Learning and Development in the IT World

Thursday 20 November 2014, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Room 9130, Cantor Building, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Gary Thornton CEng MBCS, Learning and Development Specialist Group BCS Committee Member


2014 looks like another year of change in businesses across the world and it would be unusual to find someone who thought that 2015 or 2016 for that manner, were going to be any different.

Change is a very unsettling word, particularly where organisational change includes systems, processes and behaviours that have become embedded ways of working. Systems and processes can change but it is the way we interact with them that has the biggest impact. That's why many organisations now see the benefit of managing IT-enabled business change, not in technical terms, but in people terms. And yet 70% of all major change efforts in organisations still fail.

Most organisational change involves an element of learning, in a variety of forms, but the most successful combine technology, process improvement and highly-skilled, motivated people, placing learning at the centre of successful business change. In this presentation, Gary Thornton CEng MBCS from Learning and Development Specialist Group Committee, with over 30 years' experience in IT & Telecoms, will discuss the reasons why learning is an essential ingredient in the recipe for successful IT-enabled business change and explore ideas for IT and L&D colleagues to work together to implement change effectively.