On May 16th, both Procuri and Apexon are holding free events in Chicago that promise to dig into some of the more meaty and challenging spend management topics that frequent the virtual pages of Spend Matters. For Procuri, this is one stop on a worldwide conference tour. For Apexon, the event kicks-off a marketing re-launch for the vendor. I'm planning to attend and speak at both conferences. Procuri is billing its event as the Supply Management 2.0 Forum. The half-day morning conference is being held out by O'Hare and will cover topics ranging from building greater spend visibility to contract and compliance management. In the afternoon, I'm planning on jumping on the Apexon shuttle to head downtown (no joke, rumor is that Kevin Brooks, Apexon's Marketing VP, is going to charter transportation for those interested in attending their event in the afternoon). Now, this is not as slimy as when Purchase Pro hired all of the cabbies in Vegas to chat up their passengers about their firm's capabilities during the Ariba Live event back in 2001, but it's a valiant effort nonetheless. I wish I had come up with it myself.
Innovative marketing tactics aside, Apexon's event will focus entirely on supplier performance management. Billed as the "Supplier Performance Management Summit", the event promises to help educate companies by going "beyond the supplier scorecard". I'm looking forward to participating on the panel in the afternoon, along with experts from John Deere, the Gap, and Acco. My lovely wife and sourcing partner in crime, Lisa Reisman, will also be on the panel. She knows far more about quantifying the costs of poor supply performance than me and has some great war stories to tell from the global sourcing trenches.