January 08, 2013

The Top 5 Things I am Looking Forward to Hearing at our Upcoming CIO Summit

If the thought of all your favorite Boston teams under one roof excites you, then for all those CIO’s out there, here’s the next best thing – the IT leaders from the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox all together on a panel talking about mobility and innovation.  It’s no joke, they will all be joining us at our upcoming CIO Summit at Gillette Stadium on January 15thto address the top issues that CIOs face in 2013.

With the mega-trends of social, mobile and cloud affecting every business in every industry today, the CIO will play an instrumental role in helping to shape the business not only from a technology perspective, but also from the perspective of the needs of the business. During our City of Champions IT Innovators Panel, taking place from 7-8pm, you will hear how these IT leaders plan to address these trends and more.

I can’t predict what their responses will be (although I can tell you that I am really looking forward to hearing them), but I can share with you the top five questions that will be answered during the session:

  1. What is your vision to improve the user experience at your organization?
  2. What is the impact of BYOD on your organization?
  3. Where do you see the future in terms of the monetization of Mobility?
  4. What are some of the key characteristics that you look for in a technology partner?
  5. The Mega-Trends of Social, Mobile and Cloud are affecting every organization today.   How do you see these trends affecting your business?

I look forward to sharing a recap of the session and expect a lot of excitement coming out of this event!

About The Contributor:
Vala AfsharChief Marketing Officer

Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) is the Chief Marketing Officer for Extreme Networks, responsible for global marketing. An award-winning inventor of social technologies and customer services operations, Afshar is a two-time Stevie Award winner stemming from his previous leadership of the company's Support organization, and is considered a pioneer in cloud computing, social collaboration, business intelligence and customer relationship management. Afshar is a recognized social media advocate, having been the keynote of several industry events including Salesforce’s Dreamforce, as well as Gartner and IDC conferences. His thought-leadership has been sought after by leading publications, and he regularly contributes bylines to Huffington Post, Inc., and InformationWeek, among others. To his credit, Vala was recently named by Leadtail as "the most retweeted B2B marketer." He is also the co-host of the weekly "CXO Talk" interview series, where he interviews C-level thought leaders from companies such as Accenture, SAP and Intel.

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