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Keynote Presentations

IT’s role and/or participation in Digital Transformation (DX) is neither guaranteed nor cast in stone once initially defined. It can be dramatically enhanced or degraded based on changes on senior company leadership, newly popularized technologies, change in IT leadership, a disruptive innovation by a competitor and other related reasons. There are, however, two key factors that, in the long-term, will help determine IT’s role in DX. These factors are IT’s organizational clout within the organization, and It’s willingness and ability to innovate.

This clout and ability to innovate are driven by a combination of leadership ability, flawless technical execution and other related factors. This talk explains these four roles and how this knowledge can be used to your company’s, IT’s and your personal professional advantage.

This talk will help you:

  • Gain insights into how IT’s organizational clout and ability to innovate dramatically affects its role within the organization
  • Understand how to simultaneously maximize IT’s business value and enhance your professional stature and reputation
  • Learn how to enhance IT’s role within the organization through leadership, innovation, business, and interpersonal communication skills

Digital Transformation (DX), by its very name, refers to how digital technologies can be used to generate new revenue streams, create new markets, increase internal organizational productivity and more. While the use of established and leading-edge technologies is, of course, paramount to DX related endeavors, soft skills – such as interpersonal communication, change management, influence and others – are the unsung heroes of successful DX implementations. In many cases, the technology is the easy part, getting your people to fall in line is where the challenge begins.

This presentation describes the specific leadership, communication and business skills that are needed to truly make your company’s digital transformation a reality!

This talk will help you:

  • Understand digital transformation concepts and organizational ramifications
  • Gain insights into the leadership, business, and interpersonal communication skills needed to lead and implement digital transformation
  • Learn how to integrate soft skills training into your digital transformation planning and implementation

Corporate executives are on the front line of new technology implementations within their industries. The Internet of Things, Big Data, Digital Transformation and other technology megatrends are continuing to change the corporate competitive landscape, the role of corporate computing, and the skill sets needed to stay competitive in today’s job market.

Each of these leading technologies has different business purposes, success criteria, required skill sets and ramifications on how they must be project managed. This keynote presentation describes the top seven leading technology trends and their business implications. In this session you will:

  • Gain insights into the short and long-term effects of leading business technologies
  • Learn how employing these megatrends can be of advantage to your company, staff, and yourself
  • Understand the ramifications of these technologies on organizations of all types

Digital Transformation (DX), by its very name, refers to how digital technologies can be used to generate new revenue streams, create new markets, increase internal organizational productivity and more. While the use of established and leading-edge technologies is, of course, paramount to DX related endeavors, the human element plays a key role in its success.

By its nature, transformation causes change in organizational structure, corporate culture, job responsibilities, talent management and other employee-related areas. It can also have a significant effect on employee retention, morale, recruiting, career direction and compensation structures.

This presentation describes how Human Resources can dramatically enhance your company’s future by helping drive its digital transformation endeavors!

This talk will help you:

  • Understand digital transformation concepts and its organizational ramifications
  • Gain knowledge of the risks and challenges the digital transformation causes within the workforce
  • Gain insights into how Human Resources can and should be a key partner the digital transformation process

As companies of all industries continue to embrace major technology trends like Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Cloud Computing, Talent Management must also change to meet these new and exciting challenges.

For example, within IT, the Big Data technologists you’re looking for may already may already be in your midst. They have the ability and the transferable skills, they’re only missing the right hands-on training.  Additionally, your Marketing Manager who has an undergraduate degree in mathematics but never used it, may be the ideal candidate to help drive your company’s Predictive Analytics Group, because she knows what questions to ask.  Her math degree, hidden, missing or ignored in company files is called “Unidentified Knowledge”.

This talk expand on these types of concepts and provides ready to-to- use techniques to help you prepare your organization for the profitable journey ahead.

Project management and Business Analysis, more than ever, comes in many shapes and styles. Traditional projects are generally managed top-down, most often using a Waterfall methodology. On the other end of the spectrum, Agile based projects are led by a Scrum Master using servant leadership principles. In addition to leadership differences, these two methodologies dramatically differ on virtually all other project processes, artifacts, and concepts. WAgile style projects are all those activities containing attributes of both.

In this presentation you will:

  • Deepen your knowledge and insights on the benefits and challenges of a blended Waterfall/Agile environment
  • Learn which specific leadership, business and interpersonal communication skills maximize the effectiveness of Project Managers, Scrum Master, Business Analysts, Product Owners, and other project players

Upon analyzing many mainstream technical and managerial certifications, methodologies and frameworks, one thing becomes very clear. There are a specific set of leadership, business and interpersonal communication skills that are required to maximize the professional and organizational value of technical skills and knowledge. These skills have the power to drive individual contributor performance, accelerate upward mobility to the C-Suite and maximize organizational productivity.

This presentation describes these skills, why and how they are applicable to IT, and how you can use them to your personal and professional advantage.

This talk will help you:

  • Learn how to maximize the value and usability of leading technical certifications (PMP. CCBA, Agile, ITIL, Lean, etc.) thought the addition of targeted soft skills training
  • Gain insights on how to integrate soft skills training into your hard skills training curriculum
  • Receive a roadmap of the soft/business skills required by technical processes that maximize IT professional and organizational success

Time management should never be your goal. It should simply be a conduit to free up the time, money and resources needed to drive personal and organizational success. This talk, based on the speaker’s #1 Amazon bestselling book, “Productivity Driven Success” and related TEDx Talk, will widen your perspective on time management and productivity enhancement.       

In this session you will learn:

  • The 4 zones of personal productivity
  • Learn how to enhance your personal and organizational productivity by matching the task to your current level of energy and alertness
  • Learn how personal and organizational Circadian Rhythms can be used to maximize productivity
  • Management Time Versus Worker Time
  • Learn how to enhance work quality and productivity based on when meetings are scheduled

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Eric Bloom

Meet Eric Bloom

Eric Bloom is the founder and Executive Director of the IT Management and Leadership Institute (ITML Institute), a contributing writer to CIO.com, TEDx speaker, technologist, #1 bestselling author, PM/BA Times columnist, and a research advisor for IDC. Prior to his current role, Eric was a senior IT executive at various leading firms such as Fidelity Investments, Monster.com and Independence Investments.

Eric is also a recognized thought leader on how to maximize the value of technical skill and knowledge though enhanced interpersonal communication and business acumen. His past and present experience, combined with his deep understanding of major IT trends, like Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, and Agile/Scrum makes him uniquely qualified to help IT Executives, Project Managers, Scrum Masters and others prepare themselves and their IT organizations for success in an ever changing business and technological landscape.

Eric and his Institute has trained thousands of managers and professionals from hundreds of companies – including Fidelity Investments, Juniper Networks, Cognizant, and Brooks Brothers - on leadership, interpersonal communication, business skills, and the business of IT.

Eric has also been a nationally syndicated columnist, ITWorld.com contributing writer, and is the author of various books, including Productivity Driven Success: Hidden Secrets of Organizational Efficiency (#1 Amazon bestseller); The CIO’s Guide to Staff Needs, Growth, and Productivity; Your IT Career: Get Noticed, Get Promoted, and Build Your Professional Brand; and Manager Mechanics: Tips and Advice for First-Time Managers.

Eric has undergraduate degrees in Computer Systems and Accounting from Bentley University and an MBA from Babson College. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Bentley University and Boston University.

Eric is a past president of National Speakers Association-New England.

ERIC BLOOM TESTIMONIALS:

“I have had the pleasure of working with Eric on a series of events over the past two years. He has delivered symposium sessions, workshops and keynote speeches, all to rave reviews. He is a polished and knowledgeable speaker who excels in delivering tangible content in an entertaining and engaging fashion. He truly goes above and beyond to ensure that each and every one of our events is a success – a conference director’s dream! He is a fantastic speaker and an extraordinarily gracious person – the ultimate professional who will ensure the success of your event. Attendees leave his sessions armed with an arsenal of relevant tools and tips that can employ immediately. “

-Amy Ruddell, Group Event Director, Diversified Business Communications

“Eric provided tremendous educational value to our attendees and was extremely flexible in tailoring the topic for our specific audience. I highly recommend him for your conference and/or corporate speaking and training needs.”

-Ira Keltz, President, NEECOM (New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group)

‘Eric Bloom is a go to speaker for us at PMI MassBay. He is well respected in his field and consistently rated highly by attendees. He is a pleasure to work with and is always open to suggestions regarding topics, presentation formats and related group activities. His speaking style is interactive and engaging and he is at ease in front of a large audience. I would strongly recommend Eric Bloom for any PMI event.”

-John Todd, VP Professional Development, MassBay PMI

“I thought Eric Bloom's keynote was excellent and right on point for some things going on in my own life.”

-Attendee, ProjectSummit-BAWorld Atlanta

“Very engaging and a great choice as kickoff speaker! Need more sessions like these to promote career development thinking.”

-Attendee, ProjectSummit-BAWorld Dallas

“Eric is an excellent speaker! The topic was relevant and well presented.”

-Attendee, ProjectSummit-BAWorld Washington

“Relevant information, thought provoking presented at a pace that kept me engaged in the presentation”

-Attendee, ProjectSummit-BAWorld Boston

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