Thinking Out of the Box: Managing Technology Change

November 3, 2010   //   SWC Technology Partners, , , , , , ,

An interview with Ron Borden, Executive Director of Information Technology, Midwest Operating Engineers

It’s our nature as IT professionals to spend time ruminating over technology. We’ll talk, write, think over and sadly even dream about technology. We do this because we work in a fascinating, fast-paced industry that is constantly seeking how to create a better, faster, cheaper outcome. And let’s face it, we’re all geeks or nerds or whatever and in the end, we’re all in it for the technology.

But it seems to me that often times we forget that beyond the technology lies something of greater importance… Yep, the people that envision, design, implement and manage the technology. Without us, the code is getting nowhere.

That’s why I really dig what our Chicago IT consultancy is doing with our Out of the Box Video Series. It’s our chance to focus on the leaders of IT, not just the technology. It’s an opportunity to hear from the folks that are envisioning a better way to do business and making it happen.

In our second episode of Out of the Box,  I interview Ron Borden, CIO of Midwest Operating Engineers. In his role as the technical leader of one of the nation’s largest labor unions, Ron has engineered tremendous change in an environment not particularly well known for IT innovation. For me, it was a fascinating conversation about human dynamics, creative leadership and strategic vision.

Take a look. Let us know what you think. And if you have a topic you’d like us to cover in an upcoming Out of the Box video, let me know, we’d like to hear from you.