MEETING EACH OTHER IS ALWAYS THE BEST WAY
There will be three days packed with workshops, discussions and meetings for sharing experience in the e-enabling of procurement processes, tender processes and the eAuction evaluation of suppliers’ bids.
For a number of years now, at the end of eBF we have wondered whether, in twelve months’ time, it will be possible to improve on, or even equal, the wonderful atmosphere, along with the accompanying barrage of expertise we have just experienced. However, the extremely positive evaluation and trust shown by participants is proof that it can be done. Fortunately, we have the advantage that we still enjoy organising eBF even after ten years and want to continue to improve it also for ourselves. Indeed, the growing social dimension of eBF has prompted us to label it a “Procurement Festival”. Three days about corporate procurement and public tenders in the digital age, about the acquisition of knowledge, about professional recognition, but also about enjoyment.
The festival begins on the Tuesday evening with the opening of the TOGETHER III exhibition. The first big eBF day is Wednesday. In the large congress hall there will be the ePROCUREMENT MEETING, an expert workshop for public sector eProcurement specialists, while concurrently for the private sector there will be five halls of workshops, seminars and training for corporate procurement specialists. Some of this information will naturally have a universal character and is suitable for both groups of participants. On the second day the roles will be reversed. In the large hall there will be the eSOURCING MEETING for corporate buyers, while running parallel to it in the other halls there will be seminars, workshops and training for the public sector. We expect there will be up to 500 people gathered in all the rooms at any one time. We’re counting on the necessity to make a choice; nobody can do everything. On Friday, there will be fewer of us who will nevertheless all gather in the congress hall at round tables for an extended coffee morning with a different topic at each table. Then we’ll say our goodbyes, pack up and all go home.
eBF IS OPEN TO MORE THAN PROEBIZ!
For new inspiration, we are expanding eBF with a sixth conference space.
Last year we added a new conference space to the festival called the PRACTICAL ARENA where a succession of authentic eProcurement solutions were presented. The feedback was great. This success has led us to a further innovation of adding a sixth parallel space in response to the demand for information about other European providers and their software products, and we are creating a space for partners and competitors. Its working title is eBIZ POINT. We are also planning to add providers of new services which facilitate and streamline the work of both corporate and public procurement teams. For this year we would like to prioritise providers of eCATALOGUE and eMARKET solutions and associated services.
THIS LEGEND OF CORPORATE PURCHASING STRATEGY WILL APPEAR ON THE MAIN STAGE.
For corporate buyers the highlight of the thirteenth annual eBF will be this purchasing visionary and legend in the field, who in 1983 defined the fundamentals of category management, which are still being used today, albeit with minor changes brought about by the advent of the Internet and digitalisation. Such was the impact of the publication of the “Kraljič Matrix” in 1983, purchasing strategy can now be characterised as BK (Before Kraljič) and AK (After Kraljič).
THE EU’s “MR ePROCUREMENT”
Nikita is coming to eBF for the third time and discussions with him in workshops on the computerization of public procurement will help us navigate through existing problems of implementation in different countries and find possible solutions. He is currently Head of the Innovative and eProcurement Unit in the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
HANDING OUT THE MEDALS
A professional meeting with such a great atmosphere as experienced at last year’s eBF is the perfect stage for rewarding the most impressive and the most inspirational. Therefore it has become a tradition on the Wednesday evening of the conference to honour those who are pushing forward the computerization of corporate purchasing and public procurement. The Fair Sourcing Awards (FSA) ceremony is one of the highlights of the three days. The main FSA organisers are the Czech and Slovak Associations of Providers and Users of Electronic Tools (APUEN). They are responsible for promoting the competition, collecting applications and putting the jury together. For terms and conditions of participation and to apply please go to www.fsawards.com/en.
RUN WITH MALCOLM
Malcolm is from Warwick in England, but now lives in Ostrava and has been trying to infect us with the running bug. The response to the inaugural morning runs at last year’s festival was encouraging, so this year Malcolm will lead the way again. Don’t forget your running shoes and join in!
All painters, sculptors, artistic blacksmiths, photographers and other artists are invited to join in and to spread this challenge. For the third year running, we’ll be putting on an exhibition of the works of people from the public and corporate procurement worlds. There will be a vernissage on the eve of eBF and the exhibition will be open throughout the festival.
What they said about eBF
Holger Plein, RWE, Germany
eBF is clearly getting better from year to year. I took part in the conference two years ago for the first time and also last year, and it was very professional then, but now it´s even more so. Among other things, I would highlight the increase in presentations in English, which gives the conference a more international flavour. It was just perfect.
Jaroslav Lexa, APUeN, Slovakia
Some of the presentations were so good that they took me by surprise with their in-depth knowledge of the issues. The quality of the conference has been very high in recent years. I don’t think there is anything to compare with it.
Sebastian Redenbacher, Siemens, Germany
I really enjoyed the conference very much. I gained a lot of inspiration here and there was an extremely fruitful exchange of ideas that enriched my knowledge of eAuctions.
Ama Eyo, University of Bangor, United Kingdom
It’s really a very pleasant conference with many interesting speakers and plenty of opportunities for sharing amazing ideas about developments in the field of public procurement, particularly about the opportunities for using electronic platforms. In short it’s really very interesting and engaging.
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