Senior IT directors will meet in Brussels later this month at the European CIO Seminar, the annual flagship event of the France-based EuroCIO Network.
The two-day event, which takes place on 24 and 25 November, will revolve around six high-level workshops, focusing on outsourcing, relations between IT and the business, measuring IT performance, effective data management, and the merits of centralisation or decentralisation of IT.
The European CIO Seminar has a powerful international programme committee, including Jean-Pierre Corniou, CIO of Renault-Nissan Group, Paul Burfitt, group CIO of AstraZeneca, Thomas Endres, group CIO of Deutsche Lufthansa, Oliver Gouin, group CIO of Nestl', Mikko Kosonen, CIO of Nokia, Mats Lindeberg, CIO of Gambro, Renzo Passera, group CIO of Italcementi, and Gabor Szala‹, CIO of the Dexia Group.
Among the issues they will discuss are:
- The social and political impact of outsourcing, both inside organisations and externally
- Key parameters used to measure the impact of outsourcing
- The ingredients of successful IT-business alignment
- Costs, benefits, and rationale for implementing various methods of performance measurement
- How to measure the value of know-how in multinational companies
- IT governance and accountabilities in decentralised organisations.
One workshop, chaired by Prudential's Paul Costelloe, will look at finding the balance between factors such as cost reduction and risk mitigation; global standards versus local diversity; free choice versus necessity; and central power versus local initiative.
Although the event is aimed at CIOs, it is sponsored by several major IT suppliers, including Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, CSC, EMC and Peoplesoft, and it includes roundtable sessions with representatives from these companies.
What is the EuroCIO Network?
The Euro CIO Network aims to provide CIOs with a means of sharing their experience and raising awareness of key IT issues. The user group also seeks to provide a mouthpiece for users to voice the collective position of European CIOs to suppliers and regulatory authorities.
Prominent members include the French senior corporate IT user group Cigref (Club Informatique des Grandes Entreprises Françaises), and CIO-Connect, the UK-based club for senior CIOs, which was acquired last year by the National Computing Centre.