Technology is the invisible hand that enables every aspect of the utility business. Electric cooperatives are applying new technology to better meet member needs, leverage cost-savings and enhance operating performance. Because of this, participation in technology planning and decision making has become a prerequisite for every leadership position in the electric cooperative.
Successful careers increasingly depend on an individual's ability to participate effectively in conversations about business process improvements and how technology can enable them. However, many in electric co-ops are finding that their forays into technology planning raise questions. What should the technology plan or roadmap look like? How should the plan dovetail with the budgeting process? How do organizational relationships influence technology outcomes? How should technology success be measured?
This one-day course helps attendees develop an understanding of, and gain practice with, the core competencies now required of everyone in the cooperative organization to ensure that technology is applied effectively. It introduces a proven technology planning process, best management practices, tools and resources crucial for effective technology planning, decision making and leadership.
Equally valuable to business and technology analysts, supervisors and managers, the course is taught using business language, and participants need not be versed in technology solutions.