eWorld – Some Sessions Not To Be Missed!

Only three weeks to go for the eWorld Procurement and Supply conference this year. September 24th at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London, will see a gathering of senior procurement, supply chain and finance executives, as well as practitioners, suppliers, media and third sector to learn about the latest innovations, technologies, market trends and players.

eWorld is a free-to-attend event, is huge, and attracts thousands of visitors (already up on last year’s registrations), so it’s worth plotting your course before you go.

Key themes this year include:

  • The future of procurement: trend analysis and metrics
  • Brexit impact and preparation
  • Procurement advocacy and stakeholder engagement
  • Soft skills for procurement professionals
  • Implications of Blockchain
  • Procurement automation
  • Risk management & legislation
  • Strategic supplier management
  • Getting to grips with cloud-based procurement
  • Contract management
  • Sustainable and responsible procurement and social value
  • Collaboration & data-sharing
  • Mobile-enabled procurement / multi-device
  • e-invoicing and procure-to-pay
  • Building a career in procurement

So quite a hefty agenda that should have something for everyone. We can’t comment on every presentation, and they are all worthwhile attending, we are sure, but we can certainly recommend Edbury Daley’s session on The Future of Procurement - Combining New Skills & Technology. That’s certainly a hot topic at the moment with the gap between applicants and available roles growing, and the need for the right skills as procurement plans for the future as digital transformation goes further up the CPO agenda.

Andrew, we have witnessed before, is good at engaging everyone in a workshop environment, and drawing conclusions that can act as good takeaways for all. His session will get participants to consider what the profession’s leaders are saying about their future vision of procurement and to put their heads together about how this might be achieved. He will also get us to think about the skillsets that will be needed as procurement evolves towards this vision – whether that be greater connection to business-wide goals, or mastering the innovations in spend management technology that will drive the function forward.

Andrew will impart his learnings from working with some of the leading voices in the
procurement profession and some of the companies most successful in procurement strategy and development. He will also gear the session towards your own procurement future and career. So there’s plenty of opportunity to pick his brains on that front.

Another session which we think will attract many questions, is ‘Legal Matters: Will Brexit Break the Supply Chain?’ presented by Sam De Silva, Legal Advisor on data, technology and outsourcing products at the leading international law firm CMS. We said of Sam when he last spoke at eWorld that he is “pretty much the only lawyer to be fully accepted as part of the procurement “club,” he has been a CIPS trustee and Council member.” He is talking about Brexit and its potential to disrupt any global supply chain that involves UK business.

He will consider what happens to existing cross-border contracts if the UK leaves without a deal? What if one party feels it is economically or logistically impossible to continue, due to extra costs and constraints that weren’t predicted when the contract was first negotiated? How long it might take to draw up replacement legislation to bridge the cracks that will inevitably start to appear after 31st October? And what can you do now to start mitigating for the impact of whatever eventually happens? A session not to be missed – we are sure.

As usual Spend Matters will be there, do say hello if you see us. But we will be covering the sessions we attend for those of you not able to, and giving a bit of an overview of the event as a whole.

As we’ve said many times, eWorld is a great opportunity as a networking extravaganza, a chance to meet new vendors and start-ups, speak with market players and meet with peers.

Registration is here and more details are here.


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