eWorld Procurement and Supply Next Tuesday – Final Call!

Don’t forget it is eWorld Procurement and Supply next Tuesday, September 26th at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London.

We’ve already written about Dr John Glen who is going to be giving the keynote and talking about Brexit issues – not just a session for public sector folk by the way but very relevant to all of us. Other highlights for us should be Kavita Cooper and Roham Yoganathan talking about procurement in the charity sector and our friend Pete Loughlin on Blockchain (keep it simple Pete, my brain can only take so much …).  We might also drop in to the Amazon Business session and ask Bill Burkland who runs the business in the UK some questions about VAT just to liven things up.

Interserve and Per Augusta win the competition for the best session title with “Free Biscuits” – Changing Behaviour Through Technology. I do hope they realise that they will need to serve free biscuits at their workshop or there will be a riot. Talking of which, we like to think the evolution of eWorld from no free food at all for delegates to free breakfast AND lunch is in part due to our nagging over the years!

Most controversial title  - “Is Procurement Headed for Extinction?” from Josh Ayres of Zycus. I’ve been talking about this topic recently so I may have to take a look at that session. There are also two drop-in clinics;  a Legal and Contract Support Surgery for high-level legal advice from leading commercial lawyers CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (CMS to their friends) and a Career Guidance Clinic run by Hays, providing a “procurement career boost for delegates”. I might give that a try although it’s probably all too late for my career …

My colleague and Spend Matters US founder Jason Busch will be there, along with my UK colleague Nancy Clinton, so do please come and say hello. We don’t have a stand, we just wander around attending sessions and talking to sponsors. Talking of which, there is a very impressive line-up of tech firms there, perhaps the strongest we’ve ever seen at eWorld, so do take the opportunity to go and have a chat. They won’t sell at you too hard, and some have nibbles too – Scanmarket won “best chocolates” award last time around.

If you’re not sure how to get the discussion started, how about this as a question – “what’s the most useful improvement you’ve made to your product in the last 12 months in terms of really helping people like me”?

See you next Tuesday anyway. Registration is still open and is free to practitioners.

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