by Divina Paredes

The 2016 CIO100 event: Honouring leadership and innovation

Jan 21, 2016
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The CIO100, CIO New Zealand’s most powerful gathering of CIOs and senior IT and business executives will be held on March 22 (Auckland) and 23 (Wellington).

The event, which will launch the annual report on the top ICT using organisations in New Zealand, will also include the inaugural CIO100 awards for innovation, digital transformation and ICT-enabled community programs.

Nominations for the awards are open until January 31. Here is the link to enter the awards:

This year’s keynote speakers are Dawie Olivier of Westpac, Glen Willoughby of Downer and David Spaziani of Gartner.

The Auckland forum will be held on March 22 at the Pullman Hotel and the Wellington forum will be held on March 23 at the Intercontinental Hotel. The event is open to CIOs and IT directors. Register to attend.

Becoming a digital organisation

David Spaziani will talk about how CIOs are rising to the digital challenge through bimodal IT.

David Spaziani of Gartner at the 2015 CIO100 event

One of the worst things a CIO can do is to delay bimodal delivery platform, according to Gartner’s annual global CIO survey. A bimodal capability that marries the rock solid with the agile is essential for organisations to survive and thrive in the digital era. CIOs, working with the executive team, are tasked to reset the business model to enable all business units, to apply this approach.

For IT, the challenge is heightened as the model aims the ICT organisation to be in the mode of ‘transforming while performing’. Spaziani will distil lessons from organisations that are already delivering this bimodal capability, and even paving the way for multimodal operations.

The killer app for today’s CIOs

Dawie Olivier believes the killer app for today’s CIOs has nothing to do with technology or widgets. It is the ability to transform the organisation –ICT and beyond–to be able to adapt to anything coming down the track.

Dawie Olivier

He will discuss how he applies this perspective at Westpac and in his other business technology roles over the past 15 years.

The CIO’s innovation agenda

Glen Willoughby, GM of IT at Downer will talk about the CIO’s innovation agenda – or how to envelop short term goals in long-run strategies.

Glen Willoughby

Willoughby will discuss the findings from a research paper on this topic he co-authored with Tom Soderstrom, chief technology and innovation officer at NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Willoughby distils lessons learned from the NASA-JPL programme. He will zero in on how a new approach to technology innovation is being applied to the Mars Exploration Program.

More importantly, Willoughby will show how this approach is being applied now in New Zealand organisations he has been involved with – particularly the district health boards, and in his current organisation, Downer.

Related: Gartner to CIOs: Flip IT leadership from legacy first to digital first

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