Analysing the multifaceted challenges of CIOs

Analysing the multifaceted challenges of CIOs

The CIO Summit tackles pointers for managing teams during a downturn and new competencies for ICT leaders.

The CIO Summit tackles pointers for managing teams during a downturn and new competencies for ICT leaders. As leaders of technology teams, CIOs need to possess a wide range of skills to meet the challenges they face.

Yet, which of these skills are most essential to ensure CIOs are successful in their careers?

This is one of the questions on ICT leadership that a panel discussion in the upcoming CIO Summit will address.

The conference, to be held on July 21 and 22 at the Hyatt Hotel in Auckland, will feature a group of CIOs and a CEO discussing the nuances of the CIO role during an economic slowdown. (Those registering before 5 June 2009 will save $300 off the registration fee and go into a draw to win a trip for two to Rarotonga, plus five nights accommodation at The Pacific Resort.)

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.

The discussion will aim to answer 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.

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.

A major hurdle for CIOs is that operational budgets in many organisations are shrinking. As such, CIOs need to contribute to cost reductions whilst at the same time executing projects that generate tangible – operational and financial – benefits for the business.

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.

The two-day conference organised by CIO, IDC and Brightstar, will feature a range of presentations addressing key issues such as collaborative communications, virtualisation, security, cloud computing and interoperability.

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 ; Steven de Jong; Partner, Pinnacle Life; Julie Bedggood, CEO, Intellimim; Andy Neale, Programme Manager,; 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.

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