CIO Summit 2019

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8:00 - 8:30 Registration - arrival tea and coffee
8:40 - 8:50

Opening Address and Welcome

8:50 - 9:20 CIO’s Digital Determination Playbook: The Race to the Future Enterprise | Sandra Ng, Senior Vice President - Practice Group, IDC Asia/ Pacific

In this IDC keynote, Sandra Ng will be sharing the new digital transformation benchmark, the Future Enterprise, and what it means for CIOs and technology functions to step up and successfully enable their organizations to scale leadership, empathy, insight, resilience and work model. These masteries will shape the future of organisations (both private and public) as new digital economies translate to new consumption, competition and collaboration in the marketplace.
The Race to the Future Enterprise
9:20 - 9:50 Fireside Chat: Realising the Future Enterprise:  Leadership and capabilities needed for a Trusted Future

 - Peter Lawther, CTO, Fujitsu
 - Stuart Long, CTO, HPE
 - Linus Lai, Vice President, IDC Asia/ Pacific 
9:50 - 10:05 TED Style Talk | Ady Kalra, Engineering Practice Manager, BetEasy - A Pluralsight Customer Case Study
10:05 - 10:20 A customer-first innovation ethos, the key to Defence Health's digital transformation success | Simon Reiter, Chief Information Officer, Defence Health
10:20- 10:50

Morning Tea & Networking

10:50 - 11:30 Women in IT Panel Discussion: Breaking down barriers and changing perspectives, featuring:
        - Celeste Johnston, Director of Information Technology, MCEC
        - Salvatore Trimboli, Chief Technology Officer, E.L. & C. Baillieu Limited
        - Felicity Nutter, Director IT, ANZ, US & Europe, Swisse Wellness
        - Poorany Sitsabesan, Head of Cloud & Network Services, Harbour IT
        - Fiona McGill, CTO - Executive Manager Programs & operations, NBN

Despite many businesses attracting and retaining more women, a massive gender gap still exists - particularly in the IT industry, where female CIOs represent only 10 per cent of the IT workforce across Australia. No doubt, it’s an uphill battle the industry faces in trying to approach gender parity. Understandably, any meaningful change is recognisably slow in the making. But there are success stories and positive moves on the horizon. In that vein, and for the first time at this year’s CIO Summit in Melbourne, we’re assembling a cast of successful female leaders to reveal insights and personal stories of challenges and triumphs in climbing the corporate IT ladder. This 30-minute interactive panel discussion will delve into how the industry can tackle the ongoing gender diversity challenge; how to better celebrate the role women play in the industry; and how women can buck the trend and take a more prominent place in the traditionally male-dominated IT industry. The panel will delve into: Why the gender gap? How can women overcome imposter syndrome? How can IT be better sold to young women? How the industry can better foster diversity and make a real difference? How leadership and mentoring are key to inspiring the next generation?
11:30 - 11:45

Closing the DX Gap with Integration: ROI, Revenue & Results from Real Customers | Paul Quintal, Pre Sales Engineer, Dell Boomi  

Digital Transformation (DX) is not just about deploying new systems or modernizing IT — it’s also about changing the business. Organizations are looking for ways to unlock operational efficiencies, generate revenue streams and drive DX initiatives to create a connected business. With effective data management, business users can interact with the data and applications they need to work effectively. Now freed from limitations, organizations can deliver results for customers as quickly, easily and effectively as possible. Using several case studies, we take a closer look at the qualitative benefits experienced by organizations who adopt Integration to close their DX gap — realizing cost savings, increased organizational speed and a broad mix of soft benefits. Along with future trends for a connected business, such as Blockchain and IOT.
Closing the DX Gap with Integration
11:45 - 12:00 Creating A Collaborative Workplace of the Future | Peter Hughes, Regional Vice President - Australia, RingCentral

The pace of change in the workplace is accelerating, driven largely by innovative technologies. Right now, organisations are starting to move their traditional legacy voice, video and call centre solutions to cloud computing infrastructure.
12:00 - 12:30

Drop Your Tools – Does Expertise have a Dark Side? | Sean Brady, Forensic Engineer, Brady Heywood

All professionals possess some measure of expertise, and not only is this expertise useful, it is usually also necessary to do the job. In general, this expertise is viewed as a good thing. But what if there is an issue with expertise? Is expertise always a good thing? This presentation will discuss how expertise has limitations when it is applied outside its normal area of application, and how these limitations will typically not be evident to the individual applying the expertise. Further, even in situations where evidence suggests the application of the expertise is inappropriate, it is likely that an individual will continue to apply their expertise regardless of its inappropriateness. To explore these issues the presentation will examine the behaviour of a group of firefighters fighting a wildfire in Mann Gulch in the US in 1949, it will look at psychological studies that examine the concept of Priming, and it will discuss how the game of baseball can assist in unravelling why expertise can sometimes let us down.
12:30 - 12.45 TED Style Tall | Sam Hunt, Vice President - APAC, GitHub

Exploring the challenges enterprises face in the ever-evolving digital age and the opportunities open source adoption presents:

 - Challenges and blockers to innovation: security, compliance and organisational culture.
 - Innersource: How organisations are adopting open source principles even while building closed source software.
 - Breaking down silos across your teams, and how to leverage the open source community. 
 - Best of breed case studies: How APAC’s leading organisations are succeeding
12:45 - 13:45

Lunch & Networking

13:45 - 15:15

Executive Networking Tables: Mini Roundtable Insight Discussions | Emerald Session

15:15 - 15:45 Afternoon Tea & Networking
15:45 - 16:15 Debugging The Gender Gap in Technology | Ally Watson, CEO, Code Like a Girl

The technology we build today determines the world we live in tomorrow. But if that world is being built under the leadership of only a small portion of our community, what kind of world will we have? It’s not enough to have more women using tech – we need more women building tech.

This thought-provoking and action inspiring presentation dive's deep into the future landscape of work and the challenges we face in the decade of digital disruption. 

Hear the story of Code Like a Girl, an Australian award-winning social enterprise sparking change in the tech industry. Be inspired by their approach to combatting the issue of gender diversity in tech, hear why they believe it’s critical that the tech industry becomes a welcoming place for diversity, and learn how you can make a difference and champion equality.
Code like a Girl
16:15 - 16:45 It all Started with an Email
Michael Connory, CEO, Security in Depth

A review and demonstration on how and why 81% of worldwide data breaches begin with a simple email. Michael will be demonstrating  an actual cyber-attack utilising an email to start the chain of Cyber incidents as well as providing information how hacking groups such as APT10 target organisations around the world – and successfully hacked IBM, HP and SAP.
16:45 - 17:00 Closing remarks, prize draws, networking

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Wednesday, 8th May 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Crown Towers Perth Great Eastern Highway Burswood WA Australia



Tuesday, 13th Aug 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Hilton Sydney 488 George St Sydney NSW Australia



Wednesday, 20th Nov 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf Melbourne VIC Australia

Sponsored by

  • HPE
  • Fujitsu
  • Pluralsight
  • Dell Boomi
  • Harbour IT
  • Ring Central
  • GitHub
  • Macquarie Cloud Services
  • NetApp
  • LastPass
  • Outsystems
  • HPE
  • Fujitsu
  • Macqaurie Cloud Services
  • Dell Technologies
  • Lenovo
  • Cohesity
  • Dell Boomi
  • Pluralsight
  • Ring Central
  • MuleSoft
  • GitHub
  • Kryon Systems
  • Snowflake
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Cloudflare
  • Talend
  • Targus
  • Dell Technologies
  • Cloudflare
  • Dell Technologies
  • LastPass

Who Should Attend

  • CIOs, IT Directors, GM IT, Heads of IT
  • CTOs , VPs
  • 2ICT, IT Managers