It's a busy few weeks on the conference front! My trusty VP of business development, Spend Matters contributor (and not to mention father) William Busch, has been down at ProcureCon this week while I've been up in Boston at the Emptoris Empower event. And Lisa has been holding up the metals side of the deal at The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) annual Commodities Roundtable Forum. Next week, I fly out on Sunday afternoon to head to OpenWorld, hoping to cover a range of procurement platform topics relevant for Oracle, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards users. Shortly thereafter, I'll be dropping by an SSON event in Chicago and then flying up to Boston again for the Procurement Leaders event at the end of the month. Plus I've got a couple more events on the table for the rest of the fall, but more on that later.
I know that a number of providers planning on holding, attending and sponsoring events this fall have been worried about the prospect yet again of reduced travel budgets for attendees. This was a particular challenge late in 2008 and throughout the first part of 2009, as discretionary travel spend -- even if user groups are not exactly discretionary, by my definition, especially given the amount of additional savings the right set of implemented and managed solutions can provide -- dried up. Yet I'm not too worried at this point in time (at least judging by attendees at the Emptoris event, travel budgets do not appear to be a huge issue) for the fall season, but I do believe we could see more travel budget/event pain come Q1 of 2011.
If you're going to be at any events this fall and would like to connect, don't hesitate to drop a line (and follow our live conference coverage on Twitter: @spendmatters. We'll also be attending a number of metal and scrap events this fall on the MetalMiner side of Spend Matters as well. If there are any functional, solution, partnership or related areas at the vendor events we're going to (or have attended and can follow-up on) that you'd like us to probe on, do let us know. In the meantime, we hope to see you on the road! And next year, look for Spend Matters and MetalMiner to finally begin delivering an initial installment of what we are planning to be an entirely new take on procurement and supply chain events as well.