Peter High

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  • Innovation 

  • Financial 

  • Strategy 

  • Performance

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About Peter High

Peter High, the founder of Metis Strategy, is an expert in business and information technology strategy and a trusted advisor to a wide array of business and tech executives ranging across Fortune 500 companies in various industries. He created strategic methodologies for clients to help them develop and update strategic plans, choose and manage the best portfolio of projects and ensure team performance is on the path to world-class levels.

Peter began his career in consulting with Integral, Inc., an innovation management firm founded by the former dean of Harvard Business School, Kim Clark. Prior to Integral, Peter worked as an internal consultant with General Motors and as a research analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank. Before founding Metis Strategy, Peter worked in the strategy division of Luminant Worldwide, a full-service consulting firm, as a member of the management team.

Peter’s book, World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs in 2009 was named the third-best IT-business book of 2009 by CIO Insight and the number one book to read to “be smarter than your boss,” according to Baseline Magazine. Upon publication in China in late 2010, it climbed into the top-50 business books sold in that market.

For more than a decade, Peter has moderated a widely listened to podcast entitled The Forum on World Class IT, which is available through iTunes on a biweekly basis. He is a regular contributor to CIO Insight and Forbes.com and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Information Week, On Magazine, and has been featured in many other periodicals.

Peter has been the keynote speaker at a wide array of corporate world-wide and lectured at several renowned universities including Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the University of Washington (Seattle) Foster School of Business, the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, Purdue University and others.

Peter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in economics and history.

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Assessing Digital Maturity

Organizations of all sizes are in the midst of being digitally transformed. Many are reacting in silos without an overall strategic focus. Where is your organization in this transformation? How can you be more intentional in pulling together a strategy that moves you forward faster and more successfully? Digital transformation has profound implications for leadership and how you organize and execute around work. In this course, Peter High provides a model you can use to assess your own stage of digital maturity. He shows why it’s imperative to organize for speed, but also go beyond that to create an ecosystem in your own company, so that all parts work together organically. Peter shares examples from more traditional industries to show what every organization needs to do to get this right.

  • Explain how accountability and collaboration can be synergistic.

  • Recognize limitations when pursuing new ideas in an innovation lab.

  • List the five stages of digital maturity.

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Creating Your IT Strategy

The role of information technology (IT) in organizations has changed dramatically. While historically the role of IT departments has been to support business functions, now they can make their organizations more productive than before. IT professionals are responsible for everything from hardware and networking to social media and data analytics. These technology trends require every organization to take a proactive approach to IT.

In this course, IT strategy consultant Peter High outlines how to create an agile IT department, measure IT performance, and create the role of business information officer. He also suggests ways in which leaders can change the organizational conversation about technology by sharing the IT mission, cocreating other departments’ strategies, and finding areas of alignment.

  • Recognize business trends that are enabled by technology.

  • Explain where the Business Information Office should network.

  • Recognize the importance of linking the IT mission to an enterprise mission.

What People Are Saying…

Director of Information of Technology
Peter was FABULOUS!!! . His session will stand out as the most powerful to me.
CEO
Peter High knows how to engage and inspire an audience.
Executive Director
We have hired many speakers over the years for our conferences and team meetings. Peter brought new ideas and helped inspire our staff.

"Projects should be the outcome of missions and strategies, not the drivers of them."

- Peter High

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Getting To Nimble

The pace of change in business today is such that it is becoming easier to go from a legendarily high-performing company to liquidation in a short period of time. Getting to Nimble shares the stories of organizations that were able to successfully transform their people practices, processes, technology, ecosystems and strategy for the digital era.

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Implementing World Class IT Strategy

The actionable guide for driving organizational innovation through better IT strategy

With rare insight, expert technology strategist Peter High emphasizes the acute need for IT strategy to be developed not in a vacuum, but in concert with the broader organizational strategy. This approach focuses the development of technology tools and strategies in a way that is comprehensive in nature and designed with the concept of value in mind.

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World Class IT

Technology is all around us. It is so pervasive in our daily lives that we may not even recognize when we interact with it. Despite this fact, many companies have yet to leverage information technology as a strategic weapon.

What then is an information technology executive to do in order to raise the prominence of his or her department? In World Class IT, recognized expert in IT strategy Peter High reveals the essential principles IT executives must follow and the order in which they should follow them whether they are at the helm of a high-performing department or one in need of great improvement.

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