This House Believes that Robots will Run (and Rule) Procurement by 2020 – Pub Debate

We’re pleased to tell you more about our next Pub Debate, on Thursday July 13th, 6pm prompt start, at The Clarence pub where we held the last debate – a very pleasant location in a private room overlooking London’s famous Whitehall.

Our partner in the event is SAP Ariba, a firm who I’m sure will need no introduction as giants of the procurement and supply chain technology landscape. We’re grateful for their support (and their food and drink on the evening)!  And the motion for debate is this.

“This House Believes that Robots will Run (and Rule) Procurement by 2020”.

We will have four engaging speakers, two supporting the proposition and two against. Each speaks for just 8 minutes, no slides, a bit of rubbishing the opposition, some persuasive arguments, a bit of passion … then we have Q & A from the audience, and a vote to decide whether the motion is carried.

We can now tell you about some of the speakers who will argue themselves and each other to a standstill in the hope of a glorious victory.

James Marland is VP, Network Growth for SAP Ariba, understands the procurement technology space inside out, and is always thought-provoking and challenging, lightened with a somewhat leftfield sense of humour! He’s a Mathematician by training, perhaps that explains it.  He will be arguing on the side of the robots (I think), and personally I can’t wait to hear what arguments he comes up with.

Many of you will know Lance Younger – he’s been around our industry for many years, as a CPO as well as a CFO and is now Partner responsible for the Deloitte sourcing and procurement practice in the UK.  He’s been a procurement thought leader in terms of digital for some time but here he is going to argue that the robots won’t take over the world! Is that just because robots wouldn’t need consultants? Surely not!

Then there is me ….  Not actually sure which side I’m on yet, it will depend on who our fourth speaker is going to be.  I think I may well be on James’ and the robots side, frankly I’m sure they could manage without us … maybe …

Anyway, we look forward to a stimulating, enlightening and fun debate, all packed into an hour or so from 6 – 7pm, with a good chance for networking after that too if you want to hang around for a while.  And you can now register here – the venue is constrained on numbers so please don’t delay. Hope to see you next month.

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