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This conference program aims to give senior industry professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the  industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

The CIO Forum | Now in Its 17th Year

Our conference program is refreshingly different to what you're used to seeing at regular tradeshows and conferences. Why?

  • Built Around Your Needs: We create The Forums conference program based on research and feedback from our clients, senior level IT executives, who like you are dealing with critical issues on a daily basis
  • First class speakers: Conference sessions are led by peers or industry experts, who have a clear understanding of the business obstacles inherent in controlling large technology departments and how they can be managed and resolved.
  • Intimate sessions: Sessions are for small groups of under 25 delegates. This environment encourages attendees to be able to share best practices, successful case studies, and receive opinions and suggestions from their colleagues.  

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If you would like to participate in the program or recommend any speakers or topics please get in touch.
2014 Keynote Presentation
2014 Keynote Presentation
  • Opening Keynote

    Tom Wujec, World Renowned Expert on Innovation, Fellow at Autodesk

    Tom Wujec speaks internationally on innovation: why it matters, why it is a vital engine of economic growth (especially today), and how to foster it. Wujec works with Fortune 100 companies to create innovation practices at all stages, from strategic planning to design and implementation. He is also the leading advocate of making work visible within a company, of transforming ideas into images that enhance clarity and engagement and which lead to intelligent and successful new products, services and processes.

    Thanks to Wujec, revolutionary companies are creating profound new ways of understanding their employees, customers, markets, and products. As a Fellow at Autodesk—the Oscar-winning industry leader in 3D computer animation technology, and one of the world's largest software companies—Wujec has worked with a diverse range of clients, from the largest automotive and consumer product manufacturers to the visual effects and gaming companies establishing billion dollar industries. He has brought several award-winning products to market, and has published a handful of influential books, including Return on Imagination, Five Star Mind and Pumping Ions, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. Tom Wujec's newest book Imagine Design Create was released at TED 2011 to rave reviews.


2014 Industry Sessions
2014 Industry Sessions
  • Harvesting Value: The Farmer's Approach to IT Investments

    Dr. Gerald Grant, Director of the Ph.D. Program, and Director of the Centre for Information Technology, Organizations and People (CITOP) at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University / Rob Collins, former CIO of Cognos and the City of Ottawa

    Too often, executives take an engineering approach when assessing how organizations get value from IT investments.  This view, which presumes that it is possible to know all requirements and constraints upfront and that treat change as error, is a root cause of most IT failures. 


    The Future for Information Security: An Interactive Seminar

    Dennis Dickstein, Chief Privacy and Information Security Officer, UBS Wealth Management

    Now more than ever, CIOs are trying to look ahead of the curve so that their information security protections and practices are improving as threats become stronger and larger in number. Moderating this interactive discussion session will be Dennis Dickstein, Chief Privacy and Information Secu...


    Debunking the myths of IT trends: a real-world conversation

    Ashar Baig, Research Director, GigaOM

    Everyone is extolling the virtues of Big Data, The Cloud, or BYOD strategy and how they will solve all your business problems. Vendors, media, analysts, and your CEO all have perspectives and opinions. Which one can you believe? How can we put the years of hype and traditional business models ...


  • Leadership and Today's CIO

    Larry Bonfante, CIO, United States Tennis Association

    While many CIOs have had a great deal of experience on how to run a technology organization, many of them struggle with the “human dynamics” required to transform an organization. CIOs must be business leaders who can leverage technology to drive organizational change.

    IT m...


    How to gain a truly competitive advantage by transforming your IT capability

    John Berney BSc. ACA, CEO of CIO Plus Limited

    CIOs will continually be under increasing pressure to deliver greater productivity improvements whilst reducing their cost base even further. This session will look at multiple tried and tested techniques that have delivered significant productivity improvements that have made positive and mat...


    Inspiring Workforce Innovation in Uncertain Times

    Joyce M. Hunter, Deputy CIO, Policy and Planning, United States Department of Agriculture

    Managing in this uncertain economy can be incredibly challenging. If your business/agency is experiencing shrinking budgets, decreasing revenues and increasing uncertainty … you cannot afford to focus on talent, right? Actually, wrong.
    NOW, more than ever, is the time to focus on...


2014 Discussion Groups
2014 Discussion Groups
  • 2014 Discussion Groups

    Moderated by your Peers

    Discussion Group: Data
    It’s the new (old) trend that everybody is talking about. The problem is, it means different things company to company, department to department and stakeholder to stakeholder. How do we manage expectations while trying to explore the potential? Peers from different industries will discuss thoughts on how to best measure the value of data projects.

    Discussion Group: Security
    This discussion group is aimed at both CISOs and Security-minded CIOs to discuss the trends, hurdles and latest threats they face in their respective industries. Whether it be mobility, social engineering, user-error or security vendors, the group will share what scares them the most and what lets them sleep at night.

    Discussion Group: Mobile
    It is a fact of life now – we have to deal with users’ mobiles, even though there is a great risk of security breach and even greater chance of headaches for the IT department. This discussion group will be centered around best practices of straddling the line of what’s best for the user and what’s best for the company.

    Discussion Group: People
    The “people” part of any major project is never sexy, but so very integral into the success of any undertaking. A slip in managing processes, implementing policies or failing to driving changes in behaviours can derail months (and years!) of hard work behind the scenes. How to do we insure buy-in and enthusiasm for change? Come share your concerns and tips in this interactive discussion.


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