Basware Connect – Craig Lardner and Peter Smith Answer Your Questions

We recently ran through a number solution provider conferences in October, two of which are now done, but the run carries on into November, as Finnish (and now very international) P2P and e-invoicing specialist Basware take the stage.

Basware Connect is a whole series of single-day business-focused events, with most in October although the series does not reach the UK (Farringdon in London) until November 24th. But we have Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden and three events in the USA, all within October, then Australia, Germany and the UK in November. It looks like a different range of speakers for each event, which must be quite a logistical feat for the firm to organise!

As you might expect given Basware’s heritage, there is a strong focus on purchase to pay, e-invoicing and supply chain finance. These are not purely procurement events; in the UK, part of the day is “streamed” with separate sessions for Procurement, AP, Finance and Suppliers. Particularly in the UK, it will be interesting for current and potential clients and users of both Basware and ProcServe to learn more about the integration that has already taken place since the acquisition of Procserve earlier this year, and of course the future plans.

The UK line up includes old friends of ours such as Pete Loughlin and Craig Lardner, as well as others we don’t know who sound interesting, like Michiel Steeman, Professor of Supply Chain Finance, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. Loughlin is a really deep expert on all matters P2P, but I’ve never heard him speak to a large audience before, so that will be interesting, although he is within the Accounts Payable stream (rather than procurement) according to the agenda .

I’m going to be there for the UK event and indeed I will doing a double act with Craig Lardner, who as many will know is a recent CIPS President and an experienced CPO in the UK and Australia. He’s also leading his own session at Basware Connect UK, mysteriously titled “The 17 Planets of Value for Procurement”, but we’re also going to run a joint workshop within the procurement stream where we will be offering to answer – or try and answer – some of the knotty issues that delegates are facing in their procurement jobs.

It’s quite a high risk approach, as it won’t be all pre-arranged and structured, so it will rely on audience involvement, but we hope it will be interesting and thought-provoking for everyone. The Connect events are free to attend for practitioners, and you can find out more about them here.

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