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The Labcorp Leadership in Technology Speaker Series welcomes Jo Abernathy, chief information officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Abernathy will discuss "Rethinking the IT Organization in the Digital Economy."

Digital disruption is everywhere.  “Success” is a fast-moving target.  The pace of business is increasing, yet decision-making structures in many corporate and government organizations are slow.  Organizations themselves are often their own biggest threat to surviving and thriving. The supply of tech talent is not growing fast enough to meet the demand for it, and the average tenure for an IT professional at any one company is a mere three years.  Cybersecurity threats are everywhere and growing.  Technologies are more ubiquitous than ever, and yet technologies come and go and don’t offer sustainable competitive advantage for long.  Individual tech products we purchase may be commodities, but the ability to bring complex pieces together to achieve resiliency, scalability, security, real-time processing and an exceptional customer experience is challenging. As a corporate IT shop, how do you adjust your mindset, strategies and tactics to remain relevant and add value to your business in our ever-changing world?  Sound intimidating?  It is.  But it’s also pretty darn exciting and rewarding. Being an IT professional and leader affords you the unique position to see your business from an end-to-end perspective so that you can support it, improve it and reimagine it.  Join us as we discuss the technical, cultural, process and talent challenges and solutions for IT professionals and leaders in today’s complex corporate environment.

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