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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  • Prabal B: The programme was quite informative. However , in the first day , in patches it became a bit too research result oriented . Otherwise an enriching experience.

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  • Pakinam E: This program was great . Instructors were very knowledgeable and experienced . Practical examples helped a lot , however duration needed to be longer .

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  • Olugbenga A: Great Program, Digitised Platforms was my favourite !

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  • Segun O: I gained fresh initiatives on the deployment of the redunctant IT resources at my place of work and how not to optimise processes and reources relevant to technology within the organisation.

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  • Robert G: Program seemed unfocused. The group exercised were not very useful.

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  • Douglas D: This program broke down the organizational challenges of addressing IT issues in organizations. I am pleased with the framework and tools the class gives you to discuss and improve the IT challenges in the business model. George and Barbara were very enthusiastic and open to discussion before during and after class time. Overall, a very good course.

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  • Gretchen Larsen I: My disappointment in expectation that a class labeled "essential IT" had no IT in it. Focus of the class was human factors/psychology of interaction between individuals of engineering/scientific mindset and those of fuzzier perspective. I'm not IT illiterate, but was hoping for discussions to keep non-IT managers current in latest issues/terminology/debates on cloud, mobility, IAAS/PAAS/SAAS, etc. Class perhaps helpful for those that are management neophytes, but less useful for experienced executives.

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  • Christian D: Good overview across all relevant segments Change mgmt could be extended Include some forward looking elements of key IT technologies which might shape the next 10 years

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  • Robert W: Dr. George Westerman is a phenomenal teacher, and I mean teacher in the very sense of the word. It's not easy to teach executives...much less get their attention. His ability to tie real-world feedback into a methodology was impressive and made the content jump to life. I am using the concepts for this course in my daily work having assumed executive ownership of a $15M IT project this year.

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George Westerman on Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

George Westerman discusses Essential IT for Non-IT Executives in this video.