CEDA member profile: Accenture



Ann Burns, Resources Industry Lead, Accenture Australia and New Zealand

Please tell us a little about Accenture?

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders.

With more than 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

We established our operations in Australia in 1989, and we now have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, serving Australia’s largest public and private sector organisations, with over 4,400 employees.

What is your role with the company?

I lead Accenture’s Resources team for Australia and New Zealand, where we help mining, chemicals, energy, utilities and water companies adapt and thrive as they face the disruptive changes their industries are going through, whether that’s caused by deregulation, mergers and divestments, or the impact of new technologies.

What are Accenture’s top priorities for the coming year?

Accenture is focused on driving innovation to shape the way Australia lives, works, plays and grows; bringing insights, design and innovation to help address critical issues for our businesses, governments and communities.
Our priorities lie across a set of key focus areas – artificial intelligence, the workforce of the future, cloud computing, digital disruption, cyber security, blockchain and the internet of things (IOT).
We believe that these technologies have huge transformative powers for Australian businesses and the economy, and there are infinite opportunities for innovation across our industries.
My passion is in finding answers to the challenging questions that digital is asking: If digital is inevitably going to be the catalyst for change how do you avoid digital disappointment? How do you manage an amphidextrous organisation with the old world and new world in parallel? Can data truly be monestised? How best to elevate people with the use of technology and create exceptional workforce experiences? These are big and exciting questions. It’s a fascinating time to be working in the resources industry.

How long has your company been a member of CEDA?

Accenture joined CEDA in August 2017.

What type of CEDA activities have you most enjoyed so far?

As a recent member, Accenture is looking forward to becoming an active and engaged member of CEDA and attending its highly topical and beneficial upcoming events and forums.

What do you see as the benefits of being a CEDA member for your company?

We are looking forward to engaging with some of the country’s best thinkers and doing what we can to help our country to thrive in this new digital age.