Optimising procurement's digital literacy

27 November 2018 - 28 November 2018
08:30 - 17:30
The Crystal - London


Join us at the Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2018

This two-day event is focused on improving your end-to-end digital strategy with an emphasis on the talent and skills required to most effectively leverage data and technology. You’ll learn from your peers’ examples in practice to apply elements to your own digital strategy.

Expect to leave with “aha moments” that you can put into practice, immediately. Gain a taste of the event experience through this highlights video:

Agenda themes

You’ll gain insights and inspiration on these key elements that contribute to a successful end to end digital strategy.

Solving the talent and technology conundrum

How you find the right balance between upskilling your existing team while bringing in external expertise to drive digital initiatives forward.

Leveraging the big data value chain

The practicalities of embeding big data analytics into your function’s workflow to increase efficiency of spend management and supply chain visibility.

Designing a strategy that embraces a fail fast, win faster mindset

How to create a fluid strategy and agile culture that allows you to easily pivot without starting from scratch.

Capitalising on emerging technology

The steps to determine which technologies such as AI and blockchain will give you a competitive advantage and how to start deploying a solution.

Aligning the function’s goals to the business’ digital strategy

How to leverage company-wide data and elevate procurement’s role in the organisations broader digital strategy.

The digital revolution is here

The amount of data being generated for procurement is doubling every two years. Does your function have the skills that are needed to keep pace? Most functions don’t…

42% of functions are held back by the absence of dedicated data staff.

42% of functions are held back by the absence of dedicated data staff.
Only 39% of functions believe they are successfully using data in the decision-making process

Only 39% of functions believe they are successfully using data in the decision-making process
33% of managers claim their procurement teams lack the requisite skills to make effective use of data

33% of managers claim their procurement teams lack the requisite skills to make effective use of data

Book now to join us at the Forum to discover the most efficient and effective ways to upskill your team’s digital literacy, FAST.

What you will leave with

The two-day time investment is the most cost-effective way to accelerate the development and optimisation of your digital strategy:

  1. Inspiration to embrace an accelerated digital transformation for value add

  2. Practical insights to design and deliver a digital strategy that aligns to the wider business

  3. New connections from a variety of industries for ongoing collaboration and partnerships

  4. Information and resources to develop you and your team’s digital capabilities

  5. Access to leading innovative technology providers to expedite your strategy delivery

The Forum numbers speak for themselves


senior procurement executives projected to attend

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breakout tracks to account for digital maturity

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hours of networking opportunities


PLx speakers that bring an outside-in perspective

Don’t just take our word for it

Toyota logo
"I gained a lot from this event. Thanks to the mix of vendors and peer presentations, I understand what can be of reach for my organisations, but moreover I learned a lot from my peer’s testimonies of successes & failures."
Laurent Eugene, Indirect Purchasing Lead
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"I left with a clear action plan of what I could do to improve. So, the event produced some tangible ideas, which is great."
Eric Espinasse, CPO
Johnson and Johnson logo
"Powerful content with a variety of themes and digital maturity. It was great to see examples in practice and to have key takeaways."
Niki Pyrathon, Category Excellence Lead
DSM logo
"Learning is key, everybody is at different stages in the journey. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, lets learn from each other, which is why I think benchmarking at events like this is crucial."
Koen Devits, EVP & CPO
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"I saw a session, where the first thing I did in the break was to email our management team and say ’We’ve got something really interesting we could look at here.’ The event really give you an awareness of what’s out there in the market, which is invaluable."
Michael Maddock, Marketing and Communications Commodity Manager
Marsh and McLennan logo
"There are people who present here who will talk about new technologies that give you thought provoking moments of how you can apply that within your own space."
Paul Harvey, Head of Procurement Operations & Infrastructure

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Venue information

The Crystal is a dynamic and innovative landmark building, and the most sustainable events venue in London. Located close to both the Royal Victoria DLR station and the Emirates Royal Docks Cable Car station. For more travel information please click here.

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Partnership opportunities

The Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum is the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to executives actively seeking your solutions. Strengthen existing partnerships, make new contacts and build lasting relationships by partnering with us today.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.


We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.


Rahul Vijay

Head of Telecom Sourcing

Lene Aabo

Vice President
Novozymes A/S

Stephen Hall

Director content & community
Procurement Leaders

Graham Slack

Chief Economist and Head of Strategic Intelligence
AP Moller Maersk

Sylvie Noel

Chief Procurement Officer

Our Partners

Partners of the Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2018


Having relationships with the right solution providers is critical to the impact your function makes on the business.

The Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum will have carefully selected procurement solution providers onsite as Forum partners. These partners are there for you to brainstorm with to help you find solutions to your challenges, while also discussing how their product aligns to your functional objectives. 

Please see the partners already confirmed to contributing to the event:

Insight Plus Partner


GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 14 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, GEP – based in Clark, NJ - helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit www.smartbygep.com




Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 250 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Realize the possibilities at www.ivalua.com. Follow us at @Ivalua



Knowledge Partner


Extract the hidden value inside your data. We help the Purchasing Departments of large multinational companies to see exactly what is going on in Sourcing & Procurement processes and show them how to manage them in the best way. Traditional approaches on Spending Management are in the past: unifying ERPs is costly and slow in implementation; Business Intelligence tools only show aggregated data based on the poor quality of existing classification; offline manual classifications are obsolete. Creactives provides “Augmented Visibility” and “Innovative Tools” to manage Orders, Invoices and Mas-ter Data, described in different languages, with different coding, from more ERPs and other sources.




Jaggaer is the world’s largest independent spend management company, with over 1,850 customers connected to a network of 3.7 million suppliers in 70 countries, served by offices located in North America, Latin America, throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.

Jaggaer offers complete SaaS based indirect and direct eProcurement solutions with advanced spend analytics, complex sourcing, supplier management, contract lifecycle management, savings tracking, and intelligent workflow capabilities. We have pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continue to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and analysing the market.

Our solutions suites are trusted by the world’s largest education, manufacturing, health care, retail, consumer packaged goods, logistics, construction, utilities companies and public service organizations. Additionally, JAGGAER holds 38 patents–more than any other spend management company.



Insight Partner


Founded in 2010, Tradeshift is the world’s largest business commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers. Tradeshift connects over 1.5 million companies across 190 countries, processes over half a trillion USD in transaction value yearly, and has a marketplace containing 28 million SKUs. It offers solutions for procure to pay, supplier engagement and financial services, and enables companies and partners to build custom or commercial apps on its business commerce platform. Tradeshift is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Copenhagen, New York, London, Paris, Suzhou, Chongqing, Tokyo, Munich, Frankfurt, Sydney, Bucharest, Oslo, and Stockholm.


Exclusive Diversity & Inclusion Partner


ConnXus supplier management software solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a CPUC-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.





Create real business impact for your organization by using C2FO to improve margins and strengthen your supply chain. As the world’s leading dynamic discounting solution, C2FO enables early invoice payment for a discount to your suppliers without impeding existing contracts. With more than 100,000 participating businesses across the globe, C2FO is the most trusted solution for Global 2000 companies and their suppliers. Learn more about accelerating innovation and results with your team at:


China Mobile

China Mobile International UK office is the subsidiary of China Mobile International Limited (CMI). CMI UK office provides short latency and reliable data service, innovative mobile service and enterprise solutions to global customers. CMI presently has capacity on 40 submarine cables, of which the SMW5 and AAE-1 system connects Europe and Asia; and the APG, SJC and SJC2 cover Asia Pacific.
Also, CMI owns 7 terrestrial cable systems extending from Europe to Hong Kong with shortest latency, which builds us a competitive advantage with diversified cross boarder connections. In 2019, CMI’s new data center in UK will be launched with an area of 8462 square meters. CMI UK also provides one-stop services for enterprises including ICT, Cloud services, CDN, IoT and other solutions.


4C Associates

4C Associates is a dynamic, fast-growing and diverse procurement consultancy. Our international presence, combined with our fresh approach and deep expertise in providing tailored solutions enables our clients to meet their strategic goals, ranging from rapid profit improvement to long term business transformation. We have over 18 years’ of experience working across multiple industries and geographies with clients ranging from medium sized enterprises to global 500 corporations. Our core focus on consultancy, cost reduction and managed services is strongly reinforced by our Insight-As-A-Service capability.

This 4C proprietary technology automates data analysis through AI and machine learning tools, and allows our in-house specialists to deliver increased value more quickly for our clients. We are innovative in our approach and always bring genuinely new insight and thought leadership to every engagement.


Technology Showcase Partners


Riskmethods empowers leading enterprises with an award-winning Supply Chain Risk Management solution that supports the complete process of identifying risk, assessing impact and mitigating risk. Our approach combines innovative Big Data and Artificial intelligence capabilities with insightful risk intelligence to ensure that the right people have the right information at the right time. Armed with a digitized representation of their supply network’s risk profile, our customers are able to make better decisions and achieve first-mover advantage in the face of threats.



Operating at the cutting edge of the world’s food, beverage and apparel markets and working with some of the world’s most influential agri-food organisations, Cervest is a sophisticated AI-driven predictions platform that enables both enterprises and their producers to better manage volatility and ensure future supply chain sustainability. Our customised predictions help strengthen relationships and better manage production risks in food supply chains.

A living and learning AI platform, Cervest fuses advanced Bayesian mathematics with environmental, geospatial, and agricultural data to provide early and accurate crop yield signals. By helping those who manage the planet’s resources plan for today and prepare for the future, Cervest also delivers on its founding mission: to restore Earth’s sustainability through AI.



Markit is a leading online IT purchasing system working in 34 countries globally. Markit integrates more than 200 leading IT distributors in the world into simple and transparent online platform and provides efficient tools for companies to manage, centralize and streamline their IT purchasing. Markit is saving time and money for companies with simplicity and transparency - we provide the best total cost of IT purchasing for companies large or small.

Working in Europe and USA with estimated 110 million EUR turnover in 2018 Markit is looking to open Asia as the next region in a bid to best service global companies. More than 15% of Fortune Global 2000 companies are already using Markit as part of their IT purchasing.



Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes offers world-leading solutions to transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. The Information Intelligence brand from Dassault Systèmes, NETVIBES-EXALEAD, offers new Sourcing & Standardization Intelligence applications dedicated to procurement. Our unique 3D-CAD Similarity and Machine Learning technologies enable cross-linking of Engineering and Purchasing data to quickly reveal similar or identical parts with different reference numbers and prices. Applying the power of automation and analytics to industrial parts enhances a company’s purchasing strategy, helps identify major potential savings and lead next gen design to value programs.


Achilles Information is the global leader and partner of choice for supply chain risk and performance management. Through supplier pre-qualification programmes, industry audits and risk management, we have been a pivotal link between buyers and suppliers for nearly 30 years. This experience provides the data and perspective to give customers unparalleled levels of insight into the businesses they work with. Working in partnership with customers, Achilles supports supply chains that perform flawlessly and meet critical humanitarian and environmental standards.
We have offices across the world, with a network of over 800 buyers and 175,000 suppliers across industrial, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.


Media Partners

Buyers Meeting Point

Buyers Meeting Point provides no-nonsense coverage of the procurement industry - always with the needs of inquisitive practitioners in mind. Buyers Meeting Point provides the procurement industry with an events calendar, blog, active social media network, and podcast, all of which are trusted sources of information for practitioners and solution providers alike. Owned and managed by industry veteran Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point is a strategic resource to forward-thinking procurement and supply chain professionals. For more information follow us on Twitter: @BuyersMeetPoint


Become a Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2018 Partner

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2018.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.

2018 Agenda

Your agenda journey

To develop, influence and execute strategies based on Forum insights, you’ll be taken on a journey from vision to reality as you learn techniques to supercharge your value to the business. View the latest agenda.


Vision sessions:

Exploring the long-term goal

Visionary keynotes & panels

  • Facilitate inspiration and spark creativity to tackle and embrace future trends

PLx keynotes

  • Drive divergent thinking to visualise your objectives from a different perspective

Strategy sessions:

Exploring the blueprint to delivery

Achiever keynotes

  • Provide best-in-class implementation examples for your next practices

CPO challenger series

  • Connect leaders with shared strategic challenges to crowdsource new solutions

Ask an expert sessions

  • A chance to pose your strategy development questions to experienced practitioners for inspiration and guidance

Reality sessions:

Exploring the pragmatics of implementation

Case studies & interviews

  • Learn first-hand how to overcome hurdles and capitalise on opportunities from practitioners who are a step ahead

Deep dive roundtables

  • Connect to individuals with differing perspectives to boost ideas and workflow improvements

PL insight sessions

  • Outline the “so what” for key trends, providing suggestions for navigation and application

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2 day Forum pass (November 27-28, 2018)

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Accommodation options

Your choice of accommodation for the Data, Intelligence & Transformation Forum is available on our HotelMap, which shows you rooms at local hotels, with the best available rates. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel - take a look now.

Please note that delegate passes to the Data, Intelligence and Technology Forum 2018 are for procurement practitioners only.

All bookings will be qualified by Procurement Leaders, please make sure you have selected the correct delegate pass type before proceeding. You will be asked to pay the difference if the incorrect option is selected.

By proceeding you agree to the terms and conditions of this booking.

If you are a solution provider, vendor or consultancy please contact us on +44 (0)20 7501 0540 or via email to discuss the option to attend as a networking delegate/partner.

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