Excellent job; extremely professional in all aspects. Felt like it was geared towards helping the attendees, not using them for sales.

Vince Simonowicz, CIO - City of Rock Hill

The forum targeted exactly what is needed to improve IT leadership.



Welcome & Introductions

Opening Keynote Enabling the Remote Workforce

The Coronavirus pandemic has created urgency for many organizations to shift most levels of workers to virtual workers. In order to keep organizations functional during the rapid change, technology leaders were forced to deploy solutions that allow virtual workers to be productive and secure.

Join your CIO community as they discuss:
· How they enabled this rapid change and how they are supporting their virtual workers
· How they overcame traditional security barriers
· The ways they are still learning and adapting to this new way of working

General Session Seize the Opportunity: Using the Downturn to Create Traction and Strengthen Competitiveness

The pandemic brought the world to a stop, but levelheaded executives aren't resting. After a global transition to work-from-home accomplished over a matter of weeks, many leaders are already looking to the post-pandemic world – grappling with a recession, shattered supply chains, economic uncertainty, and consumer unease. In response, IT organizations are looking to tune up by re-imagining their budgets, ridding themselves of superfluous systems, and accelerating adoption of critical capabilities. But what are the areas that count? Where can IT make the most difference in a post-pandemic world? After enabling an unprecedented change in the way people work, how can IT make use of its new clout to lead and fast-track needed changes in the enterprise?

In today's virtual session, IDC's Joe Pucciarelli, Group Vice President of IDC's IT Executive Program and a leading CIO will take a deep dive into the following questions:

How will decisions you are making now impact future IT and technology capabilities within IT and across the organization?
How should you revise your business/IT project plan? What timelines should you be using: the rest of 2020, into 2021, or 2022?
What changes do you need to make to your budget planning? In what ways have you already adjusted the budget?
How have your cybersecurity planning, implementation, and budget changed? What changes should we still be making?
What tools or information — scenario planning, data sources, internal surveys — are you using to plan for the future?
Find out what your peers are doing to adapt to and take advantage of the "next normal." Explore the challenges that are on every IT executives' mind, and come away with insight, answers, and a path forward.

General Session Humanizing Your Company Through Empathy, Resiliency, and Optimism

  • Rae Williams, Head of Enterprise Customer Engineering - Southeast US, Google
There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life as we once knew it. Now more than ever, individuals are seeking comfort in what is arguably the most unsettling crisis of the past decade. Regardless of your company’s size, scope, mission, or culture, there’s an opportunity for each of us to play a role in being of service to those around us, be they our family members, colleagues, or community members. When optimism is balanced with realism, and vulnerability is balanced with a steady hand, we can each make a difference. In this session, I’ll share how I’ve witnessed individuals making a difference at an organization that operates on the global stage.

Closing Remarks


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