How to keep their bosses informed of opportunities presented by IT will be a focus of the annual CIO conference in Auckland on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The conference, organised by Computerworld’s sister publication, CIO, takes as its title “putting the e into enterprise”.
Professor Sid Huff, chair of information systems in Victoria University’s faculty of commerce and administration, will present the results of research done with Dr Harvey Emms on the influencing behaviour of CIOs towards CEOs. Huff will address whether having a technically savvy person in senior management helps the process.
From the opposite point of view, Kevin Stratful, a senior Telecom manager and former managing director at Lion Nathan, will talk about what non-IT management wants from the CIO.
Entrepreneur John Blackham will offer advice on leadership techniques and the qualities necessary for managing people and building a good team.
Helping management stay on top of the technology will be Peter Hind, manager of IDC Australia’s IT Experience Programme (Intep) with a “forecast for management”, based on surveys of CIOs and the business community in New Zealand and Australia.
The CEO/CIO interface gets further attention in a stream of the conference; another is on the subject of e-government.
The head of the New South Wales Department of Information Technology and Management, Warwick Watkins, will be recounting experiences from across the Tasman. A local progress report will also be offered, by consultant Doug Bailey.