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This conference program aims to give senior industry professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the  industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

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.  

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If you would like to participate in the program or recommend any speakers or topics please get in touch.
2017 / Keynote
2017 / Keynote
  • Opening Keynote

    Michael Rogers, Practical Futurist

    Michael Rogers is an internationally-known futurist, author, speaker and technology pioneer who most recently served as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He also writes the popular Practical Futurist column for MSNBC and is a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology.

    Michael is a different kind of futurist—one who combines real business experience with technology skills. Add to that the keen eye of an award-winning investigative journalist and the storytelling skill of a novelist, and you have The Practical Futurist.

    Michael Rogers also speaks to audiences worldwide and is a regular guest on radio and television, known for his use of stories and humor to create an optimistic and inspirational view of future challenges.

    Rogers earned degrees in Physics and Creative Writing at Stanford University, with additional studies in finance and management at the Stanford Business School Executive Program.

    He began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine. He co-founded Outside magazine and then launched Newsweek’s technology column, winning numerous journalism awards. For ten years, he was vice president of The Washington Post Company’s new media division, leading both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century and earning patents for multimedia technology. He is also a bestselling novelist whose books have been published worldwide, chosen for the Book-of-the-Month club and optioned for film.


2017 / Industry
2017 / Industry
  • The Role of the CIO in the Digital Age

    Larry Bonfante, Founder, CIO Bench Coach and Former CIO, US Tennis Association

    There has never been a better time for the CIO and the technology function to be a key differentiator in driving genuine business value for their organizations. The Digital age has created the opportunity for technology organizations to enable a deeper, more direct, and more personalized level...


    Panel: Cyber Resilience – To Do or Not To Do, That Is The Question

    Moderated by Joyce Hunter, Former Deputy CIO and Former Acting CIO, US Department of Agriculture

    Panel to be announced

    Is there a price to pay for cyber security? Does an effective defense against cyber-attacks hinder an organization’s effectiveness and stifle innovation and efficiency? Most firms’ defenses today are comprised of a variety of proprietary products and services from multiple vendors that tend no...


  • Cloud is cheaper? The answer might surprise you!

    Eamon Kearns, Senior Director, Emerging Solutions, MIT

    As cloud capabilities and popularity have grown year after year, there are now a potentially overwhelming number of options for people to use in the infrastructure and software area. There also is increasing pressure on companies to leverage the cloud from people both inside and outside the co...


    The Business Equation, and Engaging Your Workforce

    Khalil Smith, Founder, Smith + Grey, LLC and Former Senior Training Leader, Apple Inc.

    “Our people are our greatest resource.”

    Have you heard that before? Have you said that before? Do you believe it?

    This session is focused on the critical elements that make up successful organizations through a people and culture focused lens. You will take a dive into the part...


    IT Transformation Journey: What success look like - a View from the Trench

    Anthony Iorio, Transformational Leader / Former Fortune 500 SVP and CIO

    Companies continue to accelerate their businesses transformation and adapt the corresponding operating models to the digital landscape in response to increased competitive threats or technological disruptions. This is driving the next chapter of IT transformation of the IT function, which ha...


2017 / Discussion Groups
2017 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: The State of the IT Department 2017

    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 released closer to the event.


    Discussion Group: Security 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Reconnect with peers to catch up on the latest pressures, threats, and tools to protect your assets. Come and share your experiences on the most recent successes (and failures) in IT today, and extract some tangible actions you can take back to your team to make everything a little bit more ...


  • Discussion Group: Digitization & Setting the IT Table

    Moderated by your peers

    Once the decision for digital transformation is made, the next step can define the role (and future) of the IT Department for years to come: who will lead? The person/people defining the parameters and goals will set the position of IT – and the CIO -- within the organization.

    But it...


    Discussion Group: Maintenance Over Innovation

    Moderated by your peers

    Inspired by a recent Freakonomics podcast, this discussion group will take on the “innovation obsession” and wonder if all this focus on re-invention is costing us. More and more, innovation and driving the business is demanded of us, but we cannot forget that system maintenance will cost us...


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