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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.  

The entire conference is built around helping you become a more effective executive and opening doors to new perspectives and points of view to help you and your department move forward.


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2014 Keynote Speaker
2014 Keynote Speaker
  • Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

    Jean-Baptiste Michel, Data Researcher

    Our society has gone from writing snippets of information by hand to generating a vast flood of 1s and 0s that record almost every aspect of our lives. From this, a new way of understanding our world, our past, and possibly, our future, is emerging. In this talk, Jean-Baptiste Michel tells the story of how he teamed up with Google to analyze the text of millions of books. The result was a new field of research and a scientific tool, the Google Ngram Viewer, so groundbreaking that its public release made the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and so addictive that Mother Jones called it “the greatest timewaster in the history of the internet.” Using this scope, Michel—and millions of users worldwide—are beginning to see answers to a dizzying array of once intractable questions. Yet dangers lurk in this ocean of 1s and 0s—threats to privacy and the specter of ubiquitous government surveillance. Michel takes audiences on a voyage through these uncharted waters.

    Jean-Baptiste Michel is a TED Fellow and scientist who uses big data to help us better understand our world. In Uncharted, he tells the story of how he co-created the Google Ngram Viewer, the ground-breaking tool that jump-started the big data science of culture and society by analyzing eight million digitized books. “[Uncharted's] insights may shift our thinking about matters great and small,” says the Boston Globe.

    Jean-Baptiste Michel is an entrepreneur, and scientist, and the co-author of Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture. He is the founder of the data science company Quantified Labs, an associate scientist at Harvard University, and a former visiting faculty at Google. He turned the massive Google Books library into an addictive tool for plotting cultural trends: the Ngram Viewer was used by tens of millions. His TED talks have been viewed nearly two million times. His work has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and he was named a Forbes' "30 under 30."


2014 Industry Sessions
2014 Industry Sessions
  • Changing Dynamics in IT Workforce

    Barton Warner, Director, Infrastructure Engineering & Architecture, The Capital Group

    This session will cover the key macro industry shifts that are forcing IT leaders to take action on driving a fundamental change in transforming the skills needed to compete in this “instant” digital age of the customer.

    We will explore which skills are rapidly diminishing ...


    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 ...


    Building a collaborative and connected enterprise

    Bhupesh Arora, Sr. Director, New Technologies, Avery Dennison

    Complex global companies like Avery Dennison are faced with greater challenges as business expands and the global climate is in flux. Business leaders are struggling to harness employee potential as shifts to social, mobile and cloud technologies lead to profound changes in communication and c...


  • Leading a Bunch of Geeks towards Execution Nirvana

    Todd Nielsen, Author of Revitalize: Transform Your Organization by Creating a Culture of ‘Getting Things Done’

    As a leader, you are expected to lead your teams to execute and achieve company objectives. Leading geeks can be a challenge, and if you lead everyone the same way, your execution will falter, and your achievements will wane. In this session, we’ll look at leadership and execution i...

    Leveraging Big Data in Today's Enterprise

    James Gaulke, Vice President, Information Technology, PDC Energy

    How can you take Big Data lessons learned in a Financial Institution and apply them to the Oil and Gas world?  In this session, you’ll hear the successes, challenges and lessons learned from building a customer focused Big Data solution at Nordstrom Bank and how that success is...

    Distruptive Technologies

    Sophia C. Yen, Strategy & Transformation Director, KPMG LLP

    The only thing of certainty is change.  Change is all around us.  Disruptive technologies are changing the way we interact, the way we work, they way we create, the way we live. 

    Join Sophia Yen in a discussion around embracing disruptive technologies and open your mind ...


  • Imaginative Intelligence

    Melissa Goodwin & Tamara Carrillo, Co-Founders, The IdeaHouse

    Every individual has imaginative potential waiting to be tapped. As children imagination was a part of everyday life, yet somehow in the workplace that skill is scare. Major studies show that 80% of people see unlocking creative potential as key to growth, innovation, and economic surv...


    Industrial Internet, Software Platform & Agile Development Practices

    Evren Eryurek, Software Chief Technology Officer, GE Healthcare

    The consumer internet connected a billion people and hanged social interactions, new business models, created new sources of productivity and value creation.
    Now, to understand the Industrial Internet, imagine if you could do the same with the machine world with over 50 bi...


2014 Discussion Groups
2014 Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Groups

    Moderated by your peers

    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.
    Discussion Group: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    VDI provides compelling business and technical advantages as an option to a tradition, distributed client-server compute model. It’s not a “silver bullet” meant to address all the various end user computing needs within an enterprise but can provide significant, positive alternatives to deployment of desktops, laptops and tablets both internally and as part of a telecommuting solution. This session will discuss, what is the target audience for VDI, the value to the business, the value to the end user, and risks.


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