An interesting opportunity has just bubbled up around the whole topic of IT transformation -- especially for IT leadership. Maybe you'd be interested?
Our own Wayne Pauley has tackled a very ambitious task indeed. He's attempted to take everything EMC has learned around IT transformation over the last few years, and boil it down to a practical 7 hour class.
The coursework is aimed primarily at key IT leadership who will be playing a direct role in orchestrating an IT transformation.
The material is also relevant to business leaders who are closely involved in an IT transformation. The goal is to arm these people with practical frameworks for driving the right workstreams in the right sequence.
The material looks pretty good to me. However, we won't know that for sure until we try it out. So we're looking for people who would like to participate in the beta version of the class.
If this might sound like you, please read on ...
What's Going On Here?
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know the story by now.
So many IT organizations are transforming to look more like internal service providers, and less like technology and project specialists. They have to learn to compete for their internal IT customers, and the real challenge is organizing for success.
The key to success? Strong, empowered leadership -- that's the one thing we can't supply.
I've written an inordinate amount on this particular topic: based on my observations of hundreds of EMC's customers, as well as the in-depth experiences of EMC's own IT organization. We're very fortunate that we've amassed a valuable amount of practical intellectual capital on the subject.
And, from where I sit, there is no shortage of demand for insight into the topic. The requests for me to get in front of various IT leadership teams is almost impossible to keep ahead of. Others here at EMC are experiencing the same thing.
But I'm not a professional instructor -- just a good storyteller. The need is clear for a formal, scalable and repeatable mechanism to pass on what we've learned. Hence the need to create coursework to help these IT leaders with the task at hand, by arming them with the best tools and insights currently available.
What Will Be Covered
From the synopsis ...
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Describe the IT-as-a-Service business transformational model and how it would apply to the business
- Perform an IT-as-a-Service readiness assessment against the business or Line of Business
- Create a plan for transforming the business to IT-as-a-Service
Module 1: Business Transformation
• Drivers and Definitions
• Transforming IT to ITaaS
Module 2: Readiness Assessment
• Governance Assessment Methodology
• Financial Assessment Methodology
• Organizational Assessment Methodology
• Technology Assessment Methodology
• Prioritizing Changes and Measuring Success
Module 3: Create an ITaaS Plan
• Governance Transformation
• Financial Transformation
• Organizational Transformation
• Technology Transformation
• Create the IT Plan
When I said this was an ambitious undertaking, I wasn't kidding. Wayne and his team have come up with coursework that intends to cover most of this -- in substantial depth -- in a single day.
If you like your coursework fast paced and intellectually dense, this should work for you!
Wayne is planning on running the beta twice. The first iteration will be October 18th in glamorous Milford, Mass. He'll be keeping the group small (6 people) to iron out the kinks, gain critical feedback, etc.
The second will be October 30th in Franklin, Mass. (also glamorous!). This will be a slightly larger session (10 people) and will be videotaped to produce a virtual instructor-led training class for later distribution.
There are no costs associated with the course itself, but you'll have to pay your own travel, lodging, meals, etc. Note: I know that many EMC employees and partners would be very interested in participating, but -- please -- not this time.
And, if you're interested, getting involved is easy -- simply email email@example.com and he'll get back to you.
Me? I can't wait to offer the final product to so many of my customers and partners.