John Swainson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CA, Inc., will discuss current and emerging trends in information technology. While technological advances deliver myriad gains to individuals, businesses and organizations of all kinds, says Mr. Swainson, the continual stream of innovations also raises concerns. Chief among them: how to address the need to manage and secure increasingly complex IT systems. Having created so much complexity, the IT industry now must take the lead in helping its customers meet the challenge, argues Mr. Swainson. He concludes that success in this endeavor will ensure that IT lives up to its promise to enhance efficiency and productivity and deliver on a broad array of economic, social and political benefits.
Innovative changes in the production and delivery of goods and services have accounted for the resurgence in productivity growth in the U.S. economy over the last 15 years. These changes have been driven by the convergence of computing, telecommunications, and connectivity and globalization. We expect that continued innovation will be driven by these factors over the next decade.
Changing global demographics and the rapid growth of both developed and emerging country economies are beginning to put a strain on today’s workforce. Just look at unemployment rates in the G8 countries. Productivity growth, global talent sourcing and increasing life expectancy will mitigate the impact of these mega-trends to a degree, but not entirely, and the forces at work are unlikely to change soon. Business leaders need to start preparing their organizations today for the talent shortages of tomorrow.
Risk management necessarily involves the CEO, and most often includes lawyers, whether in the company or outside. Increasingly, CEOs and lawyers have become dependent upon the CIO to properly assess and manage various risks. As a result, legal advisors and CIOs need to be able to talk about risk issues intelligently and in a way that focuses on hard questions, especially at at time when many IT budgets are shrinking.
How do we balance IT priorities, budgets, and risks? IT-savvy lawyer Erik Phelps, former associate general counsel for Lands’ End, now a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich, raises issues and answers questions on how the legal and IT departments can communicate effectively about:
Organizations of all sizes, in the public and private sectors, are increasingly turning their management focus to innovation. But how do you ensure that innovation efforts are producing business value and growth, leveraging knowledge within the organization, and changing the business processes that need to be changed?
Effective management and the application of information technology already has a hard time keeping up with the demands of globalization, cost-cutting, and growth. Revolutionary approaches that promise to reengineer enterprises and reinvent government are embraced despite the enormous human toll they exact. How will industry and government survive in this new age by making better use of tools they have available to manage knowledge, processes and business intelligence?
Great IT departments create a dialogue with executives to jointly solve the critical issues facing the business. At TDS the IT department created an “IT Blueprint” which laid out a plan to move the team and the company forward using both short term projects and long term goals as their roadmap.
Make no mistake: Business decisions are the same in IT as they are in the rest of the business world. You must create solid business plans and evaluate the risk profile of each project and sub project. Most importantly you must understand the true value of the plan and know when and where to start and stop projects when you’ve reached a level of satisfaction that provides the most business value.
While we all like to debate over what the next new technology will be, it’s the successful execution and realization of innovative ideas, products, or processes that creates value. But how do you mix the technologies, people, and processes effectively to increase the odds that the end result is indeed successful? This hands-on, interactive session will focus on practical steps to a more innovative organization.
Inacom Information Systems
Virchow Krause & Co.
NEC Display Solutions
R.W. Baird & Co.