Trendy Tech Prizes

Not only did attendees come away from our 3-day national summit (CIO, CISO, Big Data and Cloud) with key takeaways, but also some amazing, trendy tech gadgets thanks to their feedback!

We love feedback. We want to know it all! Our team encourages event goers to bring on the comments about sessions, the app and the event flow in general. We soak it up since it helps drive our content in invaluable ways and keeps us on the pulse of what our attendees want. And what better way to snag this feedback than pepper them with prizes!

At the trifecta of events we hosted in Chicago this week (the CIO Summit US, CISO Summit US and Big Data Summit at the JW Marriott), sponsors wowed attendees with some savvy tech items and gift cards for those who gave the most feedback. What were the top trends from these cool technology companies? Wearable tech! Check out most sought-after prizes and the event sponsors who donated them:

1. iPad Mini – Adobe
ipad mini final
2. Garmin Smartwatch (2)- Rimini Street
garmin  smartwatch
3. Amazon Kindle Fire – Velostrata
amazon kindle fire
4. Apple Watch – Coho Data & Equinix
apple watch

Thanks to all the sponsors that donated amazing prizes!

Find out about our upcoming events here!



Favorite Event Venues

Finding the perfect venue for an event that will not only meet the expectations of your attendees but also look the part can be difficult but with 80 annual summits, CDM Media has this perfected. While we use venues from San Francisco to Paris to Cape Town and everywhere in between, we definitely have our favorites!

With the help of our event management and delegation teams, we have narrowed down the list to our top 5 favorite venues!

1. Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Fun fact – the Ritz-Carlton Montreal was the first Ritz-Carlton built! Our team all agreed this was their favorite venue! Not only does it have a historic presence but is also top-notch with their customer service.

ritz inside montreal

2. The Landmark London: This luxury hotel is one of the most popular 5 star hotels in London and among our events team. The combination of British elegance and amazing facilities has us swoon!

landmark london

3. The Westin Paris – Vendome: What’s not to love about Paris? Especially if you’re staying at the Westin Paris. It’s centrally-located and is walking distance from shopping and sightseeing. This hotel mixes Parisian chic with modern design and technology.

westin vendome terrace

4. The Phoenician: This award-winning luxury resort has our hearts! Not only is the weather superb but the view is amazing! Guests can enjoy the exquisite gold course, also!

phoenician balcany

5. JW Marriott Chicago: Located in one of the world’s most powerful financial districts and in the heart of one of the largest cities in the U.S., the JW Marriott Chicago is a downtown favorite. This landmark Chicago luxury hotel displays the renowned architecture of world-famous Daniel Burnham.

jw marriott chicago

Find out where else our CDM Media team travels for our global portfolio of events here!

Two Weeks, Three Time Zones, Four Summits

It’s been a while since I last wrote, and there’s been a crazy amount going on so this will be a bumper post as I get you all caught up on the last few weeks.

The national CIO Summits are some of our biggest Summits of the year and this fall’s iteration was no exception. It kicked off two weeks ago Sunday (November 9th to be exact) at the fabulous Miami Marriott, Biscayne Bay. As is in keeping with all of our Summits, attendance was limited to less than 50 delegates, so it wasn’t the size of the crowd that made it the biggest, but instead the size of the organizations that crowd worked for. With companies like Carnival, Halliburton, Time Warner, and Bank of America in attendance, it’s safe to say that the roster was littered with CIOs and senior IT executives from across the Fortune 500.

The event got rolling with a Think Tank led by former Chevron CIO Denise Coyne on the ever-challenging topic of IT-Business Integration and Alignment. This served as the perfect icebreaker and warmed everyone up for the conversations to come. Throughout the next few days we listened to keynote presentations from Guru Vasudeva (CTO at Nationwide) and Ted Colbert III (CIO at Boeing), participated in panels that featured speakers from Wells Fargo and FedEx, and sat in on numerous Think Tanks and Roundtables delivered by execs from all industries. If I had to nail the theme for the event down to just one topic I’d have to say it was the new era of digital transformation in which we find ourselves, the collective efforts of IT to respond to the change, and the innovative and dynamic ways in which IT is driving the enterprise forward. For those that were there it was an incredible opportunity to learn and share, talk and understand. For those that weren’t, it was a real opportunity missed.

As CIO wrapped midday on Tuesday, the team eased straight into Mobility. I really have to hand it to the CDM staff as a whole, they never missed a beat as they said good-bye to one group and welcomed another. Rachel and Kristen and Allie and Alex handled the delegate interactions brilliantly, waving goodbye with one hand as they shook hello with the other. Nelson and the boss himself Glenn made sure all of the partners felt appreciated and acknowledged, and our newest team member Joran did an amazing job of going with the flow, following the team’s lead, and integrating beautifully, with just a handful of days at CDM under her belt before she arrived on site.

Mobility didn’t have the luxury of being eased into the way CIO did with a relaxing all hands Think Tank conversation, instead hitting the ground running with an opening keynote delivered by the VP IS for UPS, Ken Finnerty. Ken’s opening talk on delivering enterprise innovation through the pairing of a couple of key so-called “disruptive” technologies – Mobility and Big Data – was bang on in it’s focus and messaging. It certainly set a high tone for the event as a whole.

As the most mature, or at least most widely adopted, of Gartner’s “Nexus of Forces”, Mobility is a discussion that leads not to theoretical guess work, but concrete, real-world case study evaluation. Among those delegates sharing their experiences (both good and bad – no fear of sharing among this group) were speakers from Coca-Cola, the American Cancer Society, and 1-800-Flowers. The applicability of mobile technologies it seems knows no bounds, and companies of all sizes and all walks of life are benefitting from deployments targeted both internally and externally.

We closed out Mobility on Wednesday with an invigorating panel discussion on the future of Mobility, and it’s potential conversion with another hot topic area, the Internet of Things. The conversation was passionate and involved, and our panelists each got there fifteen minutes of fame, wowing the audience with their vision.

With that we wrapped, shook hands, patted backs, and flew off to our various homes for a brief visit with loved ones before the road beckoned again. This time our travels took us to the desert and the FireSky Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona to host the second of our bi-annual Big Data Summits as well as the CME/Telecom Summit (CME being Communication, Media, & Entertainment).

The Big Data Summit is fast becoming one of our flagship events, rivaling the national CIO Summit as well as the market vertical focused Finance and Insurance Summits as events that draw the who’s who in their fields. It was a little awe-inspiring to see the names and faces in the room with representatives of The Weather Channel, Pfizer, Mapquest, and Capital One all in attendance.

One of the most interesting issues as a result of the Big Data and Analytics investments over the last few years is that of accountability and ownership – just who owns what, exactly? To explore this topic we pitted a Chief Analytics Officer (Pamela Peele from UPMC) against a Chief Data Officer (Donnie Yancey from Mapquest) and let them go at it. No voices were raised, no fingers were pointed, and no fur flew, but a more involved conversation I haven’t seen in a long, long time. After our Think Tank leaders established initial viewpoints, the entire crowd got in on the act, and I don’t think there was a single person that didn’t add something to the conversation. Ninety minutes expired before any of us realized it, and another fifteen passed before we had to be reminded that the networking reception had started, and would we all mind very much heading to it.

That seeding conversation laid the foundations for what would be one of the most interactive events I’ve attended in a long time. Our opening keynote presenter was Gus Hunt, the former CTO of the Central Intelligence Agency. Gus is a dynamic speaker with a great conversational style but more importantly with incredible insights, and tremendous experience. Gus didn’t so much make a presentation as he told a story, weaving together elements of Data & Analytics with others from Cloud, Mobility, and Security in a way that more than one attendee referred to as “the best speech I’ve heard on that topic in my life”. It seemed a shame to end the session, but what came after mitigated that because successive sessions were just as good.

As with the Mobility Summit, the Big Data Summit sessions avoided the theoretical and dove deeply into real-world case studies of what actual practitioners were actually doing. Whether it was Harvard Innovation Labs, NutriSavings, The Weather Channel, or AutoTrader, each speaker brought something meaningful and useful to the conversation, and provided insights that everyone could learn from. And when our close friend John O’Brien from Radiant Advisors presented his company’s vision on how to build the right governance framework, there wasn’t a person in the audience that wasn’t frantically taking notes. The Summit concluded on Tuesday with a panel on just that topic – Data Governance – and so we book-ended the event with active and impassioned debate.

Lunch was a brief affair for the CDM staff this time, with just a brief 15-minute turnaround between the close of the Big Data event and the launch of the CME/Telecom one. Once again the onsite team (Jen, Gina, Kelsey, Jason, and John) handled things with aplomb, transitioning audiences seamlessly and gracefully. As the only constant between teams and events, it always impresses me just how good and consistent a job the CDM staff do, regardless of who is actually doing it.

With CME/Telecom we were working with a much more intimate group, just two dozen individuals, but all highly placed in the industry and their organizations, so the event didn’t suffer at all for the smaller group of voices. Frank Palase, SVP of Strategy and Innovation with DirecTV shared his experiences of 20 years with the organization via a great talk on how to move beyond theoretical strategizing and get to actionable execution. It sounds simplistic I know, but given where IT leaders are at these days in terms of role reinvention, a direct hard-hitting talk like the one Frank gave was great for cutting through the chatter and fretting.

From there our agenda ran wild; we had deep-dive technical sessions on SDN and NFV implementations, people-focused management sessions looking at the workforce of the future, and pretty much everything in between. We looked at the cloud and mobility, understood data and analytics, and evaluated the impact of M&A activities (a particular hotspot in these industries right now). Our analyst partner, the great Ray Mota from ACG Research, also shared his company’s insights into the future impact of virtual managed services, insights that included some very practical and tactical approaches to establishing and measuring value.

And before we knew it, another event was done.

Dinner and drinks by the pool lasted well into the night as fledgling business relationships turned into fledgling friendships, and everyone’s network grew just that much larger, and just that much more tightly knit. As Wednesday turned into Thursday, we wended our way to the airport all tired but fulfilled after yet another round of successful CDM Media events. Next up CIO San Francisco on December 4th, and then back the FireSky the 7th through 10th for CISO and Cloud. I hope to see you there.

CIO Atlanta Summit Recap

As our last event before summer holidays, (no-one really runs events over the summer – all the delegates are all on vacation so it’s the ideal time to rest and plan for the fall campaign) the CIO Atlanta Summit was a great send-off. We were blessed with a great pool of delegates (over fifty local Fortune 1000 IT leaders), and some key strategic partners. The delegates were eclectic (10 different industry sectors represented, with Financial Services at 20% and Government at 16% the most common) and senior, (63% holding a VP level title or higher). It was only a single day event, but what a day.

We kicked things off with a great opening keynote delivered by Jonathan Langley from IBM. His topic was the hybrid cloud, and as Cloud becomes something that more and more organizations being to adopt, this concept of a “hybrid” cloud – one that combines both public and private cloud components – is going to become increasingly common. It just makes sense: the load that needs high levels of security and compliance stays in the private cloud, while the rest can leverage the economies of scale of the public cloud. It was a great way to start, and it gave the attendees some great points to focus on as they plan their own hybrid cloud initiatives.

We closed with a great panel that featured Lee Crump (the CIO of Rollins), Jay Ferro (the top man at the American Cancer Society), Chet Mandair (Good Technology’s very own CIO), and Gautam Vyas (VP of IT for Equifax). A more diverse group on paper you couldn’t collect. But when the topic is “The Evolving Role of the CIO” diversity is key and these gents didn’t disappoint as the conversation was highly interactive, very lively, and immensely entertaining and insightful. The keys, I think, that came out of the discussion for everyone though was that 1) the CIO role is now, more than ever, one of key strategic value to the organization; 2) IT departments must take on a P&L approach (if not responsibility) to break out of operational role ruts; and 3) IT leaders have the responsibility to build bridges with their peers elsewhere in the organization by saying what they’ll do, and doing what they’ll say.

In between we shared lots of stories, lots of insights, lots of guidance, and lots of pitfalls. We had key partners like Rimini Street, ZScaler, Windstream, and Software AG share their take on the challenges of the CIO in 2014. We also had great practitioners such as Vish Narenda, CIO at GE Power & Water, Michael Noel, CTO at Manheim, and Mark Reardon, CISO for the State of Georgia give insight into the struggles they’ve faced, the obstacles they’ve overcome, and the tools and techniques they used to find success.

All in all a great day. If you were there with us, we’re glad you came. If you weren’t were sorry both that we missed you, and that you missed out. As I said off the top, that’s it for us for the summer, but we’re already itching to get things rolling again in the fall. The next time you hear from me on a Summit report, it’ll be the CIO Retail Summit at the end of August. I already can’t wait.

CIO Chicago Summit Right around the Corner

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming CIO Chicago Summit. The city’s leading CIOs and IT executives have the event penciled into their schedules for September 26, and we have to admit it’s coming together pretty nicely. We’ve got the ritzy Public Chicago hotel as our venue, and the attendee list is filling out with some great names: GE Healthcare, Sears Holdings Corporation, Illinois Institute of Technology and the Chicago Cubs to name a few.

We’ve got some heavy-hitters from the vendor community, too: Microsoft, Comcast, HP Enterprise Services—ring a bell?

What can we say, Chicago’s chock full of talented individuals and industry-leading enterprises. It’s a fact, and we’re ecstatic to have a great selection of them on board. The one-day event is all about bringing Chicago together to strengthen the local IT community, ultimately improving local organizations. Chicago is already an amazing place, and with better IT departments making better organizations, the city can only get better.

But it doesn’t end there…

The 2012 Ryder Cup is coming to town, Sept. 25-30, marking Illinois’ first time as host! The best golfers in the U.S. and Europe will be there and word through the grapevine is that Medinah Country Club, the tournament’s host, will have the links in sparkling pristine condition. The city of Chicago is getting excited, too, with plans to install a number of three-foot, professionally decorated golf balls along Michigan Avenue in the coming weeks—including one set up outside Michael Jordan’s Steak House and autographed by the former NBA star.

So you know CDM just had to be there.

After the CIO Chicago Summit, We’ll be rounding up a group of VIP technology executives, high-tailing it to the Medinah Country Club in suburban Medinah, Ill., and setting up shop on the 18th green for the duration of the tournament. Our exclusive chalet will give VIP technology executives the chance to network and discuss IT concerns and challenges—Oh, and maybe watch one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the planet. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get to meet Justin Timberlake, since he’s signed on as U.S. Team Ambassador. Fingers crossed. Either way, we’ll be offering breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack, as well as round-trip transportation between Chicago and Medinah.

It’s going to be a blast! If you’re interested in going, please respond with your interest to and CDM Media will review your request. FOUR!!!

Allow me to introduce the CIO Content Development Committee!

For this year’s CIO Finance Summit, CDM Media pulled together some of the most engaging and innovative CIOs and IT executives from the finance industry to form the CIO Content Development Committee. This year’s committee members include:

  • Harvey Koeppel, Executive Director, Center for CIO Leadership, CIO Finance Summit Master of Ceremonies and CIO Content Development Committee Chairman
  • Duane Good, EVP, Head of Risk Systems Infrastructure, HSBC North America
  • Sudhir Nair, SVP, Business Technology, Bank of America
  • H.P. Bunaes, SVP, Director, Risk Management Information and Technology, Sun Trust Bank
  • Paul Jameson, Global Director for Financial Industry, Cisco Systems

The CIO Content Development Committee plays a critical role in determining the topics that are discussed at the CIO Finance Summit. An end-user driven agenda ensures that all CIO and technology executive attendees will get critical information from the event’s panel discussions, workshops, and case studies.

So, a big welcome and thank you to all of this year’s CIO Finance Summit Content Development Committee members. We’re looking forward to a great event!

For more information about the technology event, go to the CIO Finance Summit site.

For more information about the committee, check out the CIO Content Development Committee flyer or the latest press release.

C-level Executives Participating in More Industry Events

According to a recent Weber Shandwick study, “CEO participation at top-tier events nearly doubled since 2007.” Participation by CIOs and other C-level executives increased 40 percent since the same year.

The study looked at the number of CEO and C-suite participants from the top 50 most admired companies, as named by Fortune, at 22 conferences.

While this increase was mainly attributed to CEOs from the financial sector, it is still telling that, even during an economic downturn, executives are making a point to distribute content, give presentations and network with their peers. In other words, they are working to keep their company visible among their colleagues.

In addition, executives are also becoming more visible to the public via social networking sites. According to a recent NFI Research study, executives are embracing LinkedIn, blogs and Facebook for business purposes. In fact, 86 percent of surveyed executives from large companies were utilizing LinkedIn.

As we enter into 2010, one can only assume that this trend towards increased visibility will continue as markets are tighter and more competitive, and there is less money to go around. 

What events will you be participating in during 2010?

CDM Media's 2010 Event Schedule

Clear your calendars…announcing CDM Media’s 2010 event schedule:

 CIO Utilities Summit—April 18-21

CIO Healthcare Summit—May 9-12

CIO Government Summit—May 23-26

CIO Finance Summit—August 29-September 1

CIO Summit—September 19-22

CTO Telecom Summit—October 3-6

CIO Insurance Summit—October 17-20

CIO Education Summit—November 7-10

Information on becoming a summit delegate can be found on each event’s site. 

If you’re interested in sponsoring a CDM Media event, check out the CIO Summits site for more information. 

And a big thank you to all of the delegates and sponsors who made CDM Media’s 2009 events a huge success! We look forward to working with you in 2010.

85 Percent of CIO Finance Summit Attendees Will Focus on Improving ROI

According to a recent survey conducted by CDM Media, CIOs and IT executives in the banking industry will focus on making technology investments more efficient in the next 24 months.

The survey, which was taken by 40 CIO Finance Summit attendees throughout the months of July and August of 2009, revealed that 85 percent of attendees plan to improve the ROI on their technology purchases. Attendees represented large to mid-size banks in North America.

Even though the economy is beginning to recover from the recession, it seems that technology executives in the banking industry are resolved to “make it do” (as the Great Depression adage goes), as opposed to replacing existing technology.

Other long term goals, as indicated by the survey, include improving business continuity by minimizing disruptions, and managing risks. Sixty and 65 percent, respectively, of survey participants indicated that they plan to focus on these initiatives over the next 24 months.

Despite this focus on improving ROI, IT executives in the banking industry do plan to implement some new technologies. Over the next 2 years, almost 50 percent of all survey respondents plan to implement mobile banking technology at their organizations; while 45 percent plan to implement virtual servers/virtualization technology.

Thirty-two percent of these CIOs and IT executives, reported that their 2010 IT budget has increased from last year. Thirty percent reported a budget decrease, while twenty-two percent reported that their budget will remain the same.


Do these survey results reflect your organization’s future IT plans?