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The Artist Formerly Known As The IT Organization – Presented on 21 November 2017 at the European LEF Executive Forum, London

As businesses and public sector agencies evolve to win in the 21st century, the IT organization needs to adapt to become the digital engine of the enterprise. 

This includes exploiting cloud and supporting distributed cloud consumption models, evolving the IT/digital talent pool, dealing with the challenge of cyber-risk, embedding machine intelligence and absorbing the Internet of Things into the enterprise architecture. 

At this flagship European Executive Forum, we shared and discussed LEF’s latest research in these areas to help you:

  • Understand where your organization is strong and weak as a 21st Century Organization.
  • Think through the main business and technology drivers causing IT organizations to change.
  • Frame your future IT operating model and your exploitation of the Matrix.
  • Consider the implications for talent, breakthrough talent practices, and the imperative for your team to evolve into 21st Century Humans.
  • Evaluate your approach to cyber-risk at the board level, and how it can be improved.
  • Expand your network of peers and associates.

The Artist Formerly Known As The IT Organization


DAron Talent LEF2017EMEAForum 19Nov2017.pdf

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DAron Cyber LEF2017EMEAForum 19Nov2017.pdf

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BMurryGRobinson Renaissance LEF2017EMEAForum 19Nov2017.pdf

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Glen Robinson
Emerging Technology Advisor
Glen Robinson, based in the UK, is an Emerging Technology Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Glen’s main focus of research is leading edge Enterprise technology solutions that will power the 21st century business. He is the co-author of our research publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. The cloud has unlocked innovation that is now allowing the next wave of disruptive technology solutions to come to market, and whilst businesses are still working out how best to maximize the value from cloud services, they are now aware of ‘the Matrix’, this advanced sensing, deciding, all-seeing, global force that will be a significant threat to some.  But others will learn to understand it, to harness its power, giving them and those around them super-powers.  Put simply, we are moving into a time where our own capabilities will be augmented by that of powerful, intelligent robots.  A lot of the tasks we do today won’t exist tomorrow as they will be fully automated but also watched over and governed by advance cognitive intelligence.  The interface into this world is moving away from the screen on our device, to the world around us becoming an interactive physical and digital experience, which will be responsive to our needs.   As consumer expectations leapt forward with the adoption of the internet, so too is it about to leap forward once more now the Matrix is upon us.  This will change the way we service our customers, deal with our employees and live and do business in the 21st century.  
Bill Murray
Senior Researcher and Advisor
Bill Murray, based in the UK, is a Senior Researcher and Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Bill is the author of our report entitled, Rethink Risk Through the Lens of Antifragility, co-author of our paper WT* is a Platform and co-author for our publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. Bill’s IT career spans over 30 years, with 16 years as a Founder and Partner of Differentis, providing strategic IT consulting services to many industry sectors.  Bill has experience of developing Digital and business technology strategies, business cases and change programmes involving technology disruptions such as consumerization, analytics and cloud based services.  Most recently, Bill has been helping clients develop IoT enabled business propositions and services in Connected Health, Connected Insurance, FMCG and supply chains, and advising on IoT platforms. Bill’s experience also includes setting up/running business and IT innovation projects; shaping and growing analytics groups; IT organisation reviews; development of strategic IT initiatives and business cases; development of business and IT architectures; IT strategy definition; mobilization, delivery and turnaround of major programmes and business process reengineering. Prior to Differentis, Bill was Vice President of Management Consulting and Strategic Development for CSC where he consulted to clients on IT strategy, programme management and business/IT innovation projects.  Prior to CSC, Bill held various strategy roles with KPMG Nolan Norton and Accenture.  Bill is a chartered engineer by background, and started his career with Arup in high energy impact analysis in the the nuclear and automotive industries.
Simon Wardley
Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum and the lead practitioner for Wardley Maps advisory service helping clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and he is the author of multiple reports including Clash of the Titans – Will China Dethrone Silicon Valley?  where he assesses the hi-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including Of Wonders and Disruption,  The Future is More Predictable Than You Think - A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping, Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy, Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries.  From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 Cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies.  He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics. Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and has been voted as one of the UK's top 50 most influential people in IT in Computer Weekly's 2012 and 2011 polls.