W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Technology - how much, how soon? With so much attention being paid to emerging technology, CCM groups are increasingly aware of the need to automate. But is automation at a stage where it can usefully be deployed - or alternatively, are our processes sufficiently mature to take advantage of automation? What is the current and planned state of technology - when is the right time for adoption?
Tim Cummins, President, IACCM. In his role as President of IACCM, Tim works with leading corporations, public and academic bodies, supporting executive awareness and understanding of the role that procurement, contracting and relationship management increasingly play in 21st-century business performance and public policy. He leads the Association's extensive research programs and interactions with universities and business schools. Prior to IACCM, Tim's business career included executive roles at IBM and a period on the Chairman's staff, leading studies on the impacts of globalization and the re-engineering of IBM's global contracting processes. His earlier career involved the banking, automotive and aerospace industries, initially in Corporate Finance and later in commercial and business development. He led negotiations up to $1.5 billion in value and his work has taken him to over 40 countries. Tim's writing is extensively published and he has acted in an advisory capacity to government bodies in countries that include the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Japan, as well as regular briefings to senior managers at many of the world's largest companies.
Managing Director, Contracts Consulting (Global), Elevate Services. Craig leads the contracts consulting practice at Elevate, focusing on finding the right solution for the contract needs of customers by identifying the right configuration of process, tools, and people, in order to save money, increase value and provide a seamless contracting process across multiple disciplines. He was previously at Capgemini where he served as Vice President and Head of Contract Compliance & Optimization services. Craig also has over ten years of private practice experience.
Alistair Maiden, Founder and CEO, SYKE. Alistair is the founder and CEO of SYKE, a legal engineering business. We help businesses and law firms to procure and use technology to solve legal problems. Legal technology has now reached a level of sophistication where it can be a game-changer for lawyers overwhelmed by the demand for pace and cost-efficiency.
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