The session was led by Ron Griffin.

Ron Griffin is currently the Senior Vice President (SVP) Global Information Technology, CIO Enterprise Business Company for Hewlett Packard Company. Ron has more than 30 years of experience in Information Tehcnology.

I really enjoyed this session and I hope to get a chance to actually hear more from Mr. Griffin. To me he is a great resource, presenter/speaker and a person to learn from, but I will et you be the judge.

To kick off the session Ron talked about HP’s history and how the company became the largest tech company in the world – organizationally & through aquisitions.

Curious fact: HP ships a device every 5 seconds!!!

I am not going to go into every single detail, but will rather list (bullet stile) the “10 Things You Should Know/Do to Successfully Manage an IT Firm” as presented by Mr. Griffin.

  1. Have clear & efficient IT policy & governance
  2. Focus  on fewer active projects & deliver them faster
  3. Consistent IT Metrics
  4. Rigorous planing
  5. Enterprise Data Warehouse
  6. Global Data center consolidation
  7. Elimination of redundant low value work
  8. IT as a single entity
  9. Identify & accelerate standardization of IT
  10. Global and common system increase to 80% of development

Other things you should know (BONUS):

  • The more things you have to support, the higher the cost
  • Re-use: processes, systems, data, code, people and have one version of the file
  • Get your human resources right and do not hire only specialists
  • Assure you have critical mass for off / near-shoring
  • Just because you can automate something, does not meat you should
  • Ask the right questions for prospective IT initiatives
  • Design information around decision variables
  • Bundle infrastructure investment with “killer” applications
  • Include integration cost as part of the acquisition deal cost
  • Treat “enhancements” with project discipline
  • An ounce of execution is worth about 1 pound of anything else
  • An 80% plan that everyone supports is better than 100% plan jam down their throats
  • Organizational redundancy almost guarantees redundant solution
  • Apply the 80/20 rule rigorously