Basware P2P Event at Silverstone – Great Speakers, Fast Corners

Now I know some of you poor, misguided procurement people out there may think that purchase-to-pay (P2P) processes and technology do not form THE most exciting part of the procurement universe. Perhaps I might have agreed with you at one point in my career.

But, in all honesty, it has got more exciting in recent years. Think of the neat developments in use of e-catalogues and guided buying, making the end-user ordering end of the process a lot friendlier and more interesting. Or the opportunities opening up for supply chain finance type activities at the final stages of the process.

The other reason for procurement people to take an interest in P2P is that it often plays a dis-proportionate role in how procurement is judged as function by our stakeholders. If the process or ordering and paying for goods and services is dreadful from their point of view, their opinion of procurement is unlikely to be good, however ground-breaking your category management strategies might be.

However, our friends at leading P2P and e-Invoicing firm Basware realised that if you are going to hold an event all about the topic, you might want to do it somewhere interesting, not in a windowless meeting room in a hotel near Paddington. So, on Friday July 22nd, I am speaking as part of the “Jump start your Purchase-to-Pay Project” event at Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit. And rumour has it, delegates will be able to actually get out onto the track. In cars that is, not just for a walk.

Don’t think this is just an end of term “jolly” though – Basware has put together a very strong line up in terms of topics and speakers. The idea is to cover all the key aspects of implementing P2P. So I am covering how to develop the business case, speakers from Basware will cover some more technical aspects, whilst Nic Walden from The Hackett Group will talk about selecting the right solution to meet your needs.

I’m probably most excited though about hearing Chris Barrat again, who will talk about the “driving change across the organisation” – that non-technological yet critical element of successful programmes. Based on my previous experience of seeing him perform, Chris will have great ideas and be genuinely inspirational.

The event starts at 9 for 9.30 am, and the business finishes at lunchtime, with the motoring activities taking place after that. You can view the full days’ agenda here. If you have a P2P project under way, or you are considering one, then this will be a very useful day, I’m sure.

Places are genuinely limited, for obvious reasons – this will be an intimate event, not a 100-person conference – and some Basware clients have already confirmed. So if you are interested, do move quickly; you can register your interest here.  

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