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The theme of this year’s Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is Creative Destruction. That sounds like a strange title for a leadership conference as on the surface it asks people to tear down what they have build.
After all, isn’t leadership about building for future success and what about destruction, haven’t the cost cutting of the last few years led to the destruction or at least dissipation of IT capability.
That way of thinking is accurate if you measure IT’s success based on its ability to attract increased budgets and new projects. Unfortunately, that situation is more of IT’s past than it will be in its future.
The future of IT will require creative destruction to reconfigure and reimaging resources in new roles creating new sources of value. That requires leadership, which is why it is the theme of this year’s CIO Leadership Forum in Scottsdale Arizona on March
Thought leaders and leading CIOs will be sharing their thoughts and ideas at this year’s event.
Clayton Christensen is the leading thinker on disruption, innovation and how firms successfully navigate the two. His books have placed innovation at the heart of business and market strategies, providing frameworks for leaders to act in an environment of disruptive change.
Clay Shirky is one of the foremost thinkers about social media, mass collaboration and how both influences business and society. His two books on the subject Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus are must reads for people looking t o
Mark Djani,Senior Vice President, Business Services and Chief Information Officer, Kraft Foods. Mark is a leader in Kraft’s transformation and growth. He will talk about leading transformation into uncharted territory. He will focus on how he and his Executive Team journeyed together to shape the future and empower every employee to take part in transformation.
Cindy Berger, Vice President, Global Corporate Technologies, American Express. Cindy is the senior leader responsible for technology development of the key American Express corporate functions including Finance, General Counsel’s Office, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Global Advertising & Brand Management, Basel II and Global Business Services which is American Express’ shared service and internal servicing organization.
It is not often that you get the chance to bring together thought leaders and leading practitioners from major companies who are driving significant results. That is the experience is our goal for the CIO leadership forum. Why? Because the opportunity for IT to re-imagine itself cannot be overstated.
Does this mean that its do or die time for IT?
No, firms can be satisfied with a continuation of the same old same old IT so long as they think of IT as a cost and they do not have the inclination to change the choice they have made. Both things that can change quickly.
Who wants to work at a place where ‘keeping costs in line’ is the definition of doing your job? Who wants to lead an organization constantly looking over their shoulder, concerned with alternatives that are steadily gaining capacity and capability?
Leadership looks ahead and that is exactly what we see CIOs getting form this year’s leadership forum.
If you have registered, great and we look forward to seeing you. If not then please consult the CIO Leadership Forum Website. The event is for CIOs in order to create a safe peer-to-peer environment. Highlights will be posted to this blog.
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