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The CIO Forum | Now in its 19th 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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If you would like to participate in the program or recommend any speakers or topics please get in touch.
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
  • 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...


    The 2020 CIO

    Anthony Iorio, Former SVP - Global IT Operations, Capital Group Companies Inc

    The session will key in on three main themes that are evolving within the CIO Role as we know it today:

    1. Major industry shifts: (Cloud, Data Analytics, Buy vs build, Operational Inefficiencies, Speed to Market) that are driving profound changes to the role ad expectations of a CIO-Lead...


  • 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...


  • 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...


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 ...


    Digital Transformation

    Moderated by your peers

    This session is aimed at participants willing share concerns and best practices on embarking on Digital Transformation within their departments to become more efficient, effective and forward-looking. How to we create the greatest impact? What red herrings should we be concerned with and look ...


  • Security Update 2016

    Moderated by your peers

    As the threats evolve, so must our tactics. This straightforward discussion group will give an opportunity to participants to share concerns, highlight trends and offer potential responses to an ever-changing concern.


    The State of the IT Department 2016

    Moderated by your peers

    Getting beyond the fads and “nice-to-haves”, this discussion group is a dive into the tangible day-to-day issues we are currently facing as CIOs. Topics to be covered will be:

    • Harnessing globalization

    • Staffing and the talent management

    • Security

    • Leveraging other p...


2016 / Supplier Sessions
2016 / Supplier Sessions
  • Solving the Needs for IT Visibility and Velocity

    Jarod Greene, VP Product Marketing, Cherwell Software

    Over the past decade, CIOs have aimed to deliver bigger, faster and stronger IT services to the business. This requires the ability to accelerate change - whether to create or maintain competitive advantage - which requires better visibility of their IT environment. The mandate remains unchang...


    Effective security in the world of empowered users, cloud, mobile and BYOD

    Ruoting Sun, Product Marketing VP, Duo Security

    IT platforms today are more secure than they were 10 years ago but the risk of data breaches is higher today. It’s because your IT has changed (cloud, BYOD, etc.) but your security hasn’t evolved. In the meanwhile, attackers are targeting end users directly. 95% of all breaches involve comprom...


  • Managing Security Vulnerabilities

    Chris Zavaleta, Managing Director, Supernaut

    Does your organization have the controls, tools, knowledge and policy in place to properly manage vulnerabilities and threats within the enterprise? If data within your organization is held ransom, destroyed or stolen how would that affect your organization’s revenues, reliability and reputat...


    Achieving Governance in the Age of Self-Service BI

    Heine Krog Iversen, CEO, TimeXtender

    Business users are demanding instant access to corporate data to make rapid decisions without having to wait for IT. With this requirement, companies are hastily moving to a self-service analytics environment. However, many in IT and executive management are concerned that this transition can ...


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