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  • 8 September, 2016

    Engineering leaders need to think about the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    . beatonlive. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Strategy. Technology

    “Engineering leaders need to think about the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The associated changes are set to transform the engineering profession as we know it, so the time to act is now” writes Dr Marlene Kanga, President-Elect, World Federation of Engineering Organisations. Read why.

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  • 24 August, 2016

    Reap revenue from engineering innovation

    . beatonlive. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Engineering

    There’s no question that Australia can reap revenue from engineering innovation, helping the country become a sustained, profitable innovator. Productivity is sluggish. Business and consumer confidence is faltering. We’re sliding down the global innovation ranks [1], and economists are predicting an extended period of low economic growth. Critically, a shared belief in low growth can […]

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  • 22 August, 2016

    Engineering in the 4th industrial revolution is on the brink

    . beatonlive. Business models. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Engineering

    ‘Engineering in the 4th industrial revolution is on the brink’ is not intended to be a melodramatic assertion. Rather it makes the point that the 4th industrial revolution is here, now. It offers as many opportunities as it poses risks and threats. This post explains the tenets of the 4th industrial revolution and shares the […]

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  • 29 April, 2016

    More NewLaw M&A: Elevate acquires Legal OnRamp

    . Disruption. Law. Mergers & Acquisitions

    ‘Tis the season for NewLaw M&A as Elevate acquires Legal OnRamp. The union means Elevate, a leading legal services provider, will expand even more rapidly now that it has combined with the innovative legal technology of OnRamp.

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  • 19 April, 2016

    Now it’s Norton Rose Fulbright and LawPath

    . Digitisation. Disruption. Law

    Norton Rose Fulbright and LawPath today joined Cognition, Axiom, Conduit, Deloitte, LOD and DLA Piper in picking up the pace of corporate activity in the BigLaw–NewLaw space. 

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  • 28 March, 2016

    Artificial Intelligence in Law: The State of Play 2016

    Michael Mills' deep insights add to the digitisation themes Beaton is sharing with our readers, for example 'Digital disruption in professional services delivery' and 'What law firms and taxis have in common'. Michael is Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Neota Logic Inc, a leading global provider of intelligent software and provider to many leading law firms and a world authority on artificial intelligence in law.

    . Digitisation. Disruption. Law. Technology

    With Michael’s permission, beaton is delighted to re-publish ‘Artificial Intelligence in Law: The State of Play 2016’ by Michael Mills, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Neota Logic Inc.

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  • 1 January, 2016

    What law firms and taxis have in common

    . Disruption. Law. Strategy

    ‘What law firms and taxis have in common’ is my rhetorical way of capturing the relevance to BigLaw firms of a truly insightful article titled What is Disruptive Innovation? by Clayton Christensen and colleagues in Harvard Business Review, December 2015.

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  • 17 November, 2015

    Why digitisation is a net opportunity for professional services

    . Digitisation. Disruption. Professional services

    The rapidly rising tide of evidence and debate shows why digitisation is a net opportunity for professional services. This post collates examples to add to Beaton’s contribution to helping our clients recognise and seize the opportunity, and to draw readers’ attention to Thriving in the New Digital Landscape, a beatonlive conference on 9 March 2016.   

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  • 12 November, 2015

    Ecosystems – get wise to the new language of business strategy

    . Accounting. beatonlive. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Engineering. Law. Management consulting. Other professional services. Strategy

    Those of us brought up on value chain business models need to open our minds to major change. Value chain analysis was identified as core to formulating business strategy by Michael Porter in the 1980s. Now ecosystems thinking is replacing value chain doctrine. 

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  • 4 November, 2015

    For professions only the brave with a voice will be heard

    . Disruption. Professional services

    Today’s Forum organised by Professions Australia started with a challenge: “For professions only the brave with a voice will be heard”. So spoke Alex Malley, CEO of CPA Australia in an inspiring opening address. The Future of the Professions in a Digitising World was a rich and stimulating event. Here are 10 of my take-outs.

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  • 22 August, 2015

    Legal Innovation Index Awards address by Dr George Beaton

    . Disruption. Law

    This post is a précis of an address at the Legal Innovation Index Awards by Dr George Beaton. Courtesy of the hospitality of LexisNexis® Pacific and Janders Dean, I spoke at the Legal Innovation Index Awards in Sydney on August 20, 2015. Over 100 people gathered to celebrate the winners from a very high quality, hotly contested field […]

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  • 15 August, 2015

    10 reasons BigLaw managing partners are not sleeping very well

    . beatonlive. Brands. Disruption. Law. Strategy

    We have heard at least 10 reasons why BigLaw managing partners are not sleeping very well in recent one-on-one conversations and our beatonlive conferences. Some are deeply worried. Others are truly excited. Here’s a summary of why this dichotomy exists. 

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  • 20 April, 2015

    Why NewLaw in Asia should seek to define itself

    . Asia. Disruption. Law. Strategy

    NewLaw in Asia is an emerging phenomenon and one to watch closely. This post by John Grimley first appeared on Asia Law Portal and is re-published with John’s kind permission. In April of 2013, Richard Granat (@rgranat) asked: Is Axiom Law a Law Firm? in a blogpost which appeared on his widely-read eLawering Blog.  And Granat is well qualified […]

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  • 25 February, 2015

    Ross Dawson and George Beaton talking about Clients and Firms of the Future

    . Accounting. beatonlive. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Law. Management consulting. Strategy

    In this video Ross Dawson and George Beaton talk about the Forum on Clients and Firms of the Future, how competing in the future is going to be very different to today, why this Forum is vital interest to every professional services firm, and what delegates can expect during the day-long interactive sessions. Clients and Firms of the Future: How to […]

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  • 17 February, 2015

    Do you want me to feel like a box of corn flakes?

    . Brands. Disruption. Law. Strategy

    Many years ago in a marketing workshop, a sparky young law firm partner asked “Do you want me to feel like a box of corn flakes?”. The room murmured; all agreed but remained silent in discomfort, even disbelief. Back then marketing was a novel, and for most, a distasteful concept on which the profession frowned, and […]

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  • 10 February, 2015

    BigLaw profitability needs a new approach

    . Disruption. Law. Strategy

    BigLaw profitability needs a new approach because Maister’s formula for BigLaw profitability needs a makeover. This post explains the reasons why a new approach is needed after serving law firms very well for over 60 years.

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  • 3 February, 2015

    The new member of the “C Suite” – the Chief Disruption Officer!

    . Accounting. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Engineering. Law. Management consulting. Strategy

    The ‘D’ word, or disruption, is on every CEO or OMP’s lips, it’s what’s keeping them awake at night. With competition from both traditional and novel quarters intensifying at a frightening pace, the digital revolution, shifts in clients’ buying behaviour, and globalisation of supply chains, how do leaders recognise what is real, what is fiction, […]

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  • 28 January, 2015

    Clients and Firms of the Future: How to Compete – a new format conference from Beaton Capital and Future Exploration Network

    . Accounting. beatonlive. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Engineering. Health. Law. LPO. Management consulting. Other professional services. Strategy

      Don’t miss this serious conversation for senior leaders in professional services about why and how firms will have to change to compete profitably for clients in the future.  The major themes explored on the day will include: Why and how clients are changing the way they buy professional and other B2B services The strategic […]

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