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At the Centre - Winter 2009

Building trust between IT and Finance

In most organisations the economic decision maker for large scale IT purchases is the Finance Director/CFO or Board of Directors of which they are part. However, despite this, there is a lack of understanding between IT and the finance function ( The National Computing Centre (NCC) runs a highly successful series of CIO round tables, which enable IT suppliers to sit with CIOs to discuss their needs and challenges. Given the large influence that the finance department clearly has upon IT decision making, the NCC approached the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) to collaborate on a similar programme for a CFO audience.
On the 16th September 2009, with the support of HP Enterprise Services, one such round table took place. The topic was ‘Gaining Greater Commercial Competitive Advantage whilst Minimising the Impact on the Balance Sheet’ and areas of discussion ranged from the role of the CFO, to dealing with legacy applications. All of this took place in the context of a severe economic downturn and all conversation was coloured by the prevailing state of the economy.

It has been interesting to note the similarities between CFO and CIO round tables, in terms of both the level of discussion/interaction and the appreciation of the value that IT brings to the business. Given that much of the CFO and CIOs strategic directions are aligned, increased communication between IT and finance can only help to build trust and understanding between the two stakeholders, thus ensuring successful delivery of IT enabled projects.

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2010 Workshops

Security – From risk to treatment
Non-members: £495 + VAT
Members: £420 + VAT
London, 27th January 2010

This one-day intensive workshop delivers a pragmatic framework for risk management that keeps up-to-date with standards, best practice and compliance whilst making sure that the focus remains squarely on your business or service objectives.

Programme Management Masterclass
Non-members: £495 + VAT
Members: £420 + VAT
Cardiff, 11th February 2010; London, 17th March 2010

This workshop is designed to address the critical elements of Programme Management that all senior IT Managers and Directors need to consider if they are to meet the challenge of delivering this organisational capability.

Enterprise Architecture
Non members: £940 + VAT
Members: £810 + VAT
London, 23rd-24th February 2010

This two-day course provides an introduction to the methods of building an Enterprise Architecture (EA) and presents a flexible model for progressive EA definition and development.

IT Governance
Non-members: £495 + VAT
Members: £420 + VAT
London, 24th February 2010

This vibrant workshop encourages you to reach the top but not stop. We learn and apply the six internationally recognised principles of IT governance: Responsibility, Strategy, Acquisition, Performance, Conformance and Human Behaviour.

Virtualisation Workshop
Non-Members: £495 +VAT
Members: £420 +VAT
London, 25th March 2010

This intensive one-day Workshop will get you up-to speed with the latest virtualisation techniques and how they can be applied to your organisation.

For further information, or to book a place on any NCC workshop, call 0161 242 2121 or email

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Insight Report: Field service – moving to the next level

Companies running teams of engineers and providing field service operations face a tricky dilemma made worse by the recession: how to meet increasing demand for improved customer service while at the same time streamlining their own costs and operational efficiency. Cell phones and other mobile devices have revolutionised companies’ ability to keep in touch with their service engineers, but running a slick operation involves a lot more – including having the right field force management applications back at base. In this Insight Report, we review the take-up of this technology, with original market research, together with case studies of existing users Anglian Water and Konica Minolta. We also feature expert advice from Professor Moshe BenBassat, chairman and CEO of ClickSoftware.

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IS Professionalism Programme Best Practice Guides

In today’s fast changing environment, business and IT managers face uncertainty characterised by a lack of relevant, practical advice and standards to guide them through the e-Business revolution. Recognising this, NCC has created the NCC Best Practice series.

Through consultation with the membership and the wider IT user community, NCC is able to capture and define best practice across all aspects of successful e-Business deployment. Developed through consensus amongst senior IT professionals, the guides provide a concise yet thorough perspective of the business benefits of effective IT.

The NCC IS Professionalism Programme aimed to recast IS as the key enabler of business transformation. A number of objectives were set during a series of 10 workshops and the outputs of each workshop have been synthesised into a series of 10 Best Practice Guides written by Bob Jarvis, an IS/IT veteran with over 40 years experience. The original outputs from the programme have been subject to continual review and development and the first five Guides in the new format are now available from

The topics of the first five Guides are:

  • Information as a Strategic Asset
  • The Value of Compliance & Legislation
  • Raising the Board’s IS Awareness
  • Reliable Programme & Change Management
  • Effective Purchasing

The remaining five Guides in this series will be released throughout Q1 2010.

(ITadviser, Issue 60, Winter 2009)



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