John Thorp – Value of IT
After being a little disappointed about the website presence of ISASA (see former article), I must admit, i was really impressed about the organised Business Lunch. Never been in the Brisbane Convention Center for such an event (beside unemotional basket ball games and concerts) for that kind of purpose it was fantastic. Great room, large, good sound conditions, wonderfull and gret food that we got served and, nothing to do with the venue, great organisation and an inspiring speaker.
an internationally sought-after management consultant with 45 years of experience in the information management field and author of “The Information Paradox”, that will discuss the latest international thinking on addressing the governance challenge. John will addresses and advises leaders of some of the world’s largest organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific, including Fortune 100 companies.
Bottom Line, he is experienced, skilled, seen a lot of things and wrote book. A good way to start off with.
After the lunch got served and the opportunity to speak to your neighbours John started his inspiring presentation.
Lets talk about the presentation itself and its still (always interested in that):
John is one of the guys where the presentation is great because of , which is great, the slides are just supportive, which is how it should be done.
Lets talk about the content of this 60 minutes presentation
I will just highlight some his key message that i got of the presentation
And after that he talked about some details in the ValIT method (http://www.isaca.org/valit/ – you download the whole framework on that site).
The juice that i got out of it is to understand from his view the role of IT in the organisation and how it has to change from being alligned to the Business Strategy to enable business benefits. IT is the enabler, not the driver and the business needs to be aware that IT and a tool is not the silver bullet to solve a problem. By implementing a CRM solution to understand more of the client will / might have an impact on the organisation as a whole and might even change their business model. So its less about ERP Implmentation in that case its more about organisational change.
John was asked a couple of questions especially around implementing this approach and thought into an organisation and he left out the real answer by talking about, yes, its a long journey and it would take 8 to 10 years for some larger organisation to adapt this approach.
So key more is to understand, are you more successful with doing it top down or bottom up, what is more likely to be sucessful and i guess there are several answers to it.
Bottom line, great event, great presentation, useful thoughts and information and a book that is worthwhile reading (The Information Paradox, by John Ford) that i got a signed copy at the end.