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    Lead Sourcing and Vendor Management to the Core of Digital Business.

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Lead Sourcing and Vendor Management to the Core of Digital Business

The first wave of rapid digital innovation is here in almost all industries.
As an IT sourcing or vendor management leader, your role is vital to the success of digital business. You are the critical link between your organization’s internal capabilities and the external digital business ecosystem. You are key to the development and deployment of strategies to acquire and manage IT services to drive successful digital business outcomes.

Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Vendor Relationships Summit is designed for individuals in the following roles
Roles Include:
  • Head of IT Sourcing
  • Director of IT Sourcing
  • IT Sourcing Manager/Executive
  • IT Services Sourcing Manager
  • Global Sourcing Manager 
IT Services Sourcing Managers
Roles Include:
  • Vendor Relationship Manager
  • Vendor Performance Manager
  • Vendor Risk Manager
  • Vendor Contract Manager
  • Supplier Manager
IT Services Vendor Managers
Roles Include:
  • IT Director
  • Head of IT
  • IT Manager
  • IT Operations Manager
  • Infrastructure Manager
  • Application Manager
IT Executives
Roles Include:
  • Head of IT Procurement
  • IT Services Contract Manager
  • IT Procurement Manager/Executive
  • IT Category Manager
  • IT Commercial Manager
IT Services Procurement Managers

What You Will Learn

The one event to attend to get a strategic view and tactical insight on sourcing, IT services and vendor management – throughout the sourcing lifecycle. No other event can offer such a broad and deep agenda, with trusted advice from Gartner analysts, and real world examples from our selected guest speakers.

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In 2017 Lead Sourcing and Vendor Management to the Core of Digital Business.


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Announcing our 2017 Agenda tracks

A: Sourcing Leaders: Sourcing for the Digital Platform and Business Value
This track focuses on the sourcing strategies needed to free up funding, deliver innovation and enable the digital platform of tomorrow. With new types of suppliers, ecosystems and sourcing models emerging, this track will identify new sourcing strategies that focus on the partners, skills and tools that will help deliver real business value.

B: Sourcing and Procurement Managers: Selecting and Contracting for Agility, Innovation and Value
This track will focus on new approaches to the selection of traditional, cloud and digital service providers and innovative new ways to contract for the right solutions to deliver on strategic business goals. Learn how to deliver solutions for the digital business era while also managing outcomes, cost and risk.

C: Vendor Managers: Maturing Vendor Management for the Digital Age
This track will map the challenges, strategies, and tactics necessary to manage a diverse ecosystem of IT vendors and services providers. Vendor management continues to increase in importance, requiring IT vendor management leaders to optimize spending while responding to near real time demands to facilitate the delivery of innovations while balancing risks and performance.

Track D: Sourcing Disruptive and Innovative Technology to Gain Business Advantage
This track will explore how disruptive technologies such as Blockchain, Intelligent Automation Services, IoT, Smart Machines, Mobility, Cognitive Computing and AI will impact on sourcing and IT services. We will explore the business opportunities, the use cases and the positive impacts that these technologies can unleash.

2017's key takeaways will include guidance on how to:​​

  • Create a comprehensive, business- aligned sourcing strategy that delivers speed, agility and innovation, enabling the digital platform of tomorrow.
  • Understand the new delivery models and pricing mechanisms available for traditional, cloud and new  digital service providers, evaluate the risks involved, and select suitable suppliers.
  • Negotiate with providers to structure solid deals that deliver real value and innovation to the business.
  • Identify opportunities for aggressive, focused cost optimization for increased business performance, while preparing for the digital future.
  • Manage an increasingly complex ecosystem of vendors with new performance metrics to create the right behaviours, reduce risk and achieve the expected business outcomes.
  • Understand the disruptive changes impacting the market for IT and business process services and learn how to exploit the potential of technologies such as Intelligent Automation Services, Smart Machines, Cognitive Computing and Artificial Intelligence – while mitigating the risks.

"As always with a Gartner event, the quality of the speakers has enabled me to both validate many of the things we are doing as a company, whilst challenging many more! This ability to provide a lens on best practice and what the future might look like makes this type of event invaluable."

- Service Support Category Lead AstraZeneca

Great Event! As a Strategic Partner Manager starting/implementing vendor management it has provided great insight with many tools & techniques that I will be implementing.

- Strategic Partner Manager TalkTalk

An excellent and informative event providing industry leading thought leadership

- Vice President JP Morgan

Optimize Your Attendance

Maximize your on-site ROI by adding these Garnter exclusives to your agenda:

  • Admission to all Keynote sessions
  • One (30 min) Gartner Analyst One-on-One (sign up will open pre-event)
  • Workshops
  • End-User Case Studies
  • Solution Provider Showcase
  • Networking Reception


Highlighted Speakers


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Soucing & Strategic Vendor Relationships

The Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Vendor Relationships Summit will help you develop a "short list" of technology and service providers who can meet your particular needs. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading technology and service providers in a variety of settings.

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Venue & Travel

London, UK


Park Plaza Westminster
200 Westminster Bridge Road
London, United Kingdom - SE1 7UT


A limited number of rooms have been held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel for attendees of the Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Vendor Relationships Summit. There are two special promotional Gartner rates available:
Superior Room - £195 per night (Includes Breakfast)
Studio Room- £225 per night (Includes Breakfast)
Please note that these rates are based on single occupancy and excludes VAT.
In order to secure accommodation at the preferred rate please click on the link below.
Alternatively, you can either e-mail your request to gartnerconference@pphe.com or call the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in-house reservations office on +44 844 415 6780, quoting the promotion code GART05
Reservation Office opening times are:
Monday to Friday between 08:00 - 19:00 (London Time)
Saturday between 09:00 - 17:30 (London Time)

Park Plaza County Hall
1 Addington Street
London, United Kingdom