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The CIO Forum | Now in Its 20th 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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2018 / Keynote
2018 / Keynote
  • Keynote Presentation

    Ken Jennings, All-Time ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion

    While working as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City healthcare staffing company in 2004, Jennings got the phone call telling him that his contestant audition had been successful and he would appear on a June game of Jeopardy! He spent a month making flash cards and cramming on familiar Jeopardy! subjects like US presidents, world capitals, and “potent potables.” Much to his surprise, his Jeopardy! appearance extended beyond a single game in June: Jennings took advantage of a recent rule change allowing Jeopardy! champions to appear on the show indefinitely, and spent the next six months hogging America’s TV screens. Before losing on the November 30th show because he didn’t know enough about H&R Block, Jennings won 74 games and $2.52 million, both American game show records.

    The streak made Jennings a 2004 TV folk hero, and he appeared as a guest on shows including The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Sesame Street. Barbara Walters named him one of “The Ten Most Fascinating People of the Year.” The Christian Science Monitor called him “the king of Trivia Nation” and Slate magazine dubbed him “the Michael Jordan of trivia, the Seabiscuit of geekdom.” ESPN: The Magazine called him “smug (and) punchable,” with “the personality of a hall monitor,” thus continuing America’s long national struggle between jocks and nerds.

    On February 14, 2011, Jennings challenged “Watson”—an IBM computer designed to beat humans at Jeopardy! — along with fellow grand champion Brad Rutter. Every Friday, Jennings writes a quiz based on the previous week’s events for Slate magazine. Also, his “Kennections” trivia puzzle is featured most weekends in Parade, the popular Sunday newspaper magazine, with additional puzzles appearing every week on Parade.com.


2018 / Industry Sessions
2018 / Industry Sessions
  • The Role of Data Science in Digital Disruption

    Jim Noble, Former CIO at General Motors, AOL Time Warner, Altria Group (Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, Miller Brewing), Merrill Lynch, and General Electric (UK), Former Chief IT Strategy Officer at BP & General Motors

    Author Jim Collins famously said: “The crazy pace of change today is the slowest pace of change we will experience in our lifetimes.” Many industry sectors are being driven to transform their business models, not because they want to, but because competitors and new entrants are using data sci...


    How and where to spend your time

    Uy Ut, CIO, Accel

    Time is not a renewable resource. We all have the same amount, so it’s about how we use it and what we do with it.

    Join Uy Ut, CIO at Accel as he shares about how he sees ways to spend time and resource more efficiently. Areas of focus include:

    • Shadow IT – h...


  • Information Security Program Development and the Importance of Governance, Risk and Compliance

    M.K. Palmore, Assistant Special Agent in Charge – Cyber Security Branch, FBI

    Information security program development and maintenance continues to reside at the core of good response, incident management and overall information security program capability. An oftentimes diminished aspect of program development are the components of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC...


    IT: The Next Engagement Leader

    Jamie Colvin, Owner, SimplyConnect Consulting LLC

    Look at your organizational chart. Pick which areas of the business are responsible for engaging the current workforce and making sure that rock stars flock to your doors wanting to work there tomorrow. Who did you pick? HR? CEO? Well, not bad choices. But, we believe that IT holds the keys to...


  • VOICE- The art of mastering your message

    Tamara Carrillo, Co-Founder, The IdeaHouse

    Individuals and employers alike are interested in elevating their brand, outshining their competitors, and succeeding in the marketplace. Yet, at the heart of performance is the power to communicate. VOICE is a comprehensive communications program that gives you the capacity to unleash your ...


2018 / Discussion Groups
2018 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: AI

    Moderated by your peers

    Everyone’s talking about AI being the next big shift, but will it become:

    A) the ubiquitous game-changer that permanently changes the landscape of numerous industries,

    B) another empty catch-all that the C-suite demands as ‘innovation’, or

    C) a tool that will blend into the ...


    Discussion Group: The Impact of IT on Culture (and vice versa)

    Moderated by your peers

    The IT Department has evolved from back-office, to business partner, and now to driver of strategy and innovation. This greater influence will bleed into how people interact internally and how the company is perceived externally. But are we prepared for this? Does this change the DNA of the CI...


  • Discussion Group: Insourcing vs Outsourcing

    Moderated by your peers

    Do you know what can be done in-house, and what is best having partners develop? What are your strengths compared to what is best not having to think about? Do economies of scale make sense to farm out certain tasks, or are you wasting money that could be better focused elsewhere?

    Pool i...


    Discussion Group: Cyber Threat Intelligence

    Moderated by your peers

    The best technological security measures mean nothing if you don’t know what you are protecting yourself against. This is the latest in our series of Cyber Discussion Groups, created for IT Directors, CISOs and CIOs to gain the most up-to-date information on what is going on in the world of ha...


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