Last week I attended the AZ IT Symposium in Phoenix. Last year I was a presenter for one of the breakout sessions. This year, I sat on a panel. As both a participant and a presenter, I would like to comment on this recent event compared to last year. There was a subtle but significant shift that took place regarding the topics of the event and ensuing conversations.
A Year Ago
Last year, there were several slots focused on people and leadership in IT. My topic was, The Impact of Workforce 2020 on IT. Last year, the session was filled to capacity and the Q&A session was engaging, but more people were passively listening, which was expected since this was newly released information.
This year, either by design or chance or the fact that there is finally a greater appetite in IT for the business issues of IT, the concepts of leadership, innovation / transformation and human capital were not only topics on their own, but drifted into many of the tech type sessions, as well. Finally, it appears that leadership, transformation and human capital concepts are converging with the business topics of IT! How refreshing, at least!
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