Friday, May 25, 2012

TDWI Minneapolis June 12, 2012 The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead with David Wells

Dear Minneapolis and St. Paul Area BI and DW Professionals,
The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead
A lasting effect of the recession economy is radical change for information technology organizations and IT professionals.  As the economic recovery occurs, many things will to return to pre-recession conditions. But information technology has been forever changed. The BI and Data Warehouse areas will certainly be impacted by the prevailing trends on Software as a Service (SaaS) , Data as a Service (DaaS) and new IT/Business partnerships.  Radical changes are in store.
BI and Data Warehouse Professionals, Project and Program Managers, Executives, and business stakeholders will all be impacted by the changes ahead and David Wells will help us understand these impacts.  We are delighted to bring David back to the Twin Cities for our June 12 meeting.
This is our opportunity to learn from David’s insight, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange technical and career advice while listening to a quality presentation in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our meeting agenda is below.  

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Agenda:
When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus
Opus Hall 201 – downtown Minneapolis
1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Use this interactive map of the St. Thomas campus to locate Opus Hall and nearby parking.
Thanks to Jim O’Connor and the University of St. Thomas for hosting this event..

 Abstract:

The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead

A lasting effect of the recession economy is radical change for information technology organizations and IT professionals.  When the economic recovery occurs, many things will to return to pre-recession conditions. But information technology has been forever changed. Financially driven changes (“we can’t afford it”) quickly led to discovery driven changes (“we can live without it” and “we’ve found a better way”) that foretell a substantial IT shift. The change affects organizations, individuals, programs, and careers. With cloud computing, the need for large data centers is reduced. Software as a Service (SaaS) changes the developer role, and Data as a Service (DaaS) changes the DBA role. Social networking and collaboration tools redefine the nature of teamwork.  Data and technology savvy business managers change relationships and expectations. 
The next generation of IT must be lean, agile, and responsive. Expect to see many traditional IT responsibilities spin off to business units, and many IT jobs absorbed into business roles. Not just another cycle of decentralization, this is a fundamental change in the positioning of IT – a convergence where Business/IT alignment is no longer enough and Business/IT integration is the new goal. This change raises many big questions and many hard questions. What does it mean for your organization, for your BI and MDM programs, for data governance and for IT governance? These are but a few of the critical questions. Perhaps most importantly you need to know what it means for you and your IT career.

Agenda:

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Networking and Registration
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Chapter Business
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead – David Wells

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break and Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead – David Wells


Speaker’s Bio:

Dave Wells is consultant, mentor, and teacher in the field of business intelligence (BI). He brings to every consulting endeavor a unique and balanced perspective regarding the roles of technology in business. This perspective—refined through a career of more than 35 years that blended business and technical roles—helps to align business and information technology in the most effective ways. Dave focuses on strategic and organizational alignment as the keys to building and sustaining valuable and high-impact BI cultures and systems.

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