The Great CDM Events Machine Rolls On

Another week, another three fabulous events as CDM Media keeps churning out great experience after great experience for for IT Leader delegates and our sponsor partners.

Last week we took a “dual pincer” approach with Rachel leading a team into Panama City and I leading one to first Boston and Dallas. Rachel’s already shared some of the high points of the LATAM Summit, but in case you missed it, here’s a recap:

On Sunday, a team of small in number but big in heart departed Chicago headed for Panama for our 4th annual CIO Latin America Summit.  The delegation consisted of attendees from some of the world’s largest brands, such as Philips, Manpower Group, Sony and Pampa Energy, and many flew in from all corners of Latin America, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. 

The summit went off without a hitch, and the setting of the Westin Playa Bonita Panama was a perfect location to host our delegates and attending sponsors. 

Well done to the team that tackled this event, which isn’t easy given the amount of countries often involved.

Much the same should be said about the events in North America.

Our Boston Summit (first time ever hosting a regional Summit for the folks in this part of the world) featured delegates from notable companies like State Street Bank, CVS, and Philips. Local government was also well represented as senior execs from both the City and the State were in the audience. The partner list was a who’s who of key CDM relationships as well as Qlik, Rimini Street, Pythian, and Mimecast all came out to meet the local delegation. The event was held in the Historic Harvard Club of Boston and the venue space, the Massachusetts Hall was dedicated to the “Great Massachusetts Men of Harvard” who have served instrumental roles in the government that has formed and grown this country, including past Presidents John Adams, John Quincy-Adams, and John F. Kennedy. With their portraits looking on, we had quite the audience.

With Boston in the books we winged our way to Dallas, again for our first ever regional Summit in that location (though we’ve been to Dallas before for non-regional events). I’d say our location, the Intercontinental Dallas, was just off the highway and so easy to get to, but everything in Dallas is just off one highway or another, so that really doesn’t count. Ed Marx, CIO of Texas Health Resources and a noted public speaker kicked the day of for us with an inspiring presentation on innovation, a message that was repeated many times throughout the day. Indeed it was repeated right until the very end when Anjana Harve, CIO Americas for Novartis echoed many of the same themes. In between we looked at Data Governance, Cloud Architecture, the impact of Mobility. We were supported in Dallas by Good, ServiceNow, SoftwareAG, and by our good friend Jay from Zscaler and everyone had a great event.

The onsite team of Jen Rosa, Stephanie Nelson, Justin Sirni and Valery Rosser did an amazing job at both Summits of keeping things moving smoothly and efficiently, of keeping the partners and delegates engaged and happy, and cementing relationships for continued future success. A hearty congratulations goes out to each and every one of them.

The various divisions now get a week off of travel to recap and reconnect with loved ones before starting a big push in November that includes CIO UK, the Sourcing Summit, CIO US, Mobility, Big Data, and CIO Communications/Media/Entertainment and trips to London, Miami and Phoenix. With events and locations like that, it’s clear that we have the best job in the world.

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