ISM2015 and Spend Matters – A View From Outside Phoenix Jason Busch - May 4, 2015 11:23 AM | Categories: Commentary, Conferences, Solution Providers | Tags: General News, L3 Due to a last-minute change in some exciting new activities you’ll be hearing about this week on Spend Matters, I am not at ISM2015 in Phoenix, but in another city. It’s a shame, too, because I truly love going to the organization’s annual conference. This will be the first year I’ve not spoken at or attended the event in at least 5 years. But at least I have 4 great colleagues from Spend Matters who are going: Pierre Mitchell, Thomas Kase, Eric Lynch and John Conolly. If you are in Phoenix, please say hello to them, and if you need their details, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. There are a number of things I’ll miss about ISM this year. In no particular order, they are: Watching the success that ISM CEO Tom Derry is having at bringing ISM into the spotlight and changing how the industry looks at procurement overall Being selective about the various conference track options. There are so many, and once you’ve been for a couple of years and get a sense of the speakers, you can almost always find a great break-out session to attend if you do your homework Learning about peripheral things to procurement that would not show up in smaller events (with the same depth of sessions) – including seeing greater track sessions in such topics as corporate social responsibility/ethics, risk management, change management, etc. Walking the floor – one great thing about ISM is simply how many solution providers are in attendance. I never fail to discover at least half a dozen providers I knew nothing about before. It’s always accelerated learning for me, and the relative low cost of attending ISM for smaller or niche procurement vendors makes it a great place to learn about providers that do not typically go to conferences Stay tuned for live coverage from my colleagues throughout the week – and more from me (from afar) as well. Discuss this: Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.