Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

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For non-technical business leader and corporate strategists, IT can be 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.

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  • David M: Excellent information and context to current business challenges.

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  • Massimo M: The title of the course is IT for Non-IT Executive, but I recommend this course to IT-skilled people as well. While it's not a technical IT course, I believe that even IT people would benefit from it, as it teaches about general principles and IT government from a Management perspective. As an IT manager I am being bombarded every day with an overwhelming amount of new buzz words, self-proclaiming revolutionary technologies and a storm of acronyms and concepts. Some of the products, services or technologies have real value, but it's really difficult to define and find it. This course focuses on defining the fundamental principles of IT management and governance. It gives you a 30,000 ft picture and helps you building a much needed critical eye and an internal compass to navigate the perilous ocean of Information Technology.

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  • Mark P: Thoroughly enjoyed the course. It taught me a new way to think about problems. One of the templates provided by Professor Ross was invaluable to some recent work I needed to do, Would definitely take another course like this one and recommend it to others.

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  • Benoit B: As a project manager involved for some projects with both IT and the users, the knowledge gained with these 2-day program gives an in-depth panorama of the "whole picture" and is of a real help to arrange all the elements in a broader perspective especially when talking to upper management.

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  • Mark D: I had recently been reassigned to manage our IT department so this course provided valuable and timely information. As a non-IT person, I learned about IT Governance and how to effectively manage IT resources to ensure they support the Strategic direction of the organization.

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  • Joseph V: Until I took this program I had always let the IT side of the business pretty much do its own thing as long as I received the information that I needed; P&l's, inventories A/R etc. During this program I saw how much more we could take advantage of the IT process and data to use in our business planning and business processes. We'd always been too busy trying to manage the day to day of a rapid growth company to delve into what what the IT staff were doing and how we could use the info available. The discussions and sharing of experiences that Jeanne Ross and CISR staff stimulated were in many ways eye-openers. This program gave me a number of ideas and a roadmap to fully integrate our IT resources into the day to day business. Highly recommend to management at any level.

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  • Carlo R: This wonderful program gave me new insights for my job. My company have developed Information Security Awareness programs and IT Governance programs for the last 4 years, and this MIT program gave me a sound perspective of what in this areas is happening in the world while allowing a great set of networking opportunities.

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  • Alfred A: This course gave me a much better understanding of the need to partner with my IT executives in order to deliver an economic goal. IT and the business must work in a collaborative fashion ensuring alignment of goals to achieve a successful outcome.

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  • Celso Andre B: Program is very satisfactory, special discussions and exercises among participants. I would recommend for this program include other issues like Risk Management cases, how much budget investments in Technology that businesses should compromised.

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  • David H: Probably one of the best if not THE best MIT course I've taken to date. The framwork was clear and the case examples given very useful. Two years later, I STILL use this framework with my team and we'e still getting mileage out of it. Some of the empirical study data was INVALUABLE in helping get consensus around change (internally).

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