Autumn Procurement Conferences (part 2) – Ivalua On Air

“There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir: We must rise and follow her, When from every hill of flame She calls, and calls each vagabond by name”. (William Bliss)

It appears that October, apart from anything else, is the month for procurement solution providers to hold their customer events, so continuing our series featuring some of the upcoming events, today we are looking at Ivalua On Air.

Ivalua provides a strong integrated suite of products covering source to pay and beyond. The suite is very extensive, one of the most comprehensive in the market, strong in all the standard procurement systems areas (sourcing, analytics, ordering etc) and also gets into areas such as expense reporting, action plans and savings tracking. The firms is particularly strong in France (its original home) and the USA, but is beginning to make bigger waves in the UK since the recruitment of Steve Cobley a year or so back to focus on that market.

Now this must be the most “theatrical” of the conferences, certainly in its marketing! The day is themed around the movies, and is held at the UGC Normandie cinema & Lido cabaret on the Champs Elysees in Paris. The promotional material for the event is, as we might say, “different”, to be sure!

But whilst we must expect some theatrical touches, the speaker line up is perhaps more pragmatic and business focused than you might expect given the razzmatazz around the event, with a range of senior procurement practitioners from client firms, such as Sylvie Noël, the Covéa Group CPO and Sylvie-Robin-Romet who holds the same position at Crédit Agricole. There is a strong French influence obviously but the event is being held with English and French parallel translation I believe.

The theme is Procurement Innovation, featuring in-depth presentations of the Ivalua Spend Management suite’s new features and “real life case studies from inspiring speakers”. So on the agenda we have client feedback sessions, live demos, expert and analyst roundtables, market analysis and an exclusive presentation of the Ivalua Procurement Digitalisation study.

The date for your diaries is 13th October 2015, registration is now open and I believe it is free to customers and potential customers. I will be attending – I’m not speaking but no doubt I will be asking a few challenging questions and keeping the speakers on their toes. And maybe enjoying a glass or two of vin as well!

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