CIO Summit poses 'direct action' question

'Does the CIO support or drive the business?' to be discussed

Leading CIOs will debate whether its their role to support, or to drive, the business forward during the popular leaders panel at the CIO Summit this month in Auckland on July 20-21, at SkyCity.

The panel will consider whether, with business cycles moving faster than ever before, it’s time for CIOs to ramp up their presence within the company. This could mean moving beyond a supportive role, to implementing IT solutions in areas that aren’t traditionally core IT business such as product development, marketing campaigns and sales engagements.

Participating in the session will be Air New Zealand CIO Julia Raue, New Zealand Fire Service CIO Alma Hong, Reserve Bank of New Zealand CIO Tanya Harris and Mainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater, with moderator Damian Swaffield, former CIO of TVNZ.

It will follow on from the international keynote address by Peter Wilton, a senior lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California. Wilton’s session “The CIO as Strategist: Architecting for Leadership, Growth and Innovation” will explore leading edge thinking on how to respond to the shifts in the rules of market competition.

Other international keynote speakers are Gabrielle Davies, a change architect who has worked with the Australian government and IDC senior vice president Vernon Turner, whose address is entitled “Preparing the CIO for the next wave of ICT innovation.” The second day of the Summit will be opened by Andre Mendes, CIO/CTO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors — International Broadcasting Bureau.

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