Jamaica Observer / Global chief information officer and principal at Deloitte, Larry Quinlan, wowed the audience at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) Public Lecture on Tuesday, February 6. Quinlan spoke on the topic ‘The Challenges of Information Technology Leadership in Today’s Competitive Business Environment.’

He drew on his experiences at Deloitte to highlight the key components needed in order for changes in information technology to be successful. He also discussed the impact of IT on the global stage, implementing IT solutions, and optimising limited resources to meet the changing environments.

Quinlan noted that businesses and entities should try harder to radically transform the world, using technology. He encouraged participants to view IT and business as one and, not as business versus IT.

“The role of implementing technology has become too complex as roles have moved away from the organisation. These roles have now changed the humanisation of technology so as to build a culture to show care and to show diversity. Technology is a discipline that has to be managed,” Quinlan said.

“The CIO role in technology and business is relatively new and has evolved at a rapid pace as technology has become pervasive in the enterprise, and thus we influence people and sell a vision. As the demand for IT grows, the strategic sensation grows. We need to create a spirit of enthusiasm to inflict choices among our audience. The IT strategy is driven by the business solution and strategy,” he stated.

Director, Centre of Excellence, MSBM, Dr Maurice McNaughton, said that, as a part of the school’s continuing Public Lecture Series, it aims to engage in public discourse on innovative, dynamic topics and to provide cutting-edge information.

“As the leading business school in the Caribbean, we are tasked with providing solutions to the many challenges in information technology, digital transformation and business. We are extremely proud of the work Quinlan has done, and we appreciate the information he has come to share on IT and Business, McNaughton said.

Quinlan has responsibility for all facets of technology, including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support and execution; spends significant time working with major clients discussing technology strategy, trends; and as a leader at Deloitte was invited to Jamaica to be this year’s guest lecturer at the public event.

He sits on Deloitte’s US Executive and Global Operating Committees and chairs the Global CIO Council.

Quinlan holds a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, New York, and a Bachelor of Science from The University of the West Indies.

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