The Information Technology Peer Group is designed to provide an in-depth, sophisticated forum for peer-to-peer discussion and member company presentation of key strategies, delving into both ongoing challenges as well as emerging technologies for CTOs, directors and senior IT managers.

Information Technology Peer Group Meeting 

Technical Skills and Talent Development for the Digital Era: Paving the Path to the Future 
January 23, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
How can your organization retool and develop the critical skill sets needed in the evolving digital era? 
     
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The unemployment rates in the US have dropped to its lowest rates since 2000, and almost 60% of employers have vacancies that goes unfilled for over a quarter. A recent article suggested that by 2030 the global talent shortage will reach 85.2 million people, depriving companies of trillions-of-dollars of missed economic opportunities. The outlook in Wisconsin is dire, with even the largest cities struggling to retain talent due to brain drain and hampered by geographical biases to attract new talent. Such circumstances have led companies to depend more heavily on outsourcing and contract workforces. Even such an approach changes technology talent requirements but does not diminish it.

Addressing this skills gap requires organizations to re-invest in their own employees and develop their technical skills to meet current and future needs of the organization. In many instances, developing and retaining your current tech talent to meet those future growth needs have been more successful, economical and possibly less risky. This UWEBC Peer Group meeting will give the opportunity for member organizations to discuss how they are developing the digital technical competencies of their workforce and creating innovative solutions to retain and develop the most precious assets of their organizations – their people. This is an opportunity to learn from other world-class organizations on how to train, incentivize and develop strategies to retain tech talent. You will have the opportunity to hear SMEs on web-based learning portals, as well as member companies that have undertaken comprehensive skills gap reviews, developed successful mentoring and technology leadership programs.

This meeting is tailored for IT managers, directors and IT leaders as well as HR specialists and learning/training specialists working closely with digital and technical staff. Please join your peers from other great companies right here in Wisconsin to learn how best to develop your organizations technical talent.

Webcast Available: If you can't make it to the event in-person (or if in-person registration has reached capacity), you can still register to attend from your computer. This option allows you to view the presentations, while attending in person provides you with the opportunity to participate in break-out discussions, ask questions or take advantage of networking opportunities. To attend the webcast, click the "Register for webcast" button on this meeting's homepage. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webcast a week before the meeting.

 
Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Talent and Skill Gaps Facing Wisconsin Companies (webcast available)
  Cavinda Caldera - Practice Director, UWEBC
9:30 AM Maintaining a Talent Pipeline at Northwestern Mutual (webcast available)
  Phil Langford - Northwestern Mutual
10:30 AM Break (not webcast)
 
10:45 AM Breakout Discussion Instructions (not webcast)
 
10:50 AM Breakout Discussions - Segment 1 (not webcast)
 
11:30 AM Lunch (not webcast)
 
12:30 PM Technical Skills Transfer Approaches (webcast available)
  David Askey - TechNow
1:30 PM Breakout Discussions - Segment 2 (not webcast)
 
2:10 PM Panel Discussion (not webcast)
  Phil Langford - Northwestern Mutual David Askey - TechNow Jess Langerman - Pluralsight
2:55 PM Wrap Up and Closing Remarks (not webcast)
 
3:00 PM Adjourn
 
 
Location:
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
Contact:
Events Team, 608-262-1145, UWEBCevents@wisc.edu 

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2018 Highlights

Over the last year, the Information Technology Peer Group had numerous insightful meetings for our members to take away proven, actionable ideas from recognized thought leaders and professional peers.

Check out some of the inspiring presentations, innovative strategies and best practices from the information technology 2018 learning events. More »

2019 Information Technology Events
At a Glance

January 23 IT Peer Group Meeting
February 20 Agile IT SIG Meeting
March 12 IT Peer Group Meeting
April 24 IT Peer Group Meeting
May 1 Agile SIG Meeting
July 23 IT Peer Group Meeting
August 21 Agile IT SIG Meeting
September 24 UWEBC Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference
October 16 IT Peer Group Meeting
November 13 Agile IT SIG Meeting
December 3 IT Peer Group Meeting
*Event dates and topics subject to change.

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Cavinda CalderaQuestions about the IT practice?
Contact IT Practice Director Cavinda Caldera at  cavinda.caldera@wisc.edu or
608-890-1291.

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