Day 2: The Digital Disruption: Pathway To Greatness

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast & Registration

7:30 am - 8:30 am Private Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am Welcome & Charity Challenge Kick-Off

8:45 am - 8:55 am Chairperson Remarks

8:55 am - 9:45 am Keynote Panel: What The Digital Transformation Looks Like For CPOs

You have to start somewhere. It’s easy to be blinded and think “If we had a specific tool or if we had this type person, we could do wonders…” But… We as people are risk-adverse and defer to tools or tech to solve our problems and tell us how to do things. It’s good to dream to digitize procurement’s function, but for some, it’s not there. Nevertheless, it’s time to start. So…How do you make it work with the people you have and make a tangible impact, and gain for your organization? How can you build momentum, recognition, and consequently the right budget to actually get to the digitization? During this panel, we’ll discuss.

  • How do you measure success?
  • CPO perspective into the next stage of their digital transformation
  • Aligning and creating workflows to adapt to the times

Reserved for CPO's

Mark Richardson, Head of Procurement, Fleet and Administrative Services at Automobile Club of Southern California

Mark Richardson

Head of Procurement, Fleet and Administrative Services
Automobile Club of Southern California

9:45 am - 10:05 am Presentation by ElectrifAi

10:05 am - 10:35 am Keynote Presentation: The Times Have Changed: Creating The Digital Ecosystem For The Next Decade

The world in which you operate in is rapidly changing and it’s important to start swimming so you don’t sink like a stone. The disruption and speed in which new technologies are being implanted are impacting procurements function. Procurement must start create the ecosystem with which the company can thrive. So, what can technology really do for a best in class procurement team? 

  • Perspective on digitizing procurement
  • What’s working and where’s the potential for the future? 
  • Aligning all business units to create symbiotic relationships
Walter Charles, Senior VP & CPO at Allergan

Walter Charles

Senior VP & CPO

10:35 am - 11:15 am AM Networking Break

11:15 am - 11:40 am Case Study: Paving The Way For Change: Conquering The Digital Transformation

Implementing a new emerging tech is an incredibly difficult task to conquer. It’s even more difficult to do this well. _____ has managed to create a agile workflow to implanting _____ into their daily workflow. The results are staggering. The method, not as complicated as it appears on the surface. As you look to improve (or even launch your own digital journey) listen to how _____ is driving efficiency and creating a faster pace of business in their organization.  

Ammar Al-Rifai

Senior Manager, Global Indirect Procurement Systems & Operations
Zebra Technologies

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Presentation by ProcureCon Partner (Procure to pay Roadmap)

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm Live Debate: Is Category Management Dead?

Ah yes. The great debate. The role of a buyer has changed drastically over the last decade. As time evolves, so must procurement. While some companies still incorporate this process, others have allowed procurement to take on a different approach. During this debate, you’ll listen to two executives take different sides and discuss if category management is dead or not. You’ll listen to pros and cons of either methodology and have the chance to interact as you vote with fellow attendees on the debate.  

Moderator: Media Partner TBD 

For Category Management

Against Category Management 

(Reserved for Heads of Indirect)

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Presentation By ProcureCon Partner

1:00 pm - 2:10 pm Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:10 pm Private Lunch

2:10 pm - 2:20 pm Track Chair Remarks

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study: Leveraging Automation To Reduce & Eliminate Risk With 3rd Party Suppliers

Your vendors are obtaining enormous amounts of private data. Your companies private data. This data is key to reducing your risk and cause further issues with your supply chain line. How are you ensuring you’ve vetted and managed the vendors you work closely with? Having a well thought out workflow in place is the start of the process. Find out how to 

  • Create workflows to automate vendor engagement
  • Monitoring potential threats 
  • Tracking and enforcing contracts 

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Presentation by Jaggaer

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Case Study: Strengthening Flexible Contracts To Accommodate Emerging Technologies In Procurement

Buying new form of technology to implement into procurement isn’t a straight forward process. It’s difficult and can be strenuous. What can you put in your contracts that are malleable to new emerging technology you’re looking to buy for your organization? Join this session to learn how it’s done through implementing a pilot test to ensure you “fail fast” to not lose a huge investment.

  • Buying what you don’t fully understand
  • What do you need to put in your contracts to protect yourself?
  • Adding value, not complexity

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm PM Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Workshop: Ensuring Due Diligence When Buying Next Gen Tech

The machines are here. They’re real. No More ignoring. Digitization provides growth potential for sellers, cost reduction potential for buyers and increased efficiencies at every step in between. To stay on top of this, you must deviate from what has worked in the past and embrace the change. Join this engaging workshop to adapt to changes that digitization brings to the business environment. Learn how:

  • Digitization from AI, blockchain, IoT & RPA changes roles in your business.
  • How to you buy and ensure you’re not getting a bad deal
  • Steps to successfully operate in an automated environment
  • Construct strategies with machines

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm Presentation by ProcureCon Partner

2:10 pm - 2:20 pm Track Chair Remarks

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study: A Calculated Approach Moving From Centralized To Decentralized Purchasing Center

Whether you wanted it or not, you’re moving to decentralized purchasing. But, look on the bright side. ____ just finished and it worked out just fine. _____ will share the pros and cons of this strategic move and highlight areas of opportunity.  

Jessica Hankins

Category Manager, Marketing & Corporate Services

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Presentation by

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Case Study: Set It & Forget It: Using Automation In Contract Management

Automation in contract management is one of the most essential steps in transforming procurement. It will immediately free up time for your team, read through contracts and ensure SLAs are in place. Here’s a look at what the automation looks like, and the benefits you’ll find by making the switch:

  • The goal is to eliminate that part of the job, to focus on strategic activities
  • What does contract processing, contract reviewing, and contract compliance look like now? 
  • Templates to purchase 

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm PM Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Panel: Think Small, Win Big: Understanding Tail Spend Management

Harnessing tail spend can be a huge source of incremental savings. The big spend areas get analyzed to death, and the tail spend often gets ignored, when right under your nose there’s value waiting to be uncovered. However, knowing that there's value and actually capturing it are two very different things. What exactly do you do with an untapped opportunity to reduce costs like this one?  

  • What is “tail spend”?
  • Strategic ways you can manage and capture more tail spend 
  • Making sense of tail spend data
  • What new technologies are out there for managing your tail spend? 
  • Should you be automating your small spend and what are the possibilities with automated and predicted spend?
Seth Dunn, Head of Global Value Analysis and Optimization (former) at Sanofi

Seth Dunn

Head of Global Value Analysis and Optimization (former)

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm Presentation by ProcureCon Partner

2:10 pm - 2:20 pm Track Chair Remarks

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study: AI & Digital Procurement: Getting To The Data To Save

A.I. is not something you simply buy and does everything immediately. It must be calculated where is can be used to compile data for you to read. Companies must re-engineer their workflow for cognitive capability to tap into insight that will deliver savings. During this case study, you’ll tap into how to collect the date you need to impact your business:

  • Collecting data in a clear easy to read layout
  • How do you integrate the tech and processes across verticals and business units
  • Taking that data and creating fact driving decision making

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Presentation by ProcureCon Partner

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Presentation: Mastering Price Dispersion Theory, The Most Effective Way To Deal With Variations & Other Unknown Variables

What goods go inside a curated buying experience? What is left to the market? The answer is different. How has price dispersion changed the way you engage your users, suppliers and different buying channels. It’s transformative even with different payment methods (P – Cards instead of POs) to accelerate transaction. We’ll review how to change and build your internal marketplace.

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm PM Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Panel: Talent Management Strategies: Altering Your Approach During Uncertainty

Unemployment were once at an all time low before jumping to an all time high. Jobs were lost, Most teams were spread thin already, but might be short staffed due to budget constraints. It’s vital to keep up strategies you can put into place to ensure your talent is well managed and taken care of. This panel will take the time to examine the approaches needed to develop:

  • A talent development strategy
  • Reworking your approach when it comes to sourcing talent
  • Getting the talent to achieve what you need
  • Motivating, retaining and developing future leaders

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm Presentation by ProcureCon Partner

2:10 pm - 3:20 pm Boardroom Mind Meld: Buying Emerging Technologies & Other Things You Don’t Quite Understand

5G. IoT. Blockchain. Quantum Computing. A.I... Behind closed doors, you’ll get the chance to have an open discussion about these capabilities. Leave these session with ideas on how to walk these disruptive technologies in an intelligent and natural way.

How do you use digitization and tools? Needs to be done in a way where it’s efficient. 

How do you tip toe into this, where is the industry in 5 years. Join the open discussion and champion change.

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm PM Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Boardroom: How Winning Organizations Attract Talent: Talent For The Future

The talent you need has changed. Hiring, training, developing and retaining talent in procurement isn’t a new topic, but it’s important to put a talent management strategy in place. What does your strategy look like post-pandemic? How will you handle the emergence of technology and create a talent pool to cater to the needs of the future? 

  • Developing talent for 2020 and beyond 
  • Reassessing talent needs to meet the digital revolution 
  • Team with a growth mindset and being flexible to the role.

2:10 pm - 3:20 pm Design Thinking: Hands-on Practicum

As a follow-on to the Design Thinking session where you learned about Design Thinking, this session will provide a hands-on experience where you will participate in an actual Design Thinking workshop.

John Thong, Director, Indirect Sourcing Categories at Sprint Corporation

John Thong

Director, Indirect Sourcing Categories
Sprint Corporation

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm PM Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Deep Dive Workshop: Diving Deep Into Data Analytics To Generate Savings

Not that you’ve got the data, you’ve got data, you’ve got savings. Data analytics are key into creating actionable change in procurement. As everything continues to speed up, this data will be key in keeping you agile in dealing with enterprise wide issues. This workshop will have you take your data, continue to mine for data and uncover opportunity 

  • Pulling value from your data 
  • Structuring unstructured data
  • Creating data driven procurement team

5:00 pm - 5:05 pm Transit Time

5:05 pm - 6:00 pm Roundtables

These interactive roundtable sessions take a deep dive into the specific areas you came to learn about. Sit and learn in an intimate format from thought leaders of procurement and services solution providers. Ask questions and engage with them to mutually understand some of the challenges you are facing and how you can mutually assist each other in accomplishing your respective goals.

1. Adding Innovation With Your Suppliers: Partner For Success

2. Procurement & Consulting: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

3. Ch-Ch-Ch-Change Management: Turn & Face The Pain

4. Categories Management: What Does Best In Class Look Like? 

5. Sourcing Bots: Roll Outs For Advanced Sourcing Teams

6. Reducing Stress Increasing Mental Wellbeing For Your Procurement Teams: 

7. Harnessing Digital Transformation Of Procurement To Deliver Speed

8. Power Combo: Procurement & CSR To Drive Value 

9. Thanks For The Memories RFP, You Will Not Be Missed

5:05 pm - 6:00 pm CPO Network Whisky Sipping Tasting (limited to 20)

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm Cocktail Party On Mummy Mountain!

We’re heading to the top of the hill! No hiking shoes required! Join us as we wrap up the end of day 2 to look back not only at what we covered in the first two days of the event, but also the mountain that looks like a mummy. No seriously. It kind of does! We’ll have drinks, appetizers and other surprises line up to make sure your last night is memorable.