eWorld Procurement and Supply – Another Successful Event

Yesterday we were at the eWorld Procurement and Supply event at the QEII centre in Westminster. This seems to draw more and more of the key players in the procurement solutions provider market (attracted by the value-for-money sponsorship rates), and a good range of delegates from public, private and third sector. Some 500 people registered and almost 300 showed up during the day, according to the organisers.

It’s a great opportunity for us at Spend Matters to catch up with sponsors past and present, our friends (and the odd enemy) amongst the provider side, as well as talking to practitioners and of course taking in some of the workshops and keynotes.

But the day started badly for Jason Busch and I as South West Rail failed to get us to Waterloo on time - a 30 minute delay meant we missed Dr John Glen on Brexit, but those we spoke to said it was "very interesting if a little depressing" - not a comment on his speech technique but on some of the tricky issues the UK faces around Brexit!

We took in sponsor sessions from Coupa, SAP Ariba, Xoomworks and others, won Pete Loughlin's competition which required a bit of Maths and a good memory for the pre-decimal currency age, and very much enjoyed Craig Brewin from Slough Council talking about real, serious, thought-through examples of commissioning for outcomes - important stuff for every citizen and taxpayer.

Kavita Cooper led a workshop session aimed at charities, and it was interesting to put myself in the shoes of a charity CFO or head of fundraising - people who have a quite different outlook on life and on what they want from procurement than their equivalents in most pure "business" or public sector organisations.

My colleague Nancy Clinton also took in a few presentations: Allied Irish Bank and Xoomworks explained what the main causes of P2P project failures are; i2B gave a back-to-basics look at why using the Cloud is the optimum way of sharing and collaborating with suppliers, and Tradeshift presented a more, let's say, philosophical view of how to transition from being measured on savings to value.

We'll have more on most of these sessions to come over the next week or two. We also enjoyed talking to some of the sponsors who were new to us, particularly Law Geex and Dhatim - more to come on those firms too.


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