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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.  

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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2016 / Keynote
2016 / Keynote
  • How Any Company Can Learn From LEGO’s Successful Innovation Management System

    David Robertson, Wharton School Professor and Co-author of Brick by Brick

    Managers are bombarded with dozens of theories about how to manage innovation. These theories all promise growth and profits, but the actual results are less positive. Using the case study of LEGO, David Robertson's keynote explores how to manage innovation across a company.

    In 2003, LEGO almost went bankrupt. LEGO’s managers had followed the advice of experts—“head for blue ocean,” “practice disruptive innovation,” “open innovation,” “develop the full spectrum of innovation”—and that advice almost led them to ruin. Challenging their designers to think “out of the box” almost put them out of business! In one of the most successful turnarounds in modern business history, LEGO restructured its innovation management system and saved the company. Today, LEGO is the most profitable and fastest growing company in the toy industry, growing sales at 22% and profits at 38% per year every year for the past six years. In this talk, Robertson reveals the secrets behind LEGO’s success and the lessons to be learned about how to lead and structure innovation. Highly repeatable across a wide range of companies, Robertson shares the "bricks" needed to build innovation management systems—processes, tools, roles, and policies that you can apply in your company to boost your innovation success

    David Robertson has been a student, teacher, and practitioner of the art of innovation for his entire career. As a Professor of Practice at Wharton School, he teaches Innovation and Product Development in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD), which received the #1 worldwide ranking by the Financial Times for its executive education programs. At IMD he was Program Director for IMD’s largest program, the Program for Executive Development, and co-Director of the Making Business Sense of IT program, a joint program between IMD and MIT Sloan. Robertson also serves as a consultant to companies on innovation and technology management issues.


2016 / Industry
2016 / Industry
  • Micro-services and DevOps - What and How

    Sebastian Gnagnarella, SVP - IT & Chief Architect, Inspirato with American Express

    Microservices and DevOps, two words that have been gaining hype in the community for the last year thanks to companies like Spotify, Uber and Netflix. The promise: Move faster, be leaner; but, Is it that simple? What is a Microservices approach? What is DevOps? Is it right for my company? Befo...


    Cyber Security – A Federal Law Enforcement Perspective

    Special Agent, FBI

    The role of the government in protecting the internet has opened the door to a fair amount of discussion regarding who is responsible for ensuring the safe transmission of traffic in the web environment. The presentation provides an examination of the role of U.S. Federal Law Enforcement in...


    How CIOs Drive Digital Innovation with Collaboration and Teaming

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

    The consumerization of IT, the Internet of Things (IoT), the digital economy, and disruptive technologies continue to change how companies compete. Your C-suite colleagues are likely inundating you with questions about the shifting landscape and how companies today can create unique customer e...


  • The Value Imperative - Harvesting Value from Your IT

    Rob Collins & Gerald Grant, Authors of The Value Imperative - Harvesting Value from Your IT

    Organizations spend large sums on IT because they see it as essential to transformation. But too often there are complaints of high cost and disappointing results. With lean budgets and high expectations, ROI is front and centre on everyone’s mind. It is these challenges which prompted the re...


    Improving the Odds for Project Success

    Kristine A. Hayes Munson, VP, IT Risk & Compliance, State Street

    Projects are the lifeblood of every firm. Innovation and strategic objectives are achieved via projects. Are your projects successful? Are your projects delivered on time, on budget, and with the required functionality? The Standish Group reports that only a third of IT projects can be classif...


2016 / Discussion Groups
2016 / Discussion Groups
  • Realistic Disruption

    To be moderated by your peers

    The hype suggests change and transformation, glory through shaking things up and redefining what IT can mean within an organisation. The modern IT Director is brave enough to throw everything out for a singular vision…

    But it leaves out the uneasiness and resistance from the Board, and...


    Engagement Follow-Through

    To be moderated by your peers

    You’ve championed the cause – get people on board and all levels of the organisation to contribute in driving the culture and interests. The board has bought in, and research has been done telling you what people want. What now?

    This discussion group is aimed at how to keep engagement ...


    Understanding Blockchain Tech

    To be moderated by your peers

    Widespread shared databases, or distributed ledgers, can hold immense value to an organization. They can update and execute in real time while remaining exponentially more secure, as there it is stored on numerous databases simultaneously. It has been the underlying system of Bitcoin, and ...


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