Trade Extensions Conference – an Invitation to Readers

Trade Extensions is one of the leaders in software to support what is variously called Optimisation, Complex Sourcing, or Market Informed Sourcing (our favourite term). We’ve written a lot about this topic, including a couple of briefing papers – the most recent one here. If you are a procurement practitioner who has any pretension to being leading edge and forward looking, you really should be aware of what this software and process can offer. We also featured their very impressive Tess Academy a little while back.

Anyway, Trade Extensions is holding a customer conference, “Managing the Future” on Thursday October 7th. Whilst it is primarily for existing customers, Garry Mansell, the CEO, is extending the invitation to a limited number of our readers who are interested in both meeting and networking with his current customers, and simply participating in an interesting day’s conference programme.

How do we know it will be interesting? Because I’m speaking! OK, only joking. I am speaking, around my favourite topic of the future of procurement, (“Procurement – a great future or a dying profession” to be precise). But you might be more impressed by the fact that other speakers include Sigi Osagie and Alis Sindbjerg Hemmingsen. Osagie is a regular writer here and the author of the excellent book Procurement Mojo, and I know his session will undoubtedly be worth hearing.

Hemmingsen, from Denmark, is one of Europe’s most knowledge experts in the field of responsible / sustainable procurement and related issues (and she has an excellent website with a lot of useful resources available). There is also what looks like it will be a fascinating session titled “Sourcing and supply in extreme environments” from the charity Médecins Sans Frontières, who work in disaster situations around the world.

The event is being held at a pretty cool location as well; Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium in north London. I’ve been in the corporate area and it is very impressive – and delegates have the chance to take a tour of the stadium at lunchtime too. The day finishes with a dinner in the British Library for those who want to stay for that.

There are a limited number of places left for Spend Matters readers – as you might expect, Trade Extensions are not keen on execs from other software firms attending, but if you are a practitioner or indeed from the consulting world and want to stay ahead of the crowd in your knowledge of Market Informed Sourcing, and generally have an enjoyable and useful day, then you can book here.

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