Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management

Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

Dates: Nov 13-14, 2014

Certificate Track: Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management

Participant Ratings

Overall:

| 4.4

Application:

| 4.5

Content:

| 4.5

Experience:

| 4.4

The goal of this program is to help organizations build a stratum of management where people from various backgrounds and areas of expertise can work together efficiently and productively by understanding and appreciating each other's contribution to the overall success of the organization. The program is not meant to make an IT specialist out of every manager, but to make every manager confident in resolving IT issues and working with IT staff to make better decisions and to deliver better process change. Ultimately, this program is about ways to design work processes that propel the company toward future success.

Join the MySloanExecEd Community Group for this program to network with past, present, and future participants.

Participants in this program will learn where IT is going, where it fits into their organizations, and how to govern it well. Managers will walk away thinking differently, being able to talk differently with the company's IT professionals, and armed with real-life examples they can use to adjust and improve their organizational processes. Namely:

  • How to design processes to use IT better
  • How to work with IT people to make better decisions
  • How to drive transformational change throughout the organization

Key areas of discussion will include:

  • Governance: Effective IT management requires active involvement from both business and IT managers. A firm understanding of roles and responsibilities for specific decisions will help minimize potential areas of conflict.
  • Discipline: IT cannot be everything to everybody. It is essential to set realistic goals and to manage everyone's expectations throughout any IT-related initiative. Discipline is essential in getting business value from IT.
  • Organizational Architecture: A well-managed, standardized platform is the foundation of IT effectiveness, risk management, and agility.
  • Transparency: Transparency is key to better decision-making and business value from IT. Managers should identify specific issues a company needs to solve through IT, define and follow assigned milestones, and keep close track of success metrics.
  • People and Culture: IT is more than just a technology challenge. Don’t forget the people and culture. Simply understanding the vocabulary and knowing how and whom to ask IT-related questions can help non-IT managers make great strides toward organizational change.

This program is designed for line managers and corporate strategists who want a better handle on their role in IT oversight and management. The material is especially relevant for non-technical managers with IT responsibilities. In turn, IT managers will gain a better perspective on how to work productively with the company's senior executives. In fact, we strongly encourage participants to attend this program in tandem or as teams of IT and non-IT managers. Away from the habitual patterns of everyday work, colleagues learn to collaborate in ways they've never thought possible.

Past participants have included senior managers at the division or corporate level:

  • CEOs
  • Corporate and strategic planners
  • Presidents
  • EVPs
  • COOs
  • VPs of operations

DAY One SAMPLE
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:30 PMWelcome and Introduction, IT as a Foundation for Execution, The Value of Effective IT Oversight
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
01:30 PM - 05:00 PMPortfolio Management and IT Savvy, IT and Business Change Management, Day 1 Summary
05:00 PM - 06:00 PMReception
DAY Two SAMPLE
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMContinental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 11:45 AMWelcome Back and Preview of Day 2, Managing IT Risk Strategically, Architecting Agility
11:45 AM - 12:45 PMLuncheon
12:45 PM - 03:30 PMHow Top Performing Firms Govern IT, Plotting Your Course with the Frameworks
Videos:
  • Title: Participant Discussion: Morten Engedal Nielsen on Transforming Your Business Through IT

    Description: Participant Discussion: Morten Engedal Nielsen on Transforming Your Business Through IT. Learn more about this program at http://executive.mit.edu/openenrollment/program/transforming_your_business_through_it/34

  • Title: Participant Discussion: Mariusz Jedra on Transforming Your Business Through IT

    Description: Participant Discussion: Mariusz Jedra on Transforming Your Business Through IT. Learn more about the program at http://executive.mit.edu/it

  • Title: Professor George Westerman on Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

    Description: George Westerman discusses his program, Essential IT for Non-IT Executives (formerly Transforming Your Business Through IT), and about bridging the gap between business and IT people.

  • Title: Professor George Westerman on Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

    Description: George Westerman discusses his program, Essential IT for Non-IT Executives, (formerly Transforming Your Business Through IT), and about creating business efficiencies and innovations through IT.

  • Title: Professor George Westerman on Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

    Description: George Westerman discusses his program, Essential IT for Non-IT Executives, (fromerly Transforming Your Business Through IT), and about IT's impact on business processes.

  • Title: Essential IT Webinar with George Westerman

    Description: This is a recording of the live webinar with George Westerman that occurred on July 26, 2012, titled: IT is from Venus; Non-IT is from Mars. In many companies, the relationship between IT departments and business leaders is like a troubled marriage: miscommunication is rampant, which leaves executives struggling to improve the situation. Listen to this 60-minute webinar to learn how MIT Sloan research demonstrates the improved IT performance and IT/business relationship that results from IT/business transparency. George Westerman, MIT Sloan senior research scientist and author of the recent Wall Street Journal article, IT Is From Venus, Non-IT Is From Mars, demonstrates how transparency can help to establish trust between business executives and IT leaders; make better IT investment decisions; ensure IT projects deliver more value; and identify new strategic uses for IT. This webinar will help managers and IT professionals think differently and communicate better with each other, and arm them with real-life examples they can use to improve their organizational processes through transparency and clarity. Learn more about Dr. Westermans related two-day program, Essential IT for Non-IT Executives.


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    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.



    I learned so much on this class as to how bridge that immense gap that it exists in our company between our business groups and our technical teams. I started to put some of the learning and ideas from this session to practice and it is helping us come up with initial software enhancements that are actually welcome by our business, that is because now we understand their objectives and they (business) are also familiar with some of our challenges to deliver their dream, but we are working together on achieving the dream, we know continued collaboration will be the key to success.



    WooooooooooooooooooooooW!!!



    really usefull for connecting business and IT



    Being a CPA besides CFO, I'm required to attend 40 hours of conferences and seminars a year, for more years than I care to admit. But without a doubt, this was the finest conference I've ever attended. The instructors rank at the top of their fields, yet, are so approchable and kind that it sets the tone for the entire conference -which is so well coordinated. Congratulations to the entire MIT organization for running such a terrific program! Regards, Sanford (Sandy) Weinstein