The Power of Partnership: Finance and IT Collaboration
The Power of Partnership: Finance and IT Collaboration
Today, municipal leaders must keep up with constantly evolving trends and challenges, such as demand for more forward-looking and in-depth planning, meeting new regulatory requirements, desire for self-service, real-time analytics, transparency, and remote productivity.

As we continue to see rapid changes in technology acquisition and application, it is crucial that Finance and IT work together closely to ensure every modernization project earns maximum return on investment. A strategic partnership with IT can inform the process and help you avoid common problems many organizations encounter.

What You will Learn
Several key learning areas are to be touched upon in this webinar:
  • Understand the differing communication and project management styles between Finance and IT;
  • Understand the key policies, strategies and funding sources for financing and modernization technology/software projects;
  • Get advice for developing guidelines for prioritizing investments, evaluating ROI, and monitoring performance of similar projects;
  • Understand when to leverage in-house options and when to opt for a trusted technology partner.

Who Should Attend
  • Municipal leaders and staff responsible for technology infrastructure modernization and related efficiency projects.

Benefits of Attending
Participants can expect to:
  • Gain a clear understanding of how to approach IT to develop strategy or a base case for the modernization of municipal technology.
  • Hear firsthand perspectives directly from senior municipal IT leadership to understand care abouts and obstacles, with a view to developing common language and goals as the need for more technology in daily municipal operations intensifies.

About your Panel Moderator and Panelists:

Richard Freeman (Moderator) As Business Process Services Portfolio Manager for Ricoh North America, Rick thrives on fixing broken processes using game-changing techniques and technology. He has been helping teams with strategic information management programs that deliver proven results for over 30 years. His career has spanned the globe in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services businesses. Richard has led client engagements for access to information and privacy, information management policy development and information architecture within both the public and private sectors.

Erin Amirault joined Niagara Region as Associate Director, Finance Operations and Systems in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Brock University. Erin followed a non-traditional route to municipal finance through progressively more senior finance and accounting roles across several diverse industries. She has spent her career embracing finance transformation and is a passionate change champion for leveraging technology in financial processes at the Region.

Ryan Beckwith is the National Manager of Ricoh Managed Services. He is an accomplished executive with 15+ years with Ricoh and consults with global and enterprise clients to identify and remediate inefficient business processes. Specializing in Finance and Transportation process automation, Ryan has led the Ricoh team from discovery and solution development through implementation for some of Ricoh’s largest business process automation engagements. He also contributes to Ricoh’s own Digital Transformation Strategy and lends his expertise to the in-house Solution Design Team in expanding Ricoh’s Business Process Automation offerings with an eye to delivering exceptional value across our clients’ organizations.

Glen Renton is the Vice President, Information Technology at Ricoh Canada. Glen is a highly accomplished business technology executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in the B2B, technology, and professional services sectors. He is a visionary leader with a talent for cultivating innovation initiatives and driving digital transformation strategies. As the leader of Ricoh Canada's Digital Transformation strategy, Glen oversees the expansion of a world-class IT organization that delivers exceptional value to all aspects of the business. He is highly regarded for his ability to analyze complex business challenges and develop effective solutions that drive growth and operational excellence. Glen's expertise and leadership have been recognized by his peers and industry organizations, making him a sought-after speaker and a highly valued member of the leadership team at Ricoh Canada.

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