Got up ferociously early to drive west, beyond Oxford, to Heythrop Park, near Entstone. Lovely morning, with early morning mist hanging over the landscape, right through to Entstone. Was speaking at an SAP conference on the theme of ‘sustainable utilities’. First time I have used Apple’s Keynote presentation software successfully, having had a hiccup at the National Grid a few days back, which forced me to rewrite that slide deck in short order in PowerPoint.
One of my messages was that the very fact that companies like Unilever (see previous entry) are committed to buying 100% of their ingredients from sustainable sources by 2020 spotlights a potentially huge market for software and related services to support the growing consumer and business-to-bussiness customer appetite for through-the-supply-chain traceability.
Had a lovely walk around the grounds, once I was sure the presentation would work, with a heron croaking wonderfully in the woods and the mist adding a sense of deep, Agatha-Christie-like mystery to the proceedings. Glorious to watch the red kites spiralling over the landscape as I drove to and from.