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The Strategic Sourcing Group (SSG) takes its direction from an Operating Committee that consists of the Chief Procurement Officers (or CPOs) of the fifteen UT System institutions. As a UT Shared Services initiative, the Alliance receives oversight and executive level guidance from UT System's Chief Business Officers (or CBOs), also known as the UT Shared Services Executive Committee. Together-all working gears of the governance structure function in concert to manage all of the ongoing activities and responsibilities that are collectively known as the Alliance Collaborative Framework. The Collaborative Framework includes strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, e-commerce technology, business intelligence, subject matter expert interfacing, and minority business outreach programs among other activities. Driven by “excellence”, the SSG works closely with member institutions to continuously exceed expectations while being guided by a highly structured and engaging strategic plan.