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Operational Agility Forum Launched - New Thought Leadership Forum to Focus on the Challenge of Achieving Agility in Business Operations

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 News on IT in Healthcare J E 4
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LONDON, July 20, 2010

- Senior IT and Business Professionals Create New Forum to Focus on theChallenge of Achieving Operational Agility

A new interest group called the Operational Agility Forum has beenestablished by senior information technology and business professionals whorepresent some of the largest users of IT in the UK. Members of the forumwork in senior change management roles in both business and IT functionswithin organisations such as BT, Co-operative Financial Services, Barclays,BSkyB and the NHS

The forum provides a confidential environment in which senior businessand IT professionals can examine how complex organisations can respond moreefficiently and effectively in real time to a rapidly changing businessenvironment. The forum is focused on exploring new ways of empoweringbusiness operations to implement their own rapid change initiatives inpartnership with the IT function. It specifically seeks to identify and shareapproaches and tools to achieving and delivering operational agility.

For members of the Operational Agility Forum it represents a conduit tothe vast wealth of experience and expertise contributed and shared by seniorstaff of the member organisations.

"The meetings we have already held, combined with the high level ofparticipation and focus, we can see that this unique forum is alreadygenerating a lot of interest. The forum output to-date has reinforced thecollective view of the participants that we have established a platform fromwhich we can deliver real and tangible benefits back into our respectiveorganisations," said Dave Hudson, Director, Service Operations BTW at BTOperate & Chairman of the Operational Agility Forum

The forum meets on a regular basis and membership is by invitation only.There are also regular meetings of special interest groups which meet todiscuss specific topics. For more information on the Operational AgilityForum please visit the website http://www.operaltionalagility.com or emailinfo@operationalagility.comSome of the key findings from the forum include: - Most businesses do not have the means to react quickly to change, other than hiring more people or diverting key resource - IT programs deliver excellent long term benefits but are not always able to fully support rapid and agile responses to immediate business issues - A new approach - "Business Led Computing" - is needed to empower business operations with the ability to implement their own rapid change initiatives working in partnership with the IT function

SOURCE Operational Agility Forum (www.operationalagility.com)
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