Take the Wheel: Get Your IT Out of Startup Mode
We’ve all heard those tech startup analogies – building the car while trying to drive or building the plane while trying to fly. Every department grabbing free and random platforms works for a time but it’s not sustainable as you grow. You’ve got 47 flavors of everything with none of them fully adopted and shadow IT all over the place. At some point it is time to say enough is enough and move to an enterprise lens for your technology. How do you know when it’s time and where do you start? And what do you do with an organization you’ve just started at that is clearly stuck in startup tech mode? Maturing your technology strategy and team is hard work. This session will get you on the road to success and help you leave startup mode fading away in the rearview mirror.
- Learn how to assess the state and maturity of technology at your organization
- Discover strategies for prioritizing changes to get out of startup mode
- Learn tools and techniques for keeping your technology strategy on track and maturing with your organization
Target AudienceTechnology leaders & team members in growing orgs or those who have inherited a bit of a tech puzzle
Director of Data, Technology, and Evaluation
Billy applies his expertise and passion for technology, equity and efficiency to change the way that Baltimore Corps leverages data and technology to run its programs and advance its mission. He believes that organizations shouldn’t have to choose between equity and efficiency, and that the right systems allow organizations to increase their impact while decreasing costs. With a background in economics and environmental studies, he has studied the influence of discrimination on the markets for talent and funding, and hopes to leverage his passion for technology to open those markets to the communities that have historically been excluded from them.
Director of Information Technology
Dar is the Director of Information Systems & Technology for Urban Teachers, a Baltimore-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve educational and life outcomes of children in urban schools by preparing culturally competent, effective career teachers. Dar has worked in technology for over 20 years and has had to deal with inherited tech messes and orgs stuck in startup mode on more than one occasion, both as head of technology departments and as a consultant to nonprofits.