Last week, IBA celebrated their twentieth birthday with a fantastic event in London. I was invited to host a part of the evening where some great insights into outsourcing in the years ahead were shared by a range of experts.
The venue for the event was the Wellington Arch. An incredible building in central London that I have travelled past for years and never knew that the public could go inside. From outside it looks just like an enormous statue, but there is a hidden door leading to a network of rooms.
Sergei Levteev, the IBA Group chairman introduced the evening by talking about the foundation of the company twenty years ago. Martyn Hart, the chairman of the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) then talked about the NOA twenty years ago, when outsourcing was a new word – most companies were still talking about Facilities Management.
Then there was the competition between expert commentators. Each expert was asked to deliver a five-minute talk on how they see outsourcing changing over the next twenty years. The audience had voting cards and could choose their favourite, so the audience was listening intently and ready to choose their winner.
You can click on YouTube here to see the four talks for yourself.
The four speakers competing in the event were:
- Martyn Hart, Chairman of the National Outsourcing Association
- John Garratt, Editor of IT Europa
- Derek Parlour, Head of Commercial at National Rail Enquiries
- Colin Beveridge, industry analyst at Better Practice.
And who won? The audience on the evening chose Derek. His friendly and casual start to the talk led to some great insights into the way suppliers and clients will need to interact in future and the audience warmed to his theme.
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