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Change in IT is nothing new. It’s something CIOs and IT Directors have had to accept from day one. New systems, new projects and new demands have always been part of the role.
The difference today however is the rate and severity of change that we face: never before have we seen turnover in technology at a pace such as this. Every year there are new trends we need to plan for. Every 6 months there are new devices to integrate. Every month there is a new feature to include. Every day there is a new threat. The ability to accept and integrate change has never been more important to the CIO role.
Although it is still early in the planning for the IT Directors’ Autumn Forum, we are already seeing a trend of embracing and leveraging change.
Firstly, Project Management Expert, Eric Woodcock, will be covering all aspects of projects in his interactive workshop. Projects and change have unfortunately gone hand in hand since the beginning of time!

Agility is at the forefront with two sessions – a case study and a seminar – extolling the virtues of a change-centric way of planning.
Ian Cox, Interim IT Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, will tackle the bigger picture and discuss the CIO role and the need to change itself, or risk it being changed for us.
Even our keynotes understand the power of change: Michael Portillo will be talking about the coalition and the Euro crisis. Dr. Steve Peters, Consultant Psychiatrist with Team GB & Author will be exploring how we need to change how we understand our own mind. Steven Carver, lecuturer at Cranfield University will be explaining how to handle change by not making a catastrophe out of a crisis.
We need to change and challenge the way we think to learn about new ways to solve newer problems. Keeping up is part of the job description now.
The conference programme is still under development, therefore attendees interested in participating in, or simply sharing ideas for the 2013 programme, please contact Steve McCuaig at smccuaig@richmondevents.com.

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