Titan ICT were proud to be invited again as a Sponsor and Summit Partner for the recent 2014 WA IT Leaders Summit held at Joondalup Resort and Country Club in Western Australia over 18 and 19 August.

This exclusive event attracted over 130 senior-level WA IT Leaders operating across all sectors and was designed to provide delegates with critical business insights, a greater understanding of current issues being faced by the WA IT community, and an important networking opportunity with industry peers.

Developing robust IT leadership skills is more important than ever. Successful organisations thrive because of their ability to respond to change. They understand that they must leverage change to their advantage and IT Leaders recognise that they are no longer simply a support mechanism to the business — they are the business.

The Summit was an intense learning experience designed specifically for senior IT and business executives and included keynote presentations, panel discussions and case studies. Experts, practitioners and peers facilitated maximum learning with a minimum time commitment. The Summit presented an exclusive, learning-focused program providing IT and business leaders with a powerful opportunity to focus on the key areas that challenge them in their role and their organisation. Highlights included:

  • Why do CIOs Exist and How Do We Stay Relevant – Vito Forte, CIO FMG
  • Challenges to Building a Successful ICT Operations in Remote Africa – Gavin Bell, CIO Ausdrill
  • Dramatic results from a Google Glass Hack-a-thon – David Gollan, CIO HBF
  • Next Evolution of End User Computing for Enterprises – Rob Row, Airwatch
  • Changing the Game – Key Strategies in the new ICT Playing Field – Emma Whitty, CIO Clough

Visitors to the Titan ICT desk were most interested in development of Strategic ICT Plans aligned to Business Strategies, security of Operations Technology and SCADA systems and integration with the IT network, sourcing strategies and optimisation of ICT operations.

It’s clear many CIOs recognise that future success relies on the need to constantly adapt and be more responsive to business needs, bring technology innovation that can help drive business outcomes and drive optimisation in their operations and budgets.

Certainly a thought provoking few days; so here’s another thought. There are more gadgets, buzz words and promises than ever in the ICT industry, but could it finally be time for a fundamental and generational shift in our profession that necessitates the separation of the traditional ICT operational maintenance and support activities from the strategic consulting and planning activities that drive future business innovation programs. Is it time for the CIO to let go?

Love to hear your views and share some thoughts. Leave a comment below or email me.

Congratulations to Farrokh Yakubi for winning the GoPro. Be sure to send us some action photos Farrokh!