The operations we lead today are far different from the ones most academic institutions
prepared us for. Our workplaces were once safely confined to the constraints of the office: the board room, the corporate phone and the physical desk with its Formica tabletop. Today, anywhere in the world with an internet connection can serve as an office, and our data flows freely across unknown networks. In fact, our employees bypass corporate IT for most services that were once internally controlled - and why wouldn’t they when they can invest 30 seconds downloading a free app that gets the job done?
It’s easy to blame the technology for getting in the way of our jobs. But technology has evolved because we as consumers are always eager for better, faster and smarter machines. People have been dreaming about futuristic devices like smartphones and tablets since the dawn of the Space Age. We still don’t have flying cars, but we have computers in our pockets that are more powerful than the first mainframes - isn’t this exactly what we’ve always wanted?
The problem is not technology; it’s us. Technology has evolved beyond the boundaries of our laws and policies, and we haven’t been able to keep up. Now, as people who have grown up in the digital age are entering the workforce for the first time, they are making demands that we are not always prepared to manage. So how do we reconcile our need for security and control with our desire to remain flexible and competitive?
Former Global CIO Christopher Luise will talk about these issues, and about the concept of the “new leader” that they have inspired - one that can apply fundamental business principles within the pace of a global economy. If we learn how to harness the power of creative minds, new technologies and a geographically dispersed workforce, we can create some of the best places to work and the most trusted firms in the market.
Presented By: Christopher J. Luise, Executive Vice President, ADNET Technologies, LLC
Christopher Luise has over 20 years of experience and proven leadership in global business and information technology operations. He worked for over 13 years driving innovative, technologybased solutions in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia
as group CIO and later CEO for a public global financial services corporation. Today, Christopher is the Executive Vice President of ADNET Technologies, LLC, and serves as technology advisor for many organizations in the Greater Hartford region.