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"Harvesting Value From IT" Webinar (Preliminary Event)

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Harvesting Value From IT

Organizations spend large sums on Information and Communications Technology but are often left in doubt as to the real returns on these investments. IT is seen as essential to transforming organizations but too often is accused of consuming funds without meeting expectations.

In their book - The Value Imperative - Harvesting Value from Your IT Initiatives - Dr. Gerald Grant of the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and Rob Collins, former CIO of Cognos and the City of Ottawa, argue that instead of applying a rigid engineering approach, executives should think more like a farmer, taking an agricultural view that gives primacy to delivering the ‘harvest’: business value resulting from IT investments. By focusing on that harvest instead of only the schedule, organizations can ensure that they get the results that they need or that they can kill projects early before they have wasted precious resources.

This approach is not limited to new projects. This same Agricultural Model can be used to audit existing IT systems for business value. This can provide the basis for better management of those large IT budgets and create common ground between IT and the rest of the organization.

In a one hour web presentation, which will be held on November 15, 2017 at 11:30am, the authors will outline their ideas including:

  • The Value Cycle

This model, developed by the authors, offers a unique and more effective means of communicating business value in terms that are comprehensible to all inside and outside the organization.

  • Alignment and the Engineering Model

Understanding the flaws in these that have led to such a poor track record for IT investments.

  • The Agricultural Model

The Agricultural Model looks to agri-business as a paradigm that deals successfully with change and uncertainty. This model is a more useful metaphor to IT investments meant to bring about transformative change than the restricted and discredited engineering model in use today.

  • The Value Realization Cycle

This model, developed by the authors, shows how investments, based on strategy, move through a cycle which sees all parts of the organization play their part. In moving from investment to technology to process impact and finally to results, it ties together everything necessary to realize the business value desired.

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Hosted by Dr. Gerald Grant and Rob Collins, the "Harvesting Value From IT" webinar is a preliminary event for a one day seminar, which is scheduled to take place in winter 2018. It is also an opportunity for you to interact with the hosts and ask questions regarding the upcoming seminar. Please note that the preliminary event will be held in English only.

One CPE will be allocated to each participant. Please register yourself on this Eventbrite page in order to participate in the webcast event.

One day before the event, ISACA-Montréal will provide you, by email, a link that will allow you to connect with the hosts.


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