Fighting the Trillion Dollar Bonfire - joined-up management for a joined-up world™

Wednesday 10 June 2009

6.00pm - 8.00pm including questions.

Westminster Business School, Marylebone Road, London (opposite Baker Street Station, and Mme Tussauds). Room: CG74. Directions from Security.

Colin Beveridge, Chartered Fellow of the BCS, Elected Advisory Council member of the British Computer Society and Member of the BCS Elite Group. Fellow of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems.

Free. Tea/Coffee/Biscuits available.

This session will set out the case for provoking a paradigm shift, forward from the redundant IT-centric paradigm, towards a new operating paradigm that will help all of us to achieve and sustain truly effective information systems.

Rationale: the first decade of the 21st Century is all but ended and yet we are firmly mired in the redundant IT-centric paradigm of the 1990s. The prevailing focus remains exclusively on IT, with scant recognition that IT is only a subsidiary component of any system. Predictably, this narrowness of vision creates huge gaps between stakeholder expectations and delivery, with unexpected cost and disappointment still being the most likely outcomes of investing in information technology.

Precedent: the world of business technology has seen a regular succession of paradigms: 1950s Computing; 1960s  EDP; 1970s  DP; 1980s  IS/MIS; 1990s  IT; 2000s

Proposition: we are long overdue for a shift but the new paradigm is definitely not IT 2.0; the shift will be far more profound and far more rewarding.

Albert Einstein warned us that: "The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."

We must move on from the old world thinking and address the following fundamental questions:

  • What do we really need for the future?
  • How do we change things to make our visions reality?
  • How do we make sure that our information systems remain relevant to our evolving business and add persistent value to successful organisations?

Fighting the Trillion Dollar Bonfire will set out a credible, compelling vision for a new, post-IT, paradigm that is within the embrace of all stakeholders. This is thought-leadership at the leading edge and your opportunity to challenge the views put forward.

Colin Beveridge is a strategic adviser and management troubleshooter who has helped many major undertakings to resolve problems with strategy, business relationships nd organization. He has an impressive track record of managing large technology functions and delivering complex change, usually in very challenging and sensitive situations. 

Colin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Those who have worked with Colin have described him as prescient, incisive and visionary. For more information about Colin, please visit where you can also read his well-regarded blog: fighting the trillion dollar bonfire; his focus is always set firmly on building successful organizations by adding persistent value.

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