Forum 2011

IT Leader Forum

8th IT Leader Forum: October 5th 2011 at the Digital October Center (Moscow, Russia)

The IT Leader Forum is a landmark event in the Russian IT community, bringing together top managers from Russian and international businesses, global IT vendors, industry experts, and the mass media every year.

Key theme of the 8th IT Leader Forum was ‘Finding Hidden Opportunities for Business Growth and Retaining Efficiency Gains’.

The IT Leader Forum was held in a talk show format based on three discussion sessions

  • Real time business management
  • Attracting clients in an increasingly competitive environment
  • Business growth in a cash flow deficit environment

The organizers of the IT Leader Forum are the Russian Managers Association, Itogi, CIO, and Intelligent Enterprise Magazines, and CROC.

Regular IT Leader Forum participants include: Sberbank of Russia, Alfa Bank, Bank of Moscow, Ingosstrakh, Raiffeisenbank, Barclays Bank, Megafon, VimpelCom, MTS, Vodafone, Rosneft, Norilsk Nickel, British American Tobacco Russia, Colgate-Palmolive, METRO Cash & Carry, Ơ5 Retail Group, Sheremetyevo International Airport, and many others.


Participants of the IT Leader Forums

Participants of the IT Leader Forum by Industry (2004-2010)

Target Audience of the IT Leader Forums (2004-2010)

International IT Experts

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.

Topics of the IT Leader Forums

2011 - Finding Hidden Opportunities for Business Growth and Retaining Efficiency Gains

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


Feedback and Comments about the IT Leader Forum

I think the IT Leader Forum was a very nice experience. A really good place for people to network, a lot of good subjects and topics debated. I think it is an excellent way for people to get together and innovate together. So I really liked it.

Peter Hinssen, Across Technology Managing Partner

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