I’m really looking forward to attending ISM2015 next week in Phoenix—the premier supply management conference of the year. It’s a great opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry, and to network with over 3,000 supply chain and procurement professionals from across the globe. It looks to be their biggest event ever, so you don’t want to miss it!
There is certainly an impressive lineup of featured speakers. Robert Gates, the former Secretary of Defense, will be giving the keynote talk, “Global Instability Yanking Your (Supply) Chain?” about how worldwide instability could impact the global economy and the availability of goods, services, and raw materials. With his experience in the Defense Department, he’s sure to bring an interesting perspective to the topic for an insightful and stimulating presentation.
Another featured speaker is the celebrated supply-side economist Dr. Barry Asmus, who will discuss how supply and demand economics can change the shape of global sourcing challenges that most of us face today.
Personally, I’m looking forward to hearing Sallie Krawcheck’s talk, “Want to Shatter the Glass Ceiling?” that will provide career advice for women in supply management. There will be other noted speakers and industry innovators too, and over 100 educational sessions to choose from. With so many options, it’s bound to be an intensive three days!
ISM2015 also gives companies the chance to show off their latest product developments to an eager captive audience, and Selectica is no exception. In addition to showcasing our full suite of source-to-pay solutions, we will provide a product demo of SmartSource Cloud, which enables companies to build custom sourcing projects with all the data and resources they need right at their fingertips. Supplier information flows smoothly between contexts, and the in-app collaboration capabilities make communication with your team and your suppliers both easy and effective.
So visit us at Booth #608 to see a hands-on product demo of SmartSource Cloud. We’ll also be giving away free back-up chargers and light-up yoyos (as if you need another reason to drop by).
And one last thing: As you know, Selectica acquired IASTA, an innovator in strategic sourcing software and spend management intelligence, and more recently b-pack, an industry leader in downstream P2P applications, with a strong market presence in Europe. Top executives from Selectica, IASTA, and b-pack will all be on hand at ISM2015 to answer questions and discuss your upstream and downstream procurement needs.
I look forward to seeing you in Phoenix.