One Week To Our Pub Debate – Have You Registered Yet?

Have you thought about which elements of your procurement role  – or your department’s or function’s role – could be done by robots? Or more accurately, by automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Some work may not need to be carried out purely by the machines – it may be that other colleagues, budget holders for instance, will with the help of technology be able to carry out tasks that traditionally have gone to procurement.

So a key issue is for procurement to identify what we do (and can do in the future) that the robots won’t be so good at!  With that in mind, why not come along to our procurement pub debate at The Clarence pub on London’s Whitehall, next Thursday July 13th at 6pm, and get involved in this discussion. Our partner in the event is SAP Ariba, and we are very grateful for their support (and their food and drink on the evening)!  The motion for debate is this.

“This House Believes that Robots will Run (and Rule) Procurement by 2020”.

We have four engaging speakers, two supporting the proposition and two against. Each speaks for just 8 minutes, then we have Q & A from the audience, and a vote to decide whether the motion is carried.

The debate will be chaired founder of Spend Matters and procurement guru extraordinaire, Jason Busch. Proposing the motion is James Marland from SAP Ariba. James understands procurement technology inside out, and more importantly is always thought-provoking and challenging, lightened with a somewhat left-field sense of humour. Then, Mayank Chandla, a very cosmopolitan gentleman from IBM with a wealth of procurement and tech experience will be opposing the motion.

Then me. Yes, I am going in to bat on behalf of the robots. Why? Well, if the future is the robots, I want to be on the winning side … And finally, supporting Mayank, we will hear from Sarah Freeman, previously a global leader in the Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) Group Procurement Function.

We look forward to a stimulating, enlightening and fun debate, all packed into an hour or so from 6 – 7pm, with networking after that too if you want to hang around for a while.  You can read more and book here - the venue is constrained on numbers so please don’t delay. Hope to see you there.

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  1. Dan:

    Having recently gone live with an all-singing, all-dancing ERP system, and almost immediately run smack-bang into its limitations, I heavily doubt robots will be running anything by 2020.

    By 2050 is a different matter however. Robots will be running everything, having exterminated their human oppressors and put an end to maverick spending.

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