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May 16, 2013
Technology isn’t the problem. We are.
We all come from different backgrounds, but everyone here today has one thing in common – we know the importance of asking “How can this be better?” Over the years, we’ve asked countless times how technology can help us do our jobs better. We’ve asked for information to be delivered to us faster. We’ve asked for the ability to connect back to work from wherever we happen to be standing with whatever device we happen to have with us. We’ve asked for better control, better security, better bandwidth and better devices. We’ve built complex systems capable of handling all of these demands and better than anything we could have imagined decades ago.
So, why aren’t we satisfied yet? The problem isn’t inadequate or inferior technology – the problem is that technology has evolved at a pace that the business community hasn’t been able to keep up with. The amount of information available to us is staggering, and yet the impact to our policies, our processes and our laws has just begun. It is true that as organizations, we are more exposed than ever. Sometimes it feels like until we figure out how to control the risk, we should block access to everything, but we know that we can’t afford to go back in time if we want to stay competitive and relevant. We wanted things to be better, and in many ways, they are. Now it’s up to us to adapt.
These are exciting challenges to have, and the more informed we are, the better prepared we will be to address them. That’s why we’ve hosted this event every year for the past eight years. We’re here today to learn from each other, to share ideas and to make connections. I’m thrilled to welcome you to WorkSmart 2013, and I look forward to our discussions!
Edward D. Laprade
President & CEO, ADNET Technologies, LLC
Presented By: Edward D. Laprade, President & CEO, ADNET Technologies, LLC
Ed Laprade founded ADNET in 1991 with the idea that combining technical expertise with business acumen would create a uniquely valuable computer consulting firm. Under his leadership, ADNET has grown significantly and become one of the leading systems integrators in New England. Mr. Laprade oversees business development activities, leads the Software Development group, has championed the formulation of ADNET's market-leading ASAP methodology, and continually looks for opportunities to deliver business impact with technology.
Prior to starting ADNET, Mr. Laprade had experience and proven leadership in business and information technology, including technology roles at Bell Labs, NCR, The Phoenix, and Price Waterhouse, and a founding role at Integrated Management Systems. As President and CEO of ADNET, Mr. Laprade has overseen the strategic growth of the organization with a focus on building new business partnerships and strengthening long-term relationships with ADNET clients.
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