Conference “Effective Procurement and Supply 2020. New Reality”: What Experts Emphasize

AGELESS participates in the international online conference «Effective procurement and supply chain 2020. A new reality». AGELESS and vendor SAP Ukraine are general partners of the event, which takes place on October 20-22.

The event is organized by IPSM consulting company, which specializes in optimizing costs in procurement and establishing improving supply chains.

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For several years in a row we have been working together to increase the expertise of Ukrainian specialists, join our efforts towards the development of the community of Ukrainian buyers and CEOs.

«Procurement departments are on the verge of major changes. Their role intensifies annually. From tactical work, they move to a full-fledged strategic role in the company, adding value and entrepreneurial approach,» said Marina Trepova, CEO of IPSM.



During three days, participants can join speakers’ speeches, take part in discussions, visit workshops. Topics of speeches and discussions:

  • How to predict the future and plan uncertainty in the language of
  • Procurement in the age of digital transformation -with SAP procurement
  • The pitfalls of procurement transformation.
  • Supply chain security – risks and
  • How to manage strategic contracts in pandemic
  • Women in procurement and supply chain
  • Sustainable development in procurement and supply chain during the Covid-19
  • Procurement Department and Finance. Criteria for decision-making in existing borders.

One of the event speakers – Andriy Polygayev, Director of SAP Intelligent Spend Management, SAP Central & Eastern Europe. Andriy is a constant expert in procurement area, which AGELESS also involves in its activities. The last of them is a webinar-panel discussion on procurement issues.

On the first day of the conference, he took part in the discussion «Problems faced by supply chain professionals in tech».

Andriy Polygayev noted: «The future of the purchaser as a professional, as a person and an expert is to find innovative ideas and, accordingly, to offer of work options that differ from the previous ones. And the rapid development of technology will help in finding new effective solutions».

«If we want technology to benefit us, it is necessary to prepare the soil, get rid of chaos and establish all procurement function processes. And then to lead deploy a full-fledged authorized ecosystem», – said another participant of the discussion Richard Beaumont (GREAT Britain), ex-CPO in Rolls Royce and Coop Bank.



Establishing business processes and working in new conditions is leading topic and it passes a red thread through the entire conference. Experts are unanimous: process automation helps to successfully overcome the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

«The main trend of our time in the era of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is the influence of industry 4.0: the development of artificial intelligence, robotics, Big Data. The current crisis has demonstrated a serious difference: companies with automated business processes have proved more prepared»said Tamara Brown, Customer Service Director in SAP Purchasing Solutions, Intelligent Spend Management (ISM), SAP SE, in her report «Procurement in the digital transformation era».

At the same time, the company should clearly understand why it needs process automation. This topic was covered by Iryna Povoroznik (Russia), Director of the Program for Improving the Efficiency of Business Processes S/4HANA, ex-CPO of the Severstal Group of Companies in the report «Pitfalls of Procurement Transformation. Case study».

Ms. Iryna is involved in a transformational project to optimize the company’s operational processes within the framework of the migration project from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANANo doubt, the use of new improved solution will help solve a number of vital issues of the company.

According to the expert, for successful transformation it is necessary to define «big goals», to understand «why changes are needed?». Among them:

  • improvement of financial indicators,
  • the cost of the function,
  • value for stakeholders,
  • opening new sources of profit.

Information about what new products and the best goods offer suppliers on the market should come to the company through the procurement department.

«For successful transformation, it is necessary to regulate the basic processes in order to achieve large goals in the future»Iryna Povoroznyk concluded.

In total, more than 20 speakers from the UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, UAE, Ukraine, India, Russia and Austria take part in the conference. The program also provides workshops dedicated to procurement and supply chain.