Solidifying the Role of the CIO

Keynote Presentation - 8:10 am - 8:55 am

According to CIO Magazines most recent State of the CIO survey, nearly 50% of CIOs feel that they are still viewed as order takers, or executors of other peoples visions, while only 25% say that they are recognized as true business peer and strategic game changer. Compounding this issue is the expansion on the C-Suite with roles such as the Chief Digital Officer, the Chief Marketing Officer, and the Chief Data Officer; roles that are being filled by tech savvy digital natives who are challenging the reach and the relevance of the CIO. To survive and subsequently prosper CIOs must invest in three areas " building an innovation center of excellence, breaking the keeping-the-lights-on operational spend cycle, and migrating the IT department away from cost center towards value center.


  • Learn what an innovation culture looks like and how to build one
  • Understand how the operations spend cycle can be broken with disruptive technology
  • Determine what unique areas of value IT can offer to become a business driver