Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG partner of Web Summit

04 November 2015 Consultancy.uk

Yesterday the Web Summit 2015 kicked off in Dublin. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day tech event that focuses on internet technology. Speakers from Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG, key partners of the event, and BCG and McKinsey will contribute to the programme. 

Launched in 2010, the Web Summit is an annual technology conference held in Dublin. The event describes itself as the “the best technology conference on the planet” and is recognised as the biggest event of its kind in Europe, growing from 400 attendees in 2010 to over 30,000 from more than 110 countries this year. The Web Summit centres on internet technology, with more than 1,000 speakers across 21 different summits* set to share their expertise and experiences.

Web Summit

This year’s event takes place from 3 to 5 November at the Ballsbridge hotel in Dublin, and is expected to be attended by a mix of CEOs and founders of tech start-ups and a range of professionals from across the global technology industry.

Consulting firms
For consulting firms, being present at one of the largest tech events in the world provides an ideal platform to showcase their thought leadership, expertise and solutions to (potential) clients and learn best practices from other experts in the field. This year, three firms have committed themselves to the Web Summit as a partner: Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG, which has been a founding partner since the beginning.

In addition, among the 1,000 founders, investors, CEOs, designers and thinkers that will provide a contribution to the event by acting as speaker are eight professionals from the consulting industry. From Accenture, CTO Paul Daugherty and Global Managing Director of Technology R&D Marc Carrel-Billiard will be present. Deloitte sends CTO Bill Briggs and KPMG will be represented by Tax Partner Anna Scally, Head of Tech & Innovation Irene Chu and Partner Caroline O’Driscoll. In addition, Walter Delph, Partner and Managing Director of BCG Digital Ventures, will be present, as well as Head of Growth Tech from McKinsey & Company Peter Weed.

Eight speakers from advisory firms

* Accelerator Summit, Angel Summit, Careers Summit, City Summit, Code Summit, Content Summit, Data Summit, Design Summit, Enterprise Summit, Fashion Summit, Food Summit, HealthTech Summit, Investor Summit, Machine Summit, Marketing Summit, Money Summit, Music Summit, Night Summit, Society Summit, Sport Summit, Start-up Summit, Surf Summit.

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Event explores the future of project management

03 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Dada Enterprises, a business consultancy based in London, recently featured on a panel of speakers to explore the key forces impacting on future projects and organisations at the University of West London (UWL) Claude Littner Business School. This was as part of a special evening organised by AK Optimize to commemorate the inaugural West London Project Hub. 

This packed event pulled together dynamic speakers who explored topics facing the future of project management in the UK. The diverse topics included artificial intelligence, project management apprenticeships and future talent management, how to deliver a major project like Thames Tideway, PMOs delivering strategic value, project leadership and Brexit and its implications for project managers.

The event kicked off with an opening address from Amerjit Walia, Director of Project Programs at AK Optimize, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Association of Project Management (APM). Walia explained that the inaugural event was part of a strategy which aims to make the UWL Claude Littner Business School a centre of excellence for project management. 

Jonathan Norman, Knowledge Hub Manager at the Major Projects Association, then introduced the Major Project Knowledge Hub. This Knowledge Hub aims to improve major project initiation, delivery and innovation through the sharing of knowledge and best practices as defined by an active, global user community. It is an open access source of insight, activities and events designed to encourage knowledge-sharing, collaboration and better planning, initiation and execution of major projects within the UK.

Event explores the future of project management

Sachin Melwani, Managing Director of Dada Enterprises, author of ‘How to Brexit Proof Your Project Strategy’, gave an overview of the constantly shifting Brexit timeline, the various Brexit options available and the potential project delivery impacts. Sachin then shed light on the operational impacts of Brexit, and the practical measures that firms can take to mitigate them. He argued that impact assessments are a major priority, and companies should seek to push ahead on them sooner rather than later. Failure to do so could also leave firms exposed to heightened contingency planning and transition costs as they scramble to be ready – and the cost of contingency planning at the last minute inevitably comes with a sizeable premium.

The event, which coincided with the National Apprenticeship Week 2019, was set-up by Caspar Bartington, Education Manager at the Association for Project Management (APM) – Europe’s largest professional body for project management. 

Steve Wells, acclaimed futurologist, was also on hand to explain the core question of how humanity can be kept at the centre of the AI story in the face of powerful technological shifts reshaping the world and straining the old social fabric. Steve put AI in the context of the other highly disruptive changes happening in parallel which are creating a more complex and multi-faceted business world (e.g. trade tensions, data security, war, terrorism, natural disasters).

Richard Lewis, Client Programme Manager at Tideway London, provided a dose of reality by explaining how topics like apprenticeships, Brexit and AI were not just theories but ‘real’ issues that had to be dealt with at Tideway London to secure the resource base and improve safety management and construction planning. As Client Representative for the Tideway programme (valued at £3.4 billion), Richard reports to the COO and is responsible for the performance of the Programme Management Contractor. Acting as the key client representative to programme-wide external stakeholders, Richard chairs the Alliance Management team consisting of three joint ventures. Richard gave an overview of the Tideway programme, outlining its pioneering engineering initiatives and value for London.

Finally, Stuart Easton, CEO of Transparent Choice, an expert in project prioritisation, explained how companies should constantly measure strategic alignment. This enables businesses to eliminate waste from their supply chains and eliminate the subsequent costs they incur, while allowing for heightened focus on key projects. Easton explained that an AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process) is "the way" forward, and no shortcut will work in its place.

Related: Dada Enterprises event explores Brexit impact on project delivery.