The future is here – and it’s automated

The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) will be holding its Australasia conference in Melbourne from July 31 to August 1, 2017. Moderating one of the informative and lively panel discussions will be partner at Brooke Global, Bruce Everett. Under the title Robotic Process Automation: Adoption Roadmap, the panel will explore the latest issues surrounding automation, robotics and artificial intelligence.

“Robotic Process Automation is no longer hype,” says Everett. “One in three organisations is intending to use robotics, and 25 per cent of larger organisations are already using RPA. The panel will be discussing the adoption roadmap businesses can follow for introducing RPA, from the business case, to readiness assessment, proof of concept and scale up. We will also be discussing the role of the commercial manager in supporting the business take-up of RPA.”

Following the panel discussion, conference delegates will be invited to use a smartphone app to participate in a survey as to their readiness for RPA. The survey results will be provided during the conference.

Joining Bruce Everett on the panel will be Iain McLaren, Legal Director, Plexus Legal; David Thurkle, Business Tranformation Executive – Robotic Process Automation, Sensis; and Dr William Yeoh, Director, IBM Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics, Deakin University.

The IACCM Australasia Conference 2017 is titled Becoming a ‘Commercial Powerhouse’: Outsight, Innovation & Smart Contracting. In today’s highly competitive, value-conscious world, commercial differentiation is essential. Creative approaches to contract and relationship management are enabling more and more organisations to develop a ‘commercial powerhouse’ – adaptive, agile, collaborative and cost-effective.

Complex supply ecosystems demand new forms of contracting and the development of integrated business skills and functions. The future looks very different from the past, especially in the field of contracting and commercial management. Big data, analytics, cognitive software, portfolio management, behavioural economics, virtual negotiation … the opportunities for transformation abound.

The IACCM Australasia Conference 2017 will be held at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, from July 31 to August 1. To view the entire program and register visit