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08 May 2013
In an economic climate where it appears organisations from all sectors are looking for ways to cut costs, I was in discussion with the CPO of one of Australia’s leading companies and asked him why he thought we might be getting feedback in some quarters that indirect expenditure was not presently high on the agenda in terms of seeking savings.
01 May 2013
The programme for the 3rd CIPSA CPO Agenda 100 Forum has been released. If you are a CPO or Head of a Procurement Function who has not received a personal invitation to the event, read more to find out how to be added to the invitation list.
14 April 2013
You may have noticed that the CIPSA Conferences schedule published at this site has been amended, with the 2013 schedule now ending with the August conferences in Perth and Melbourne. For further information about this and the termination of the partnership between BTTB and CIPSA on conferences, please read on.
09 April 2013
In the past week two discussions have started on Linkedin highly critical of the quality of RFP’s in Marketing and Professional Services.. .....So are the problems just restricted to marketing and professional services or are these types of problems found across most categories?
Why you or your team should attend conferences
Conferences are a hotbed of ideas. Contrary to popular belief, most of these ideas are generated by the delegates, not the presenters. The experience of getting out of the office, out of the daily grind and pressures of your daily role, out of the narrow focus of your own organisations current priorities, clears your mind to think.
Listening to fellow practitioners, consultants or suppliers presenting ideas and experiences stimulates you to develop ideas of your own. The presenter’s ideas, plus your own ideas, make a third idea which is often better than both!
Engaging with your peers and suppliers during the session breaks opens your eyes to different views and new products or services, all of which have the potential to inspire your own thinking.
At a time when business is crying out for innovative thinking and ways to drive greater productivity, hiding within the thought bubble of your own organisation is not an option.
So whether you are a CPO looking to inspire your team, or a go-ahead procurement professional looking to make your mark, get out of the office, get with the programme, and get inspired!
CIPSA Conferences are always on the look-out for potential new speakers who can add value to the conference programmes. If you would like to put yourself forward as a potential speaker, or have suggestions for session content that you feel would add value to any of our 2013 conferences, please contact Nigel Wardropper, Event Director CIPSA Conferences at firstname.lastname@example.org
Programmes published and open for registration
The Category Management Forum
28th, 29th & 30th May 2013
Australian Technology Park, Sydney
The CIPSA Adelaide Strategic Procurement Forum
11th June 2013
The Stamford Plaza, Adelaide
The 3rd CPO Agenda 100 Forum
29th/30th/31st July 2013
The Novotel Brighton Beach, Sydney