itmWEB Speakers


Russ Finney

Business and Technology Keynote Speaker



Russ is in front of both large audiences and private company meetings all over the world speaking about topics like leveraging ultra-future technologies, building up business growth and disruption, taming global and cultural organizational issues, enhancing teamwork dynamics and productivity, and creating innovation from within business and IT. He is also a frequent C-level moderator for high profile events and executive conferences.

Speaking Topics




7 Huge Technology Megatrends for 2017 and their Implications for CIOs



IT executives continue to focus on the fundamental technology building blocks of their business operations yet technology advancements and the resulting opportunities continue to emerge at a breakneck pace. How should a business and its CIO shift through these rapidly emerging trends and make practical choices for their own organizations?


In this presentation, Russ Finney examines seven big technology and business trends for 2017: digital transformation, application and infrastructure migration to the cloud, the internet of things (IoT), mobile platforms, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, machine learning, and the service economy. He first explains these rapidly advancing megatrends and their associated economic impacts, and then he makes practical suggestions for the actions that CIOs should be taking to leverage these opportunities within their own companies.


Russ Finney is a well-known former long-time CIO who has spent the last six years as an advisory researcher directly serving clients, while simultaneously understanding the Digital IT model which is now evolving within businesses throughout the world. He gives dozens of speeches per year, and he is also one of the most highly read daily technology commentators on social media with 17,500 followers on Twitter (@rfinney). In 2016 he was named a Top 5 CIO Influencer by Apollo Research and was recognized as one of the Top 10 CIO advisors in the US.


He draws from his insights working inside the computer chip industry building semiconductor equipment, the defense industry building aircraft carriers and submarines, the financial services industry building advanced trading platforms, and the aerospace industry building advanced VIP & Head-of-State aircraft.


His presentations cover the most important CIO opportunities within their organizations and the associated business outcomes of most concern to business side executives. His key take away points always present a clear understanding of the IT executive level action items and methods which can be immediately applied at any company - no matter the size or sophistication.




Connecting Agile Development to the C-Suite

 


This presentation focuses on how to bridge the gap between agile developers, product owners, and C-Suite executives within established businesses and enterprises.

 

Russ Finney is a national researcher for current agile and scrum best practices and an advisor to multiple organizations on the step-by-step path for moving from traditional implementation processes to modern day Agile approaches.


In this presentation he covers the rapidly evolving philosophy, methods, tools, and processes being used by mainstream organizations all over the world to implement practical and large scale IT agility. He specifically dives into the various practices and methods his research teams have discovered that organizations are using to connect non-technical business executives into the traditional agile process in order to boost business side understanding and success.


Russ gives dozens of business and technology topic speeches per year, and he has become one of the most highly followed daily business and technology commentators on social media (@rfinney) for CIOs and C-Suite executives. He regularly comments on the state of agile success within large enterprises for applying the newest methods to traditional IT.


In 2016 he was named a Top 5 CIO Influencer through social media by Apollo Research and one of the top 10 CIO advisors in the US.


Russ spent seven years with Ernst & Young and where he was a contributor to the Navigator Methodology development team.  He was also the principal author of Vision Based Methodology (VBM) which was hosted at Methology. org for many years. He has also been a contributor to open agile methodologies and he continues to work with organizations across the world assisting with their implementation of agile methods and approaches.


He is based in Austin, Texas and he is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Management Science and Computer Systems.



IT Strategic Planning: Best Practices for Getting Project Approvals from the CEO and the Boardroom


IT executives are held accountable for supporting operations, creating business innovations, and controlling IT spending and budgets. Doing this in a way that blends in with the initiatives and strategies of the business is vital for the success of a CIO or a divisional IT executive.

Traditional three year planning models have always been a staple for creating and presenting the vision of IT for necessary business alignment, but do more effective approaches for IT strategic planning exist which are highly impactful and transformative?

Russ Finney has spent his career both as an IT executive and as an advisory researcher understanding these techniques. He gives dozens of business and technology topic speeches per year, and he has become one of the most highly followed daily business and technology commentators on social media for CIOs, CEOs, and C-Level executives. In 2016 he was named a Top 5 CIO Influencer through social media by Apollo Research and one of the top 10 CIO advisors in the US.

He draws his insights from his time as both an IT executive and as a consultant working inside the computer chip industry building semiconductor equipment, the defense industry building aircraft carriers and submarines, the financial services industry building advanced trading platforms, and the aerospace industry serving as a the CIO of an international aerospace consortium.

This presentation examines four key approaches for doing strategic planning and the associated discovery methods in order to define and produce accepted and actionable business outcomes. The key take away is IT executive level actionable thinking and the related ideas for creating IT strategic plans which can be immediately applied at any company no matter the size or the sophistication.



IT Double Vision – How a Business and Its Technologists Can See Right Past Each Other



Aligning IT with the business has been a core value for CIOs for years - so why does this issue never seem to go away? The latest “digital transformation” craze has recently sparked C-level executive thinking about how to now align the business itself toward today’s available digital technologies – but they don’t know where to start.


Does a better way exist for a CIO to address these newest business opportunities and challenges?

 

Russ Finney is a well-known former CIO who has spent the last five years as an advisory researcher directly serving clients, while simultaneously understanding the Digital IT model which is now evolving within businesses throughout the world. He gives dozens of speeches per year, and he is also one of the most highly read daily technology commentators on social media (@rfinney). In 2016 he was named a Top 5 CIO Influencer by Apollo Research and one of the Top 10 CIO advisors in the US.


He draws from his insights working inside the computer chip industry building semiconductor equipment, the defense industry building aircraft carriers and submarines, the financial services industry building advanced trading platforms, and the aerospace industry building advanced VIP & Head-of-State aircraft.


In this entertaining and insightful presentation, Russ explores what he has learned directly from scores of business side C-level executives and how they view their relationship with the CIO and their ability to influence the IT department within their own operations. He also covers the need for businesses to take an “outside in” approach to utilizing new digital tools and technologies, and how that plugs straight into some of the methods being encouraged by the agile development movement.


The presentation then covers most important CIO next steps and the associated business outcomes of most concern to business side executives. The key final take away is a clear understanding of the IT executive level action items and methods which can be immediately applied at any company - no matter the size or sophistication.



The Digital Metamorphosis: Six Future Leadership & Strategy Imperatives Required for IT Success
 


Businesses today are plugging into the newest digital tools and processes at a frantic pace, and the traditional tools and platforms of IT are morphing into a far richer set of capabilities and customer experiences with very few data center boundaries. From the smartphone, to transactional backend, to the foundational private or public cloud infrastructure in between – an enterprise’s digital metamorphosis requires an IT executive mindset and a strategic approach geared for the next five year journey.


Russ Finney has spent his career both as a CIO and as an advisory researcher understanding the Digital IT model which is now evolving within businesses throughout the world. He draws from his insights working inside the computer chip industry building semiconductor equipment, the defense industry building aircraft carriers and submarines, the financial services industry building advanced trading platforms, and the aerospace industry (in San Antonio) building advanced VIP & Head-of-State aircraft.


This presentation examines six key approaches for creating a Digital Metamorphosis within your own business – with a tight focus on the most important IT next steps and the associated business outcomes. The key take away is a clear understanding of the IT executive level action items and methods which can be immediately applied at any company no matter the size or sophistication.



 

Rethinking IT and the CIO Role: Eight Near Future Technology Breakthroughs Creating Fundamental Change


 

In a future full of accelerating business strategies and flexible technological opportunities, the IT department and it's leader are going through a dramatic reinvention. Organizational charts are being redrawn and the vital linkages into the business are being rebuilt.

 

This presentation looks at the new world of the CIO, and how eight new future technologies are changing the world of IT. Today's IT leaders are faced with the myriad of new applications choices available to the business. How do today’s technology executives know if they are employing the correct strategies and solutions? How should the business measure and monitor the progress and impact being made by their own IT enterprise initiatives?
 

With so many important choices and economical alternatives available both on premise and in the cloud, the focus on alignment between the strategy of the business and the capabilities of IT is more important than ever. Learning best practices and gaining outside insights for tackling these challenges is essential in order to both survive and thrive in today’s IT environment.

 

This presentation reviews all of these imperatives in the context of eight new future technologies, and the impactful changes and role redefinitions each of them is now driving within IT.


 
 
IT Strategic Planning: From the Basics to the Boardroom
 
 

IT executives are held accountable for supporting operations, creating business innovations, and controlling IT spending and budgets. Doing this in a way that blends in with the initiatives and strategies of the business is vital for the success of a CIO or a divisional IT executive.


Traditional three year planning models have always been a staple for creating and presenting the vision of IT for necessary business alignment, but do more effective approaches for IT strategic planning exist which are highly impactful and transformative?


Russ Finney has spent his career both as an IT executive and as an advisory researcher understanding these techniques. He draws his insights from his time as both an IT executive and as a consultant working inside the computer chip industry building semiconductor equipment, the defense industry building aircraft carriers and submarines, the financial services industry building advanced trading platforms, and the aerospace industry serving in his current role as a the CIO of an international aerospace consortium.


This presentation examines four key approaches for doing strategic planning and the associated discovery methods in order to define and produce accepted and actionable business outcomes. The key take away is IT executive level actionable thinking and the related ideas for creating IT strategic plans which can be immediately applied at any company no matter the size or the sophistication.


 

 

From Incidents to Innovations: IT Survival in the Technology Fast Lane

 

Today’s IT executives are finding themselves challenged by two unrelenting dynamics: the never ending pace of technological change, and the demand from the business to provide unique and competitive innovations.

 

What are the various ways in which successful CIOs and executives can meet these demands?

 

Russ Finney has spent his career both as an IT executive and as an advisory researcher understanding these challenges. He draws his insights from his time as an IT executive working inside the computer chip industry at a Japanese semiconductor company, as well as serving as a consultant to some of the most advanced companies in the world. Through his firm’s research he has a direct line of sight into the processes used by cutting edge global organizations to stay on pace and innovate in today’s technology fast lane.

 

This presentation he examines six key drivers of innovation within a modern day company: Disruption, Obsolescence, Unexpected Incidents, the Bigger View, Tribal Change, and a Structured Process. He gives first hand examples and direct experiences with each method, including the innovations and changes which resulted from his lessons learned from dealing with situations such as the recent Japanese Tsunami.

 

The key take away from this overview is executive level actionable thinking and ideas for creating IT innovations which can be immediately applied at any company no matter the size or the sophistication.


 
 
High Performance Virtual Teams
 

The skills required for project management are changing and new approaches are now needed in order to successfully execute systems integration and development projects use combinations of local and remote based resources. It is more important than ever to cultivate proficiency in managing these hybrid team projects and using them to bring value to the IT department and the organization as a whole.

 

This presentation covers the key concepts, techniques, technologies and approaches for building remote teams and making the right decisions for your organization to achieve the most value from working through virtual resources for IT projects. It draws from cutting edge research done by both AXEN (one of Mexico's most elite IT programming firms) and the itmWEB Group working in partnership with some of the world's most successful and agile global companies.

 


 

Vision Dynamics: Using Left Brain | Right Brain Thinking to Magnify Project Team Success



This fascinating and very popular presentation explores how “subconscious versus conscious” and “right brain versus left brain” thinking influences the success of team based activities. Using photos, animated graphics, videos, and optical examples the audience is taken on a learning journey through the various ways we perceive the outside world and how a higher awareness of our own internal “information filters” can help us to build more balanced and highly successful teams, departments, and organizations.

 

The presentation includes nine key take away items from direct research which can be applied in a business setting immediately. These vision dynamics concepts have been the subject of many recent books, presentations, and TED talks.

 


 

Upside Down IT – How the Outside World is Flipping IT on Its Head


Upside Down IT  is a look ahead at how the newest high technologies, innovative business forces, and accelerating global changes will shape the IT manager's workday of the future. Russ Finney is an Advisory Partner and Researcher for itmWEB who served for over seventeen years as the US Vice President of Information Systems at Tokyo Electron - one of the world's top suppliers of the high technology machines that make computer chips for companies like Intel, IBM, Samsung and Toshiba.

 

Over the last twenty years he has maintained a unique insight into the amazing new technologies now being researched and developed which will impact IT approaches for years to come. This presentation considers some of the most important factors, changes, and technologies influencing the rationalization of in-house IT activities versus outsourcing opportunities, cloud ITaaS versus traditional applications, and corporate devices versus BYOD/BYOC.



From Waterfalls to Iterations to Pure Agility - Enterprises are Moving to Agile

 
The Agile movement has exploded across IT enterprises almost as quickly as the current stampede to Cloud computing. Russ Finney has been both a researcher of the current best practices and an advisor to multiple organizations on the step-by-step path for moving from traditional implementation processes to modern day Agile approaches.
 
In this presentation he covers the philosophy, methods, tools, and processes being used by mainstream organizations all over the world to implement IT agility. Whether it be Waterfall, Iterative, Scrum, or Kanban - Russ has seen how companies are logically moving up the agility chain to adopt faster, more accurate, and higher quality solutions utilizing Agile techniques.
 
Russ was a member of the original Ernst & Young Navigator Methodology development team, he was the principal author of the VBM - Vision Based Methodology hosted at Methodology.org , and he has been a contributor to open Agile methodologies even since. 
 
He is an advisory consultant and researcher based in Austin, Texas and he is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Management Science and Computer Systems. He also spent seventeen years of his career serving as a the US VP of IT for a major global semiconductor company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
 
 
 

Business 2020: Moving from Vertical Business Thinking toward a Horizontally Reengineered Future

 

Business 2020: The Future Impacts of Rapid IT on Today's Business and Finance

 

Business 2020: Technologies, Business Forces, & Global Changes which will impact the CIO of the Future


 

The way businesses operate today is significantly different from how it was twenty years ago – and near-term-future business models and practices will become even more different from the ways we work today.

 

What is driving these changes - and how can enterprises stay ahead of the need to rapidly adopt new business models? How are today’s businesses coping – and how can they capitalize on the massive opportunities that significant change always brings?

 

This series of three unique presentations cover the itmWEB Groups’s current business research insights and highlight example cases where enterprises are now reinventing themselves by thinking one hundred and eighty degrees differently than in the past.


 

 

"All of a Sudden Moments" - Finding and Exploiting Hidden IT enabled Customer Experiences


 

As both a CIO and an IT Advisor for some of world's most sophisticated and globalized organizations, Russ Finney has had the chance to see firsthand many of the unexpected and game changing differences IT has made in creating success for a product or service.

 

In this presentation he gives unique examples of these opportunities as seen from the customer perspective along with the moment building thinking which occurred within IT to power-up the innovation. Using these hidden gem ideas - companies can find and exploit their own customer's "all of a sudden moments" and use them to surge their own organization's volume of success.

 

This presentation gives unique examples of unexpected game changing opportunities as seen from the customer perspective as well as the related thinking which occurred within IT to power-up the innovation. Using these hidden gem ideas - companies can find and exploit their own customer's "all of a sudden moments" and use them to surge their own organization's volume of success.

 

 

 

“From Disasters to Risks to Opportunities” - Leveraging Business Risks to Create Technical Innovation

 

Andy Groves of Intel famously said “only the paranoid survive” – he was not only talking about preparing for disasters - he was also talking about creating the business innovations that come from staying in front of the technology curve.

 

Russ Finney, a Partner and CIO for the itmWEB Group LLC and former US VP of IS for Tokyo Electron – one of the world’s largest makers of the machines that make computer chips – talks about his experiences in dealing with tsunamis, cyber-attacks, competitive pressures, and creative innovations – and their unexpected linkage to each other in making IT a strategic differentiator for business.

 

This presentation discusses these ideas from his CIO perspective derived from seventeen years as an IT executive with a global Japanese high technology company as well as his current role as both a corporate CIO and as a business advisor to some of the world’s top Fortune 500 technology executives.

 

 

 

IT Destination 2020

 

IT destination 2020 is a look ahead at the newest high technologies, innovative business forces, and accelerating global changes that will shape the IT manager's workday of the future. Russ Finney, a Partner and CIO for the itmWEB Group LLC, served for over seventeen years as the US Vice President of Information Systems at Tokyo Electron - one of the world's top suppliers of semiconductor production equipment - the machines that make computer chips.

 

From this role he has maintained a unique insight into the amazing new technologies now being researched and developed which will impact IT approaches for years to come. This presentation considers some of the most important factors, changes, and technologies influencing the rationalization of in-house versus outsourcing infrastructure and cloud versus traditional applications.

 

IT destination 2020 is a look ahead at the newest high technologies, innovative business forces, and accelerating global changes that will shape the IT manager's workday of the future. This presentation considers some of the most important factors, changes, and technologies influencing the rationalization of in-house versus outsourcing infrastructure and cloud versus traditional applications.



 

Ultra-Future Technologies (Technology focus)

 

This dynamic presentation highlights the latest ultra-future developments from the fast paced world of high technology as well as the related business innovations which can be generated straight from the desk of the IT manager.

 

While serving as the US CIO of one of the world's most advanced semiconductor equipment manufacturers, Russ Finney, a Partner and CIO for the itmWEB Group LLC, gained over seventeen years of insights working with Japan based Tokyo Electron into understanding the next wave of mind-boggling futuristic technologies, succeeding in a dynamic, worldwide business culture, and managing both small and large IT organizations.

 

This presentation covers these "on the horizon" future breakthroughs and the related financial and organizational concepts in a way which will entertain and benefit any audience member who is involved with the day to day business of learning and implementing IT.


 

 

Seeing and Creating Financial Innovation from the IT Manager’s Desk (Business focus)


 

This dynamic presentation highlights ultra-future innovation developments from the fast paced world of high technology as well as the related business and financial related innovations which can be generated straight from the desk of the IT manager.

 

While serving as the US VP of IT of one of the world’s most advanced semiconductor equipment manufacturers, Russ Finney,  who is now a Partner and CIO for the itmWEB Group LLC,  gained over seventeen years of insight working with Tokyo Electron understanding mind-boggling futuristic technologies, succeeding in a worldwide business culture, and managing both small and large IT organizations.

 

This presentation covers these future breakthroughs and the related financial concepts in a way which will entertain and benefit any audience member who is involved with the day to day business of learning and implementing IT.



 

The CIO Rollercoaster: Innovating through the Dip


 

Recent turmoil in the global marketplace is providing energy and opportunity for innovation.  Russ Finney, a Partner and CIO for the itmWEB Group LLC and the former US VP Of IT for Tokyo Electron will share how in times of turmoil opportunities for growth can be found by making strategic changes, not just cutting to the core.  The future in technology is bright! Prepare your organizations now for the upturn.



 

Five Strategies for achieving both Local and Global IT Financial Success


 

As companies continue to expand their business offices, sales, manufacturing, and corporate operations into multiple countries and cultures, it becomes even more challenging to align global IT operations with “on the ground” financial realities.

 

This presentation highlights five strategies which can be utilized to analyze existing growth plans, examine current IT projects, consider optimized organizational approaches, retool toward a results oriented accounting approach, and rethink IT oversight and management. The end result is a better optimized global IT technical and business foundation.



 

The Future Impacts of Rapid IT on Today's Business and Finance


 

High speed technology innovation and serious financial challenge continue to operate in an ironic parallel to each other. But this situation is not unfamiliar to those who look back to the proven business strategies used in similar circumstances.

 

While serving as the US VP of IT of one of the world's most advanced semiconductor equipment manufacturers, Russ Finney, now a  Partner and CIO for the itmWEB Group LLC, gained over seventeen years of insight working with Tokyo Electron understanding technology trends, working in a worldwide business culture, and managing through financial turbulence.

 

In this presentation he covers the long term technological trends which are now unfolding, as well as the time tested risk and financial strategies to meet the current business challenges.



 

Shared Services: Becoming a Customer Driven Model


 

This presentation gives current insights into:

 

Creating global strategies based on local cultures 

Enhancing communications between shared services and the business units 

Identifying measures for service initiatives to ensure proper accountability

Using a “Kaizen” approach to improve shared services



 

Pitfalls of Outsourcing your IT versus Keeping it In-house


 

This presentation gives current insights into:

 

• How to overcome the pitfalls of IT outsourcing while delivering value to the bottom line

• Designing and implementing Service Level Agreements (SLA) to promote business/IT relationships

• Working with Service Level Agreements to advance IT/ business relationships

• Evaluating the benefits and risks with outsourcing your IT department

• Correctly determining whether to outsource vs. keeping your IT department internally



 

CIO PANEL: Discussing the current IT Innovations impacting IT Finance


 

This moderated panel discussion gives current insights into:

 

• Identifying the current attributes of SaaS, Cloud Computing, and Business Process Outsourcing

• Examining the effects of these dynamic new computing models on traditional procurement and management activities

• Understanding the financial and budget implications of the new models




 

Vision Dynamics – Using Left Brain / Right Brain Thinking to Magnify Project Success


 

This fascinating presentation explores how “subconscious versus conscious” and “right brain versus left brain” thinking influences the success of team based activities. Using photos, animated graphics, videos, and optical examples the audience is taken on a learning journey through the various ways we perceive the outside world and how a higher awareness of our own internal “information filters” can help us to build more balanced and highly successful teams, departments, and organizations. The presentation includes nine key take away items from direct research which can be applied in a business setting immediately. These vision dynamics concepts have been the subject of many recent books, presentations, and TED talks.


 

Vision Dynamics – Using Left Brain / Right Brain Thinking to Magnify Project Success


 

This fascinating presentation explores how “subconscious versus conscious” and “right brain versus left brain” thinking influences the success of team based activities. Using photos, animated graphics, videos, and optical examples the audience is taken on a learning journey through the various ways we perceive the outside world and how a higher awareness of our own internal “information filters” can help us to build more balanced and highly successful teams, departments, and organizations. The presentation includes nine key take away items from direct research which can be applied in a business setting immediately. These vision dynamics concepts have been the subject of many recent books, presentations, and TED talks.





Martha Heller, Russ Finney, Randy Krotowski, and Andre Spatz discuss global IT at the CIO April 2004 Perspectives conference
Martha Heller, Russ Finney, Randy Krotowski, and Andre Spatz




Panel discussion at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum
Panel discussion at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum