Institute for Supply Management, India (ISM-India)
An affiliate of ISM, USA
Start your Certification Journey today!    Supply Chain Consultants can register themselves by sending CV for wide range of openings/ consultancies with ISM-INDIA members.   •   Join the largest Supply Management Association in the world   •   Take advantage of great networking opportunities with nearly 40,000 members   •   ISM is the largest Supply Mangement Institute in the world   •   Raising the bar of Supply Management Profession.   •   Introducing World Class Supply Management Training (CPSM)
ISM News
2 Dec. 2016

Logistics Asia: Annual Conference

ISM-INDIA played a key role as knowledge partner in supporting Logistics Asia to organize its Annual

Conference in Ahmedabad on 2 Dec. 2016. The deliberations of Conference focused on following issues:

 Global Logistics Trends & Its Impact on India.

 Government Initiatives & Policy Perspective.

 Infrastructure Connectivity Push.

 Logistics Transformation.

The objective was to gain a better understanding of the challenges & opportunities including way

forward. Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs of USA Embassy also participated actively.

If you wish to download Logistics Asia Annual Conference Presentation, please click download button.


1 Dec. 2016

South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2016-17

Register Today:


9 April 2016

Time: 9:30am-5:30pm

Strategic Sourcing Training Program


During the last few years, we have seen great reliance on Strategic Sourcing, with organizations identifying extreme cost savings in their supply networks. It can be termed more of a transformational process.Strategic Sourcing has been leveraged as a positive means for identifying new business opportunities, developing meaningful supplier relationship and driving the necessary cost savings.

Strategic sourcing enhances efficiency and value, ultimately impacting the profitability of your entire organization. In this program, you’ll learn how to develop and implement a procurement strategy that aligns with your overall competitive strategy.

Program Content:

  • Overview of Strategic Sourcing & Supply Management.
  • Understand the value of Strategic Sourcing.
  • Key elements of Strategic Sourcing Solution.
    • Spend Analysis
    • Sourcing Strategy
    • Contract Management
    • Supplier Management
  • Common Challenges in implementing Strategic Sourcing.
  • Best Practices to enable successful adaptation of SS
  • Your road-map forward
  • Interactive classroom sessions

Benefits to the delegates: 

By the end of the program, delegates will be able to:
• Awaken to the role of procurement and how it can best contribute strategically to the business
• Examine critical areas of procurement capability for development and change
• Understand and develop effective procurement metrics
• Familiarize them with the procurement benchmarking model
• Gain insights to heighten strategic procurement excellence

Duration and level: 

1 day (9:30 am to 5:30 pm)• Strategic level

Location and date:

Gurgaon (Delhi-NCR), 09 April 2016 (Saturday).

Who should attend?

Procurement & Business Executives who have functional and /or responsibility for procurement’s value contribution to the business and who wish to explore best practices for performance escalation.


Rs. 5500/- Members  | Rs.6500/- Non-Members.

Trainer's Profile: 

Krishan K. Batra is President & CEO of ISM-INDIA. He brings over 40 years of procurement & supply chain experience in the private and UN organizations. In his last assignment he was chairperson of the advisory committee overseeing procurement worldwide and has trained staff in most of the countries. He was the lead expert to implement ERP system and strategic sourcing for procurement activities. He has to his credit the development of coding system i.e. UNSPSC which is world standard for coding goods and services. After his relocation to India he is actively involved in building professional capacity in SCM of many large companies. 

Krishan has M.Tech from IIT Delhi and MBA from Syracuse University, USA. 

Highlights of the Training Program:
  • ISM-INDIA series of training programs are aimed to help professionals deliver real strategic and sustainable value to their organizations.
  • Earn 7 CEH (Continuing Education Hours) for recertification of CPSM Certification.
  • ISM-INDIA’s training programs are interactive, fun, practical and effective — and customized with your company’s objectives in mind.
  • A key differentiator of the ISM-INDIA approach is our commitment to knowledge transfer.
  • Taught by Experienced Practitioners.
  • ISM-INDIA also offers the option to add coaching and mentoring after the classroom sessions end, which helps to reinforce learning and build adoption of new best practices.
  • Free ISM-INDIA annual membership.​

1. Early birds (i.e. registration before 10th March 2016) receive a discount of 10%
2. Corporate discount for sponsoring more than 5 participants is 10%
3. The fee includes service tax. 

27 Nov. 2015
ISM-INDIA Kerala Chapter Launched

ISM-INDIA Kerala Chapter

ISM-INDIA is pleased to update you about our new chapter launch in Kochi, Kerala on 27th Nov. 15. With the emerging demand of the Procurement & Supply Management Professionals in the South West Region, ISM-INDIA had joined hands with London College of Business & Finance (LCBF) based at Kochi to support the professionals and facilitate them to understand the International Certification(s) and Training programs.

Dr. V.K. Anand (Director ISM-INDIA), Mr. Vimal Chandran (Director LCBF) and 100+ professionals from public & private sector made this event a successful launch. The launch was praised by Rotary Club and event was followed by a meet of Rotary club members on the same day.

ISM-INDIA is pleased to share that 20 candidates had joined the International Certification journey on the event day!

Effective from

    1st Oct. 2015

Dear Friends: 

For the last 3 years we have tried hard to bring you reasonable price for CPSM Certification. We could claim that these were lowest as compared to any other international certification program and even lower than any other developing country for CPSM Certification. This was possible with our lean structure and support from ISM in the initial phase. 

We do everything we can to bring you great values and stretch your hard-earned money. However recently we have been impacted by various cost factors such as strengthening of US Dollar vs. Indian Rupees by 15%, increase in service tax and increase in Royalty Payment by 25%. 
As much as we would like to maintain our prices for another year, but we regret that it may not be practical. Hence effective 1 October 2015 our new prices will be as follows: 

1. Annual Membership of ISM USA : Rs.8000 
2. Study Material: Rs.17, 000 for ISM Members & Rs. 22,000 for Non-members. 
3. Online Exam Fee: Rs.4500 per exam for ISM members & Rs.5500 per exam for non-members. 

We value you as a client and want to continue serving you. We hope to maintain our excellent relationship with you all, and assure you our quality of service will reflect a similar increase. Please note that any request received up to end of September 2015 will be on old rates. 

Warm regards. 
Krishan K. Batra 

23 Sep. 2015
Building Procurement & Supply Management Community of Practice

Although much of the work being done by Procurement/Supply professionals in many organizations is similar in scope and format,a mechanism that could link these professionals through an informal community of practice simply does not exist. To facilitate this we have already initiated LinkedIn ISM-INDIA Group to share your experience and practices. Presently it has nearly 1000 members and acts as Knowledge Gateway. However this lacks the personal touch.

To foster the community of Practice which allows professionals to network and share best practices, ISM-INDIA in cooperation with the World Bank is launching its first workshop inChennai on 23 September 2015. The key objectives of this are as follows:
  • Learn & Share best practices with peers across companies/organizations.
  • Keep track of the latest trends and technology in Procurement/Supply Management
  • Contribute to develop knowledge gateway of competencies and skills to professionalize the Procurement & Supply Management staff.
  • Strengthen links between professional in formulating and implementing improved training programs.
Based on the feedback, we will launch similar programs in other major cities of India. Since there are limited seats, please send your confirmation to participate at the earliest. The program will be from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm followed by networking dinner. There is no fee to participate.

We look forward to your active participation.
Required Information:
Please send in your confirmations to:
Mr. Ashwani Garg,
ISM-India, Business Development Manager,, +91 9971171220

For other queries, please contact:
Mr. Ram Raghuraman, 
ISM-India, Director, ISM India Chennai Region,   +91 9500017385



January. 2015
Emerging Trends in Procurement Technology

Dear Friends: 

Recently, I had the opportunity to address the procurement professionals in a summit sponsored by Microsoft. Here are the highlights of my presentation. If interested, you can ask for a copy of the presentation.

Technology is now the greatest change agent and driving force in today’s socially and digitally connected world. Few trends are emerging in the procurement technology space. All of them have effectively the same goal of delivering more, long-term savings but each approach the problem from a different angle. These are Mobile Procurement, Cloud Technology, Social Media, Data Accuracy, Intelligent Reporting etc. 

Initially during 1980s, the emphasis was on reducing the time spent in completing procurement cycle through e-Procurement. Later to gain efficiency, various modules for functions such as Contract Management, Spend Management, Suppliers Management etc. were developed. With disparate technology for each function, multiple procurement technologies need to be integrated for a complete procurement cycle. This leaves loopholes in the cycle, resulting in a non-centralized and inefficient system. More often, volumes of data have to be extracted and re-entered from one module to another, which is a fairly labor-intensive process. 

Procurement technology—largely divided into Source-to-Contract (S2C) and Procure-to-Pay (P2P)—has become a de facto platform for purchase teams to manage their procurement of goods and services, suppliers & budget.

ERP software suites traditionally contained a good deal of procurement functionality, but in order to be effective, any e-procurement system will still need to tie directly into the ERP systems of both buyers and sellers in order to track order receipts and payments.

The above lack what today's end users expect in usability, self-service or mobile device support. Instead of either replacing or re-architecting the end-to-end in-house solution, companies integrate cloud applications to reach existing (and many new) business users with web-native multi-device front end support. Cloud computing provides seamless B2B integration between buyers and their supply chain partners.

Procurement systems have started to break out of the desktop PC/large application model and become much more mobile (Tablets) - both for the search/order/approve cycle and analytics on-the-go. Lastly to be cost effective and have latest updated technologies; there is a trend towards use of SaaS (Software as a Service Provider) where you pay for usage and vendor manages all applications

Warm regards. 
Krishan K. Batra 

Procurement Trends Survey-2015

As in the past, ISM-INDIA has created a survey to gather views of the procurement sector with a focus on issues for 2015. This aims at compiling the current state of the profession and factors which may influence the sector in the coming year.

We take this opportunity to thank you for your support in providing your input last year which helped us to compile Procurement Trends Report for 2014 . This was well received by many procurement & supply chain practitioners. With the above survey for 2015, we wish to carry on this practice.

We look forward to your active support in filling out this Survey Form. You are welcome to share this with your friends whose input/ feedback could be of use to the procurement community.

Thanks & regards.

Krishan K. Batra
President & CEO
Mobile # 9650745582
Website #

15 May 2014
E-Learning Sessions

ISM-INDIA conducted successfully various online training session on 14th & 15th May 2014 for its client based in Singapore. The focus of this e-Learning program was as follows :

  • Sourcing Strategy
  • Supplier Performance Management.
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Procurement Risk Management.

In this virtual training, The candidate based in singapur, Italy & France participated.


The South Asia Regional Procurement Services of the World Bank and the partner institutions of Charter for Public Procurement Studies (CPPS) proudly present the world’s first ever, Certificate Program in Public Procurement (CPPP) offered free in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format.

CPPP provides the learners with an opportunity to enhance domain knowledge benefit from peer review submissions and get a certificate on successful completion of the course. The course, a blend of e-learning, self-study and social learning is offered completely online. CPPP will have eight units in three main modules of (i) Introduction to Procurement and Public procurement (including Management Concepts and Techniques); (ii) Public Procurement Operations; and (iii) Public Procurement and Good Governance.

Aims and Objectives of the Course
CPPP caters to procurement practitioners across the globe and the endeavor is to enable anyone interested in public procurement to get an overview of the field and to understand the rationale behind Public Procurement decisions.

Duration and Assessment Structure

A period of 13 weeks is provided to complete CPPP. Candidate will need to pass module-end assessments and the Certificate will be issued when a cumulative score of over 70% is achieved in all modules.

Who can benefit from the course?
  • Procurement Professionals for updating  their domain  knowledge
  • Non-procurement professionals who participate in or manage procurement function
  • Employees of private sector bidding in Public Procurement
  • Anyone interested in Public Procurement.

How to Register

Please log on to, register and select the option Enroll for the Certificate Program from My Page. Candidates are not required to pay any fees for this program.

 All India Management Association (AIMA)

 Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)

 Assam Institute of Management (AIM)

 CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC)

 HLL Academy (HLL)

 Institute for Supply Management, India (ISM)

 Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM)

 Indian Railways Institute of Logistics and Materials    Management (IRILMM)

 National Institute of Finance Management  (NIFM)

 Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)


12 Feb 2012 ISM-India is pleased launch testing centers for CPSM and CSM certification in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru. These tests will be conducted online (web-based) at our testing centers.
11 Feb 2012 ISM-India looks forward to working with business schools and students specializing in the field of SCM. Please send us your request at
ISM-India is an affiliate of ISM, USA, which is the first and largest supply management association in the world. The ISM has nearly 40,000 members and affiliates in 80 countries with a mission to lead supply management. ISM-India through its network of members, has initiated mentorship program for students studying for MBA with following objectives.
  • Create awareness about the role of Supply Chain Management in optimizing the performance.
  • Build knowledge and foster learning
  • Connect students with SCM professionals

The above initiative has been very much appreciated by the students. Since your esteemed organization is actively involved in building the future business leaders, we will be very pleased to mentor students who are planning to make SCM as their career.

To start with we will provide them free access to ISM membership. This will provide them free access to our sites and The key features are knowledge center, career center, discussion forum and wide range of research data and case studies in the field of supply management. ISM works closely with many universities in developing their curriculum for MBA in Supply Chain Management. The free membership is also available to academician.

We will be very pleased to work with the future business leaders and your school. Should you need additional information, we will be pleased to be contacted.
14 May 2011 The ISM board has approved ISM-India as its affiliate.