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  • Day 1

    Wednesday 20th February 2019

  • In many ways, today’s procurement organizations resemble white-collar versions of manufacturing in the 1970s. Manual processes still dominate procurement, even as automation transforms other business functions. Routine, labor-intensive transactional activities—pricing negotiations, contract awards, contract renewals, supplier performance monitoring—consume time and attention. Procurement workers also spend hours piecing together fragmented information flows from a myriad of transactions, a task technology could perform in seconds in a manner that enables greater insight. Internal stakeholders, meanwhile, grow frustrated by what they perceive as slow service from procurement, and yearn for self-service options and direct access to end-to-end data streams. All this is about to change… In this session, we will outline why we believe that we are at a tipping point and that digital technology will revolutionize procurement over the coming years. We will argue that a convergence of artificial intelligence (AI), advanced analytics, and other new technologies will automate manual processes and empower business users with the tools and information to get what they need without help from procurement, and give real-world case studies on how these advances can be applied. This creates exciting opportunities for Procurement functions that are willing to be agile, experiment and take a few measured risks as they re-invent themselves; however a ‘do nothing’ stance is not an option.

  • Digitisation is apparently one of the next key steps if you are to develop a world class procurement function. This session raises a number of questions about ‘digital’ procurement and its role in delivering a better customer experience.
    • What is digital procurement and how is it related to customer centricity?
    • Why are we even talking about “digital procurement”?
    • What are the implications of digital and customer centricity for procurement technology
    • What are the technology options?
    • Where do you start?

    • Is your organisation ready for change? The recommended steps to take before embarking on a systems project
    • The importance of processes and people as a part of your transformation
    • Ensuring you get the right system

  • Opportunity to meet those solutions providers with whom you have not made scheduled appointments

  • Utilising case study examples from the utility, manufacturing and public sectors, Shane will show how spend analysis technology can enable you to identify opportunities and redefine your procurement purpose and value proposition. Spend analysis is the basis for every procurement organisation and by enriching and visualize your data you can confidently make data informed decisions on procurement organisation design, capability requirements, commodity and supplier strategies, cost efficiency opportunities and sourcing decisions.

  • Through enabling AI technology, we can finally start to free Procurement professionals from the reactive transactional processes that tie them down and allow them to dedicate more of their time to the strategic value add activities. In this session we will demonstrate how AI is currently being used to support the decision making of CPOs / CFOs with quick and meaningful insights into the complex financial data sets of their organisations. We will also discuss how AI is supporting the management of risk and compliance and will propose how the standard Procurement Operating Model and underpinning processes are becoming more agile due to AI. Be the AI champion in your organisation

  • In a rapidly changing world of digitization, automation and the increase of compliance reporting, contract managers are being compelled to take new approaches to getting up to date information fast. For those of us managing contracts, internal and external relationships, it can be challenging. Support and alignment between key stakeholders and technology is critical.
    • How are industry leaders responding to the critical need for contract compliance visibility?
    • How can businesses ensure the business is not order slitting or double paying?
    • Ensuring data collection enables the effective tracking of supplier performance
    • How can we work together to improve the way risks are viewed and handled?
    • Undertaking enhanced governance and performance management
    Walk away with a practical approach to assist you in developing your contracting strategy including advice on ways to engage your senior leaders.

  • Further time to check out what else is on show

  • Is it possible to design a scope without knowing what the market has to offer?”

  • With so many solutions out there, from the major ERP vendors to small, niche players, and with widely varying functionality and pricing, how do procurement leaders wade through the morass to find the solution that is going to be most appropriate to them?
    • What intangible factors should you consider when selecting technology vendors?
    • Do you need to be more transparent with vendors in order to arrive at the best outcomes?

  • Day 2

    Thursday 21st February 2019

  • How do you free up time and more effectively manage a category? An expert in RPA reveals:
    • What RPA is (and what it isn’t)
    • When it can be used
    • How they are using RPA to manage the energy category

  • Why Transparency, Governance and Data is more important than meeting budget and time targets
    • Learnings from failed projects
    • Who’s decision?
    • Gaining transparency
    • What does good governance look like?
    • Tips for better outcomes

  • Nowadays it's a given that Procurement will deliver at optimum cost, while managing the risks inherent in sourcing for a complex organisation. This panel will look beyond the obvious - at the potential for the function to deliver value in non-traditional ways, whether by providing insights that can support operational excellence, by building sustainable supply chains, or by supporting corporate goals and policies around local sourcing or social procurement.

  • This panel session will review the progressive practices and considerations required to achieve Business Spend Transformation in your organisation. These include :
    • Procurement operating models
    • Change management practices
    • Engagement with end users
    • Up-skilling the internal team
    • Bringing suppliers on the journey to make the technology investment a success
    Join procurement leaders and industry experts as we refer to real life experiences from those who have been on this journey.

  • Enterprise Value is potentially the next frontier in the future of procurement. How can the procurement leaders future proof their organisation to meet the challenges and demands of delivering Enterprise Value by addressing their system needs through latest technology?

  • So what did we learn and what haven’t we covered? Facilitated cross-room discussion addressing those remaining questions from delegates. Often these types of events raise as many questions as answers. In this session we will try, collectively, to answer those remaining questions. Facilitated discussion