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CIO Summit - Speaker & Panelist Invitation

CIO Summit - November 6-8, 2016
Hotel Palomar Phoenix , Phoenix, AZ, USA

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The CIO Summit would like to invite CIOs and C-level IT executives to qualify as a VIP delegate or speaker at the premiere IT event. Join like-minded peers and senior IT executives as they discuss current challenges, best practices, breakthroughs and trends facing the sector. This year's strategic agenda includes a variety of interactive panel discussions, one-on-one meetings and networking sessions. The CIO Summit will gather the nation's Fortune 1000 leaders to define solutions and drive the business forward through innovative thought leadership and industry excellence. Get involved with the discussion topics below:

Topics of Discussion are Set to Include:

  • IT/OT Integration -

    While the hardware, software, and general capability of enterprise information technology (IT) systems has grown at an ever accelerating pace, the same cannot be said for enterprise operational technology (OT) because the systems controlled by this computing capability tend to be relatively static. However as utility companies begin to enter into a period marked by radical innovation, expansion, and change, the needs demanded of the enterprise OT are exploding. Increasingly enterprises are seeing greater benefit in migrating operational management responsibilities to more mature and capable IT systems than they are in investing in OT enhancement. To realize the expected benefits IT departments must ensure tight alignment and integration of these two disparate platforms.


    • Integration of IT and OT systems allows for more cost flexibility because the necessary compute capacity already exists in the IT world
    • Bringing IT and OT systems together allows for greater information sharing between platforms making the whole greater than the sum of the parts
    • IT departments need to spear-head integration plans, bringing management of OT systems in house while stepping carefully so as not to crush operational toes
  • NFV and SDN – Building the Network of the Future -

    Cloud has changed the way we build back-end systems, mobility has changed the way we build the front end too, and now the combination of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) is going to change the way we build networks. By allowing for the separation of control plane and data plane while simultaneously migrating both of those pieces to inexpensive commodity hardware we allow for the creation of more redundant, more dynamic, more efficient, and far less costly networks, eliminating a major bottle-neck to IT and service innovation. CIOs must begin investigating and implementing these technologies now to ensure they are on the leading edge of service delivery.


    • The traditional way of building networks is archaic and its lifespan limited – NFV and SDN promise far greater flexibility of cost effectiveness
    • These technologies are admittedly early phase, but so were cloud and mobility when they began radically changing the technology landscape
    • Now is the time to begin to invest in pilot projects, to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to leverage the technologies as they mature
  • Disaster Recovery and Preparing for the Inevitable -

    Like death and taxes, IT outages are an inevitability whether as the result of power loss, telecommunications outage, or any one of a myriad other potential technical and non-technical issues. In this environment, the savvy CIO knows that what matters most is preparation – being ready for that next outage with an IT infrastructure that is both resilient and flexible and Disaster Recovery procedures that allow for efficient and effective recovery, balancing Recovery Time and Recovery Point objectives with appropriate cost. Disasters happen but with proper planning they don’t have to be disastrous to your business.


    • In the event of a severe outage, businesses without a Disaster Recovery plan are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to recoverability and viability
    • DR planning cannot be an “at all costs” proposition and appropriate planning must take into account reasonable Recovery Time and Recovery Point objectives
    • Catastrophic outages get the press but are the thin end of the wedge – minor service interruptions are far more common and must be planned for as well
  • Leadership Considerations in a Multi-Generational World -

    Executives are currently facing a difficult challenge in terms of personnel management because they are dealing with three very different generational groups of workers – Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials. These three groups all have very different outlooks on the world and on work, and all have very different work styles and capabilities. These differences lead to lack of understanding and conflict in a lot of cases, conflict that leaders must learn how to overcome. Smart leaders know that they need to leverage the differences between generations rather than expecting, and trying to force, everyone to be the same, and that building an integrated workforce, with complimentary skills and abilities, is the key to long-term workforce stability.


    • Boomers (1946 to 1964), Gen Xers (1965 to 1980), and Millennials (1981-2000) have had different life experiences which has given them different outlooks
    • Each group has specific and unique strengths that can and should be brought to bear to improve the enterprise
    • Building an integrated team that recognizes and rewards differences yields greater success than trying to homogenize everyone to the same standard

Required Qualifications for Speakers:

  • Senior level decision maker of a major organization - i.e. SVP, C-Suite, EVP
  • Executive level experience within a major institution with a direct and relevent focus

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Invitation response deadline: August 5th, 2016

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IT/OT Integration

NFV and SDN – Building the Network of the Future

Disaster Recovery and Preparing for the Inevitable

Leadership Considerations in a Multi-Generational World

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