BDPA is a professional organization that uses its influence in the community to ” Advance Careers from the Classroom to the Boardroom” by providing training, scholarships, mentors, and job opportunities for its members and others who are interested in pursuing IT and other STEM related careers. “BDPA (45 chapters nationwide) could not accomplish this mission without the dedicated support of our coproate parnters.” Eileen Gadsden, Philadelphia Chapter President.
Just finished up a two-day CIO conference (May 20 – 21) hosted by Premier Event Management and SIM Philadelphia Chapter, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia, PA This is the third time I have had the honor to represent BDPA Philadelphia on the advisory board for this world-class event.
The purpose of this event is to provide an environment in which CIOs and their direct reports can have candid conversations about the changes that impact technology, day to day operations, and leadership. One of the most dynamic of those changes is the role of the CIO and his/ her contribution to the C-suite.
In the past the technology departments were seen as cost centers; CIOs were tactical, responsible for managing data centers, focused on “speeds and feeds” of hardware and software that supported the business.
Today, the CIO is expected to be a business leader; demonstrate how IT can provide a competittive advantage, grow market share, drive innovation and differeniate their companies by strategically leveraging data. With this change comes more questions; about perceptions, values and ways CIOs can become true partners with other C-Level Executives.
Other topics focused on developing successful teams, how to protect corporate data in a BYOD era, and how manage successful cloud projects.
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On Wednesday May 21st, BDPA Philadelphia (nation’s most influential professional IT organization) will get a rare look inside SEPTA’s Command Center at 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19107
SEPTA’s Command Center, the first of its kind, opened ten years ago to to bring together all essential personnel and under one roof and on one floor to improve efficiency, safety and communications between departments with the goal to increase customer service.
As the nation’s fifth last mass transit system, SEPTA offers all modes of public transportation including bus, subway, trolley, light rail, commuter rail and paratransit services. The tour will provide attendees an opportunity to see first hand how SEPTA personnel manage day-to-day operations and emergencies. Continue reading