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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Philip A: Hi, Good course. A couple of areas of improvement: - Add in my videos. - The session on Culture Change (lead by Court) wasn't that good. Thanks Philip

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  • H.Gabriel Ortiz A: Good content. I like different Scholars throughout the day.

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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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  • Claudio X: Very practical program, with important points to discuss in daily work. bring your CIO to participate

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