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World Computer Congress - Brisbane 2010

20-23 September 2010 - Brisbane - Australia

Australian Computer Societyifip - International Federation for Information Processing

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Deliver ITValueIT is looking to optimise the value derived from ICT in capturing and delivering value for organisations, their clients, stakeholders and customers. This stream has a focus on the role of ICT in innovation, collaboration and the importance of the role of ICT intellectual property as an enabler for value creation.

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Industry Speakers

NameJob TitleOrganisationAbstract Title
Ralf Abbing Patent Officer European Patent Office What are the "big" issues in IP in relation to computing technology?
Dan Beecham CIO Woolworths Project Connect: Learnings from an Innovative Go To Market for Telecommunications Services
Vince Gill Director Capabilty Management IT is not about me
Guido Governatori A/Education Director and BPC Project Leader NICTA IT role in business process compliance
Robert Hillard Partner, Consulting, Enterprise Information Management Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Information-Driven Business
Dr Eva Hopper Patent Officer European Patent Office Intersection between protecting IP and making innovation happen – in time!
Peter Nevin Executive General Manager Business Processes Sedgman IT Value in the Next Decade

Abstracts and Biographies

European Patent Office
What are the "big" issues in IP in relation to computing technology?

The presentation will address some of the major issues arising from the possibility of getting legal protection (ie a patent) for computing technology, in particular so called "Computer-implemented Inventions" (CII), from the European Patent Office (EPO). Whilst the protection of tangible objects, i.e. "hardware" does not seem to be too far fetched, the question of whether computerized methods should be entitled to protection by patents at all, leading to a monopoly for the patent proprietor, and up to which level of abstract definition, has long been under discussion and still needs to be decided on a case to case basis by patent examiners. The presentation will address relevant technical issues in the patent granting process, starting from the applicant's request reflecting his/her intentions and expectations and the underlying questions, what exactly, and to which extent, is patentable, as well as the legal and procedural consequences of requesting, and preferably obtaining a patent for computer-implemented inventions at the EPO.


Ralf Abbing is working at the European Patent Office in The Hague (Netherlands) since 1997. He is specialized in search and examination of computer-implemented inventions in the field of data retrieval, i.e. retrieval of data, including text, audio and video, from conventional databases as well as from the Internet, e.g. by use of search engines or by navigation. He has been actively involved in presentation and training activities in the field of computer-implemented inventions in and outside the EPO, e.g. in the context of training of examiners of national patent offices in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. Before joining the EPO, he was working in a technology transfer office in Germany as a consultant for transferring technology from universities to small and medium enterprises and supporting the subsequent technical implementation and intellectual protection.

Project Connect: Learnings from an Innovative Go To Market for Telecommunications Services

Since 2003, Woolworths was engaged with Telstra in an outsourced arrangement to manage enterprise telecommunication needs – network, mobile, fixed voice and management. Prior to this, Woolworths managed its own network. Though this was a successful partnership, Woolworths lacked visibility on the cost for each discrete service, as well as understanding the need to maintain sourcing flexibility in the changing market. The NBN may provide a host of new services and providers, opportunities which Woolworths must be in a position to take advantage of. To further explore these opportunities Woolworths worked to develop a sourcing strategy for a new telecommunications arrangement. A decision was made in 2009 to go to market with a modular strategy – restructuring from a single to multi-vendor environment where the best of breed supplier for each module would be selected. A tender was issued covering a complete range of modules which included among others - Data Centre network services, Security services, Network infrastructure, Telephony infrastructure services, Conferencing, Project delivery services. After 6 months of evaluation, Woolworths appointed Dimension Data as Integration Services Manager (ISM) and also to a majority of the other modules. The sourcing strategy in relation to the remaining modules is currently being finalised and the benefits of what has been achieved are expected to flow on into the future.


Dan is the Chief Information Officer for Woolworths Limited. Woolworths is the leading Australian and New Zealand retailer with over 3300 outlets generating sales of $A47b. The business includes Supermarkets, Liquor, Petrol, General Merchandise, Consumer Electronics and increasingly Financial Services.

Dan is responsible for the Operational and Strategic performance of the 700 strong IT Team. The CIO role is a corporate one and provides leadership for the development and implementation of IT Strategy within the Woolworths group.

The recent emphasis of the strategy has been to build upon the foundations of Forecasting and Replenishment excellence to implement highly standardised new Store, Warehousing, Financial Switch and Customer Engagement solutions. The Woolworths Board has supported our recommendation to move to implement a new merchandising system utilising the flexibility provided by SAP’s SOA architecture.

Some of the partners WOW-IT works with include; HP, IBM, Telstra, Retalix, i2/JDA, Tata Consulting Services, SAP and Infor. The partners we work with most successfully are those which share our values including; great value in every transaction, a passion for retail and an openness which allows us to quickly work together to add value for our businesses.

Dan has been with Woolworths for fourteen years, having worked in the General Merchandise and Supermarkets Divisions in various management capacities within the IT team. These roles have included Operational Services, System Services, Systems Development, General Manager of IT and since May 2007 CIO.

Prior to joining Woolworths, Daniel worked in the Finance sector and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales and is a member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Capabilty Management
IT is not about me

Past project management research overwhelmingly concludes that IT-dependent projects too often fail in regards to scope and budget, and results are even more disappointing when measured against delivery of targeted business benefits and value. So who gets the blame? The CIO Executive Council and Capability Management conducted joint-research with CIOs across Australia to test the current presence of value restricting practices, the focus and effectiveness of project management in 2010 and to understand the current positioning of IT. The findings highlight the challenges CIO's face in driving the shift from a cost to a value focus, addressing capability beyond just competency, and commercially assessing risk against return across their project portfolios. This research will arm project professionals with context, insights and guidelines to help address the blame game.


Vince is Managing Director of Capability Management - a boutique consultancy that increases the certainty of value delivery from projects by employing an advanced, yet focused and simple, approach through proven professionals. Prior to joining Capability, he held a number of lead roles in prominent firms that include Oakton and KPMG.

He is a principal advisor to high-profile clients across multiple industries, assisting them with their technology-dependent programs for over twenty years. They include premier Global and National organisations in Banking, Federal and State Government, High-Technology Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Communications.

Vince’s advisory experience includes design and review briefs for enterprise project portfolio optimisation, methodology and process improvement, capability assessment and development, and program/project diagnostics and remediation. His delivery background is characterised by numerous progressive roles in successful, transformational business software implementations.

The research activities include several large campaigns that had a traditional focus on project delivery practices. Over the past year, he has led the CIO Executive Council and Capability Management joint-research which interviewed CIOs across Australia to shift this focus. He has previously authored and delivered several key-note conference presentations.

Vince holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, Bachelor of Accounting and a Bachelor of Computing from Monash University, and a host of relevant professional accreditations.

IT role in business process compliance

Typically businesses face the challenge of reconciling their business processes with the regulatory requirements governing a business. We proposed a methodology to address regulatory compliance for business processes. While the proposed framework is particularly suited for process aware information system the techniques does not depend on specific processes and application domains and can be used to generic business processes.


Guido Governatori is a senior researcher and associate education director at NICTA, Queensland Research Laboratory, where he leads the Business Process Compliance research activity. He received his PhD in Legal Informatics in 1997 from the University of Bologna (Italy). His research interests include formal model of normative reasoning and applications to e-commerce and regulatory compliance for business process models, and semantic web. He is a member of the editorial board of Artificial Intelligence and Law, and he has served as chair for major conferences on logic and normative reasoning (Jurix, DEON, RuleML).

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Information-Driven Business

Robert Hillard's new book explores how business and government can use data and information management techniques to more effectively run their organisations. As the field of Information Management matures, it is important that business leaders move beyond seeing data as a technology problem. Similarly technologists working in the field need to apply the techniques in a way that can be governed by the real business owners of the information asset. In this talk, Robert will introduce two of the approaches explained in the book to measuring the way data is held within databases, document repositories and other stores of information across the enterprise.


Robert Hillard is the author of Information-Driven Business ( and was an original founder of MIKE2.0 ( which provides a standard approach for Information and Data Management projects. He is a Partner with Deloitte, leading the Technology Consulting practice nationally. Robert has more than twenty years experience in the discipline of Information Management and has held international consulting leadership roles, providing advice to government and private sector clients around the world. He has spent many years focusing on standardised approaches to Information Management including being one of the first to use XBRL in government regulation and the promotion of information as a business asset rather than a technology problem.

European Patent Office
Intersection between protecting IP and making innovation happen – in time!

Protecting innovations has become essential in today's knowledge-based economy. Large corporations, small businesses and start-ups use patents to ensure their innovations cannot be copied and to defend their competitive edge. Universities too are making increasing use of the patent system to safeguard and commercially exploit their research results and to facilitate technology transfers to industry partners. A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention. The procedure for granting patents, the requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries. The presentation will raise awareness of patents, how they work and how they can benefit companies and research institutions in a wide range of industries.


Dr Eva Hopper works as a patent examiner at the Munich branch of the European Patent Office (Germany) since 2001. She is specialised in the search and examination of patent applications in the field of computer-implemented inventions, ranging from areas such as e-commerce, banking, office administration, payment schemes and vending machines. She has presented the practice of the European Patent Office in this field at a number of international conferences and law firms. She is also involved in training activities for training examiners of national patent offices. Before joining the Office Eva Hopper was working as a consultant in the field of e-Commerce. She holds a PhD and MSc in electrical engineering from Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Her research activities focussed on optimisation and meta-heuristic algorithms.