Desere Edwards is a member of the team covering Gartner's research on evaluating and deploying procurement and sourcing technologies, cross-industry and cross-technology. Solutions covered include e-sourcing, buy-side catalog management, contingent & freelancer workforce management solutions, contract life cycle management applications, procure-to-pay solutions, spend analysis, supplier diversity, supply base management, supplier risk management and service procurement solutions.
Ms. Edward's special interests at Gartner are software as a service (SaaS) for procurement solutions and solution implementation planning.
End Users (Buyers): CIO, Enterprise Architect, Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Chief Finance Officer
Vendors: CEO, CTO, VP Marketing, VP Product Management
Ms. Edwards has more than 25 years of experience in contracting, procurement, strategic sourcing, logistics and supply chain management as a practitioner in the consumer packaged goods industry and the U.S. military. Prior to becoming an analyst, Ms. Edwards led Gartner's global procurement team and was the IT & services procurement team director in the Strategic Sourcing Consortium for PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Senior Director, Global Procurement
Director, IT&Services - Strategic Sourcing Consortium with Anheuser-Busch InBev
PepsiCo Business Information + Solutions (BIS)
Group Manager, IT Procurement
Modernizing Finance and Procurement Applications (retired)
Master of Arts, Procurement and Acquisition Management, Webster University
Bachelor of Science, Education, Tennessee Technological University
1Create a long-term source-to-settle (S2S) technology roadmap
2Evaluate and select procurement and sourcing vendors/products
3Develop contract lifecycle management (CLM) programs and evaluate/select solutions
4Develop supplier diversity programs and select supporting technology
5Develop contingent workforce and freelancer management programs and select VMS/FMS solutions