I just got back from a couple of days in Vegas at ISM. The highlight of the trip was getting to attend the Richter dinner, a wonderful little affair that honored some of the most promising future minds in the procurement and supply chain world. All in all, ISM was a great time to catch up with hundreds of old faces, as well as meeting dozens of new ones. But of the many practitioners I spoke with who attended the regular festivities and break-outs, few found that the event was meeting their needs from a learning and educational perspective. A number remarked that the quality of the presented content was all over the map. I've heard these comments over the years about ISM, so little appears to be changing.
On the positive side of things, I -- along with virtually everyone else I met with during the two days -- thought that the networking was outstanding and the vendor show floor and available demonstrations made up for what was wanting in the rest of the event. Next week, I'll provide some additional perspectives on the event (including a few hilarious horror stories about the venue). I will also drill down on vendor news from ISM and some highly unique new solutions that I had a chance to play around with. In the meantime, stay tuned for a possible guest post from an anonymous commentator who has some strong opinions about reshaping ISM.