For the CIO to deliver real business growth, handle sensitive business/IT partnerships, and make complex technology decisions, he or she needs to be backed by...
Author - Stephen J. Laster
Stephen Laster is the Chief Information and Technology Officer of Harvard Business School and a member of the HBS administrative leadership team, which oversees the School’s academic, research and administrative computing teams. Stephen sits on several Harvard University committees focused on leveraging technology across the Harvard community. As an educator, he has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive/professional levels in the areas of Web development, problem solving, software design, virtual team management, and e-learning product development. Prior to joining Harvard, Stephen held several critical leadership positions for Babson College, including CTO for Babson Interactive, Babson's for-profit eLearning company, and Director of Curriculum Innovation and Technology. Stephen served as a trustee for Babson College from 1992-94.
Stephen is also principle of Intelligent Solutions, LLC. Intelligent Solutions engages with select organizations to transform their ability to leverage information technology and collaborative tools to achieve outstanding business results. Intelligent Solutions brings the power of technology, practice, and education to core business problems, and provides strategy and educational consulting to enable a new generation of information workers, products, and services.
Prior to focusing his career on the apex of technology, education, and consulting, Stephen worked in the information technology and technology product development industries. He has developed and run a network monitoring business, developed enterprise software packages, and led major re-engineering and implementation efforts. Stephen has held leadership positions at Stride Rite, Art Technology Group, CrossComm, and Advanced Business Technologies, Inc. Throughout his career, Stephen has managed diverse teams of business and technology professionals. He has managed distributed teams across the United States, Poland, and India.
Stephen sits on the board of Recycline, and is a seasoned speaker and consultant. He has helped organizations to develop effective operational practices leveraging people and technology for outstanding results. He is considered to be a leader in e-learning and digital community building, and was recognized by IBM for thought leadership in message oriented middleware and by Ed Tech Magazine as a thought leader in educational technology.
Over the next decade, education will decide the fate of future generations around the globe. Whether it is for K12 or college, ensuring effective Governance of...