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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
  • Opening Keynote

    Jean-Baptiste Michel, Data Researcher

    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."


2013 Industry Sessions
2013 Industry Sessions
  • Changing Role of the CIO in the Digital Enterprise

    Chris Curran, Principal and Chief Technologist, PwC

    Market changes, new technologies and new expectations are more than ever testing the role of the CIO and the mission of the IT capability.  The lines are blurred as business models and technologies co-mingle as organizations figure out their approaches to social media, mobile information ...


    The Emerging Industrial Internet

    Paul Rogers, Chief Development Officer, GE Software

    The industrial world is undergoing a seismic shift in productivity and efficiency as machines become increasingly intelligent. This shift will result in the creation of an Industrial Internet that will have the same transformative effect as the consumer internet. Intelligence is brought about ...


    The Cloud: Securing Data

    Kevin Wang, CISO Americas | Chief of Staff, Group Information Security, Zurich

    Moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud is not a new idea – it has been traditionally done in the last decade with the outsourcing to various suppliers for application coding or hosting of infrastructure.

    However, what has changed is the speed in which infrastructure ...


  • Leading in New Dimensions

    Ken Rundus, Senior Director, IT, Mohawk / Dal-Tile

    LEADING3: The key to going from Good to Great and attaining the highest levels of productivity in your organization is readily available.  The question is, “Are you leading in the dimensions required to find it?”  We all know there is more to us than most peopl...


    Seeing the Big Picture: Business Acumen to Build Your Credibility, Career, and Company

    Kevin Cope, Founder, Acumen Learning

    This session focuses on three important principles for effective leadership. First, you will learn how to gain buy-in for your initiatives by identifying and communicating how they impact your company's key performance measures. Second, you will learn how to become more relevant in your r...

    Gaining Competitive Advantage through IT Value Measurements: A Discussion Group

    Moderated by: Prashanth Naidu, Director, Office of CIO, Hitachi Data Systems

    Asking if a project was delivered on time and within budget after it is rolled out is no longer sufficient. The more prevalent question asked today is whether it delivered “business value”. Interestingly this is how your customer is validating the value justification of their own i...


  • Mobile Strategy Session

    Reed Sheard, CIO of Westmont College

    Join Reed Sheard as he walks through a practitioner's mobile blueprint that is applicable for virtually any organization. Topics to be covered include:
    * update on latest mobility statistics
    * legacy IT support and BYOD
    * how muc...

    COFFEEHOUSE COLLABORATION: Strategies for idea generating, conflict resolution, information sharing, problem solving and more

    Tamara Carrillo & Melissa Goodwin, Ashford University

    For centuries, the coffeehouse environment has inspired a new level of creativity among individuals, teams, and groups. Many feel it was the coffeehouse of the 18th century that sparked the age of enlightenment. Coffeehouse collaboration uses the spirit and energy of the coffeehouse as inspira...


  • Future Proofing your Tech Strategy

    Stephen Vilke, former CIO, Alteon

    The remarkable pace of change related to enterprise mobility is causing a myriad of headaches for today's CIO in terms of security, infrastructure, resources and applications.  The application challenges include mobilizing a "portfolio" of apps (not just one!) and future-proofin...


    Big Data: Big Problems, Big Opportunity or both. A discussion group

    Mufazzal Badani, VP of Business Intelligence, Wells Fargo

    Big data is everywhere: Many people see big data through the lens of the Internet economy, since Google and Facebook have so much data.  The biggest surprise for us perhaps is the very diversity of the uses of big data, and how it already is changing people’s everyday world.  I...


    Gamification : A Discussion Group

    Mike Sullivan, Chief Technology Officer, Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters

    Gamification is a concept that can mean a lot of different things to different organizations. It can be about sharing experiences, engaging a workforce in a new and exciting way, or creating an atmosphere of collaboration. Determining the internal goals of the business will shape how it c...

  • Selling IT: A Discussion Group

    Ed Anderson, Global CIO, World Vision

    Join Ed Anderson, Global CIO of World Vision, as he moderates this discussion on how to sell IT (infrastructure, IT Security, new staff) to executive boards, what is the process and key messages, and what not to say and do.

    Discussion points include:


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