“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
That was the conclusion of then-IBM Chairman Thomas Watson in 1943.
Ken Olson’s view wasn’t much more accurate. The Digital Equipment Corporation Founder was quoted as saying, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
And Robert Metcalfe, who actually helped invent the Internet, predicted it would collapse by 1996.
People have been underestimating and misunderstanding the impact, promise and proper use of technology since the beginning of time. But do you and I have a chance of doing any better?
Yes, I believe we do.
We can achieve success in a technology-driven world
Most nonprofit leaders know the pressure of organizational guidance. And many have sought to use the power of information technology to help them achieve success. They’ve also recognized the significant need to adapt, embrace and flourish within the constantly changing environment of a world that spins faster each year.
In the midst of all the churn, staying on mission, keeping constituents engaged and board members happy, they face the push to understand, apply and leverage the continuing advances of technology to deepen their impact.
We can learn from the past
But what if we could see technology truly advance their mission and organizational goals? What if there were principles and practices we could apply to gain from the promise of technology and avoid the tsunami of horror stories that’s so prevalent? And what if there was a way we could learn from the technology mistakes of those who have gone before us?
The adoption and implementation of technology solutions doesn’t have to cause sleepless nights, budget overages and poor implementations.
And I can prove it.
We can put it all into practice
This year, my colleague Lee Truax and I will present a workshop at the Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) 2018 Outcomes Conference in Dallas, Texas, on April 18 at 9 a.m.
In “Déjà vu All Over Again!” you’ll learn from the experience of those who have gone before and discover five keys to the planning, development and process to assure technology lives up to its promise — while avoiding the pitfalls.
With combined experience of 40+ years of direct solution design and deployment, real-world case studies and a proven pattern for success, we’ll help you navigate the present and future of technology-enabled business process that really does achieve organizational goals.
See you there.
P.S. If you aren’t attending CLA and have questions or would like more information, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.