Final Call for Two Great Events Next Week!

A final reminder for two events next week. First. On Wednesday 14th we have the “AI and Procurement” breakfast at the Gherkin in London (a private room in the Searcy’s restaurant, that is) with me and Costas Xyloyiannis, founder of HICX Solutions. You can’t get a much hotter topic than AI at the moment, with much speculation about what it means for the world of work generally, the future of our societies and even the future of humankind.

We will be presenting our thoughts, but we will have plenty of time for delegate debate too, and looking at those who have booked so far, I’m very excited about that input – we have people who are genuine thought leaders in the profession, and even beyond procurement, so I suspect this is going to be a great session.

There are still a few places left, so do register here – free of charge, but places are limited so don’t delay. Registration is 8.30 for a 9am start and we will be finished by 11am. That is unless we reach the “singularity*” that morning, find that the AI bots have taken over the world and we have to go into defend the Gherkin “Die Hard” mode. (Now there’s an idea for a film script).

Then, on the very next day, join us on November 15th at 12 noon GMT when we have a webinar addressing the other really hot topic of the day, and one that raises even stronger opinions than AI. Yes, we are talking Brexit!  For Brexit is Coming - what does procurement need to be doing now?”, I’ll be with Richard Hogg, UK MD of procurement software leaders Jaggaer, and Jeremy Smith of consulting firm 4C Associates to look at what Brexit means for procurement people, in the UK and in other parts of Europe, and what we should be doing about it now.

Assuming the March 2019 date does stand, and of course there could still be a further referendum, who knows, then actions need to be taken now. Many firms have adopted a wait and see approach, but we suggest that time for that is well passed.

We’ll have short presentations and then a good amount of time for questions from delegates (and maybe even a few answers from our panel), so do register here  for the session – and remember, if you register, you will get immediate access to the webinar even if you cant tune in for the live event.


* The singularity  (or technological singularity) is the hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence (ASI) will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization. Pessimists suggest this will trigger the end of humanity as the AI-driven technology wipes us out, deliberately or accidentally.  I know, it seems far-fetched given my bank’s AI can’t even answer a simple question about my account …

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