The Center for Technology Innovation sponsors a series of day-long workshops on cutting-edge technology issues with nationally-known speakers. Open to the public, the $165 registration fee includes handouts, breaks, lunch, and parking in the UWM Union parking structure. Discounted rate is available for UWM MIS/ITM alumni for $145.

A Leader’s Guide for Installing the Organizational App: The process, risks, and people strategies you must manage when introducing new technologies (ERP, HRM, HRIS, CRM) in your company.
Friday, March 9, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm, Lubar Hall N333

Workshop presenter, Jim Bohn holds a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and is the author of research on organizational transformation published in multiple journals. His has over four decades of work in the corporate arena included Change Management for multiple Information Technology transitions along with other significant change projects plus Mergers & Acquisitions.

A regular lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Concordia University, and Marquette University, his previous books include Architects of Change: Practical Tools for Executives to Build, Lead and Sustain Organizational Initiatives, and The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership located @DrJimBohn [Twitter] and website. A frequent keynote and speaker at conferences on leadership and team effectiveness, Dr. Bohn focuses on improving the effectiveness, influence, and relevance of leaders to create better workplaces.


Organizations require technology updates to enhance their effectiveness. Organizations will continue to change, and technology will be at the heart of organization-wide improvement. Big data, IoT and other looming strategic concepts force organizations to continually add/change/revise the organizational DNA called Information Technology.

This workshop provides a set of tools and a case study to guide leaders as they introduce new software across the enterprise, minimizing risk and increasing the likelihood of success. Leaders will consider risks inherent in IT projects, along with specific behaviors and actions required to ensure success. Also, they will consider the key elements of team selection, vision and the difficult and demanding issues of data cleanup and proper governance.

The details and processes in this workshop have been endorsed by CIOs and leaders of mid-sized and large corporations. Organizations initiate these projects infrequently and thus rarely have time to learn from past experiences. This workshop brings together a detailed ‘checklist’ of actions, which must be taken to effectively install the Organizational “App”.

IMPORTANT: This is not a technical workshop – we will not be discussing the details of implementing a specific software package.

Who should attend:

Any organizational leader who is a decision maker for implementing a new IT System should attend this workshop. Whether the organization is installing ERP, LMS, HRM, CRM, and on and on, this workshop provides hands-on details to ensure the project goes well.

  1. The ideal attendees will be a complete team leading a technology change in their organization.
  2. CEOs of companies should attend to ensure they understand the magnitude of change their organization is about to undergo.
  3. Vice-Presidents of Operations, HR, and Finance who are concerned about how to effectively manage the human and financial investments of an Information Technology Project.
  4. Directors or managers tasked with leading and installing the new technology.

The topics you will learn:

In the context of their future technology change, participants will review:

  1. Seven principles for effectively introducing new technology to an organization.
  2. Several popular Change Management methodologies.
  3. 16 Risks when rolling out technology change.
  4. A fictionalized case study that provides specific insight into the difficulties of managing change.
  5. A granular, step-by-step approach to leading technology change in an organization. Leaders will look specifically at their change challenge and work through the rigorous details required for success, including the critical relationship with consultants and vendors.
  6. Deep consideration of the ‘human element’ of managing this type of change.


Recent workshops have included:

  • Microservices Architecture and Design
  • Building Evolutionary Architectures
  • Test Driven Development in Java using JUnit 5
  • Functional Programming in Swift
  • Angular 2/4 Hands-on Programming Codecamp
  • Six Essential Soft-Skills for the Technology Professional
  • Rediscovering JavaScript
  • A Thorough Introduction to Grails 3
  • Java Design Patterns
  • The Antifragility Edge: Business and Technology
  • Aurelia: Single Page Applications Done Right
  • A Swift Kickstart: Introducing the Swift 2.0 Programming Language
  • AngularJS Hands-on Programming Codecamp

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The Center also sponsors panel discussions with IT leaders who present their thoughts on topics of interest to the local IT community. Audience participation follows the presentation.

For More Information

Dr. Atish Sinha
Director, Center for Technology Innovation
Professor, Information Technology Management
Lubar Hall N363
(414) 229-3301