eWorld Purchasing and Supply – join our workshops

We’re moving into the prime season for procurement conferences, and no doubt also for other industries - IT, HR, marketing, landscape gardening, cosmetic surgery and forensic accounting too...

But in our sphere of interest, the spring e-World Purchasing and Supply event is at the QE2 Conference Centre, Westminster on March 4th and I’m pleased to say that I will be running two round-table-workshop-discussion-briefing-sessions at the event. There will be a certain amount of me talking, but the intention really is to get some exchange of views and ideas from amongst the delegates, so we particularly welcome those  of you who have ideas on these two topics:

1. Focus on value, not cost

Procurement executives are increasingly focused on delivering business value, rather than simple savings or cost reduction. But what does this mean in terms of our behavior and how procurement’s performance is measured?  I’ll be encouraging delegates to share their experience of how they have got the ‘value message’ over to bosses and stakeholders, and discuss how organisations are measuring procurement performance (because that is vital to the whole question of value of course).

2.  How important is the is the development of a ‘diverse’ supplier base?

We’ve been writing about this for a few months now, so a good chance to discuss and pick delegates’ brains!  Is ‘supplier diversity’ just a fad or a gimmick? Or is there something real and important in the concept - that procurement professionals should understand and drive forwards? This session will discuss supplier diversity initiatives and encourage delegates to share their views honestly and openly. And I’ll be asking whether supplier diversity should just arise naturally if procurement is doing its job properly!

eWorld also has a good speaker line up with Christopher Barratt, Jim Carter and James Marland for a start – all excellent, stimulating speakers.  It is also an opportunity to talk to a good range of exhibiting suppliers in the procurement solutions space, including the big boys such as BravoSolution, Oracle and SAP, interesting innovators such as Iasta, b-pack, and Crossflow Payments,  and some firms new to me like ABBYY and Apsolut (NOT the vodka company, I’m sad to say).

Don’t be shy if you do attend – go and have a chat with the firms. It is a very time-effective way of getting a rapid brain dump of what is going on in the solutions market. Best of all, the event is free to procurement practitioners. Excellent value for money then... you can get more details here.

Well, to be precise; “free of charge to senior decision-makers from the commercial, public and third sectors with responsibility for implementing web-enabled procurement & supply chain strategies”.  So you know what to say on the application form, don’t you!

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