I’ve come to the realisation that there are no good forums for folk trying to understand what new operational models and opportunities the current technological and business environments might offers us. Somewhere to toss back and forth new ways of solving problems, not just incremental improvements on what was done in the past. Somewhere inclusive enough to involve small, medium and large businesses, and not just start ups.
Rather than continuing to complain about this to friends over beers, I thought I might see if I can start one.
Find below a rough mission statement for such a forum. See what you think, and leave a comment. If you're interested then shoot me an email/tweet. If your in Melbourne (full time or regularly) then lets catch up.
Australia has emerged from the recent global financial crisis into a fundamentally different business environment. The business cycle has compressed from years into months, or even weeks, bringing traditional multi-year transformations into question, while the ubiquitous nature of consumer technology is changing nature and motivations of our workforce. We’re being driven to do more with less, and we need to do it faster and faster. The business of IT is changing, and we need to change with it.
This is a community to explore the ideas, tools and techniques that might lead to a new model of how IT is used in business, as well as a forum to share war stories and lessons learnt. Our interest is in ‘how to use technology effectively’, not in ‘technology’ itself. We are entering a future where IT departments are no longer defined by the assets they manage, and our new organisations will require different strategies to manage they technologies they will use. Rather than ignore this future, attempting to continue to plow the same furrow as we plowed last year, we want to use the opportunity to create leaner, more efficient and collaborative IT departments that will work with the business and take us into the future.
We provide a forum for a new breed of technology leader, one more intent on delivering incremental business value rather than the traditional focus on operations and provisioning applications. We don't limit ourselves to people who self identify as technology entrepreneurs and innovators, welcoming anyone who is trying to find a new role for technology in business. We aim to create a forum where members can explore new ideas on how to approach problems, and forum which can act as a sounding board for new ideas and approaches.
The community is built around regular forum held in a central location. A loose format is used; a short plenary to set a topic for the meeting followed either by the opportunity to network and share ideas and war stories, or by an unconference, a group of short workshops where anyone can nominate topics and individuals sign up to the topics that they are interested in.
Our goal is to create a space where we can explore and share ideas from a wide range of industries and disciplines. Our only rules are:
- No bystanders
- No selling
- The law of two feet
There many events for CIOs and other traditional IT roles, but they seem to split their time between lamenting how hard it is being a CIO today, trying to justify reporting directly to the CEO, and discussing how to cope with the latest technological trend (yesterday it was cloud, today it's BYOD). There's even more events focused on specific technologies and trends; social media, the social enterprise, and so on. There's even a few forums run by the strategy sky pilots, though they're largely divorced from the day to day practicalities of getting stuff done. What we need is somewhere where we can explore new ways of using IT and integrating it into our businesses.
I'll be nosing around over the next few months, trying to determine if we could pull something together and get this started. Feel free to contact me if you're interested, especially if you can help.