CONCURRENT SESSION 2A
Thursday 7 September 2017
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Preventing ICT Project Failure – A lawyer's perspective
ICT projects fail all the time. But the truth is that when the reasons for failures are analysed and identified, they often don't, at least on the face of it, have much to do with the "legal" aspects of procurement or the contract for the project itself. So one could be forgiven for assuming that lawyers and the contracts they draft might not have much of a role to play in preventing failures from occurring (or at least minimising the impact of failed projects).
In this seminar, Amy Ryburn is going to speak about ICT procurement processes and contracting from a lawyer's perspective and why she believes that drawing together legal, commercial and technical work streams in an effective way can have a significant impact on results. She will focus on some of the things she often sees going wrong in ICT projects (during procurement, at the contracting stage and beyond during the implementation and ongoing contract management), how she suggests procurement processes and contractual arrangements might be better designed to minimise the risk and impact of project failures, and some tips for how to avoid making your position worse through improved contract management practices once the contract has actually been signed.
Amy Ryburn specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, in particular in relation to technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), and intellectual property.
Her TMT expertise includes drafting and negotiating agreements for cloud computing solutions, a full range of network and other telco services, and software development projects (using both agile and waterfall methodologies).
Amy's experience also extends to a wide range of general commercial agreements, such as strategic alliances, franchise agreements, IP transfer, licensing and exploitation agreements, publishing agreements (both electronic and traditional), data licensing agreements, reseller arrangements and customer terms (including online terms).
Amy has a particular interest in how commercial contracts can be crafted to support and promote ICT project success and the role of these contracts in managing ICT projects. She is a regular speaker on issues such as risk allocation and ICT project failure.
Prior to returning to Buddle Findlay in 2010, Amy spent five years in London where she worked in Slaughter and May's TMT team.