It's a paradox. IT is steadily becoming more important to businesses, and yet too often the enterprise IT function is not. Professionals in virtually every area of corporate activity - research, products, services, manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, and so on - are leveraging IT to create new value and gain new efficiencies, and yet the contribution of enterprise IT is often confined to traditional IT services. Why is this happening? And more importantly, what can or should IT leaders do about it? This conference, to be held in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, will discuss how IT leaders are expanding the role of IT, in areas as diverse as shared services, product development, human capital management, innovation, competitive advantage, globalization, and, increasingly, environmental impact. A robust discussion of these important developments is expected.
David Moschella (Global Research Director - Executive Programme, Leading Edge Forum): “These are unusual times in the world of business and IT. Consumers seem empowered, but corporate profits are at record levels. IT matters more than ever, yet enterprise IT is often in the doghouse. There is an IT skills shortage, even while societal IT knowledge is exploding.” In his session, David will explore these and other modern business/IT paradoxes while presenting the latest research showing how the business/IT mandate is expanding across a wide range of industries. The session will feature the LEF’s latest research on what successful CIOs are doing to increase the business impact of IT in their organizations.
Lemuel Lasher (Chief Innovation Officer and President for CSC’s Office of Innovation, Leading Edge Forum): “Innovation is clearly back on the business agenda as companies seek to sustain competitive advantage in an increasingly global and Internet-driven economy. Yet there are clear signs that the nature of innovation is fundamentally changing. While organizations have always needed to challenge their own teams and culture to be more innovative, increasingly businesses are looking to the marketplace for innovative solutions. The combination of customer co-creation, mass collaboration, and the global flow of ideas are leading to a new and more powerful open innovation economy. These developments present important new challenges and opportunities for CIOs who must expand their focus beyond internal systems, processes, and change agendas, to encompass the firm’s entire business ecosystem.”
This event is open to CIOs and Senior IT Executives. It will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington DC, starting at 08:30 and finishing with a Cocktail Reception.
About the Leading Edge Forum
As part of CSC's Office of Innovation, the Leading Edge Forum (LEF) provides clients with access to a knowledge base and a global network of innovative thought leaders who engage technology and business executives on the current and future role of information technology. The LEF stimulates innovation and thought leadership through two core offerings - the LEF Executive Programme and the LEF Technology Programs.
Computer Sciences Corporation (csc.com) is a leading global information technology (IT) services company. CSC’s mission is to provide customers in industry and government with solutions crafted to meet their specific challenges and enable them to profit from the advanced use of technology. With approximately 87,000 employees, CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the world by applying leading technologies and CSC’s own advanced capabilities. These include systems design and integration; IT and business process outsourcing; applications software development; Web and application hosting; and management consulting. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., CSC reported revenue of $14.9 billion for the 12 months ended March 30, 2007.