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Advance your contracting & negotiation skills whilst growing your network at this year's IACCM Conferences

Innovation, industry predictions and collaboration are all high on the agenda this year as IACCM unveils its 2016 conference schedule. Entitled “The Year of Transformation: Maximising Value Through Collaborative and Agile Relationships” – this year’s events are simply unmissable.  

In this post, we share with you the key things you can expect from us this year and how you can capitalize on the power of the IACCM community and consolidate your relationships at one of our conference events.

As we make an exciting start to this year, we are more certain than ever that this is going to be a year of great transformation. Read on to find out why, and what you can expect from IACCM’s upcoming conferences.

A Time of Transformation

The role of contract and commercial management is more important now than ever before. In the current economic climate, businesses can’t afford to overlook this key role, and contract managers are finding that their roles are rapidly expanding and diversifying like never before. That’s why this year’s IACCM conference theme is “The Year of Transformation: Maximising Value Through Collaborative and Agile Relationships”.

These roles are rapidly transforming, so it’s time to find out what this means for your future, and how you can stay ahead of the curve. IACCM’s Conferences are great places to learn about new trends in your sector, and talk through any concerns you have with a group of like-minded contracting professionals. This is a rare opportunity to connect with fellow contracting, legal and procurement professionals to benchmark key strategies and address the challenges you are facing in your role.

So What Can You Expect From This Year’s IACCM Conference?

  1.    New ideas

A good conference should overwhelm you with quality workshops, speeches and discussions, covering a vast range of topics that are relevant to your role. Plan your time wisely and you will be able to learn about all the latest developments in the industry, listen to some new ideas shared by thought leaders, and participate in conversations that will shape the future of contracting.

This is a key element of IACCM’s conferences, and one that is reinforced by CEO Tim Cummins, whose presentation always lead the contracting community into the future. Tim is just one of the industry leaders who will be sharing their insights and predictions on the year ahead, and this leads to some fascinating sessions and lively discussions, where contract and commercial managers from all manner of backgrounds can share their tips on what works, and what doesn’t. 

  1.    Focus on technology

Technology is one of the major themes of IACCM’s 2016 conferences. New platforms, the utilization of artificial intelligence and more automated solutions are playing an increasing role in the world of contract management, and you don’t want to be left behind. The right products can help drive down costs and improve efficiency, but only if you know how to use them properly.

Make sure you stay up-to-date by following our conference-related discussions on LinkedIn, Twitter and our website.

  1.    Targeted networking

Networking is probably the most valuable experience you can have at a conference, but it can also be pretty intimidating. Luckily, all IACCM members are part of an existing community so right off the bat you will have something in common. When you walk in on day one, you will be greeted by a sea of friendly faces, some of whom you already know.

And, you don’t have to wait until you arrive at the venue before you start networking. IACCM members can plan ahead and use our online forums to reach out to friends, peers, and former colleagues to set up meetings well in advance. That way you can rest assured that you will be making the most of your time at the conference. 

  1.       Support

The IACCM community is tight knit and supportive – even if you’re attending one of our conferences for the first time, you will be welcomed and before long you will be making new friends and getting involved in the thought-provoking discussions. 

One of the toughest parts of working in the contract management role is that you are often left to forge your own path, so it is vital that you have a chance to interact with people who are facing the same challenges as you, dealing with the same issues and worrying about the same things. 

There is a lot to be said for having a strong support system within your chosen industry, and these conferences are a great way of meeting titans of industry and senior-level contracting experts alike, so you can benefit from the experience of others and offer help and support to those who need it. 

Transforming the industry together

As the role of the contract manager continues to change, IACCM’s conferences offer an anchor where like-minded professionals can take stock of the industry and support each other through these ever-evolving times. 

In the office, you might feel like you are operating alone, making big decisions and working on complicated projects without thanks. But at the IACCM conferences, you will find your support network.

We are looking forward to welcoming old friends and new faces to our 2016 conferences, and continuing the conversation to help lead the contract management community into the future. 

Conference schedule

We look forward to seeing you at one of IACCM’s 2016 conferences, which are being held across the world. Follow the links below for further details, and early bird offers:

  • IACCM EMEA Conference 2016, May 9-11 – Crown Plaza St. Peter’s, Rome. 

  • IACCM Australasia Conference 2016, July 25-26 – Sydney, Australia.  (use code EARLYBIRD for 30% off)

  • IACCM Americas Conference 2016, October 24-26 – San Diego, California. - (use code EARLYBIRD for 30% off).

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