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May PDM: Senior Management Night

  • 15 May 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • DoubleTree Suites, 320 N 44th St, Phoenix 85008


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Invite your Senior Managers!

Attendees and members are encouraged to provide a manager/boss/supervisor's name so he/she will receive a personal invitation to attend this special event gratis. So even if you cannot attend this event yourself, you can invite your management to attend for free! Please click here to provide the information needed.

Senior Management Night is our most esteemed Professional Development Meeting every year!  At this meeting, annual awards are presented to individuals and companies that truly made an impact to our chapter and the field of operations management, but locally and globally. 

Speaker: Subba Nishtala, Director, IT Resourcing and Strategy at Arizona Public Service (APS)

5 pm - Registration and Networking at No-Host Bar
6 pm - Dinner / Chapter Business Meeting
7:15 pm - Manager Recognition
7:30 pm - Featured Speaker: Subba Nishtala

About the Speaker:
Subba Nishtala is the Director of IT Resources and Planning at Arizona Public Service (APS) in Phoenix.  He is responsible for Architecture and Strategy, IT business planning, the IT Project Management Office, software and hardware license management, and resource planning.  Prior to joining IT in late 2012, Subba was the Director for Strategic Procurement in Supply Chain at APS and was responsible for developing and leading APS’s strategic sourcing strategies, processes, tools, and staff.  The scope of his responsibilities included strategic procurement and long range planning for services and materials for Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Information Technology, Renewables, Smart Grid, and Corporate Services.

Subba’s experience includes management consulting, electric system operations, energy trading and pricing, and financial risk management.  He has an MBA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MS from North Carolina State University in Environmental Engineering.

Some of his publications include:
  • Analysis of Successful Supply Chain Organization Models, Whitepaper for, 4/2009
  • Approaches to Spend Analysis and Sourcing with Immediate ROI that No One Told You About, Until Now. Whitepaper for Purchasing.Com, 10/2008
  • Merging Two Generation Organizations, Electric Perspectives, 2006

About the presentation:

  • In many organizations, both the Supply Chain and Information Technology functions are considered service organizations supporting other key operational functions.  Since everyone relies on technology for process improvements, there is high demand for IT services in most Supply Chain functions.  For both IT and Supply Chain delivering services that are value added require early engagement and highly collaborative processes.  Yet, despite this emphasis on close partnership and a shared desire for providing value added services, are companies satisfied with their IT (and/or supply chain) function?  Striking the balance between following a rigorous project scoping/delivery process while having a responsive engagement with the "customer" is crucial to success and satisfaction for service functions
  • Having recently moved to a IT role after a few years in Supply Chain, Subba will share his new perspectives on shared challenges and opportunities and lead a group discussion this topic
  • Topics of discussion include: service function engagement models, IT project delivery models, governance or procurement and technology processes


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