To highlight the importance of the CIO Summit, it is vital to recall the recent presentation of Peter Macauley, principal, end user practice, IDC NZ, on the evolving role of the CIO. Macauley, the chair of the 2009 conference, to be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Auckland on July 21 and 22, underscores the opportunities and threats for today’s CIOs:
“From the manager of equipment, the CIO is now a strategic thinker who defines the future for the organisation while ensuring technology supports that vision.
“From being a technical tradesman reporting to finance while trapped under a silicon ceiling, the CIO is now a fully-fledged member of the senior management team, and a candidate for promotion to chief executive.
”The CIO should be the guide and mentor to ensure that the enterprise focuses on the outcomes that the tools can help deliver.”
This year’s conference aims to precisely provide today’s ICT leaders with the tools and strategies to grapple with a range of management and ICT issues, while delivering better outcomes in an atmosphere of reduced budgets and resource caps.
The two-day programme features international and local CIO speakers, along with panel discussions on critical skill sets for today’s ICT executives and leadership in a downturn.
This year marks the merging of the CIO Conference and CIO Summit into one premium event for New Zealand’s ICT leaders. This has been made possible with the partnership of IDC, CIO magazine and BrightStar Conferences.
“If there is one conference ICT executives have to attend this year, it has to be the CIO Summit 2009,” say conference organisers Julie Gill, publisher of Fairfax Business Group, Steve Scott, managing director at BrighStar and Ullrich Loeffler, country manager, IDC.
Conference attendees will hear from international and local speakers that include John Gantz, Global Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President, IDC; Carey Eaton, CIO, SEEK; Sid Ahuja, VP Business Partnerships, Bell Labs Innovation, Alcatel Lucen; Mike Clarke, CIO, SkyCity; Russell Jones, Head of Group Technology, ASB; Owen McCall, CIO, The Warehouse; Andrew Wilshire, Chief Technology Officer, Fonterra; Lynley Lee, CIO, AsureQuality; Bruce Gallie, Chief Operating Officer, Colliers International; Stephen Crombie, Government Technology Services, DIA ; Julie Bedggood, CEO, Intellimim; Andy Neale, Programme Manager, DigitalNZ.org; National Library; Paul Blowers, Enterprise Security Architect, NZ Police; Rhys Gould, CIO, DownerEDI Works; David Allen, General Manager, Document Solutions, Datamail; and Dr Murray Milner, Principal Consultant, Milner Consulting.
The conference will feature a panel discussion on what are the essential attributes of an effective CIO during a recession and also consider what new competencies they have to embrace to be successful business leaders. The panellists are Julia Raue, Air New Zealand; Karl Wright, Yellow Pages Group; Owen McCall, The Warehouse; Pieter Bakker, Ports of Auckland; Allan Dornan, IAG; and Ron Hooton, ProcareHealth.
Hooton was CIO of NZ Defence Force prior to his move to the chief executive post at ProcareHealth.
A second panel discussion will focus on how today’s enterprises are managing the impact of the global economic crisis, along with how ICT is contributing to meet this challenge. The following CIOs will share their insights during this panel discussion: Doug Wilson, NZ Automobile Association; Aubrey Christmas, Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern); Simon Gould-Thorpe, Honda NZ; Robin Johansen, Beca; Tony Wickstead, Auckland International Airport; and Andrew Crabb, TelstraClear.
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