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IT and Technology

Procurement Technology Developments

Separating the Hype from the Reality

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These days we’re surrounded by messages about “new technology” and “cutting-edge technology” and “revolutionary technology” — all declaring that better productivity and performance are just a few clicks away. How can procurement professionals separate hype from reality, and determine which new developments will really help them achieve better results? Regardless of where you are on your procurement tech journey, you need to understand what the market is offering; the best resources to invest in for your digital future; and what you’re actually building your budget case around for the next three years.

In this webinar, Spend Matters’ Jenny Draper will be interviewing GEP’s technology expert, Paul Blake, about the different solutions and digital resources that have been, and will soon be, impacting the procurement industry. The two of them will uncover the trends that will be transforming the digital procurement and supply chain markets of tomorrow, including blockchain, AI and RPA technologies.

The program includes live Q&A for the audience.

Reasons to attend the webinar
  • The most significant trends in procurement technology development, especially in S2P.

  • The practical applications of technology like blockchain in procurement.

  • The emerging tech that will help you mitigate your supply chain and CSR risks.

  • How to budget in terms of suite, module and implementation.

Speakers:
GEP
Paul Blake, Associate Director, Technology Product Marketing
Paul Blake leads the technology product marketing team at GEP and is responsible for the promotion of GEP’s procurement technology platform, SMART by GEP. He has worked in technology for over 25 years and has been involved in the development of procurement software solutions since before the advent of the internet. Having run the development team that delivered Europe’s first B2B trading platform in the 1990s and implemented eCommerce networks on three continents in the early 2000s, he has long-term experience of the trends and developments that affect procurement professionals.
SpendMatters
Jenny Draper, General Manager UK/EU
Jenny has over 20 years of experience in international procurement. Having started her career as a supply manager with Owens Corning, she went on to work with FreeMarkets (Ariba) managing the sourcing projects of global enterprises. While there, Jenny first encountered colleague Jason Busch, who later co-founded Azul Partners and Spend Matters. After several years at FreeMarkets, working in Europe and Asia, Jenny co-founded e-Three in the UK. It specialized in procurement consultancy facilitated by strategic procurement technology. e-Three became a global partner of Oracle and was one of the first organizations to configure and host Oracle technology in the cloud. e-Three successfully merged and subsequently sold to a global Oracle partner based in North America. Jenny holds an MA (Hons) from St. Andrews University and takes every opportunity to spend time in Scotland. She also speaks fluent French and German. Now part of the Spend Matters team, Jenny brings her knowledge as a practitioner, business owner and source-to-pay technology advocate to the team and wider Spend Matters audience.
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