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Susan Fogarty
Susan Fogarty

Energize Your Career in IT Leadership

The demands of a career in tech can overwhelm even the most successful IT leaders. Recharge by networking with peers and learning from expert speakers at InformationWeek's IT Leadership Summit.

Leading an IT organization, or aspiring to do so, is a challenging feat. There's no denying that keeping up with the fast pace of technological change paired with increased demands from business and finance execs creates a perfect storm of high expectations. 

But at the same time, the opportunities for those in IT to contribute to their companies' success and even drive new business and revenue streams has never been greater. According to Gartner's 2017 CIO Agenda, CIOs expect their companies’ digital revenues to grow from 16% to 37% in the next five years. They also predict that the number of digitized processes in their organizations will jump from 42% today to 77%. Clearly, the most successful IT leaders will be those who can think proactively and advocate for technologies that will quickly translate into business advantage.

Easier said than done, right? With all that goes on in a typical day, how can you find time and energy to think long term? And how can you decide which technologies to pursue from the range of possibilities promising to "transform" your business?

Joining us for InformationWeek's IT Leadership Summit is a wise first step. In this two-day program preceding the main conference at Interop ITX, you and other IT executives will experience a mix of interactive sessions designed to get your brain cells energized and inspirational case studies from leaders in the field.

The program takes place May 15 and 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Those who arrive first thing Monday morning will be treated to a pre-summit workshop titled Competencies of the New CIO. During this session, CIO coach and consultant Larry Bonfante will explore the high expectations CIOs face today and how to balance technological expertise with the ability to organize and motivate staff around common goals.

The summit kicks off in earnest on Monday afternoon and runs through Tuesday. We'll start with a keynote address to set the stage from B. Lee Jones, former CIO, technology advisor, and consulting professor at the Silicon Valley Innovation School.

Attendees will also hear from IT leaders in manufacturing, energy, publishing, insurance, and healthcare about the ways they are using technologies like cloud, data analytics, mobility, and infrastructure consolidation to drive their businesses forward. 

In addition, audience members will participate in hands-on exercises and walk away with roadmaps tailored to their own environments. Tania Anaissie, lecturer and experience designer at Stanford d.school, will lead a structured brainstorm to help attendees apply emerging technologies like virtual reality, Internet of Things, and quantum computing to their own companies' operations. Khalid Kark, director of the CIO program at Deloitte, will help attendees assess their current IT strategies and create a roadmap for transformation.

The summit will conclude with the presentation of InformationWeek's IT Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the top companies in the core technology categories covered by InformationWeek and Interop ITX: infrastructure, security, cloud, DevOps, and data and analytics.

Attendees looking for even more insight on IT leadership can stay throughout the week and attend the Leadership & Professional Development Track, which offers a wide range of sessions exploring IT management and career development for all levels of IT professionals.

The demands of leading an IT organization will only increase. Keep your IT strategy and your career moving onward and upward by learning from your peers and leading-edge experts.

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio
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