Managing in a Down-turn EconomyThursday, November 13, 2008InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Barclay Room 220 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario M5S 1T8Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Business success today depends a great deal on efficient and resilient IT that adapts dynamically to changing needs. Information technology is the foundation of an effective organization – in good times and bad.But business growth and evolution fragments IT infrastructure making it increasingly difficult if not impossible to manage. This becomes a complication when economies go bad. It’s during these periods when a business must be nimble, efficient and versatile. And businesses IT must be dynamic and agile in order to support the movement away from exhausted business areas and into emerging new opportunities.Join John Pickett, Vice-President and Community Advocate, IT World Canada and his special guests, Moonish Badaloo, Global Service Product Manager, IBM, and and Gerry Smith, President & CEO, CiRBA, as they explore what it takes to manage in a down-turned economy. This session will focus on how to optimize your IT investments in order to ensure your business continues to succeed especially during periods of economic slowdown.Topics of discussion will include:How can you evaluate and transform your IT infrastructure – and the processes that support it – in order to achieve your business goalsHow can you streamline your IT-supported processes to ensure these are efficient and optimizedWhat are the signs of an inefficient IT infrastructure and what can you do today to start improving themThis session is intended for:IT managersIT architectsRemember that the dark cloud of economic slowdown eventually disappears. When that happens, will your company and its supporting IT infrastructure be ready to move your organization forward in order to capitalize on new and emerging opportunities, which usually result? This session will help you to understand how to manage through difficult days and to be ready when better times come.