Why You Should Attend!

Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together senior IT executives from a range of industry verticals for our 2017 CIO Forum: Leading the Business through Digital Transformation in San Francisco. Throughout a full day of content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that IT executives are tackling as the role that technology plays within the organization continues to evolve in 2018, with an agenda geared specifically towards CIOs, CTOs, and CISOs, as well as IT/Technology/MIS/Architecture VPs and Directors in a leadership role.  Topics covered by our speaking faculty will include:

  • Exploring the rapidly evolving role of the CIO and the new in demand leadership capabilities as organizations become increasingly digitally enabled
  • Attaining, training, and retaining talent through in-demand skillset development and mentor programs
  • The CIO, CDO & CMO Partnership: Enabling the organization to effectively leverage data to achieve organizational growth goals
  • The future of IT’s role in reaching customers – exploring how CIOs are redefining customer experience
  • Exploring the top trends, capabilities, and risks that are driving IT spend in 2017


Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more.

We look forward to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 IT leaders hailing from the heart of the Bay Area and beyond!

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Rhonda Le at rle@argyleforum.com.

ARGYLE HOST Stephen Alford Chief Technology Officer
Worldwide Environmental Products
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Larry Biagini Chief Technology Evangelist
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Amine Chigani Chief Architect
Current, powered by GE
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Sham Chotai Chief Technology Officer, Software and Analytics
GE Power & Water
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Keri Dawson Vice President, Global Customer Solutions Delivery Leader
GE Oil & Gas
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Harriet Fryman Vice President of Growth
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Hemal Gandhi Big Data Expert
Capital One
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Edward Hsu Vice President of Product Marketing
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Ratnakar Lavu Chief Technology Officer & Chief Information Officer
Kohl's Corporation
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Paul Lewis Chief Technology Officer
Hitachi Data Systems
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Nat Natarajan Executive Vice President, Product and Technology
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Yogi Panjabi Chief Information Officer, Talent Business
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Shahin Pirooz Chief Technology Officer
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  • 8:30am - 9:30am Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 9:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
  • 9:35am - 10:10am Keynote Session: "Data as a Differentiator"
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    Key executives across finance, marketing and HR departments are relying on IT executives more than ever to determine what data should be focused upon, how to leverage it create competitive differentiation, and how to achieve business profitability. Consequently, in addition to the traditional responsibilities expected of IT executives, CIOs are now also tasked with fulfill the needs of today’s data driven organizations. In this session, we'll cover best practices for business collaboration across departments and how the IT executives' role enables for a more data-driven organization.

  • 10:10am - 10:35am Networking Break
  • 10:35am - 11:25am Panel Discussion: "Unlocking the Power of IoT"
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:
    • How do you and your organization define the IoT?
    • What are the challenges you’re encountering with regards to adjusting your infrastructure for the IoT?
      • Data, real-time processing, cloud, security, etc.
    • If you’ve embarked on an IoT project, what are the top challenges you encountered?
      • What were the results? ROI, increased user satisfaction?
      • What did you learn and how have you applied to that to subsequent projects?
    • Why are some organizations hesitant to embark on an IoT project? What’s preventing some organizations from making the investment?
      • How can IT executives convince their finance teams that an IoT investment is worthwhile?
    • What role does digital interface play in the success of an IoT solution?
    • What organizational changes are you making to support the IoT?
    • What are the non-IT related challenges that result from building and executing an IoT strategy?
    • What does the future of IT look like in the next 1-2 years?

  • 11:25am - 11:50am Networking Break
  • 11:50am - 12:25pm Keynote Session: "Enterprise Business Models for Successful Cloud Adoption
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    IT executives are playing an increasingly vital role in addressing digital disruption and maintaining competitive advantage, evaluating what new innovations in the marketplace will best benefit business needs. With the emergence of the cloud in 2008, many leading organizations have successfully adopted cloud technology to transform their businesses by driving down operational cost and accelerating overall organizational success. 

  • 12:25pm - 1:25pm Lunch
  • 1:25pm - 2:15pm Panel Discussion: "Navigating the Organization’s Journey throughout Digital Transformation"
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Mapping out and utilizing the digital customer journey for your organization
    • Determining how your culture will need to shift to support the customer experience
    • How to break down digital silos, distributing digital throughout the organization and leadership
    • Taking a measured, cohesive approach to paid social’s place in the strategy
    • Minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency as a top-tier priority for any C-suite executive

  • 2:15pm - 2:35pm Networking Break
  • 2:35pm - 3:10pm Keynote Session: "The CIO's Impact on Customer Experience"
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    Given the multitude of channels, devices, systems, and data sources at hand, businesses are grappling with how to create a consistent experience for all customers at all times. As today’s consumer has become more connected (and more demanding), IT executives are playing an increasingly vital role in creating personalized customer journeys. In this session, hear the pain points and lessons learned from the IT perspective, and how collaborating with other departments can help achieve not only an optimal user experience, but also meet business goals.

  • 3:15pm - 3:50pm Keynote Session: "Understanding and Exploring the Impact of DevOps"
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    In recent years, the emergence of DevOps has impacted the structure of the IT team in a myriad of ways, presenting exciting opportunities to improve business performance and drive efficiency. This session will showcase how organizations are successfully transitioning to a DevOps culture, how to overcome challenges associated with the movement, and how the state of DevOps is transforming in today’s evolving landscape. 

  • 3:50pm - 3:55pm Argyle Closing Remarks
  • 3:55pm - 4:55pm Closing Reception

Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for IT leaders such as:

Innovation in technology

Examine how your organization is innovating in the IT space, and what new technologies will impact on the business sphere in the years ahead. Our speakers will discuss:

  • Driving productivity at work
  • Using the device to streamline practices
  • Harnessing data to create workable analytics
  • Realigning with online channels

IT's new normal

Review the major changes the field of IT has experienced over the past few years, the driving forces behind them, and the barriers they present. Get briefed on:

  • Overcoming obstacles in mobile integration
  • Protecting data from device to data center
  • Managing and enforcing BYOD security
  • Building a flexible org around the cloud

The cloud and mobility

How are CIOs guiding their teams through the inherent challenges that accompany growth in the mobile and cloud spaces? Learn to ease through the growing pains and gain insight into:

  • Leveraging real time data
  • Forging partnerships with other functions
  • Improving cloud communications internally
  • Recognizing key benefits of new technology

The business of security and the cloud

Evaluate how the cloud has transformed the way companies need to think about IT and security standards. Review the ways security infrastructure has evolved recent years, and catalysts of these changes. Hear discussions on:

  • Dealing with increased security risks from social technology
  • Closing the gap between security training and security awareness
  • Observing new industry trends and choosing which to adopt
  • Exploring major changes in business infrastructure

The CIO/CMO partnership

The digital sphere has changed the relationship between IT departments and other functions across the business. Talk about how successful CIOs are bridging the gap between IT and marketing to work toward common business goals. Gain insight on:

  • Establishing a common language to improve collaboration
  • Utilizing available business data from across the enterprise
  • Contributing to a customer-centric culture through partnership

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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The below hotels are recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.


Hotel Nikko

222 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 394-1111