Finance Directors calling for smart use of IT

1st March 2005

CFDG’s IT Conference 2005 will take place on Tuesday, 5 April 2005 at Cass Business School in London under the theme “Closing the Gap”. Looking at IT strategically, the one-day conference will offer charity decision-makers a platform to discuss how they can better understand and manage the use of IT in their organisations.

Keynote speaker will be Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman, Chief Executive and founder of Specialist Computer Holdings who will speak about “IT as a Business Enabler”. John Tate, CFDG’s IT adviser says “I am delighted to see such a strong programme for this year’s IT Conference. I’m sure this will build on the success of last year’s conference. I am particularly looking forward to Sir Peter Rigby as the keynote speaker for the conference - I hope this will add some valuable commercial insight to the sector’s understanding of IT.”

Building on the strategic focus of the 2004 event, this year’s conference wants to help charities bridge gaps between their organisations’ structures and how they use IT - with implications for charities’ understanding of new technologies, but also for cross-departmental interaction and security.

High-calibre speakers from Greenpeace International, The Salvation Army, RSPCA, Action for Blind People and Scope guarantee a multi-faceted learning process on the day. As speakers at the conference will illustrate, the days when charities only aimed at using the most basic IT systems - as IT spending was simply not in the budget - have long been over.

The view of IT in the sector has changed to be much more strategic, as increased system integration has enabled structural change in many charities’ daily working patterns. David Membrey, Deputy Chief Executive of CFDG says “IT has the potential to increase efficiency in charities even further, but often IT projects still meet with some scepticism and there are a lot of issues to be overcome in helping the organisation to make better use of IT”. With the IT Conference 2005, CFDG wants to enable its audience to learn from leading examples and to become more aware of organisational issues endangering the smart use of IT.


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