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What Would You Ask the CIO for the London Olympic Games 2012?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 31, 2011  |  3 Comments

On November 8th at the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona, my colleague Dave Aron and I will have the pleasure to interview on stage Gerry Pennell, who is the CIO of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games.

He certainly has quite an exciting and tough job, being responsible for timely delivery and glitchless execution of one of the highest-profile events on Earth.

As we are preparing our interview, I’d like to hear what you would ask him, if you had a chance.

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Thoughts on What Would You Ask the CIO for the London Olympic Games 2012?


  1. Questions:
    1. What is your social media strategy for the Olympics Event to reach all interested spectators and other interested people around the world?
    2. What is your strategy for covering the olympic events through web TV or other visual media channels?

  2. […] What Would You Ask the CIO for the London Olympic Games 2012? On November 8th at the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona, my colleague Dave Aron and I will have the pleasure to interview on stage Gerry Pennell, who is the CIO of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games. Source: blogs.gartner.com […]

  3. Dave Adamson says:

    A few questions come to mind:
    1) Operational resiliency has to be a primary concern in an event where probability and impact of risk is high. What are his plans to maintain a functional “Olympic Platform” in the case of incident(s)?
    2) How does a CIO structure his team for such an “on-demand” type of event? Are there assets from previous Olympics that can be reused? Is there a methodology in place or is everything custom? How can IM/IT costs be contained and difficult decisions taken on strategy and priorities?
    3) Does he need any help?

    And thanks for doing this. Billions of people will see the technology and few will understand what it took to make it all happen. I hope you can take to time to blog and spread the word on how the technology behind the Olympics will be a global success.



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