Moving IT from Keeping the Lights on to Tech Empowerment of the Business

Speaker: jason james
Company: Optima Healthcare Solutions
Track: Transformational Leadership
Day: Thursday
Room: Onondaga
Time: 11:00 - 11:45



Industry data shows that most IT organizations spend at least 80 % of their resources and budget on maintaining existing infrastructure and applications. This is known as “keeping the lights on”—and while crucial to any business, it’s all too easy to get stuck in the rut of managing day-to-day operations, rather than using technology to drive innovation and business growth. 20+ year IT leader Jason James provides real-world advice to help IT departments move past the daily grind of maintaining the status quo to truly empowering the business. It starts with creating “business-aligned IT teams” that are motivated to improve the bottom line and deliver a competitive advantage, rather than simply serve as a support function.


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