What A CIO Should Know: CIOCAN Peer Forum 2011

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The CIO Association of Canada has set a date for its annual Peer Forum, which will be taking place April 7-8 in Vancouver. The theme will be: The CIO Imperative: Creating C-Level Synergy. More details:

The Northeast Ohio Software Association’s annual CIO Symposium in mid-November ended with a survey of participants around spending priorities. Although the content requires registration, roughly 70 per cent say they expect their budgets to increase in 2011.

Forbes magazine’s CIO Central blog recently featured a guest post from longtime industry analyst Ray Wang titled “Why The CIO Role is under fire,” which does a great job of offering a sense of key IT executive challenges.
Popular blogger Robert “Scobleizer” Scoble recently filmed a breakfast interview with Starbucks CIO Stephen Gillet, who provided a tour of the organization’s network operations (approx. 8 minutes).

In one of the more high-profile hirings this quarter, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported the appointment of Toby Eduardo Renshaw as the new CIO for American Express, beginning in January.
Ken J. Cochrane, partner and national co-leader of IT Advisory Services at KPMG and former CIO of the Government of Canada will be among the those headlining Insight Information’s Public Sector CIO conference in Ottawa on Jan. 17-18:

For CIOs who are working on a business transformation project, an Australian blog called Delimiter has a post called “The Transofmration Journey — Why CIOs take it on,” featuring an interview with Austrlia Post CIO Wayne Saunders:

Starting a new job? O’Reilly Media’s new CIO, Dr. Jonathan Reichental, offered five tips on how senior IT executives should spend their first 90 days on the company’s O’Reilly Radar blog.

As part of its CIO Masters Series, recruiting firm Robert Half Technology asked a group of chief information officers to name the top trend in technology today. The eight minute video answers are here.

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