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22
Jul

OHRMCon: Lee Congdon on the Changing Role of IT Organizations

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley 1 Comment

In October, OrangeHRM invites you to OHRMCon in New York City. At the conference, you’ll have access to the voices, vision, and best practices that are carrying HR tech into the future. Recently, plenary speaker Lee Congdon shared some insights on the accelerating transition from an industrial to information society and how that is impacting business technology today.

As Chief Information Officer of Red Hat, Mr. Congdon is the innovative mind behind the company’s global information systems. With a career that began as an IT manager and developer, Mr. Congdon understands the costs of legacy systems—in both IT and business units.

Arguably, the race toward a knowledge-based society stirred with the Space Age. Technological developments, miniaturization, and an ever-increasing need for speed in both information transfer—and staying ahead of the learning curve—have not slowed since.

Staying relevant during rapid transition

In discussing the digital transition, Mr. Congdon highlighted the challenges pressing the redefinition of relationships between IT departments and their business partners. To deliver products, build profit, and stay relevant, enterprises must consider:

  • Re-framing IT and business partner interaction: The legacy style of defined boundaries between IT and business units is history. Instead of distinct departments competing on costs, jointly developed solutions between the technical and business sides serve the entire enterprise in its goal of marketplace relevance.
  • IT skills development: By better understanding the language of its business partners, IT units can better serve the larger goals of the enterprise. Notes Mr. Congdon on the changing role of IT, “…instead of just working with their business partner to select an Agile Portfolio, implement it over time, assist in the change management and so on, IT organizations now must bring offers to the table to either reduce costs, or more importantly, to increase revenue. They also must implement offers independently but with a level of success equal or greater to that in the past.”
  • Changing services: Developments such as SaaS and mobile apps offer important efficiencies and services to business—and opportunities to utilize IT operations in different ways. Mr. Congdon describes this transition, Mature IT organizations have solid partnerships with their business and they are able to understand the context of their work. In the future, it is going to be even more important for IT organizations to assume a greater business leadership role while at the same time ceding technology leadership to other parts of the organization. Because, in many cases, not only can the business do it themselves – it’s possible they are already doing it themselves.

Toward a more collaborative future

We talked earlier about the importance of an engaged business ecosystem. Open organizations such as Red Hat are a flat, opt-in environment ripe for innovation and engagement at all levels. Next post, we’ll share comments from Mr. Congdon on his view of open organizations.

Hear and meet Mr. Congdon, David Axmark, Dr. Richard Johnson, and other leaders in the tech field at OHRMCon in New York City on October 1-2, 2015. Register today!


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22
May

OHRMCon: What’s the Buzz?

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley No Comments

OHRMCon is a first-class opportunity to meet open source newsmakers and network in the growing open source community.  It is also a chance to optimize your use of the OrangeHRM platform, certify as an Administrator, and get some free tools for your system.

Taking place October, 1-2, 2015, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, OHRM Con is drawing attendees from around the globe to take part in the ongoing conversation that is open source.

In attention to plenary speakers like David Axmark, and Lee Congdon, topical presentations, and panel forums—you can participate in workshops to optimize your company use of the OrangeHRM platform and its products.

Take a look at the opportunities and products available to you while you are attending OHRM Con:

  • OrangeHRM Workshop:  The workshop launches the new Applicant Tracking and Interview Assistant Platform from OrangeHRM.  In addition to learning system fine-tuning and advanced reporting capabilities, you leave the session with good working knowledge of the Orange HRM tool kit.  The Applicant Training module is yours at no cost , along with the training to implement its advantages into your HR environment.
  • Interested In Certification? Certification as an OrangeHRM Administrator is an internationally recognized HRIS qualifier.  After the OrangeHRM workshop, register online to take the online examination, without additional cost , to obtain your certificate.
  • Orange Buzz: Developed by OrangeHRM, Orange Buzz is an integrated tool to give your company its own intra-office social media environment. Orange Buzz gives your company a fluid, social media experience that is private, secure, and free  to your company when you attend OHRM Con.
  • Mobile Orange App: Wherever you are in the world, you enjoy the convenience and access to the OrangeHRM platform with the mobile Orange App.  Wherever you have Wi-Fi, you can perform a variety of functions like clock in to work, monitor your leave or review attendance reports, and approve timesheets.  The feature-packed mobile app is yours free  when you attend OHRM Con.

For information, insight, training, and rich HR tools, OHRM Con is a great conference opportunity for you, and your enterprise.  Be sure to sign-up before July 31, 2015 for reduced registration rates.  We will see you in New York in October!

Learn More - Click here to download the Attendee Prospectus.

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