Finalists Chosen for Inaugural Challenge the Future Awards

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All-star judging panel selects finalists for February’s Challenge the Future Awards

Finalists chosen for the SIG and Alsbridge Challenge the Future Awards taking place in February 2017

The innovations highlighted by the nominees reflect the pace at which the market is embracing automation and artificial intelligence to drive productivity...

SIG, the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement and outsourcing executives and Alsbridge, Inc., a global sourcing, benchmarking and transformation advisory firm, today announce the finalists for the inaugural Challenge the Future Awards.

The Challenge the Future Awards showcase how leading companies are using automation and technology to disrupt the future of work. The agenda for the event includes a 1 ½ day workshop with keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and a lively debate. The program will culminate in an awards program to highlight the best automation in action in a variety of categories. Finalists include:

  • Best Outcome Delivered through Automation Award – GEP and Boston Scientific; Wipro e-KYC; and WNS RePAX
  • Transformational Change Award – Amberjack and Unilever; Genpact and Mondelēz; and Wipro with Holmes FCM
  • Most Promising Pilot Award – Arvato and Sefton Borough Council; Hexaware and Faber; IBM’s Cognitive Virtual Assistant; and Infosys’s Robotic Arm Intervention
  • Automation Professional Award – Andrew Anderson, CEO, Celaton; and Sonny Laskar, Consulting Manager, Automation and Analytics, Microland

“We were overwhelmed with the number and caliber of the submissions for these awards,” says Eleanor Winn, Head of SIG EMEA. “The innovations highlighted by the nominees reflect the pace at which the market is embracing automation and artificial intelligence to drive productivity and other benefits in their day-to-day operations.”

Derek Toone, Managing Director of Robotic Process Automation Services at Alsbridge, adds, “The benefits of the innovations showcased by the finalists are significantly impacting a wide range of operations and industry sectors. We look forward to seeing how businesses will benefit from the continued and rapid advancement of automation and cognitive technology.”

The finalists were selected by a prestigious panel that includes:

  • Lee Coulter, CEO, Ascension Shared Services
  • Mary Lacity, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, University of Missouri-St.Louis
  • Haitao Qi, CEO, Devott Co. Ltd., and
  • John Sculley, former CEO, Apple and PepsiCo
  • Richard Sykes, Partner, Executive Advisory Programme, Bloor

More information can be found about the 1 ½ day program, judges and nomination criteria on the Challenge the Future Awards website.

About SIG
SIG ( is a membership organization that provides thought leadership and networking opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement and outsourcing from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. It has served these professionals and opened dialogues with their counterparts in finance, HR, marketing and other business functions throughout its 22-year history. SIG is acknowledged by many as a world leader in providing “next” practices, innovation and networking opportunities through its: global and regional events, online webinars and teleconferences, member peer connection services, content-rich website and online Resource Center, which was developed by and for professionals in sourcing and outsourcing. The organization is unique in that it blends practitioners, service providers and advisory firms in a non-commercial environment.

About Alsbridge
Alsbridge ( is a management consulting firm that helps companies reduce costs and enable their businesses by optimizing the way they work with their vendors. With over 300 consultants on four continents, Alsbridge has been a trusted advisor to over 40% of the Fortune 500 and currently advises over 200 clients a year on over $11B in spend. Experienced consultants apply deep benchmarking databases and market insight to help clients engage the optimal vendors for their situation, negotiate best practice terms at fair market prices and improve the way they govern vendor relationships. Alsbridge clients utilize the most cost effective and value-added global sources for IT infrastructure services, network carrier services, hardware and software, application support and development, business processes and cloud services.


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