The Global Sourcing Association
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  • Date:Thursday, May 16th 2019, 3:30 pm
  • Venue:AWS, 1 Principal Place, 115 Worship Street, London, ECA 2FA

Event details

The GSA is delighted to announce the second event in its new #SourcingTech Series: Demystifying the Cloud. 

The event has the key objective to address the main challenges customers are facing when procuring cloud services and deploying cloud applications whilst highlighting the opportunities.

We have lined up an expert programme of speakers to help you break through the haze, in a friendly and informal networking setting, followed by open floor discussion over drinks.


The session will cover:

o  A jargon-free overview of the latest themes and trends across strategic Cloud procurements: ranging from contracting through security and uptime to availability of talent

o  As purchasing power moves from the IT department, how sourcing professionals can better support the business with Cloud transformation programmes

o  The new mind-set required from traditional "on-premise" sourcing models

o  Future opportunities of Cloud technology



15:30 Registration and coffee/tea 

16:00  Mark Devonshire, Vice Chair of the GSA and Senior VP NTTData: Cloud trends, challenges and opportunities unveiled

Mark will open the session with the unveiling of the preliminary results on cloud from a sourcing context. The full report, co-published by GSA and Eversheds Sutherland will be distributed shortly after the event. 

16:20  John Enoch, Cloud Economics - Principal Business Development, AWSThe Rise of Indirect Spending 

John will explore the new role of procurement operations in businesses today, where non-IT business units are gaining a steady increase in technology purchase power. Learn how to make procurement a channel for innovation and create shareholder value whilst ensuring governance and risk management.

 17:00  Panel: Cloud from the customer’s perspective 

Panel discussion chaired by Craig Rogers, Partner for Technology, Outsourcing and Cyber, Eversheds Sutherland looking at the common themes, challenges and trends highlighted by the survey and discussing them from the viewpoints of the buyers. Panellists include: Ben Burton, senior legal counsel in the technology and outsourcing team at BNP Paribas

Questions will be taken from the floor.

18:00  Networking drinks

19:00  Close


To register, please email


The event is free to attend for all member organisations of the GSA and £95 + VAT for non-members.

It is relevant to attend for enterprise customers, service providers and advisors and for roles varying from outsourcing; strategic sourcing; procurement; IT; customer service; finance, and operations, among others.

About #SourcingTech Series

#SourcingTech: As the title suggests, this series of events is focused on the new and emerging technologies that the sourcing profession needs to be aware of, but equally will provide guidelines to the GSA membership on how best to source these new technologies into their organisations.

The subjects of the next events in the Series are as follows:

·    20th June - 5G and new wireless technologies transforming connectivity

·    18th July - Data Analytics and Infonomics      

·    26th Sept - IoT and the revolution of sensor technology

·    21st Nov – Security

The GSA’s 2018 Sourcing Satisfaction Barometer survey revealed that many of our members highlighted a strong degree of confusion around how to adopt – or even if they should adopt – emerging technologies. It also exposed a disconnect between the IT, procurement and operational departments. This series of events and accompanying papers set out to help realign these areas to collectively deliver optimal value to their businesses.

Each briefing will follow the format of a 4pm start time and involve three dynamic and quick-fire presentations on the technology in question, all coming from a different perspective. We will then move to the floor for open Q&A and discussion and conclude with networking drinks. The objective is to demystify these techs to help our members better understand if and how these techs can be beneficial to their business.

The Global Sourcing Association
The Home of the Global Sourcing Standard