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September/October 2015 Edition
Giant leaps in the use of mobile, cloud and SaaS (software-as-a-service) technologies, have exponentially increased the number of software applications used to perform daily work - but they have also massively ramped up the security threat, making it much easier for breaches to occur. Now security programs long held to be the task of IT are becoming 'core business' at the demand of customers.
If you think your business cannot survive tough times, author Joanne Simpson has a different view. She explains the risks and challenges then unpacks a new toolbox containing things you need to do differently to thrive even when unexpected events occur. Her experience and research proves that resilient contracting is easier than you might think.
Scouting for potential partnership with a competitor? Think twice before believing confidentiality promises - or you may find they've beaten you to the patent register. But what if you don't know - or even recognize - your intellectual property (IP) and what it's worth? In this article Anumoni Joshi steps through the IP basics and reveals the risks.
Bribery, corruption, mismanagement and secrecy have long plagued public contracting the world over. Set up to tackle these global challenges, the Open Contracting Partnership of governments and businesses has now come of age. We meet its newly appointed Executive Director, Gavin Hayman, who describes a revolutionary solution to a menacing procurement problem. If you haven't guessed it, the key word is ''open.''
The ink on the contract is not yet dry - yet trouble may already be brewing. How can you make sure your contract doesn't contain the seeds of big problems ahead? Part of the answer lies in having all parties agree on the game plan during negotiations before it gets costly, time consuming and potentially embarrassing.
What works better - carrot or stick? One team's successful 'bottom-up' approach shows how small contract management changes can reap big rewards for the business and customers - if you do them right!
Leading the way in supporting collaborative business relationships, IACCM this month released its renewed Contract and Commercial Management (CCM) professional certification program for public, private and third sector workers around the world. The new program responds to ongoing need for greater competency in commercial and contracting practices worldwide.
If you are one of over 300 participants attending IACCM's Academic Forum on Oct 6-8 in Henderson, NV, you will soon be reviewing the agenda, with over 60 presentations spanning many subjects. Chances are you'd like to know a little more about the speakers - at least a few. Here's a short foretaste of what to expect.
The free-to-access open contract management course developed and offered as a result of IACCM's partnership with the UK government and Southampton University - a world first - is being repeated in November.
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