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Everything is Awesome at SAP AribaLive - even the hip shaking analysts!

Friday 16th June, 2017

One of the things I enjoy most about going to AribaLive is the mix of nationalities that attend – something that doesn’t quite happen in the same way at UK or US events. AribaLive in Prague earlier this week was no exception. The sense of driving towards a common purpose despite – or perhaps bolstered by our differences, gives the event a unique buzz. Or perhaps it was just given a particular poignancy this year by our soon to be ex-EU status!

The future is already here – but don’t let it give you butterflies

Monday 6th March, 2017

The first eWorld of the year always marks the start of “time to get serious.” After the fog of early January and the planning and strategising of February, for many organisations, March is the time to ramp up a gear and put those plans into action. Still, I'm sure the event organisers have little time for any fog judging from the large number of attendees at the event last Wednesday. Held at the OEII Centre in Westminster, the venue was packed out with a wide array of professionals looking to find out and apply the latest in procurement and purchase to pay practice, as well as vendors including old friends like Basware, Tradeshift, SAP Ariba and Invu – to some others I don’t think I’d seen there before like Claritum and Baker Wanless.

Basware Connect - is Blockchain P2P's Spitfire Moment?

Wednesday 30th November, 2016

Although I’m in London most weeks, I rarely go on the DLR. Whenever I do, I’m always struck by the immediate change of atmosphere – a sense of space, growth and change. A great location then for this year’s Basware Connect - Growth Through Finance event, held at the Royal Victoria docks in the aptly named Crystal. The event attracts over 150 procurement, finance, treasury and supply chain professionals,  both customers, and I'm sure Basware would hope, soon to be customers, to a day of trend talks, hands on solution exploration and a number of excellent external speakers. The Crystal is a thrusting glass explosion of everything contemporary, and is apparently “one of the world’s most sustainable buildings" - a far cry then from the area's industrial heyday when the docks were some of the busiest in the world, and were a very visible representation of the last century's trade with it.

The robots are here - time to hold hands

24th October, 2016

L S Lowry was someone who was fascinated by his surroundings, by machinery and industry and the connections between them and the people who lived and worked there. He would have loved Manchester’s new Media City – temple to today’s economic giant of communication, and the setting for this year's Shared Services Forum’s annual “Future Vision” conference.  The event was held in the place where Media City sprang from – The Lowry Arts Centre – a spiraling splash of colour and steel. All along the banks of the docks, and with a nod to the industry of the past, glistening steel structures have sprung up – home to ITV, The BBC, the Corrie studios and many others. But it did make me wonder what was there before. And what an enormous transformation those living nearby must have witnessed in just a few short years.

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