2019 Trends for the CIO

 

Want to know what CIOs and heads of technology from the world’s largest companies are doing this year? Why not hear it from them directly? Join us this year for one of our intimate face-to-face C-Level events to collaborate, share insights, and solve business challenges. Our agendas will feature some of the top priorities for CIOs in 2019 as highlighted by our governing boards, such as:

Artificial Intelligence
The practical value of AI/machine learning will be to do more with less in 2019.  With budgets stretched to accommodate major initiatives around executing Digital Transformation plans, AI provides an avenue to automate and “outsource” some of the operational and core functions, as well performing tasks at scale without putting additional burden on staff. AI is also proving its merit in the area of cybersecurity as technology teams look to tackle the immense tasks of securing their data in age of digital transformation. Paying off the promise of big data, too, will rely on the effectiveness of AI and machine learning to mine data lakes for the insights and business opportunities that lie within. Lastly, the customer-facing value of AI tools will also be a key area of investment, as companies continue to examine the business cases in this category for new ways to improve customer experience and shorten the path to revenue.

Digital Transformation
Much of 2018 focused around the challenges of planning a digital-first future for the enterprise. Now comes the “transformation” part, or the execution of those strategies. The majority of enterprises last year reported being no more than 30% of the way through implementing digital transformation initiatives, and 2019 will see a push to mature that vision to a more fully-executed reality. As CIOs move away from looking at internal IT operations and instead looking at business operations, expect new projects to be added to those strategies as well. Delivering quickly on technology that can impact customer experiences, modernize internal processes, and turn data in actionable insights will be the priority in 2019. Also of note will be continuing internally focused aspects of Digital Transformation that impact organization structure, talent attraction/retention, training and more. CIOs will continue to look at new and innovative ways to move their responsibilities from delivering the operational functions of IT and instead look to deliver data-driven insights to change the way the organization functions and serves its customers.

Blockchain
Investments in 2018 into blockchain technology remained tepid as enterprises are still feeling out the value and application of the technology. While analysts continue to recommend strategies that prepare the enterprise for the use of blockchain-based tools to better secure transactions and increase the speed of business, CIOs are still looking for use cases that will demonstrate the real value of blockchain before diving in with both feet. Look for an expansion of blockchain-based test cases in 2019 as the technology proves its value and strategies mature.

Privacy
Data security and privacy was front in center in 2018, a year dominated with more lawsuits, breaches, GDPR, and more. Facebook provided a high-profile case study last year on the impact that privacy concerns can have on a business, with share prices in steep decline after a series of high-profile stories surrounding privacy and their use of consumer data. As always, cybersecurity will be front and center in 2019, but expect a continued focus and priority around privacy as the world awaits the next round of breaches.

Core Systems/Infrastructure Modernization
Running the digital-first enterprise of tomorrow on yesterday’s technology foundation is not practical. To execute Digital Transformation strategies effectively, CIOs will have to look at the underpinnings of their architecture to handle increased workloads and data volumes. Whether that is doubling down on cloud infrastructure, improving networking optimization, or looking at data storage, there’s a lot of core system functionality that will receive attention and investment in 2019 to enable all those shiny, new digital initiatives.

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Interested in attending an upcoming event to discuss these and other topics? Attendees are C-suite and senior IT executives from large enterprise (public and private) and large public sector organizations. Select an upcoming Q1 event below and register to attend or contact us to become and attendee or sponsor at info@cdmmedia.com .

Q1 Events

CISO Digital Transformation Summit Recap

November 11-13, 2018 – Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

While the overall theme of our CISO Digital Transformation Summit was Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination, the key takeaways were discussing the next steps and phases of digital transformation.

The summit kicked off on Sunday night with a welcome dinner and panel featuring Dave Hudson (CIO at Veritiv), Paige Adams (Group CISO at Zurich Insurance), Paul Moulton (EVP & CIO at Costco Wholesale) and Julia Anderson (Global CIO at Smithfield Foods) and moderator by Becky Wanta (COO & CIO at One Degree World). The panel focused on The Next Phase of Digital Transformation.

Thank you all who attended this fantastic day filled with thought-leadership discussion, conversations and peer-to-peer networking. We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our networking luncheon and panel Charging Ahead: Speeding Up Transformation Through Disruption as well as our Executive Visions panel Influencing, and Not Just Reacting to, the Business Strategy.

  • Becky Wanta – COO & CIO at One Degree World
  • Kathy McElligott – EVP & CIO at McKesson Corporation
  • Donna Kladis – CIO at Techtronics Industries
  • Michael Golz – CIO at SAP
  • Larry Quinlan – Global CIO at Deloitte
  • David Nagel – CISO at Genuine Parts Company
  • Jim Kastle – CISO at ConAgra
  • Joel Lowe – CISO at Sonic Automotive
  • Jamie Neumaier – CISO at Erie Insurance Group

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help them achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon at our 2019 CISO Digital Transformation Summit!

CIO Digital Transformation Summit Recap

November 11-13, 2018 – Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

While the overall theme of our CIO Digital Transformation Summit was Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination, the key takeaways were discussing the next steps and phases of digital transformation.

The summit kicked off on Sunday night with a welcome dinner and panel featuring Dave Hudson (CIO at Veritiv), Paige Adams (Group CISO at Zurich Insurance), Paul Moulton (EVP & CIO at Costco Wholesale) and Julia Anderson (Global CIO at Smithfield Foods) and moderator by Becky Wanta (COO & CIO at One Degree World). The panel focused on The Next Phase of Digital Transformation.

Thank you all who attended this fantastic day filled with thought-leadership discussion, conversations and peer-to-peer networking. We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our networking luncheon and panel Charging Ahead: Speeding Up Transformation Through Disruption as well as our Executive Visions panel Influencing, and Not Just Reacting to, the Business Strategy.

  • Becky Wanta – COO & CIO at One Degree World
  • Kathy McElligott – EVP & CIO at McKesson Corporation
  • Donna Kladis – CIO at Techtronics Industries
  • Michael Golz – CIO at SAP
  • Larry Quinlan – Global CIO at Deloitte
  • Michael Guggemos – CIO at Insight Enterprises
  • Vish Narendra – VP & CIO at Graphic Packaging International

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help them achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon at our 2019 CIO Digital Transformation Summit!

CIO & CISO New York Summit Recap

November 1st, 2018 – Grand Hyatt Hotel – New York, NY

While the overall theme of our CIO & CISO New York Summits was Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination, the key takeaways were understanding artificial intelligence and the cybersecurity risks that come along with this digital transformation.

Sri Satish Ambati, CEO & Co-Founder at H2O (0xdata), kicked off the Summit by giving the IBM sponsored keynote focused on Intelligence as a Maker Movement. Following Ambati, Rich Baich, EVP Chief Information Security Officer Corporate Risk at Wells Fargo, gave a second keynote focusing on The Future of Operationalizing Your Cyber Capabilities.

Thank you all who attended this fantastic day filled with thought-leadership discussion, conversations and peer-to-peer networking. We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our executive visions panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer as well as our closing panel What’s the Next Stop on the Transformation Journey?

  • Paula Rizzo, Author
  • Sandip Sahota – Managing Director Head of Enterprise Data at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Steven Wolk – CTO at PC Richard & Son
  • Rich Baich – EVP CISO Corporate Risk at Wells Fargo
  • Michael Palmer – VP CISO at National Football League

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help then achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon at our 2019 CIO & CISO New York Summits!

 

CIO & CISO Toronto Summit Recap

September 25th, 2018 – The Omni King Edward, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

While the overall theme of our CIO & CISO Toronto Summits was “Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination,” the key takeaways were understanding securities’ role and the communication in moving forward with digital disruption and transformation.

Terry Hickey, Chief Analytics Officer at CIBC, kicked off the summit with a keynote presentation entitled: Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination which stresses the fact that digital transformation is never ending, but constantly evolving and unfolding.

We also want to thank all our speakers:

  • Vali Ali – Chief Technologist Software, Security & Privacy Commercial Managed IT Platforms at HP
    Data Security in a Changing World
  • Charlotte Wang – IBM Distinguished Engineer at IBM
    Empower Business Transformation with a Well-Managed Hybrid Cloud
  • Allan Alford – CISO at Mitel
    The Wait is Over: GDPR is Finally Here
  • Cal Rosen – VP – Data Integration at Scotiabank
    Data Matters! Attaining Transformation Through Data & Analytics
  • Hugh Cushing – Solution Engineer at Prevoty
    Knowing is Half the Battle – Protecting Applications & Their Sensitive Data
  • Mike Cardy – Chief Technology Strategist – Canada at Red Hat
    A Journey to Digital Transformation: The People-Side of Accelerated Innovation
  • Tyler Townes – Leader of Blackberry Security Incident Response Team at Blackberry
    What Keeps Your Software Vendors Up At Night?
  • Scott Morrison – SVP & Distinguished Engineer at CA Technologies
    The Future of APIs
  • Tom Atkins – AVP at Attivo Networks
    Deception-Based Threat Detection: Myths and Realities
  • Curtis Peterson – SVP – Operations at RingCentral
    Accelerating Digital Transformation with Collaborative Communications
  • Eldon Sprickerhoff – Founder & CIO at eSentire
    Finding the Right Security Partner: The Difference Between MSSP and MDR
  • Sergio Borger – Innovation Program Director, IBM Global Technology Services at IBM
    Prototyping a Digital Service Organization
  • Eric Whaley – CIO at Wolseley Canada
    Driving Digital Transformation: Proactive Path vs. Reactive Response
  • Kush Sharma – Global Director InfoSec. & Compliance at Saputo
    Designing the Digital Workplace
  • Sergei Beliaev – VP – Technology Canada CIO at Walmart Canada
    CIO’s Got Talent: Finding, Growing & Retaining the Best People
  • Alizabeth Calder – SVP & CIO at HomeEquity Bank
    Resonating with the Board on Strategic Alignment of Technology-Driven Transformation
  • Sandi Jones – AVP – Global Infrastructure Services, Network Services at Manulife Financial Corporation
    Cloud Infrastructure – Everything’s Different, Everything’s the Same
  • Della Shea – Chief Privacy Officer & VP of Data Governance at Symcor
    Influencing and not Just Reacting to, the Business Strategy
  • Helen Polatajko – Board Director at CDSPI
    What’s the Next Stop On the Transformation Journey?

We also want to thank each of our participants on our executive visions panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer as well as our closing panel What’s the Next Stop on the Transformation Journey?

  • Helen Polatajko – Board Director at CDSPI
  • Sam Adi – Head of Information Security & Internal Controls at Indigo Books & Music Inc.
  • Michelle Joliat – Managing Director & Head, Wealth Digitization, Robotics & Process Transformation at BMO Financial Group
  • Alizabeth Calder – SVP & CIO at HomeEquity Bank

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help then achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon at our 2019 CIO & CISO Toronto Summits on April 25, 2019!

CIO & CISO DACH Summit Recap

September 20th, 2018 – The Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany

While the overall theme of our Digital Disruption Summit was “Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination” the key takeaways were understanding how to maintain talent as well as how to works with vendors.

Rudi Schmandt, Managing Director | CTO Infrastructure and CTO EMEA at Deutsche Bank kicks off the keynote presentation entitled: Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination where he stresses that digital transformation never ends, but will be constantly evolving and unfolding.

We also want to thank all our speakers:

  • Mehdi Chourib – CISO at Yazaki Europe Ltd.
    Designing the Digital Workplace
  • Josef Meier – Manager – Sales Engineering, Germany at Fortinet
    Digital Transformation: Cure-all, Placebo or Poison Pill?
  • James Harrison – Head of Northern Europe at Telestra
    Are Your Digitally Ready? The State of Digital Transformation
  • Jan Siegmund – Master of Ceremonies from Baxian
    Which “Friends” Do I Trust? Realities of 3rd Party Risk
  • David Willis – Global Director – ERP at Merck
    CIO’s Got Talent: Finding, Growing & Retaining the Best People
  • Andreas Wuchner – Group Head IT & Risk Governance at Credit Suisse
    CIO’s Got Talent: Finding, Growing & Retaining the Best People

We also want to thank each of our participants on our executive visions panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer as well as our closing panel What’s the Next Stop on the Transformation Journey?

  • Lars Dittmann – Head of International IT Strategy, PMO & Communications at Merck
  • Tord Helenius – Head of IT at Getzner
  • David Willis – Global Director ERP at Merck
  • Andreas Wuchner – Group Head IT & Risk Governance at Credit Suisse

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help then achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon at our 2019 Benelux Summits on November 29, 2018.

CIO & CISO Benelux Summit Recap

September 18th, 2018 –  Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

While the overall theme of our CIO & CISO Benelux Summits was “Digital Transformation Is a Journey, Not a Destination,” the key takeaways were focused around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and their cybersecurity risks.

Pascal Huijbers, CTO at Fujitsu kicked off the summit with a keynote entitled: Impact of AI and Quantum Computing on Organizations in the Smart Machine Age which touches on the status of AI and robotics, the potential of quantum computing and case studies to demonstrate results.

We also want to thank all our speakers:

  • Pascal Huijbers – CTO at Fujitsu
    Impact of AI and Quantum Computing on Organizations in the Smart Machine Age
  • Sheraz Ali – Founder, Executive Director at European Cyber Resilience Research Network
    Cyber Security for the Executive Boards: Effectively and Efficiently Securing the Digital Transformation Journey
  • Ferdinand Uittenbogaard – GPDR AVG Specialist at Ministerie van Defensie
    GDPR, Where are you in Your Journey?
  • Patrick Grillo – Senior Director – Solutions Marketing at Fortinet
    Digital Transformation: Cure-all, Placebo or Poison Pill?
  • Vignesh Subramanian – Senior Product Manager, iPaaS at Infor (Barneveld) BV
    Making AI and API Economy Work for Your Enterprise
  • Ronen Yehoshua – CEO at Morphisec
    The Ultimate End Point Threat Prevention
  • Simon Dickerson – Senior Integration Consultant at Dell Boomi
    Building the Connected Business
  • Massimo Mercuri – Director – Center of Excellence for Digital Innovation & Strategy at AkzoNobel
    CIO’s Got Talent: Finding, Growing & Retaining the Best People
  • Rene Visser, Former Sr. IT Manager; Tribelead, Head of Infra NL, Former ING CIO-CTO at ING
    Disrupt or Be Disrupted: The Digital Transformation Journey Has No Parking Lots

We also want to thank each of our participants on our executive visions panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer as well as our closing panel What’s the Next Stop on the Transformation Journey?

  • Sheraz Ali – Founder, Executive Director at European Cyber Resilience Research Network
  • Massimo Mercuri – Director – Center of Excellence for Digital Innovation & Strategy at AkzoNobel
  • Rui Pedro Silva – Global Head of Customer IT at Damco International

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help then achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon at next year’s summit on March 21, 2019.

Employee Spotlight – Drew Fernandez

Drew Fernandez Turns One!

Congratulations to one of the BDR team’s favorite sons, Drew Fernandez on his one year CDM Media anniversary.

Drew joined the organization as we were first building out the BDR team. Strong-willed and a quick learner, Drew has developed into a solid contributor on the Business Development team. The team can always count on Drew to take early morning shifts to call on European accounts/contacts or pick up the slack in countless other ways. Drew is a pace setter when it comes to effort, challenging others to keep up when he’s on form. We’ve known Drew to stay determined, creating quality opportunities where others were afraid to put in the tough work. Drew is a true believer of the phrase “shooters shoot.” Over the past year, Drew has developed the skills and instincts that has helped him achieve the success he’s experienced. These traits will serve him well as he grows into a BDM, as he is on the verge of achieving that benchmark.

While folks may question his karaoke skills after last holiday party’s performance, and as much as Nelson may challenge his focus through trash talking during shuffleboard matches, the sales team is undoubtedly better for the efforts Drew has brought to the organization over the past year. Winners always seem to want to have the ball in their hands when the clock is winding down and it’s winning time. As we make our way into our last Quarter 4 push, we have no doubt that you’re going to take things to the next level. Congratulations again on all your success thus far. CDM Media thanks you for all you’ve done and continue to do.

The Decentralized Web: Where Are We?

Earlier this month, Zoë Corbyn from the Guardian, wrote a piece focusing on decentralization of the internet. Per that post, Corbyn approached talked about the untapped potential for digital transformation and disruption, but asked the question, “where are we headed next?”

As the news broke in late July that Google would run a censored version of their search engine in China, 800+ web builders gathered to discuss a completely decentralized web and what the specifics would look like.

If the decentralized web (or DWeb) is done correctly, consumers will have direct access to their encrypted information as well as a public digital ledger of transactions, tracking ownership securely in an environment without trust. Security breaches would become a monolithic as it takes sensitive information out of the hands of these internet-gatekeepers like Google or Facebook. As revolutionary as this sounds, it will not happen overnight nor will it happen without growing pains. The DWeb would completely disrupt our internet experience, but with any groundbreaking technology, it was many hurdles to overcome. It is difficult to construct a decentralized internet because everything is not stored in a central repository. “Right now humanity lives at Facebook,” says Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation. Many apps designed for the decentralized web are still clunky and unrefined, limiting the user experience.

For the DWeb to gain traction, it must focus on its advantages over the internet we use today. As each user would have their own ledger updating in real-time, this decentralized internet would in theory but much faster than what currently exists. In addition to an increase in speed, the DWeb protocols use links that identify information based on its content: this content-focused approach allows computers to pass and store information as opposed to being held on a single server.

There are very few companies that are actively investing in blockchain and other decentralized applications, with the lion’s share being IBM at around 32 percent. Find out more on why IBM chooses to partner with CDM Media to find exclusive and congruent one-on-one meetings with the industry’s top solution providers.

The Original Guardian Article