Computers were once "just" tools to improve worker productivity, now information systems are recognized as an essential component of a successful organization. The best example is the rise of former computer department managers to the "C" suite. But just how do you organize and integrate information systems into a company for best results? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society, will examine that question at the conference "Challenges in Information Systems" on May 22, 2014, at its Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters.
Information systems often are a critical element of corporate strategy, enabling efficiency and competitive advantage. But new approaches and strategies are needed in order for organizations to reap the benefits. It calls for new approaches, needs, and strategies for organizations to understand and apply. Management must take into account available resources, costs and benefits, priorities, risk, and the ability of the organization to absorb change.
The complexity is amplified by the need to secure intellectual assets and safeguard personal and financial information and the critical infrastructure.
"Challenges in Information Systems" brings together leaders from industry, government and academia to examine the new challenges facing information systems, and to explore how they can be successfully addressed.
They will discuss:
- Gaining the most value from investments in information technology while delivering successful projects and reliable information systems,
- Securing critical systems while keeping pace with advances in technology,
- Sharing approaches that successful organizations use to deal with these challenges now,
- Determining areas that technology and business leaders need to anticipate,
- Improving information systems and applications to be smarter, resilient, reliable and secure, and
- Understanding new methods of management.
Attendance is free. However, attendees must register no later than May 12, 2014. To register, see www.nist.gov/itl/csd/it-professional-conference.cfm.
Those attending will also receive copies of the IEEE Computer Society's IT Professional magazine that highlights NIST's almost 50 years of contributions to the IT field.