Forum 2009

IT Leader Forum

Innovations During the Period of Cost-Cutting

October 29, 2009 | Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel (Moscow, Russia)

The 6th Annual IT Leader Forum was held October 29, 2009 at Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel (Moscow, Russia).

In order to adapt to the new economic environment, organizations adjust their strategies and turn more attention toward business efficiency. Cost reduction, higher profitability, and how to seize new market opportunities using IT - these issues have recently come into sharp focus for IT management. The IT Leader Forum presented best practices and gave innovative ideas for anti-crisis management using information technology capabilities.

The IT Leader Forum included a Plenary Session and three Breakout Sessions with Russian and international experts and professionals in IT and enterprise-level management. Breakout Sessions were devoted to personal data protection, business continuity, and innovations implementation during the financial downturn.

During the IT Leader Forum, special attention was drawn to new issues of IT systems regulatory compliance, including the "Personal Data Protection" Law, the Regulation "On Internal Control within Credit and Bank Groups" by the Central Bank of Russia, and earlier regulations which affect business activities in various industries.

Participants of the IT Leader Forum had the opportunity to exchange opinions with representatives of global-leading IT vendors, discuss business approaches with industry peers, and establish new business contacts. International IT experts participated actively in the IT Leader Forum.

The IT Leader Forum was organized by the Russian Managers Association, Itogi, CIO and Intelligent Enterprise Magazines, and CROC incorporated.

Key Speakers

The IT Leader Forum 2009 brought together the following international experts and professionals: Roger McLoughlin, Continuity & Risk Authority, Vodafone, Ronald Loos, Director of Technology and Operations, Grubb & Ellis Management Services, Graeme K. Hackland, Head of Information Systems, Renault F1 Team, Max Corney, Communications Consultant, West Midlands Police, and James Tomaney, Senior Programme Manager, Barclays Bank.

In the preceding years, presentations were given by Diego Lo Giudice (Principal Analyst) and Dr. Alexander Peters (CIO Group Principal Analyst) from Forrester Research, Robert Farish (Vice President and Regional Managing Director in Russia and CIS, IDC), Eija Holmstrom (Director and Managing Partner, Gartner Consulting), Theo Zuijdwijk (Area Head of Business Services, BAT), Susan Johnson (IT Global Service Delivery Manager, Standard Bank Corporate Investment Banking), and Waldemar Klemm (Senior Manager IT, Toyota Motorsport).

Agenda of IT Leader Forum 2009

Participants of IT Leader Forums

Among regular participants of the IT Leader Forum are CIOs and IT directors from major companies, including: British American Tobacco Russia, Bank of Moscow, Sukhoy Civil Aircrafts, Deutsche Bank, Ingosstrakh, LUKoil Inform, MegaFon, Sheremetievo International Airport, METRO Cash & Carry, Rosneft Oil Company, Norilsk Nickel, RUSAL Management Company, Sberbank of the Russian Federation, TVEL, Gazprombank, etc.

Participants of the IT Leader Forum by Industry (2004-2008)

Target Audience of the IT Leader Forums (2004-2008)

Feedback and Comments about the IT Leader Forum

“Events like the IT Leader Forum are of paramount importance as they showcase best IT practices,” Theo Zuijdwijk, Head of IT Development and Business Consulting, Eastern Europe, British American Tobacco
"The CIO's role in modern business has changed. Today the CIO must think more like a CEO of IT than a CTO. A CIO must use IT performance metrics that are clear to financial managers and maximize IT staff productivity," Robert Farish, Regional Director in Russia and CIS
"It is always worthwhile to meet with peers and take a new look at your own work at forums such as the IT Leader Forum because information technology is becoming a circulatory system for the business and helps create new products such as the Sukhoi Superjet 100,” Galina Lvova, Information Technology Director, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company
“The Annual IT Leader Forum is one of the most interesting events of the year,” Andrey Dubskikh, Head of IT Department, Protek Implementation Center
“There is nothing more effective than learning from somebody else’s experience instead of applying hit-or-miss methodology on your own. But how can you do that? There are too many contextual conditions when making a management decision to describe in business literature, and the audiences in career development courses tend to have widely varying backgrounds. The only option is a professional community where likeminded individuals can communicate with one another. The IT Leader Forum is one such event,” Andrey Prozorov, IT Strategy Advisor, Information Technology Administration, EAST LINE Group