Conference Details

Conference Details 

Keynote Speakers

GEP Innovate ’19 includes an amazing roster of keynote speakers:

Indra Nooyi

Former CEO, PepsiCo

Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Rohan Kumar

CVP, Microsoft Azure Data

Subhash Makhija

CEO & Co-Founder, GEP

Customer Keynote Case Studies

Kevin Ruffcorn


Randy Lia


Rick Fournier


Industry Speakers

Dawn Tiura

President and CEO, Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)

Karen Rhee

University of California

Deitra Curry


Lauren Gretz


Strategic CPO Discussion Panel

Procurement industry veteran Rick Hughes will host a discussion of top CPOs who will share their insights and vision for the future of procurement and supply chain.

Analyst Sessions

GEP Innovate ’19 will showcase thought-leadership presentations from leading industry analysts and experts.

A Wealth of High-Value Sessions

GEP Innovate ’19 will include a broad range of sessions designed to suit all attendees, covering topics from strategic to tactical to technical — including:

  • Supply Chain and Procurement Technology Innovations: Showcasing the latest developments in machine learning and cognitive computing and how they apply to digital procurement and supply chain operations
  • AI-Powered Should-Cost Models: How they can be used to transform your organization
  • The Next Generation  Budget to Pay: Learn about how to extend procurement’s reach beyond today's activities
  • Best Practices in Global Rollouts: Take advantage of the experiences of consultants and customers as they discuss the highs and lows of deploying global projects
  • Latest Technology Developments: Highlights of the technological innovations that are underpinning the next generation of procurement and supply chain software

GEP SMART Product Advisory Roundtables:

Find out about the latest developments, best practices and roadmap for GEP SMART in all its main functions, including:


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Source-to-Pay

Learn how GEP is using data-driven AL and ML to bring you a new powerful experience that enhances productivity and reduces cycle time.   With these latest developments, each user's journey is streamlined eliminating rote tasks and the noise of unnecessary decision points, and guides you to the best options and outcomes.

Machine Learning-Based Spend Visibility and Reporting

Visibility and Metrics — Holistic Insights for Better, Faster Decision Making

Organizations taking advantage of spend analytics tools reap levels of savings and contract compliance upwards of 40% higher than organizations in the dark about their data. Learn how the Spend Visibility and Reporting capabilities of GEP SMART help you apply insights gained from the Spend Analytics tool for each phase of the procurement cycle, and why this should be the hub of your procurement operations.

Operational Procurement

The Future of Procurement

An in-depth session on new features, upcoming releases and the future of P2O on GEP SMART with Kevin Bonsall, senior manager of product, P2O. Participants will engage in a review of capabilities released in the last year, with analysis of how they can provide value to you and your organization. The open-forum format will provide an interactive exchange and discussion of the product roadmap and where your P2O technology is headed.

Category Workbench and Sourcing

Level Up on Strategy with GEP SMART

Learn why the GEP SMART Category Workbench is the new command center for driving your organization's growth. Join Product Manager Pooja Patel and Product Leader Rese Cleaver for an open forum-style discussion on strategic sourcing technology on the GEP SMART platform. See how the addition of Category Workbench to the GEP SMART platform will help you meet your supply chain management goals while achieving a new level of productivity and visibility.

Contract Management

Next-Gen Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM)

Learn how GEP is transforming CLM to provide a risk-mitigating hub for your organization’s contracts, from initiation to close-out. GEP’s product leaders walk through the design pillars of this new wave of contract management, explaining how it instills organizational compliance guardrails and a smooth user experience with data-driven decision support at its heart.


Cost Center to Profit Center: A/P Technologies on GEP SMART

A/P product industry leader Dmitriy Lerman talks about how GEP SMART’s Invoice and Payment Management function reduces processing costs, increases payment discounts, and provides finance and operations efficiency at a level unmatched by any ERP system.

Supplier Risk and Supplier Performance Management

Creating a Supplier Ecosystem of Confidence: Supplier Risk Management Technologies

Discover how GEP SMART's Risk Management capabilities align your supply chain with corporate requirements to ensure that each and every supplier is operating to standard. GEP product leaders discuss how GEP SMART harnesses and contextualizes multi-source inputs to ensure business continuity and productivity.

This session highlights how Supplier Performance Management and Master Data Management technologies allow you to uncover hidden value and reduce the risk of failure. Walk through the new game-changing capabilities that support your value stream and get a glimpse of what's on the horizon.

Supply Chain Innovations

This session will focus on the self-orchestrating and cognitive supply chain of tomorrow - it will sense demand signals in real-time and overcome constraints and disruptions across all echelons using the power of machine learning. Another highlight of this session is how supply chain procurement can be truly made strategic with prescriptive analytics on sourcing across categories, a goal accomplished primarily by tracking and forecasting prices down to the commodity level and providing recommendations on the timing of sourcing events.