Education Across the Nation (EdXN) is a signature part of the ACS speaker series. Held quarterly, EdXN presents topical experts sharing insights about the ICT sector today and in the future. EdXN is a highly valued event attracting ICT professionals from a wide range of industries.
Most IT professionals come with a technical background and education. They have cut their teeth on the tools. However, with the greater commoditisation of IT and many of the technical skills being supplied through outsourcers, the role of the on-shore in-house IT professional is rapidly evolving into one of a trusted advisor. This represents one of the greatest reskilling challenges for the IT professional today - it is critical to each professional’s relevance going forward in a developed economy.
But what does it take for the traditional IT professional to morph into a trusted advisor? This seminar will answer this question and more. It will define the role of the trusted advisor, and will identify the skills necessary for an IT professional to truly become a trusted advisor.
Some of the key topics covered in the presentation will be:
• Creating and maintaining trusted relationships
• Establishing the right balance between trust and influence
• Navigate existing and emerging organisation cultures
• Introducing the Stakeholder Analysis Global View©, an approach that extends the traditional approach to stakeholder analysis by increasing its utility
• Constructing effective communications with stakeholders
• Managing continuing advice.
This seminar will provide valuable information and skills for IT professionals who understand the value of trusted partnerships in today’s contemporary organisations. The seminar will help unlock the individual potential and corporate value of today’s IT professional to become tomorrow’s trusted advisor.
Attendees can expect to take away:
• An understanding of the skills and qualities of a trusted advisor
• An appreciation of holistic stakeholder management
• How to make the best of communicating as a trusted advisor
• Understanding the stakeholder advice cycle and stakeholders’ needs throughout the cycle
About The Speaker: Allan Baird, Strategic Information Technology Consultant
Allan Baird is a graduate of the SA Institute of Technology holding a B. Bus and Associate Diploma in Business (Industrial Engineering), and also has a Master of Business (Research) from the School of Information Systems, University of SA. He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, and an Associate of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (Aust.)
He is an independent Strategic Information Technology Consultant offering services in:
• IT Strategy
• Stakeholder Analysis and Management
• Benefits Realisation and Management
• Vendor Management, and
• Earned Value
He is also a part time lecturer at the University of SA in the post-graduate course, Organisational Transformation and Business Process Modelling.
He has developed and delivers a program, Becoming a Trusted Advisor, both locally and overseas. Becoming a Trusted Advisor is a comprehensive program of presentations, exercises and mentoring for IT professionals looking to make the transition to trusted advisors.
His past roles include: ICT Consultant for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital; Marketing and Industry Alliance Manager for the School of Computer and Information Science at the University of South Australia; World-Wide Portfolio Manager for the Consulting and Integration organisation of HP, based in Boston; Asia-Pacific Portfolio Manager for the Consulting and Integration organisation of HP, working out of Beijing, Singapore and Melbourne; Consulting Manager and Senior Consultant in Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) engaged on assignments throughout Asia and the Pacific covering general management consulting, change management consulting, strategic information systems consulting and planning, and technical business systems consulting.
He has lectured and tutored at the University of SA and conducted short courses in office automation at the Charles Darwin University (when incorporated as NT University and Darwin Community College). He has written and delivered a number of articles and
papers on the subject of office and business systems, including presentations by invitation at DECUS conferences in New Zealand. In addition, Allan has delivered papers at SEARCC (Karachi, Pakistan) and the Microsoft Executive Summits (Goa, India and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
His other roles have included: Chairman, National Office Systems Committee of the Australian Computer Society; Chairman, Office Automation Association of SA; Chairman, COMTEC Committee, and Chairman, Board of Studies for the Bachelor of Business Information Systems Program at the University of SA. He also served as a Trustee/Director of Compaq Superannuation Pty. Limited. He was a Board Member and Drive presenter on Coast FM in Adelaide, and continues his interest in music and radio in internet radio station, Radio KSA.