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IT Leadership Workshop to Focus on Priorities and Purpose

By Blake Cooper

Published December 12, 2014

IT leaders at UB will come together Wednesday, December 17 for a workshop aimed at exploring new ways of thinking about priorities and creating a competitive advantage in the IT services we offer to students, faculty and staff.

Blake Cooper (UB Student, Class of 2016) is originally from Canandaigua, NY. He is studying Spanish, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, and beginning work on translating an Argentinian novel into English.

The IT leadership team will be joined by guest instructor Niel Nickolaisen, Chief Technology Officer at multinational HR consulting firm O.C. Tanner Co. and co-author of The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership.

Nickolaisen will share his concepts for strategic planning to prioritize the projects that matter most; his Purpose Alignment Model, which was the subject of an article published earlier this year in the Educause Review Online, is a method for determining which projects and services should be the focus of team innovation and resources, based on how critical they are to an institution’s mission and how they differentiate that institution from its peers. The Purpose Alignment Model is just one of the strategic planning concepts to be introduced and implemented at the workshop.

In addition to sharing the insights provided by Nickolaisen (who is also the former Chief Information Officer for Western Governors University), the workshop will provide an invaluable opportunity for campus IT leaders to gather, discuss ideas and learn from one another, with the hopes of clarifying common goals and focusing for a competitive edge in an extremely diverse and ever-changing technological landscape.

For more information on the workshop, contact Kathleen Murphy.