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Roundtable: The CIO in a Data-driven World (Calgary)

On May 28, 2015, The IT Media Group brought together 19 IT executives from a variety of private and public-sector organizations in the Calgary area to discuss “The CIO in a Data-driven World”. Sponsor for this CIO Master Series Roundtable was Hitachi Data Systems Canada, represented at the table by CTO, Paul Lewis.

The brave new world of data-driven decision-making is presenting CIOs with a variety of challenges, many of which are complicated by the economic downturn in Canada. In Alberta, this downturn is especially pronounced due to the sharp decline in oil prices.

These new realities are putting additional pressure on CIOs to find creative ways to harness the power of IT in support of operational and business goals. This private roundtable explored the techniques and strategies CIOs are using to deliver on their mandate in the face of these economic challenges and the need to manage and derive maximum business value from the flood of structured and unstructured data coming into the organization.

Topics discussed included: leveraging the economic downturn; impact or the downturn on rates & services; economic transparency; shadow IT and governance; leadership & communications; data ownership challenges; strategic partnerships; business analysis and BPM; cleansing vs. matching data; cloud vendors and integration.

This highly engaging session brought to light a wide variety of insights, opinions and best practices around data management, shadow IT, vendor relationships and many other issues of high importance to the CIO community.

Session Highlights Videos

Improving Business Decision-making

Business analysts and BPM are among the highest priorities


Impact of the Economic Downturn

There are budget challenges, but also opportunities to play catch-up with training, planning and alignment.


Post session interviews

Darrel Popowich - Ensure the Success of Shadow IT Projects


Leona Lachance - Vendors and IT/LoB Relationships


Paul Lewis - Traditional v Emerging IM models


Paul Lewis - Shadow IT and DM


Michael Loughlean - Shadow IT and Data centric Collaboration


Michael Loughlean - Innovation through shadow IT


About CIO Master Series roundtables

Roundtables produced by The IT Media Group provide the ideal format for frank and open discussion among IT executive peers, allowing them to explore issues in depth, with a judicious amount of expert facilitation. These sessions are designed specifically for small groups of IT leaders, enabling them to take away practicable new approaches, validate their own thoughts, brainstorm ideas, and share their successes and their pain.

IT executives interested receiving notification of upcoming CIO Master Series roundtables, please complete the VIP membership form, including business email address.