Imagine walking down a street in an unknown city and with every 10 steps, someone asks you a question in a different language. Being the kind of person you are, you take the time to listen, translate the bits you can understand and then answer each question to the best of your ability \nand perspective. \n\nThis make-believe scenario isn't so far from the truth when it comes to the daily life of today's CIO.\n\nEvery 10 steps down the hall, you're being bombarded by a litany of questions from colleagues who want your unique perspective on how to apply technology to drive business value and innovation. This challenge to provide ongoing business guidance with tech-savvy insight is not only necessary for a CIO's success, but vital to every business trying to navigate the economic hailstorm.\n To learn more about the CIO 100 Symposium, click here.\nThis is why I'm personally inviting you to attend our annual CIO 100 Symposium next month, August 23-25, at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. This year's theme is "Innovating for Customers, Collaboration and Cost Management," and I can't think of a better focus for the sessions and speakers we've assembled. Along with the chance to hear about some of most innovative, value-delivering IT\/business projects of the past year, you'll also have the opportunity to learn directly from some of the best in the business\u2014CIOs such as Ben Fried of Google, Ramon Baez of Kimberly Clark, Tom Conophy of InterContinental Hotels, Phil Fasano of Kaiser Permanente, Joe Eng of JetBlue, Randall Spratt of McKesson and many more.\n\nThey will stretch your mind and fill your conference notebook with actionable advice to apply immediately to your business. To see the kind of company you'll be keeping at this legendary event, check out our 2009 CIO 100 winners, already posted on our website. They'll also be featured in CIO next month. \n\nA very wise man once told me that to be a successful leader you "need to know what you know and, more importantly, know what you don't know." This is one event where I can promise you'll find unparalleled opportunities to share your knowledge, exchange business ideas and pick up new best practices from some of the leading CIOs in the world today. Come join us!