IBM procurement event this Friday – final call

I’m acting as facilitator – as well as wrapping things up with a closing address – at the IBM Procurement “Networking Roadshow” event this Friday 19th November. It’s a full day, at IBM’s place on the South Bank in London. We mentioned it here, but now the speakers have been finalised and it looks like a very interesting day.

We’ve got some of IBM’s own experts, including Pat Knight who is Vice President of IBM’s own global procurement team, as well as people expert in mobile technology and analytics. Then we’re going to hear about Watson, IBM’s super-computer, which as well as beating people at Jeopardy, (a US game show I’m told), and inventing new cocktails (yes seriously), promises to give us some entirely new ways of looking at “big data”. I’ve suggested to IBM that they provide all delegates with one of Watson’s cocktails but they haven’t got back to me on that one yet...!

In terms of external speakers, Sue Moffatt, who runs procurement in the Welsh public sector, is also on the bill now. Those of you who know Sue will also know that she is always provoking and is about as far away from the cliché of the cautious, smooth mandarin as you can get (and that’s a compliment)! She is blunt and insightful, and I’m looking forward to her talking about where she sees procurement going in the public sector and more widely.

Then we have Alan Day, founder of consulting and software firm State of Flux. Alan will be giving us the first sneak preview of this year’s State of Flux Supplier Relationship Management report. It’s the bible of that particular subject, and always contains much of interest. This will be the first chance anyone gets to hear what changes seem to be emerging in that field in 2014.

I’m going to finish up with some thoughts on how all the technological (and other) change that we’re seeing will effect procurement. So big data is fine – but what exactly does it mean for senior procurement people? How will supply chain and supplier risk management change for instance as we see the effect of big data? If we put every bit of procurement and supplier related data we have within our organisation now into Watson, what might it (he?) tell us that we don’t already know?

The format is a mix of presentations and round-table type discussions and the delegate list is looking good and high level. The event is mainly aimed at IBM / Emptoris customers, and it is a relatively small event, but there are still a handful of places available. So if you’d like to come along, listen to the speakers, no doubt have some interesting discussions, and hear the latest in IBM’s thinking relevant to our space, then please register through this link here.

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  1. Dave Orr:

    A Great Big Bet that IBM do not mention Somerset and the controversial South West One contract at this event (eyes passim)!

    Read about the Lessons Learned here:

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