Modernizing and Inspiring a “Startup Mentality” in Legacy Information Technology Organizations

Speakers: David A. Bray, Oxford Martin Associate and CIO of the U.S. FCC, Yorick Wilks, and Greg Taylor

19 June 2014 from 4-5 pm

OII Seminar Room, 1 St Giles’, Oxford

By some estimates, 70% of IT organization budgets are spent on maintaining legacy systems. These costs delays needed transitions to newer technologies. Moreover, this cost estimate only captures those legacy processes automated by IT; several paper-based, manual processes exist and result in additional hidden, human-intensive costs that could benefit from modern IT automation.

This interactive discussion will discuss the opportunities and challenges with inspiring a “startup mentality” in legacy information technology organizations. Dr. David Bray, will discuss his own experiences with inspiring a “startup mentality” in legacy IT organizations as well as future directions for legacy organizations confronted with modernization requirements. The discussion will be chaired by OII’s Dr. Greg Taylor, and Yorick Wilks, an OII Research Associate, and Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, will offer his comments and responses to David’s ideas before opening the discussion to participation from the audience.

David A. Bray at OII

David A. Bray at OII

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5 Responses to “Inspiring a Startup Mentality in Legacy IT Organizations – FCC CIO at the OII on 19 June, 4-5pm”  

  1. 1 Saqib Ali

    Dr. Dutton,

    Fragmentation and duplication of information abound. Many legacy IT shops face this. This make modernization even more complicated and involved.


  2. 2 Saqib Ali

    Dr. Dutton,

    Thanks for posting the presentation on slideshare:

    Do you know if there was video recording of the session?

    Thanks! :)

  3. 3 Bill

    Sorry, but no recording was made. Thanks for your interest,


  4. 4 Saqib Ali


    and no transcript of the discussion either?

  5. 5 Bill

    Correct. That was the plan – to record, but it did not happen. Sorry, Saqib.

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William H. Dutton (B.A. University of Missouri; M.A., PhD. SUNYBuffalo, 1974) is Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College.