Information Technology Peer Group Meeting 

IT Value Delivery and Approaches to Better Partner With the Business 
April 24, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Discover how IT can be a more effective partner in delivering value to the business. 

The 2018 IT Trends Study by the Society for Information Management (SIM) found that most organizations still spend the majority of its IT budgets on “keeping the lights on” activities. While this makes sense for many organizations with sprawling production and legacy environments, it is worth considering if this is the most effective ways to spend IT resources. This, in fact is the very same duality that Gartner introduced in 2014 – Bimodal IT.

Partnering with the business and delivering greater value to the business should emphasize new strategic business opportunities and advantages IT can bring to the organization. In this expansive economic growth environment, most organizations are looking for effective ways to grow – either in terms of product offerings, new opportunities or market shares. IT can play a critical role and be an enabler in any of these areas, helping the business better integrate technology to solve problems and deliver value. IT’s ability to bring technological innovation and experimentation can be one of the most effective opportunities to drive new value to the business. However, becoming that trusted business partner requires IT to develop some foundational capabilities.

Join a great community of IT leaders from across Wisconsin who are attempting to drive better business value at their own organizations, and learn from each of their experiences in a safe and collaborative learning environment. The April IT Peer Group will be a great opportunity for IT leaders who are trying to develop better and closer engagement with the business to learn approaches and opportunities to accomplish that goal.

Participate in Customizing the Agenda: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. Once the agenda is complete, you choose the discussions you want to join. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!

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 Welcome and Introductions (webcast available)
9:10 AM From Business Alignment to Value Delivered: A Narrative for IT (webcast available)
  Cavinda Caldera – IT Practice Director, UWEBC
9:30 AM Enable Innovation and Say YES to Your Business Leaders (webcast available)
  Mitch Northcutt – President, BreakFree Solutions
10:15 AM A Model for Creating Business Centric IT (webcast available)
  Wiley Christie – Customer Solutions Architect, CISCO
10:45 AM Breakout Discussions – Segment 1 (not webcast)
11:30 AM Lunch (not webcast)
12:15 PM Steps to Delivering Business Value Through a Data Science Program (webcast available)
  Phil Henrickson – Business Intelligence Engineer, AE Business Solutions
1:00 PM Member Practice Spotlight: Sargento Foods (webcast available)
  Erin Allen – Director - IT Strategy & Architecture, Sargento Foods Inc.
1:30 PM Breakout Discussions – Segment 2 (not webcast)
2:15 PM Panel Discussion (not webcast)
  Erin Allen – Director - IT Strategy & Architecture, Sargento Foods Inc.
Wiley Christie – Customer Solutions Architect, CISCO
Phil Henrickson – Business Intelligence Engineer, AE Business Solutions
Mitch Northcutt – President, BreakFree Solutions
2:55 PM Wrap Up and Closing Remarks (not webcast)
3:00 PM Adjourn (not webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
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