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Dennis Walsh, Consultant and former CTO to General Motors presented at the National CIO / CTO Forum hosted by the Louisiana Technology Council.

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  1. 1. 6 th Annual CIO/CTO Forum August 27 th , 2010 <ul><li>Dennis Walsh </li></ul><ul><li>Former CTO, </li></ul><ul><li>Consultant to General Motors </li></ul>
  2. 2. Safe Harbor <ul><li>I do not represent any company other than my own. My comments are based upon my 37 years of experience within the Information Technology arena. Certain comments will be related to GM but would also apply to other companies that I have worked for. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How is Technology Different <ul><li>More pervasive </li></ul><ul><li>Following a consumer model rather than commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Multi-Media, Voice, Video, Text </li></ul><ul><li>More complex </li></ul><ul><li>Changing more quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Network is not just the computer it is the organization </li></ul>
  4. 4. Role of CIO/CTO <ul><li>More of a change agent </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid adaptation to business requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Not just internally focused </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-sided business model </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is a service </li></ul><ul><li>Test and learn to strategic implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage the collective technology of human mind </li></ul>
  5. 6. Skill Set Requirements <ul><li>Deeper and Broader Technology expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Greater understanding of the business </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation process required at all levels of the organization (Outside the Box) </li></ul><ul><li>HPC, analysis of all data, data mining on steroids </li></ul><ul><li>Virtualization </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic thinking </li></ul>
  6. 7. Vendor Relationships <ul><li>Partnering is more critical than ever </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud computing will become more prevalent </li></ul><ul><li>Larger number of vendors but increasingly stronger relationships with fewer </li></ul>
  7. 8. Web 2.0 etc. <ul><li>Perhaps the most rapidly changing of all technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Co-creation of process </li></ul><ul><li>Never unconnected </li></ul><ul><li>Complete blurring of the line between personal and business life </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration at full scale, full speed </li></ul><ul><li>Internet of Things, smart technologies </li></ul>