Forum 2010

IT Leader Forum

The IT Leader Forum is a major event for Russia's CIO society. Each year, it brings together more than 200 Russian and international CIOs, analysts, and business strategists to discuss vital IT issues and share expertise regarding the implementation of IT solutions that maximize business value.

The IT Leader Forum 2010 was held on October 28, 2010 in Moscow at Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel.

Key theme of the Forum was 'Competitive Breakthrough in the Post-Crisis Period: Ideas for Leaders'. Economic situation forced many companies to change their attitude towards information technology. In the post-crisis period, IT becomes a tool to make your business flexible, agile, and progressive - i.e. to make a competitive breakthrough. The Forum highlighted key trends and best practices which can help companies gain new and support existing competitive advantages through the smart use of innovative technology.

The event included a plenary session followed by four workshops.


The Plenary Session. Topics for discussion:

  • Mitigation of risks related to development strategy creation and implementation.
  • How to increase customer and partner loyalty.
  • Production efficiency and logistics optimization.
  • Efficient innovative project management.

Workshops were devoted to:

  • Business process acceleration.
  • Risk mitigation and business security.
  • Cost reduction and maximizing return on IT investments.
  • Increasing production and logistics efficiency.

Participants of the IT Leader Forum had an 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 participate actively in the IT Leader Forum.

In 2010, special guests of the IT leader Forum were: Peter Hinssen (Across Technology), Howard Polinski (KPMG Russia and CIS), Mesut Orta (the Ministry of Justice of Turkey), Ed Toben (Colgate-Palmolive), Jules Jerome (Dexia BIL).

In the preceding years, among key speakers at the IT Leader Forum were: Roger McLoughlin (Continuity & Risk Authority, Vodafone) [watch video], Ronald Loos (Director of Technology and Operations, Grubb & Ellis Management Services) [watch video], Max Corney (Communications Consultant, West Midlands Police, UK), Graeme K. Hackland (Head of Information Systems, Renault F1 Team), Jim Tomaney (Senior Programme Manager, Barclays Bank), 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), Theo Zuijdwijk (Area Head of Business Services, BAT), etc.

In the preceding years, CIOs from the major Russian and international companies attended the event, including Bank of Moscow, British American Tobacco Russia, Deutsche Bank, Ingosstrakh, Integra Group, Megafon, METRO Cash & Carry, MTS, Norilsk Nickel, Raiffeisenbank, Rosneft Oil Company, Sberbank of Russia, Sheremetievo International Airport, TVEL, and many others.

Topics of the IT Leader Forums

2010 - Competitive Breakthrough in the Post-Crisis Period: Ideas for Leaders

2009 - Innovations During Periods of Cost-Cutting watch videos (in English)

2008 -IT as a Tool to Increase Business Efficiency in Key Segments of the Economy

2007 -Information Technology as Business Process Reengineering Tool

2006 -Key Business Aspects: Data Security and Availability

2005 -Minimizing IT Project Implementation Risks in Modern Organizations

2004 -Information Technology as a Leverage to Achieve Strategic Business Goals

Participants of IT Leader Forums

Participants of the IT Leader Forum by Industry (2004-2009)

Target Audience of the IT Leader Forums (2004-2009)

Feedback and Comments about the IT Leader Forum

It was a great privilege to speak at such a prestigious and well run event. The attendance of over 200 senior executives and Directors from the IT community across Russia indicated the seriousness with which the IT community as a whole treats IT and its continuity.

Roger McLoughlin, Continuity & Risk Authority, Vodafone watch video (in English)

I think everyone is struggling right now in the current economic environment. It is very difficult right now if CIOs and IT managers want to start a new project. So they are very interested in any idea on how to promote their ideas within their company and how to get support. They are looking for ways to help their companies. Right now it is very important to cut costs through technology solutions and being more efficient. I heard a lot of that in the conference, afterwards and in the discussions. I think in general this kind of conference is very valuable because IT managers, directors,and CIOs get to meet their colleagues from other industries, build relationships, share ideas and information, and hopefully come up with new ideas.

Ronald Loos, Director of Technology and Operations, Grubb & Ellis Management Services (GEMS) watch video (in English)

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, IDC