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.
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.
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.
The conference made a great impression on me. It confirms that procurement is developing in the right way in the Czech Republic. I have to mention that I was very surprised by the significant space occupied by digital solutions such as eAuctions. It is a trend that is still on the rise. Apart from this, it also struck me that it addressed areas that FSA winners did in practice.
I liked the structure of the presentations and especially the topic Procurement 4.0, which shows that the conference is on-trend. It's not just about covering standard themes or what has been done in the past. It seeks to find new themes that can be of interest to large, medium and small businesses alike. As buyers, it moves us somewhere further.
I enjoyed eBF very much. Like every year, it's refreshing, and one always takes away something new to think about. It tells you that working in buying is the best job. I was most interested in the topic Procurement 4.0 and the idea that we should get rid of unproductive work. It really is time we did it.
eBF is always excellent and now even livelier than it was. I was again excited because I could meet interesting and inspiring people and got to listen to great presentations by the likes of Peter Kraljič and Honza Vašek.
As always, I enjoyed the conference. The content is getting better and more practical, and the presenters more professional. I was most interested in Tomáš Veit's contribution on Procurement 4.0, which he took as a step forward in procurement for both people and innovation.
eBF always has a very pleasant atmosphere and you can meet people who you’ve been looking forward to meeting all year. It’s a unique opportunity to learn what’s new, and not only in public procurement.
I think this year's edition has shown that the quality of lectures and level of expertise is becoming ever higher. Basically, there were no weak spots in the programme, and people had to choose carefully which block to attend. Some companies even sent entire teams to cover as many presentations as possible. This is a huge thing, as well as the fact that it has managed to retain its friendly atmosphere. People get to know each other and communicate with each other, and then the round-table discussions work. That's why I rate eBF very positively.
This was my first time at eBF, but I’d heard from colleagues who’d been before that it's absolutely fantastic. This turned out to be true both in terms of form and content. It's excellent to meet actors from both the corporate and public sectors, even those who fight against one another in their own way. I also liked the presence of representatives of various European states, including regional neighbours such as the Slovaks, the Poles and the Hungarians. It's great that you can see people who deal with tenders and procurement every day side by side with those who create frameworks and policy. The way this event in Ostrava is organised is brilliant, as is the informal approach of the organizers, which creates a pleasant family atmosphere.
Personally, I rated it very highly. I was here for the fourth time and every time eBF is better and better. I found presentations here by stars from the corporate sector and also interesting topics from the public sector. The only thing I always regret is that I never get to see everything I want. I also very much appreciate the cultural program for the FSA competition and the overall organization, which is thought out to the smallest detail.
This year the most interesting presentations for me at eBF were the case studies in the public sector and another very interesting block was about critical procurement errors. The block about quality in procurement was also very valuable. On the whole, it is clear that the organizers have moved on a bit, and so we expect a high standard of them. They clearly managed this, so it was fine again as always.
From my point of view, this is a very beneficial event, which I really have nothing to complain about. I can only praise it. I was interested in topics like Procurement 4.0 and case studies such as those about extreme bargaining. People can exchange a lot of knowledge in their given field, and it’s all beautifully served up here.
I come regularly to Ostrava to eBF, so I’m happy I could come and share my experience. This time as a presenter I talked about some of my mistakes. I think that the event is becoming increasingly international, and that can only be a good thing. We can listen to the ideas of our peers from other countries, which is amazing, as is the attendance numbering more than 400. These are all reasons why I’d like to come again.
I’m amazed at how eBF has developed in terms of quality, size and even form to become a conference that brings together people from different sectors and countries. We all feel that we really need to meet and teach each other here. Sharing experience and getting inspiration is very important, as is getting as many ideas as possible and then having the courage to implement them in our companies.
It can be seen that eBF is constantly growing in terms of the number of topics and people's interest. Procurement is evolving and we have the opportunity to talk about more sophisticated and more modern processes and methods of negotiation. The exchange of experience here works and gives people something from which they can grow. I see this as a friendly meeting that confirms how quickly our field is advancing.
I liked the fact that eBF this year included some controversial topics such as digitalisation versus negotiation and the suchlike. The programme grabbed people’s attention and engendered debate. However, for me its greatest value is the chance to meet buyers and exchange views. That's why I really appreciate this event and I’m glad it exists.
I enjoyed this year's eBF a lot. When I saw the programme I was sceptical because some topics seemed a little abstract, but as it turned out, it was great; the presentations were practical, and overall I saw a good mix of general contributions and those with detail and practical relevance.
The conference was amazing. We had the opportunity to hear about a lot of new topics, including some very important and beneficial case studies. I also appreciated the presentations about future trends, such as automation and digitalisation.
The whole of eBF was again very nice. I enjoyed a lot of presentations on different stages and I managed to visit virtually all of them. I was very impressed by Mr Kraljić's lecture, which showed that there is no need to look for complex solutions, but to break down a problem into smaller parts and then solve them using common sense.