The ISM and Spend Matters Global Procurement Tech Summit (#ProcureTech2016) is a wrap. Despite the hurdles in marketing an event at the same time as Ariba LIVE (not by design!) and with less than seven months from finalizing the idea through to executing it, nearly 300 people took a chance to attend the first-time event. While the perfectionists in us would have liked to tweak a number of things, the event was, based on the feedback we received from participants, a smashing success. And next year will be even better.
Keeping the Same Feel Next Time
A number of folks came up to me during the event almost pre-reminiscing about the first one before it ended. Here are a couple of quotes:
“It won’t be the same when it’s larger.”
“There’s no way you can duplicate the content and energy the next time.”
I sincerely hope we can prove these folks wrong! But we need your help to do so. If you attended the event, please fill out the post attendee survey that ISM is sending out via email (or do it digitally before you delete the app on your smartphone). Or just send me an email! We are reading every word of the ratings and responses to make the show even better next year.
AMR Research (Pre-Gartner) Supply Chain Conference: The Event Mark
Bravo’s Mickey North Rizza shared her thoughts about the event in a blog.
Mickey writes, “I attended the first ISM and Spend Matters Global Procurement Tech Summit this week. It reminded me of my former days at AMR Research … the conference was filled with knowledge the procurement practitioner and, for that matter, their technology partners could put to use immediately to improve procurement performance in the short-and long-term.”
“Candidly, this former Gartner analyst believes the continuation of this conference will give Gartner a run for their money in terms of technology information and audience needs.”
Coming from Mickey, these words mean a ton. We believe Gartner does a great job today in terms of mindshare with the CIO, and to be lumped in with them is amazing. It’s even a higher honor to be mentioned in the same league as AMR Research, which many folks on our team (including me) idolized back in the day and our chief research officer worked for, heading up procurement research.
In closing out the event (and this exhausting week), I’d like to issue a huge round of thanks to the entire ISM and Spend Matters teams as well as our sponsors that took a chance on the first time event. In particular, thank you a ton, Coupa, for betting on GPTS as the Diamond Sponsor. But most of all, I want to thank our speakers and attendees who took a number of days out of their schedule to plan for and and attend an unproven event and made us all wish the next GPTS was not a year away.
Finally, if you’d like to get involved in next year’s program (or have any suggestions if you did not attend and get a post-event survey to fill out), please don’t hesitate to drop a comment or a line to me personally. We’ll be posting details on it as soon as we’ve nailed down the dates and the venue with ISM.
Thanks again to everyone who was involved!