Jay Wessland, Vice President of Technology for the Boston Celtics, shared his thoughts on how IT professionals can leverage technology every day during his presentation at the 2014 Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum in Boston on March 27. In his presentation, “Putting the ‘T’ Back in IT,” Wessland noted that IT professionals should consider myriad ways to ensure their organizations can use the latest technologies to succeed.
According to Wessland, technology should be maintainable, scalable and cost-effective. However, Wessland said that the cost of innovative technologies is less important than other criteria. Wessland added that IT professionals should ask questions about various technologies, as this will help them determine which solutions and tools will work best for their respective organizations: “Don’t be afraid to call out the emperor for having no clothes. If he has no clothes, tell him he has no clothes, even if you’re the emperor. That happens sometimes. I’ve called myself out and said this doesn’t work, I’m doing this all wrong, we have to do something else.”
IT is everywhere, Wessland said, which is making it more difficult for organizations to finalize new building plans. Because IT no longer has just one place within an organization, Wessland noted, IT professionals need to be able to provide support for their respective organizations from destinations across the globe: “IT is invading all spaces and audio and video and computers are everywhere. We have to make sure that the infrastructure of the building is correct and in place if we’re going to be able to support the building. I think these are important skills.”