Conferences and Events Content

Procurement in 2030: More change coming than ever before


We talked to Dave Jones, indirect and IT procurement leader, to understand more about his session at the forthcoming eWorld event.

You’ll see from the agenda that there is an abundance of content streams to choose from. All are run by people rich in experience who are ready to share their learnings and personal take on the great issues of our industry today. David has worked with several large businesses including Waitrose, Efficio and Vodafone, and until very recently was a member of the leadership team with John Lewis Partnership where they undertook a complete digital transformation of the source-to-settle landscape. He believes that we will see more change in procurement over the next five to 10 years than we have experienced in the last 20. So his session will cover the key trends he sees, what it means for everyone involved with procurement and how you can prepare for them.

Getting to a global procurement function with Fujitsu at eworld 2021

Fujitsu at eworld

The opening keynote at eworld March 2021 will be from Dr. Clive Rees, Vice President, International Chief Procurement Officer at Fujitsu. He will be talking about his experience of moving towards a global procurement function in “The Good, the Bad and the Global.” Clive has responsibility for all indirect spend at Fujitsu globally. In a career spanning more than 35 years in the procurement sector, he has worked across various industries, negotiated large outsourcing and off-shoring deals, and set procurement strategy across continents. So it will be fascinating to hear his experience of journeying through a procurement transformation from disparate country purchasing departments to a category- and country-focused global team to garner greater value from the supplier base and deliver greater savings to the stakeholder.

Your Booth-By-Booth Guide to HR Tech: Non-Employee, Contingent Workforce, Gig Economy Solution Providers and Bears: Visit Them All!


Yesterday, I did a kind of tongue-in-cheek post, entitled “The Elephant in the Room at HR Tech: Contingent Workforce,” pointing out the near-total absence of non-employee, contingent workforce, gig economy solutions at HR Tech.  However, in the outside world, there are actually numerous solutions (like VMS, online freelancer marketplaces, FMS, et. al.) designed to address this growing and increasingly important workforce.  Though still only an emerging topic in HR circles, we know that HR professionals really are intensely interested in the future of work (now at our doorstep) and in how their organizations will engage contingent labor and talent, given increasing talent gaps and shifts in how the workforce wants or needs to “go to work.” With that in mind, I wanted to point out several solution providers that will be at HR Tech — all having very significant connections to the non-employee, contingent workforce, gig economy.  I’ll also provide some links to some of our pertinent articles for more information.

Global Procurement Tech Summit: A Wrap!

Global Procurement Tech Summit

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.

Hanging Out with Hubwoo in the Belly of the Beast at SAP Sapphire (Part 1)

Last month, I went down to Orlando to co-present with Hubwoo at a small AP conference, and since it was during the same week as Sapphire, I decided to attend. I did not go to SAP Sapphire as a ‘sanctioned’ analyst, so I had a terrific time walking the floor, speaking with SAP/Ariba employees at the demonstration booths, and attending practitioners sessions unencumbered by having to go through an ‘analyst relations’ group that often market influencers away from the sessions where reality lives.

BravoSolution’s Customer Event — Touching Down

I touched down in New Orleans yesterday morning to attend the BravoSolution customer conference. I confess I missed the “procurement history walking tour of the […]

Quirky SIG Delights: Politics and Pub Crawls

I spent a day this week at the Sourcing Interests Group (SIG) spring summit in Amelia Island, Florida. It’s been at least a year since […]

Conflict Minerals Compliance: Checklists, Templates, Planning Documents [PRO]

The Spend Matters and MetalMiner team are busy wrapping up a week that featured our first live event on conflict minerals. Today, we share one of the resources given to attendees: The MetalMiner/Elm Consulting Conflict Minerals Checklist document. Organizations at any stage of developing a conflict minerals compliance strategy will find this Excel sheet useful in defining all of the activities, processes and program elements necessary to drive conflict minerals compliance.

Conflict Minerals Questions Answered

Where do US manufacturers stand on conflict minerals compliance as we approach 2H2013? At Conflict Minerals EDGE earlier this week, we sought to find out. […]