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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 18th 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.
2015 Keynote Presentation
2015 Keynote Presentation
  • Opening Keynote

    David Rose, Author of Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things

    Rose is an instructor and researcher at the MIT Media Lab, and the author of the preeminent book on the Internet of Things, Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things. “The history of computers has mostly been about efficiency,” Rose told The New York Times in a major three-page feature. “I think one of the things that's changing is that enchanted objects can be about adding emotion and magic to the fabric of our everyday lives and experiences.” He continues: “Our devices can be a lot simpler, and our interactions to them can be a lot simpler....These are ordinary things that have extraordinary capabilities.”

    A serial entrepreneur, Rose is the CEO at Ditto Labs, and was founder and CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging that is now distributed by CVS and Walgreens. He also founded Ambient Devices, which embedded internet information in objects such as lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. He holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMA, and covered in Wired, The Economist, and The Colbert Report.


2015 Industry Sessions
2015 Industry Sessions
  • Strengthening the Technology and Business Connection

    Gary J. VonderHaar, Group Executive and Chief Technology Officer – Architecture, MasterCard Operations & Technology

    One of the major challenges faced by all companies is strategically aligning technology capabilities to business goals. With the consistent entry of new solutions into the market at a faster pace than ever before, coupled with evolving customer needs and varying in-market requirements, it is more important than ever for technology and business leaders to work in unison to achieve a company’s goals.

    As Chief Technology Officer – Architecture for MasterCard, Gary VonderHaar directs the company’s IT roadmap and technology strategy. Under his leadership, MasterCard’s Business-Centric Enterprise Architecture Practice was honored with the 2013 InfoWorld Architecture Award.

    While most companies understand the need to integrate technology and business, realizing this goal can prove to be difficult. Gary will share his experience at MasterCard and the steps he has taken to secure a seat at the table for the technology team members, and how that’s helping MasterCard better serve their stakeholders as a result.


    Gary J. VonderHaar is group executive and Chief Technology Officer – Architecture for MasterCard Operations & Technology (O&T). In this role, he directs the MasterCard IT roadmap, ensuring that the company’s technology and operations capabilities align with business strategies through the art of business architecture.

    Previously, Mr. VonderHaar served as group head, Emerging Platform Development, where he managed the technology systems development for emerging and leading edge technologies to deliver solutions for advanced payments, marketing and communications, global security, commercial web products, among others.. Prior to this role, Mr. VonderHaar led Internet Technology Services, focusing on establishing the first internet delivery teams for MasterCard, and helping to create its first Global Digital Strategy.


  • The Art of Project Governance: A Case Workshop

    Phil Weinzimer, Author of The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise

    Case Abstract: The new CIO of a conglomerate, which operates in various businesses, noticed that critical projects across each of their business units had trends of cost overruns resulting from scope creep, quality issues, and schedule delays. Upon further investigation, he uncovered the lac...


    The Digital Revolution - what it really means

    Euan Semple, Former Head of BBC Digi Lab

    The modern world is changing fast. How we relate to our governments, our workplaces, and most significantly each other is going through radical upheaval. Nothing is changing faster than the online world and with it the expectations of customers and staff. Is our business technology ready for t...


    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 must help driv...


  • Key Practices To Accelerate Digital Transformation

    Isaac Sacolick, Global CIO, Greenwich Associates

    Digital Transformation largely refers to business model, supply chain, and product and service delivery changes transformed by the application of technologies that enable new digitally driven customer experiences. The technologies typically deployed to enable these transformations include a ...


2015 Discussion Groups
2015 Discussion Groups
  • Innovation as the norm: a discussion group

    Free-flowing peer led conversations about core topics facing CIOs and CISOs

    It seems like a long time ago when innovation was considered “above and beyond” the role. Now, questioning, tinkering and re-imagining seems to expected. How does this change how we structure our hiring, teams, processes or even meetings? Where do we prioritize innovation in our hierarchy of...


    Engagement: a discussion group

    Free-flowing peer led conversations about core topics facing CIOs and CISOs

    Whether it is engagement with stakeholders, engagement with the business, or engagement within IT, having everyone pulling in the same direction has never been more important. As every aspect of the business leans heavily on IT now, and with more dependence often comes more pressure. Success...


  • The Pillars of Project Management : a discussion group

    Free-flowing peer led conversations about core topics facing CIOs and CISOs

    We have seen the successes of the famous project turnarounds and the horror stories of the disastrous failures -- but what about the art of consistent delivery on goals? Where are the celebrations of the timelines that are quietly met? The articles where the budget was kept to? The case stud...


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