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The Renaissance of the IT Organization

Renaissance translates as ‘rebirth’, and is the name given to the period when Europe emerged from the Dark Ages into a more enlightened modern era. The Renaissance was a fiercely forward-thinking time. It spawned a scientific revolution where science, technology and culture began a cycle of mutual advancement. Today, a similar blend of technology-driven cultural change drives an evolution we characterize as the renaissance of the IT organization. 

In this report, we specifically address the questions:

  • What will the technology capability of the future organization look like (its renaissance) and what is driving its evolution?
  • What are the eras and stages that the technology groups evolve through?
  • What routes can an organization’s technology groups take to rebuild and reorganize to compete with the digerati?
  • How should the business organize to constantly evolve?
  • What tools and techniques can help manage the transitions?

The Renaissance of the IT Organization

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AUTHORS

Bill Murray
Senior Researcher and Advisor
Bill Murray is a Senior Researcher and Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Bill is the author of our reports on Liberating Platform Organizations and Rethink Risk Through the Lens of Antifragility. He is also the co-author (with Glen Robinson) of 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 re-engineering. 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 nuclear and automotive industries.
Glen Robinson
Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer
Glen helps create 21st Century Humans. Technology is constantly reinventing itself and keeping pace is a long-term investment. In his role as Emerging Technology Director for the LEF, Glen is constantly exploring the emerging technology advances that will augment our lives, changing the way we think about everything. Glen takes these learnings and delivers them to customers in the form of the Digital Experience Lab, or Xlab, which is part of the 21st Century Human programme. This haptic learning experience helps customers build confidence and competence in a vast array of digital tools that are available to them today. Using these responsibly to augment our lives in a positive way is the outcome of the workshops he runs, tasking attendees to consider their current level of digital maturity and injecting ideas for personal development and improvement through a more responsible, competent use of digital. Glen also arranges Study Tours where he facilitates tours of global technology hubs, immersing customers in the technology they seek to understand the impact of better. A frequent speaker at customer and industry events, Glen also leads the 21st Century Human community, is a STEM ambassador, a distinguished engineer for DXC Technology, passionate about the environment, and a very average surfer. Most of all, he enjoys helping others build the lifelong skills which make happy, healthy and more productive individuals, all essential capabilities needed for success in the 21st Century.    

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