolve ‘14 Agenda Topics Announced – Register Now!

Join us April 21-23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Austin, TX as we discuss valuable solutions for evolving processes to maximize efficiency and increase savings! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals nationwide to help shape the future of procurement! The agenda for Evolve ’14 will feature beneficial sessions and best practice training presented by knowledgeable speakers and established public sector leaders. Former Governor of Pennsylvania Edward Rendell will deliver a powerful keynote presentation to kick off the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies interested in exhibiting their products and services at a two-day partner expo during the conference. Certificates for continuing education credits will also be provided to those who attend.

Key topics include:

  • Future State – Strategic Sourcing 2.0
  • Procurement Transformation with eProcurement
  • Procurement Intelligence 1.0 – NIGP Code-Based Business Intelligence and Comparative Spend Analytics
  • Procurement Revolution – Process Improvement and Master Data Management
  • Data-Driven Approach to Improving Opportunities for Small Businesses
  • Give New Life to Your Legacy Systems
  • A CPPO Refresher – Let’s Play Jeopardy!
  • BuySpeed University
  • NIGP Code Training

Register now at evolve.periscopeholdings.com to receive the discounted Early Bird rate! The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is offering rooms at an affordable $108 per night. Please click here to make your reservation online.

*Both Early Bird Registration and the reduced hotel reservation rate will expire on Friday, March 21, 2014.

For questions regarding Evolve ’14 or to request sponsorship information, please contact Christi Becker at 512-666-9422 or cbecker@periscopeholdings.com.

What You Need to Know about Evolve ‘14

The time has come for Periscope’s 3rd annual Evolve conference in Austin, and it’s getting bigger and better every year! Join us April 21-23, 2014 as we bring together public sector procurement professionals nationwide to discuss the latest trends and obstacles in the industry and the future of procurement in 2014 and beyond!

KEY THEME. Productive networking and education on innovative ways to eradicate waste, maximize value, and drive savings in the public sector through procurement automation.

GREAT EVENT, GREAT LOCATION. The Evolve conference has grown significantly over the years, with a doubling attendance rate and an impressive agenda full of valuable takeaways. Evolve ‘14 will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines just outside of Austin. The hotel boasts comfortable guest rooms, vast meeting spaces, dining, and activities all in one convenient location.

HIGH-CALIBER KEYNOTE SPEAKERS. Former Governor of Pennsylvania Edward Rendell will join us to deliver a compelling keynote presentation on how he promoted strategic cost cutting and drove procurement savings, among many other achievements, throughout his eight-year leadership. Past speakers have include top names, like Roy Spence, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Austin advertising agency GSD&M, and Gilbert Tuhabonye, Olympic runner, author, and motivational speaker.

THOUGHT-PROVOKING SESSIONS. Backed by a purpose-driven approach, Periscope is determined to provide education on relevant solutions and strategies necessary for achieving procurement success. The Evolve ‘14 agenda will also include exciting news on product launches and updates and provide the opportunity for attendees to engage in dialogue with respected procurement leaders via panel discussions and learn real-life examples of procurement transformation.

BEST PRACTICE TRAINING. There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in in-depth breakout training sessions to gain further understanding of the ins and outs of powerful procurement tools, like the NIGP Code and Periscope’s top-rated software BuySpeed, via interactive live applications and product demos, and learn more ways to get the most out of these solutions. The Evolve conference additionally offers certification exam preparation and continuing education credits.

HUGE PUBLIC SECTOR FOLLOWING. Evolve attendees typically include chief procurement officers, certified purchasers and procurement directors, and IT and finance professionals from state and local government agencies, school systems, special districts, and higher education entities.

AFFORDABLE COMMITMENT. Early Bird Registration is currently available for $385. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is offering a discounted rate of $108 per night. We’ll provide meals, beverages, and activities.

*To take advantage of Early Bird pricing for a limited time, register now at evolve.periscopeholdings.com/registration.

Evolve ‘14 Keynote Speaker Announced

Periscope Holdings is proud to announce the Evolve 2014 Keynote Speaker! Former Governor of Pennsylvania Edward G. Rendell will deliver the keynote presentation to kick off Periscope’s annual thought leadership procurement conference on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Register now and join us in learning how he drove efficiency and increased procurement savings for the state, among many other compelling achievements throughout his eight-year leadership.

After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. His commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to fostering investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is as strong as it has ever been. Rendell has become a champion for progress in the area of alternative energy, and now serves as a consultant or board member for several green and alternative energy firms, including Own Energy, Element Partners and VNG.co. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.

Perhaps no other issue has been and continues to be as important to Governor Rendell as America’s dire need to rebuild and reinvest in its infrastructure. As Governor, Rendell worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called “Building America’s Future.” The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power. Governor Rendell currently serves as Co-Chair of the organization and travels throughout the country speaking about this issue.

Governor Rendell also recently penned his first book, A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great. In A Nation of Wusses, Rendell chronicles his storied political career with his trademark candor while making a strong statement about the state of American leadership.

Rendell served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011) and oversaw a budget of $28.3 billion as the chief executive of the nation’s 6th-most-populous state. As Governor, Rendell was committed to making government more responsible and responsive to the public’s needs, and he successfully cut wasteful spending and improved efficiency leading to savings of over $1 billion. His legislative agenda focused on commonsense political reform and putting progress ahead of partisanship. Through his unprecedented strategic investments, he energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, protected the environment, expanded access to health care to all children, and made affordable prescription drugs available to older Pennsylvanians.

During his two terms as Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the City’s budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. Philadelphia’s renaissance, which The New York Times called “the most stunning turnaround in recent urban history,” is largely attributed to his determination, inspiration, and energy.

Before serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985. Rendell also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election. He currently sits on several boards, is a Brookings Fellow and teaches government and politics courses at the University of Pennsylvania.

An Army veteran, he holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova Law School.

Don’t miss out on this dynamic presentation! Early Bird Registration for Evolve ‘14 is still currentlyavailable. For more information about the conference, please visit evolve.periscopeholdings.com.

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