As business evolves so is the role of the CIO (Chief Information Officer). Today’s CIO is in an ideal position to take increasing responsibility and control. The CIO is one of the important hubs of decision-making across organizations today. I spend a good amount of my time speaking to CIOs across industries, listening to what challenges they face and how those challenges have changed since the role came into its real days about 10 years ago.
As technology advancements like cloud, analytics and cognitive computing have increased their impact across today’s organizations, the role of the CIO has evolved along with it. Most of the CIOs I speak with are uniquely qualified to lead a cloud strategy; this is because of their intricate knowledge of both IT and business. While in-depth understanding of technology is critical, no less important is the ability to articulate the business impacts and opportunities of cloud computing and big data to the C-suite. CIOs should prudently evaluate all IT capabilities, organizational design, and create a roadmap for change to identify new opportunities that will deliver the best return on investment aligned with their business strategy and mission needs. Increasingly, I have observed that finding the right platform to learn is the top priority for CIOs.
The CIO Washington D.C. Summit is a unique opportunity for the greatest IT thinkers to collaborate on current industry challenges and trends. The event will include representatives from across geographies and industries including health care, finance, insurance, government, telecom, utilities, education and more. Attending the CIO Summit, which will take place on Thursday, September 25 in Washington D.C., will help you engage in peer-on-peer networking, while discussing the issues currently affecting CIOs from a variety of industries. I look forward to meeting many of you in person to hear your thoughts on the latest technology trends and potential challenges in your industry.
If you’re a senior technology executive looking to produce real business value for your organization, the CIO Summit is an ideal platform to learn, network and grow. The summit agenda offers a balanced schedule of focused educational sessions in cloud, expert integrated systems, etc, one-on-one meetings and networking opportunities with your peers that will maximize your time and efforts, providing you with ideas and strategies truly capable of changing business practices. Come join us and be a part of this exciting opportunity. Register today! To stay up-to-date on the latest summit news, follow @IBMSDE on Twitter.