Optimising procurement's digital literacy

06 November 2019 - 07 November 2019
08:30 - 17:30
Code Node, London, UK

Join us at the Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2019

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.

Take a look at the highlights from the 2018 Forum for a taste of what to expect:

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

Join us at the 2019 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

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breakout tracks to account for digital maturity

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PLx speakers that bring an outside-in perspective

Don’t just take our word for it

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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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

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.

Our Partners

Data, Intelligence & Technology Forum 2019 partners

Headline 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.



Insight Plus Partner


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



Engagement 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.



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.



Networking Lounge Partner


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.



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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