…is about creating a vision that will make IT more strategic as we move into the dramatically changing IT landscape of the first digital decade. The overall theme stresses focusing on business outcomes in order to gain strategic influence. It specifically calls on IT leadership to understand the major changes going on in the industry, leverage personal passion to accomplish change, and to understand and work within the context of their organization’s business goals and strategy. A big component involves demonstrating how our organization, Atrion Networking Corporation, created an intelligence function rather than just implementing a technological BI solution. I contend that BI is a valuable tool, but certainly not an outcome. Moreover, I argue that it takes an Intel Function using a full Intel Cycle to lead to meaningful outcomes. We examine the implementation of this model and demonstrate the results, further supporting the assertion.
David Ramsden is currently the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Atrion Networking Corporation, Inc. He has worked in the technology industry for 20 years, and for 15 of them has held leadership roles in Professional Services, Operations Management, Competitive Intelligence and Strategy. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in English. He is a member of the society of Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) and has earned their Competitive Intelligence Professional (CIP-I) Certification. He is a member of American Mensa, and has published numerous articles on increasing the strategic influence of IT within an organization. David lives with his wife and 4 children in Massachusetts. Proud to be an Aspergian, Dave is active in raising Autism Awareness both within and outside of the technology community. He is a member of the Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) and has spoken publically on living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).