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The latest news about The IT Media Group. What's happening in our world: new clients, new relationships and new initiatives.

Toronto IT Execs to Discuss Frameworks for Innovation

Toronto – February 13, 2017 – The IT Media Group is pleased to announce that a Master Series CIO Roundtable “A Framework for Innovation” has been scheduled for Toronto on April 6, 2017. We wish to thank Salesforce for their sponsorship of this highly sought after topic.

Digital transformation is top of mind for CIOs and researchers agree that the key benefit is the ability to innovate. Conversely, one of the key roadblocks to executing a Digital Transformation strategy is the inability to innovate. CIOs must be the innovators who can transform breakthroughs in technology into real business solutions.

In this private roundtable for IT exectives, we'll delve into tactics and frameworks being used by organizations to create and sustain innovation.

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Maria Aiello of PwC Joins The IT Media Group’s Advisory Board

Toronto – Jan 9, 2017 – We’re pleased to announce the most recent addition to our Advisory Board, Maria Aiello, Managing Director, Real Estate Technology Advisory practice at PwC.

Maria has been a great supporter to The IT Media Group and a key contributor at our CIO roundtables.

Prior to joining PwC, Maria held CIO positions at Morguard Corporation and Regal Lifestyle Communities (acquired by Revera in 2015).

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2017 Event Listing Now Available

Our topic line-up for 2017 is now available. Topics are developed with the guidance of the CIO community and represent the top-of-mind issues for Canadian IT executives. Our popular CIO roundtables are available for single sponsorship on a first come first served basis. Specific dates are established with sponsors and will be published once they are confirmed.

These events are by invitation only. A short request form is available on the listings page for IT executives who wish to be included in our VIP invitation list.

CIOs share insights around gearing up for digital transformation

Data and applications are fundamentally changing business models and operational processes, while creating new customer experiences. As pivotal players in the critically important digital transformation of our businesses, CIOs must find ways to harness innovation and help their organizations find quicker and better ways to create, sell and deliver their products and services.

With this goal in mind, 17 IT executives from the Toronto area gathered on December 9 for another of The IT Media’s Group’s highly regarded Master Series Roundtables, this one entitled “CIO Essentials to Digital Transformation”. This very interactive discussion was moderated by Jeff Ishii, ITMG’s Chief Technologist, and sponsored by Salesforce, represented at the table by Chris Makkreel, Head of Solution Engineering.

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Digital Transformation & Data Security National Briefing

Toronto – November 24, 2016 – More than a dozen private and public sector organizations attended a highly engaging security briefing while lunching on contemporary Canadian cuisine at Canoe restaurant. The event was sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems and Above Security to provide knowledge sharing and continuous education related to data protection and digital transformation.

Toronto was the sixth of eight stops in the cross-country briefing tour. Paul Lewis, Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Canada, provided a roadmap of the customer journey to digital transformation, including strategies that organizations need to be aware of in order to transform successfully. Also presenting was Steve Croucher, Country Manager of Above Security. Steve described the value of a company’s data and the frameworks to consider when securing it.

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John Comacchio, SVP and CIO of Teknion Joins The IT Media Group’s Advisory Board

Toronto – Nov 14, 2016 – We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our Advisory Board, John Comacchio , Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Teknion Corporation.

As SVP and CIO, John is responsible for providing enterprise-wide technology vision, leadership and management, and for the planning, development and implementation of information technology initiatives. He is a member of the Leadership Team and the Executive Committee at Teknion.

Prior to joining Teknion Corporation, John held senior leadership positions at KPMG Consulting Inc., US Interactive and Nissan Canada Inc.

John is a member of the IDC CIO Research Review Board, Masergy Customer Advisory Board, OKTA CIO Advisory Board, and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John holds a Master of Business Administration, granted by the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

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Toronto IT Execs Put IoT Under the Microscope

There’s a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) these days, but how are companies preparing for it, what are the IoT issues that concern them, and where are they when it comes to putting IoT data to work for the organization? These and several other important questions were discussed at the CIO Master Series Roundtable, IoT in a Customer-centric World, held September 22, 2016 in Toronto, and attended by 16 IT executives from a variety of public- and private-sector organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.

The private session was organized by leading Canadian IT events producer The IT Media Group and moderated by its VP Executive Programs, John Pickett. Sponsor for the roundtable was Salesforce, represented at the table by Chris Makkreel, Head of Solution Engineering.

The conversation delved into such areas as: security concerns related to IoT due to its Internet origins, the unregulated and often unknown intelligence built into many of these devices, and the lack of good security practices on the part of employees, especially millennials; the importance of vendors in moving towards a more mature IoT environment; the information-management challenges posed by the enormous amounts of data generated by IoT devices; and the need for organizations to be front and centre on IoT technologies if they are to remain competitive.

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Calgary CIOs to Examine How to Win the War for Talent

Toronto – September 2, 2016 – The IT Media Group is pleased to announce that the Master Series CIO Roundtable “Winning the IT Talent Wars” will be making its way to Calgary on October 27, 2016. We wish to thank Salesforce for their sponsorship of this popular and engaging topic.

The role of IT continues to evolve along with technology. And while CIOs must ensure they have a strategy to acquire and deploy the technologies and services that best serve their business, they must also ensure their staff has the skills and the organization fosters an appropriate culture to take advantage of the opportunities enabled by new technologies. Maintaining the right mix of skills is an ongoing struggle made more challenging by the increasing pace of business and technology change.

In this private roundtable for IT executives, we’ll explore how IT skills requirements are evolving and the challenges CIOs face in maintaining an effective work force. Participants will share ideas and successful practices for the recruitment, training and retention of IT staff. And we’ll discuss how workplace culture and practices are impacted as digital-savvy millennials make up a growing percentage of the workforce.

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