A look at what technologies are NOT good at

David Lyle, Pacific Data Integrators will be speaking at the CIO Peer Forum on Disruptive Next-Gen Analytics: What’s next?  

Over the past decade, powerful Big Data storage and retrieval technologies have emerged that give us added power to harvest the information cornucopia surrounding us. But as our world becomes more complex, the variety of these tools has made our choices and environments more complex. 


Negotiating Successful IT Deals

Matthew Peters, National Innovation Leader and Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLPsets the stage for his presentation at the CIO Peer Forum in April 2018.  Here are some of his thoughts on managing and negotiating successful IT deals:

When entering a new business relationship, there is a tendency to pull out a contract that has worked in the past, dust it off, make a few adjustments, and insert the name of the new project.  However, with the complexity and speed at which projects are run, this may not be to your advantage.  Here are some of the key components to ensure a successful contract.



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Why Every Address Will Soon be ‘Smart’

Jessie Adcock will be a panelist at the upcoming CIO Peer Forum in Vancouver on Why Every Address Will Soon be ‘Smart’- How loT & Digital Engagement Change Everything

Overview of Vancouver:

Vancouver is a large global destination city with millions of people coming and going daily between its approximately seven hundred thousand residents, those who work and play in the city and live in other neighbouring municipalities and tourists visiting from across the world. Thirty million people use our website annually and a million calls come into our call center. The metro Vancouver region population represents the third largest metro region in Canada.

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Are You Properly Testing Your Cyber Security Systems?

Nathan Sherlock is VP Managed Services Client Advocacy for Herjavec Group who will be moderating a track at the April CIO Peer Forum in Vancouver. He has worked within the Managed Services field for over 10 years and is passionate about SIEM and security monitoring. Nathan holds various certifications including CISSP, CEH, GCIH, GSLC, and always strives to advance his security knowledge, while improving the security posture for Herjavec Group’s managed clients.

In our recent Cybersecurity Conversations For The C-Suite 2018 report we highlighted five areas of cybersecurity that should be the focus of board-level conversations this year. It’s time to get proactive and test your systems in 2018.

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Leading Innovation by Combining Waterfall and Agile Approaches

This blog post was submitted by Dr. Blaize Horner Reich, ICD.D | RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation | Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University | Academic Fellow | International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.  Blaize will be a speaker at the CIO Peer Forum in April, 2018 on the topic Combining Agile and Waterfall Approaches to Govern Risky Projects and Lead the Organization 

While there is a lot of buzz about ‘agile’ as an approach to managing projects, the tried and true ‘waterfall’ method has a solid track record and is a familiar process for many. Our research finds that project managers are mixing and matching agile and waterfall practices to get the best results for their projects.

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6 Challenges of Agile at Scale for ERP

Authored by John Belden, Project Execution Advisory Services Practice Leader, UpperEdge

Speaker at the CIO Peer Forum 2018 in Vancouver on Contracting and Delivering Agile at Enterprise Scale

Agile has been around for a long time by IT standards and has proven to be successful for many companies. As companies have evolved and progressed through the pioneering stage of Agile, there has been a tendency to take on larger and larger efforts. There have even been inroads made in the application of Agile to support the deployment of ERP (projects that are notoriously complex with a significant amount of integration). But the benefits of Agile that were derived from smaller scale efforts have not naturally transferred to Agile projects at scale.

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The True Meaning of Leadership

Authored by Domenico Lepore,International Expert and Innovator, Systems-Based Management and Complexity

Speaker at the CIO Peer Forum 2018 in Vancouver on Ahead of the Curve: The CIO As a Systemic Leader

“I would say to the House, As I said to those who have joined the government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without Victory there is no survival”.

Winston Churchill

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Good Enough is No Longer Good Enough

Authored by: Peter D. Moore, Business Strategy Advisor
Speaker, April 10, 2018, CIO Peer Forum
"There’s never been a better time to be a great CIO or a worse time to be an average one.”
This quote from George Westerman, a leader of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, sends a clear message that good enough is no longer good enough. CIOs who still feel their primary job is to maintain the systems of record (SOR) that “run the business” are viewed as just average. While CIOs who develop and deploy systems of engagement (SOE) and systems of intelligence (SOI) that “change the business” are seen as making a critically essential contribution to the future competitive success of their organizations as digital enterprises.
To be perfectly clear this is not an either-or proposition but rather a both-and proposition. The key is to reverse the way IT resources are allocated.