eWorld Procurement and Supply – Poker Players and Collaboration on March 1st

Tick, tick, tick goes the clock of life and before we know it, here comes eWorld Procurement and Supply in its springtime manifestation, at the QEII Centre Westminster on March 1st.  Spring, did we say? That’s a time of year when we might see the first stirrings of real warmth and promise, or we might see a blizzard raging down Victoria Street!

Anyway, it will be nice and warm inside the venue, with a variety of speakers (practitioners, supply side folk and others) leading presentations, workshops and discussions. There is the usual strong range of sponsors too exhibiting – procurement software, solutions and consulting firms – and this is a great event for getting round and seeing what some of the latest thinking and developments are in our technology world, in a concentrated and time-efficient manner.

The keynote speaker sounds fascinating. Caspar Berry (pictured above) is a motivational speaker, ex Footlights theatre director, and ex-professional poker player apparently, and is going to talk about risk amongst other things. So we’ve got our questions about Kahneman and his ideas on risk from the classic book “Thinking Fast and Slow” ready for him … Berry is going to “explain the key tools and thought processes required for multi-outcome planning, to help you make clearer decisions in a volatile world”.

As well as other excellent speakers like Jim Hemmington from the BBC, our own Peter Smith is also on the agenda this time. He’s going to be talking about procurement collaboration – not with suppliers, but collaboration between different procurement organisations. That might be through use of a collaborative buying organisation (particularly in the public sector), shared services, combined and aggregated buying “clubs”, or even some procurement outsourcing which really relies on that idea of collaboration between buyers.

Peter has been doing some research on the topic, so will give you some of the results from that and what it means in terms of maximising the chances of success from this type of activity. That’s important, because the record of success in this field is mixed, to say the least.

There are many more speakers, as we say, and as usual the event is free to procurement practitioners. You can register here, and we look forward to seeing you on March 1st.

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