Mark.Edmead

Mark Edmead is an IT transformation consultant and trainer. Over the past 28 years, he has provided IT transformation and business improvement services that align information technology with business goals to drive bottom-line performance and growth.

Mark’s focus is on change management, process improvement, enterprise architecture, technology road mapping, strategic IT planning, IT organization analysis, IT portfolio management and IT governance. Mark is TOGAF 9.1 certified and he is a Lean IT accredited trainer, a DevOps trainer, a certified COBIT 5 assessor, a certified Baldrige internal assessor, a Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP) accredited trainer, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.

Mark has developed and delivered courses for the SANS Institute, the MIS Institute and the University of California, San Diego, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Technology Training Corporation and Learning Tree International. He is also an adjunct professor at Keller Graduate School of Management. Mark has delivered numerous international workshops in countries such as United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland, Germany, Chile, Mexico and Scotland. His past clients include BMW, Catholic Health Services, AARP, the United Nations, Kaiser Permanente, Saudi Aramco and the U.S. Department of Defense. Mark is a master trainer, facilitator and storyteller, and he has an energetic and entertaining style that holds audiences' attention from start to finish.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Mark Edmead and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Mark.Edmead

Are you ready for your transformation initiative?
IT Convergence Factor

Are you ready for your transformation initiative?

How do you make your transformation effort a success? Success is never guaranteed, but there are some questions you can ask before beginning your transformation effort to help guide you down the right path.
April 13, 2017
What is driving your strategic intent?
IT Convergence Factor

What is driving your strategic intent?

What is your strategic intent? More importantly, what are the key drivers that are influencing the direction you take? And are you going in the right direction? Here is a look at strategic intention and how you can make sure you are on the right track.
January 12, 2017
Measuring business-IT convergence
IT Convergence Factor

Measuring business-IT convergence

Everyone talks about business-IT alignment. But how do you measure it? What metrics can you use to assess the relationship between business and IT? In this article, we cover some of those metrics and help you get started on your way to better business and IT convergence.
October 11, 2016
Cybersecurity – A view from the top
IT Convergence Factor

Cybersecurity – A view from the top

Cybercrime is big business. We spend money to solve the problem, but perhaps our approach is all wrong. Maybe we need a top-down approach. For that to work, IT leaders must communicate effectively with the board of directors and C-level executives.
July 19, 2016
Do you begin an enterprise transformation with the business or with IT?
IT Convergence Factor

Do you begin an enterprise transformation with the business or with IT?

For many companies change is a way of life. In fact, companies need to change in order to survive. Enterprise transformation deals with the fundamental organizational change that impacts how its core business is conducted. This need for transformation change can be caused by internal or external factors, but the result is a shift in how the organization relates to its wider economic environment.
April 18, 2016
What do we mean when we say ‘business-IT alignment’?
IT Convergence Factor

What do we mean when we say ‘business-IT alignment’?

We talk about business-IT alignment, but what does that really mean? Here's a look at the business strategic plan and the corresponding IT strategic plan, and how to align them to maximize value.
March 21, 2016
What’s driving your organizational change?
IT Convergence Factor

What’s driving your organizational change?

Understanding what can drive change in an organization is key. Change can be driven by understanding pain points and trigger events.
January 8, 2016
IT Convergence Factor

Lean IT and DevOps: The new kids on the block

There has been a lot of press lately regarding Lean IT and DevOps. What is Lean IT? What is DevOps? How can they help you with your IT strategy? How can it help you with IT convergence?
July 21, 2015
How the right language can improve business-IT relationships and strategy
IT Convergence Factor

How the right language can improve business-IT relationships and strategy

The language we use to communicate with our stakeholders can influence the type of relationship we have with them. To enable better business and IT convergence, we need to learn how to talk more like a strategic partner instead of an order taker.
July 7, 2015
What does the business think about IT?
IT Convergence Factor

What does the business think about IT?

Even wonder what the business really thinks about the IT department? And ever wonder what IT really thinks about the business? There is perceived or actual 'alignment' issue between the business and IT. What does this mean to the organization? It could mean that the business is not getting any value from IT. And in turn IT is relegated to a passive or order taker role. How can we correct this?rnrn
March 17, 2015