TRANSFORMING YOUR ORGANIZATION THROUGH IT – 11/2010
Essential IT for Non-IT Executives
Dates: Nov 17-18, 2015 | Apr 14-15, 2016
For non-technical business leaders and corporate strategists, IT can be a source of much frustration. In many companies, the relationship between IT departments and business leaders is like a troubled marriage—miscommunication is rife, leaving executives struggling to improve the situation. This course is intended to help organizations develop a language shared by managers from various backgrounds and areas of expertise, so they can work together efficiently and productively, propelling the company toward future success.
Do you feel as though everything regarding IT takes too long and costs too much? Do you lack the language and instincts to make good decisions regarding IT? Is your company falling behind the competition in your use of technology?
Essential IT for Non-IT Executives is designed to help non-technical senior business managers work with, oversee, and generate value from IT. Drawing on MIT Sloan research, faculty present strategies for instituting a working relationship between IT managers and business managers based on transparency—clear communication about IT performance and decision processes. The program is not meant to make an IT specialist out of every manager, but to make every manager confident in resolving IT issues and working with IT staff to make better decisions and to deliver better process change.
This course will help you optimize your role in the use of technology for competitive advantage.
Participants in this program will learn where IT is going, where it fits into their organizations, and how to govern it well. Managers will walk away thinking differently, being able to talk differently with the company’s IT professionals, and armed with real-life examples they can use to adjust and improve their organizational processes. Namely:
- How to design processes to use IT better
- How to work with IT people to make better decisions
- How to drive transformational change throughout the organization
Key areas of discussion will include:
- Governance: Effective IT management requires active involvement from both business and IT managers. A firm understanding of roles and responsibilities for specific decisions will help minimize potential areas of conflict.
- Discipline: IT cannot be everything to everybody. It is essential to set realistic goals and to manage everyone’s expectations throughout any IT-related initiative. Discipline is essential in getting business value from IT.
- Organizational Architecture: A well-managed, standardized platform is the foundation of IT effectiveness, risk management, and agility.
- Transparency:Transparency is key to better decision-making and business value from IT. Managers should identify specific issues a company needs to solve through IT, define and follow assigned milestones, and keep close track of success metrics.
- People and Culture: IT is more than just a technology challenge. Don’t forget the people and culture. Simply understanding the vocabulary and knowing how and whom to ask IT-related questions can help non-IT managers make great strides toward organizational change.