Thursday, January 26, 2006

KM in the Asia-Pacific region (Feb 14th)

The February 14th meeting of KM Chicago will focus on knowledge management as seen from the Asia-Pacific region of the world. The presenters will join us via telephone for an interesting discussion. As always, we will listen-in from both Factiva and Allstate. See directions in the sidebar of http://kmchicago.blogspot.com.

KM in the Asia-Pacific region
Scarcely a days goes by when we do not hear about the current and future economic impact of China and various other countries from the Asia Pacific region. Accenture has had a knowledge management presence in Asia since the mid 1990s. Two key people from their respective operating groups will discuss the evolving role of knowledge management at Accenture and their roles in developing and delivering knowledge services in Asia and around the world. Both of these women have been associated with knowledge management at Accenture for more than a decade. They have served their operating groups very ably during that time and have made many contributions to the global knowledge management efforts at Accenture. They and their respective teams have contributed to millions of dollars in consulting revenues over the past few years. Living and working in Asia they have a unique perspective on the cultural, language and technology barriers encountered by consultants in the region. Come get an Asia Pacific view of the successes, challenges, and evolving approaches that are faced by a global organization trying to deliver knowledge management services.

Tanya Brincat
Financial Services Knowledge Management, Accenture

Tanya Brincat has been involved in Knowledge Management since its inception at Accenture in 1992. She was seconded to Accenture's WHQ in Chicago in October 1992 where she spent 4 years working on the design, development and rollout of the core suite of databases to be made available on Accenture’s knowledge management system, the Knowledge XchangeTM.

Since 1996 Tanya has served as a Knowledge Manager for the Financial Services Operating Group (Financial Services is one of the largest industry groups in Accenture with 12,000+ practice personnel globally; $3.4bn revenues in FY2005). After spending one year with the Financial Services Knowledge Management team in New York, Tanya returned to her native Australia where she currently serves as the Financial Services Knowledge Management lead for Asia Pacific (responsible for the provision of knowledge equipping and knowledge harvesting services to the FS practice in Asia Pacific) and the Global Head of Banking Knowledge Management (responsible for managing all Banking related knowledge capital on Accenture’s Knowledge XchangeTM and for developing all internal Banking communications).

Prior to her Knowledge Management assignment at Accenture Tanya spent 4 years as a Management Consultant in Accenture's Change Management practice, where she specialised in instructional design. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia).

Myrna A. Binamira
Director, Government Knowledge Network, Accenture

Myrna A. Binamira joined Accenture in 1995. Prior to that she was working for the Philippine Government and served for almost 18 years, the last 7 of which was as the CIO for the Department of Agriculture. As the CIO, she was in charge of the Department's IT and IS Program nationwide, and headed the Department's Computer Center. After that Government stint, she joined a private systems integrator company where she found herself selling Microsoft and Lotus Notes software. Sales turned out to be not her cup of tea so after a year of doing that, she went back to job searching and found this ad for Andersen Consulting.

They were looking for a Director for their Government Knowledge Center. Needless to say, she got the job and had to start the organization from scratch. That was the most challenging job yet ever she had to face, but definitely also the most rewarding. Not very many people can actually single-handedly choose the people who will work for them. She has since then managed the KM Program of the Government Operating Group of Accenture and continues to do it with the same passion as when she started.

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