I'm up in Boston today, speaking and facilitating a session at the Procurement Leaders event. For those who don't know about Procurement Leaders, you should. They run one of the best publications in the business and their events always feature excellent networking amongst senior procurement directors and executives. They also have a knack for choosing venues that stand out from the usual conference scene. In my view, Procurement Leaders is an organization that is going places -- both in Europe and increasingly in the US. Even though Southwest got me into Beantown roughly two hours late last night (just around midnight), I'm energized by the vibe and content of the event, just as I was in their Chicago affair earlier in the year. And it's not just the third cup of coffee kicking in.
Once I finish writing up a number of additional posts from the Emptoris event two weeks back and what I fear looks to be over a dozen from Oracle OpenWorld, I'll feature some of the highlights from this Procurement Leaders summit in more detail. In other conference happenings, I'll also be sharing a number of thoughts from a panel that I was on yesterday at SSON's Finance Transformation event in Chicago (the panel was led by Phil Fersht, Chief BPO Jockey over at rapidly growing analyst firm and Spend Matters partner, Horses for Sources).
Participating in these events has gotten me excited for Spend Matters' entrance into the event scene in 2011 (we had planned something for this fall earlier in the year, but a number of personal matters complicated the timing). We plan to completely deviate from the scripts of what others are doing, focusing less on networking, CPO presentations and the like in favor of expert-presented market insights and forecasts that we think front-line users (and executives) will need to make better tactical and strategic buying decisions in the quarters ahead. It's our belief that this recipe will be an invaluable complement to what others like Procurement Leaders are already doing so well.
I'll also be covering the Procurement Leaders conference on Twitter. Follow us here: @spendmatters