Shaking hands, sharing ideas, having a laugh, and a glass of champagne (or two)…we are renewed, recharged, and re-energized from Ivalua NOW Paris! Ivaluans, customers, sponsors, and prospects gathered at the exquisite Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac to meet, exchange ideas, and collaborate in-person!
Below, we’ve summarized Day 1 and Day 2, but stay tuned for video recaps and more photos from Paris!
We kicked off Day 1 with our MC’s Franck Lheureux, CRO and Alex Saric, CMO, followed by Ivalua’s CEO, David Khuat-Duy. This year, we centered our event around the theme “Stronger Together” to celebrate the collective challenges we have overcome and how we can move forward with renewed priorities. We are stronger, more united, and more determined to lead and innovate together!
Franck Lheureux and Alex Saric
2021: The Year of many Milestones for Ivalua
NEW Payments Solution
750 plus employees
1100 + certified consultants (+56% growth)
Leader Forrester CLM for Buy-Side Contract Suites, Q4 2021
Leader Gartner 2021 P2P Magic Quadrant (3 years in a row)
Leader Forrester Supplier Value Management Platforms, Q1 2022
Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice 2022
Ivalua remains the only vendor recognized as a leader in every current Procurement report spanning S2P by Gartner and Forrester.
Chief Product Officer, Pascal Bensoussan, shared the best way forward for 2022 with the most innovative trends that are shaping the future.
Audrey joined us live to discuss how the world’s leading beauty tech company is taking necessary steps to protect the planet. Audrey remarked, “We firmly believe financial performance is inextricably tied to social and environmental performance. The goal is to sustainably create value and share that value with the Group’s entire ecosystem.”
Audrey Izard, L’Oréal
T-shirts for all, with an added “carbon neutrality” twist! Aurélie LUCAS tasked JB to provide sustainable, locally sourced #loveprocurement t-shirt, delivered on stage via an environmentally friendly bike delivery!
Ivalua + Treedom
“We are planting a forest”….Alex Saric took the stage to share that while we are thrilled to have everyone together, we know these events still have an impact on the environment. We’ve taken measures to minimize this impact–but our event cannot completely eliminate it. To offset this carbon footprint, Ivalua has taken the initiative to partner with Treedom to plant 1,000 trees in 6 countries. Treedom is the first platform in the world that allows you to plant a tree from a distance ! More pictures of actual trees to follow!
Ivalua + Booking.com
Next on stage, we welcomed Booking.com with a thought-provoking, transparent, powerful, and honest account of how to run a successful and ongoing Source-to-Pay transformation.
Next, we welcomed a fascinating roundtable session featuring Thales, AXA, Accor and DECATHLON FRANCE moderated by Dr. Natacha TREHAN. The group covered localizing suppliers, right shoring, ESG, and managing risk. Keep an eye out for an in-depth blog session recap!
Back over to the Cinema, we were “Bridging the Procurement-Finance Gap” with Justyna Dutka, Indirect Procurement Process and Data Senior Manager at AmRest and Stephen Carter, Director of Product Marketing at Ivalua.
We headed right into another session with Francesco Cantoni, Procurement Director, LucchiniRS, Julien Jacomy, Purchasing Process Manager, Plastic Omnium and Jarrod McAdoo, Director, Product Marketing, Ivalua discussed supplier collaboration and supply chain strategy.
Doug Keeley, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Ivalua, Jan Koch, Senior Project Manager and Michael Stietz, Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer at Körber asked: Is your procurement team prepared to respond to unexpected supplier chain issues with speed and agility?
They discussed new strategies and best practices to maximize and sustain supply chain agility and resilience in our last breakout session of the day!
Last, but certainly not least, our final session closed with Robert Swan, the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles. Robert completed the longest unassisted march in history, a harrowing trek that showed his sustained perseverance and zest for exploration. Today, he is focused on finding solutions for renewable energy sources and the promotion of sustainable practices.
Dedicated to the preservation of the polar regions, Swan remarked, “In a world often full of empty words, we should think carefully before we make commitments. And when we commit, we should deliver.”
After closing statements, we were greeted with dancing and music from the lively and entertaining Maître Nono’s Band!
More laughs, cocktails and conversation followed before we closed night one with a captivating performance by Sadeck Berrabah and his dance team, Geometrie Variable.
Vishal Patel, VP of Product Marketing, introduced Ivalua’s Product Roadmap Sessions. The innovation-focused presentations provide an excellent opportunity for customers to learn about upcoming new features and provide feedback on how these developments will align with their key goals and priorities.
Ivalua R&D experts shared informative and comprehensive updates for the Source-to-Contract, Procure-to-Pay, and Platform Solutions.
At Ivalua, the customer is the focal point of everything we do and central to our purpose. We were honored to hear their incredible stories and humbled by their positive references and testimonials.
At the Customer Awards Ceremony, we recognized our partners in four separate categories:
With the Ivalua team on stage, we thanked our attendees, customers, sponsors, industry experts, and event staff.
And finally, our MC Alex Saric closed the event, remarking “This week proved that we are inextricably linked by our collective ambitions and long-term success. The real magic happens when we lock arms and work towards these goals, gaining inspiration and strength from those around us. We are fortunate to live in a time when we can acknowledge a barrier, and seek a way to surpass it. The stories you share, the vision you paint, and the insight you bring serve as an incredibly powerful reminder that we are all connected, and we are all—stronger together.”
Thank you to all of our participants who made Ivalua NOW Paris a resounding success! We look forward to working with our participants at Ivalua Now DC in just a few weeks!
Contributing writers from inside and outside Ivalua occasionally add items and information to this blog. We are a team who share an interest and curiosity about procurement and spend management.