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Short summary on the CIO Leadership Summit

Posted on December 2nd, 2011 by TimClaes

CIO Leadership Summit

Yesterday evening was the first edition of the CIO Leadership Summit at the Chateau du Lac in Genval. Quite a lot of people showed up for the event, the room was very crowded. Many CIO’s of course, but also the press and some CEO’s of multiple Belgian companies were present. The expectations were set.

Overall was the evening ok, only the catering could have been better. The idea of having debate panels about certain CIO Leadership topics was very appealing. (small tip for next edition: try to differentiate the formula from debate to debate, now it was quite heavy – after 3 debates everyone had heard enough) Nevertheless – from an integrator point of view – it was interesting to understand how CIO’s think about certain topics themselves.

The following topics were discussed during the debate panels. I added a few highlights per topic.

1. The future of Infrastructure Management – During the debate opinions were shared about cloud computing and about the true costs of pay per use models. Security was also one of the main concerns during this debate.

2. The connected enterprise – This was a very interesting debate with a lot of interaction between the different CIO’s in the panel. It moved from social networks, to unified communications and digital natives, towards business process integration with customers and suppliers. It was clear that this was a topic on many agenda’s of many CIO’s.

3. The New Mandate of the CIO – This debate opened very interesting. You need to have the basics in place first. Key elements like “trust” and “transparency” were often mentioned by many CIO’s and only then you can start moving to the next phase.

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