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CIO Solutions Gallery Breakfast May 2018

May 8, 2018

The Ohio State University
The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

Session Topic:

“Changing Times Need Changing Methods  (Part Two)”

We are all familiar with the term, “IQ”, a standardized score defining one’s level of basic intelligence.  Yet in this new age of rapid process and capability evolution, fueled by a digital explosion that can be called anything but “standard”, the real question now shifts to, “What is your ‘DQ’ (Digital Quotient)”? 


With widespread digital transformation sweeping through the global economy, those who have already cultivated an improved Digital Quotient are creating measurable competitive separation between themselves and other digital followers.  For those that now also wish to improve their own Digital Quotient, there is certainly work to be done.


The first step is to align your overall corporate strategy with those digital initiatives that can help transform your core business model, as well help navigate through the expected headwinds that such digital change can sometimes create.  Next, one must be able to drive a responsively fast and agile culture.  And finally, one must get the right organizational factors in place — that’s the talent, processes, structure, systems and leadership style that will really make a difference when it comes to performing in this new world. 


So, how do you do all this?  That is exactly why you need to be here.  Please join us in this second quarterly session of 2018, where we will continue our year-long examination of emerging issues related to our series theme,


The CIO Solutions Gallery™ series is an ongoing nationally acclaimed forum where senior IT leaders and their business peers come together in a comfortable setting to share their experiences and insights, as well as collectively and collaboratively attack common issues.  Uniquely organized around “peer learning”, this provocative program has received high praise among participating CIOs and other senior executives in the technology and/or operations leadership community.   It helps to build an improved and creative personal network of peers and executives devoted to sharing best practices, renewing their skills on an ongoing basis, and raising the level of technical “literacy” and effectiveness within their organizations.   


There is no cost to invited senior leaders. 

Sponsoring opportunities are available for invited technology product and service providers.



7:00am          Breakfast Available   

8:10am           Welcome and Initial Remarks   

Speaker:        Mr. Bob Mick

                       Director; Professional Programs

                       The Ohio State University College of Engineering

8:15am           Introduction and Opening Commentary  

                      “Innovation Needs The Right Conditions;

                       Not Just Lightning Strikes”

Our presenter once said, “All organizations are on a digital journey – most have no map, no guide, and bad shoes”.   Truly transformation leaders understand that you cannot solve problems with the same type of thinking that created them.  Some serious preparation is required.  Something clearly has to change, because most of the global population is still not ready for a digital world.  So what are we missing here, and what can we do about it?

Speaker:        Mr. Thornton A. May

                       Program Co-Founder        

                       Internationally Known IT Futurist

                       Host For The Session

9:00am          Opening Keynote 

                      “The Changes Needed To Get Really Serious

                       About Digital Leadership”

No leader really wants his/her team to fail; however, many transformative digital initiatives often depend upon a mix of experimentation, prototyping and (yes) failure.  Creating a new culture where risk-taking is acceptable and employees are allowed to learn from both failure and success can be challenging for leaders who are not prepared for this new model.  This is now your pivotal moment.  If you cannot adapt, you may not be ready to lead a digital transformation at all.

Speaker:        Mr. Bruce Rogow

                       Gartner Executive Program Research Affiliate

                       Principal; IT Odyssey and Advisory

                       Former EVP of Worldwide Research; Gartner                 

10:15am          Break

10:30am        “2018: The Year of Living Dangerously (For

                        Managing Tech Labor)”   

A potentially catastrophic situation is on the horizon in your company related to managing technology professionals; a coming tsunami of game-changing disruptive technologies. Based on labor market forecasts new digital technologies (e.g., Blockchain, AI/Cognitive Computing, next-gen IoT, Cybersecurity and others) will require long lead times to meet staffing demands.  2018 is your last opportunity to put in motion a multi-year strategy to get to higher ground and avoid being washed in the coming labor chaos. One proven solution here is deceptively simple in concept; however, it is not easy to execute and takes a few budget cycles to sink in. This session will explore what that is and how to get started.

Speaker:        Mr. David Foote

                       Chief Analyst and Chief Research Officer

                       Foote Partners, LLC

11:45am         Session Wrap-up and Summary Of Key Points/Action Items

Speaker:       Mr. Thornton A. May

                       Program Co-Founder        

                       Host For The Session

Noon              Adjournment