Chief Information Officer

1 Day Meeting

2019 CIO Leadership Forum: Embracing the Digital Revolution, from Information to Transformation

San Francisco, CA - Sep 10, 2019


In today’s digitally focused landscape, leading IT executives must ensure that their initiatives are not only disruptive enough to impact their business, but also their industry. An innovative CIO knows that success as a digital-first company is led by technology and coupled with a customer-centric culture.

Driving change to achieve organizational growth is now powered by having a better understanding of your customer’s needs and reinforcing them with the strategic implementation of technology.

Argyle’s CIO Leadership Forum brings together IT executives to develop relationships, exchange ideas and find solutions to navigate digital transformation.

Topic Areas:

  • The business of transformation creating a roadmap for change.
  • Cultivating a customer-centric culture
  • Defining innovation at the C-suite level
  • Demystifying and deploying blockchain for effective adoption and achievable results
  • Creating value for your organization through data analytics, machine learning and AI
  • Becoming more agile through clearly defined micro-services and API-based integration


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Pallav Agrawal

Pallav Agrawal

Director, Data Science

Levi Strauss & Co.

Gabriel Sidhom

Gabriel Sidhom

VP Technology Strategy & Development

Orange Silicon Valley

Eric Thorsen

Eric Thorsen

GVP Technical Presales and Field CTO


Stephen Wood

Stephen Wood

Chief Product Officer, Dell



This event will feature insights from top executives, including

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7:30am - 8:30am
Check-in/Networking Breakfast
8:30am - 8:35am
Opening Remarks
8:35am - 9:10am
Keynote Presentation: Leadership in the Age of Disruption: Bracing for Impact

The age of disruption is here. As a technology leader, you cannot allow your stakeholders to bury their heads in the sand. The only way to propel your company into the future is to be proactive and brace for impact. Arming your company with the latest technology, talent, and processes is the only solution for sustainability and growth.

9:10am - 9:40am
Table Talks

These facilitated, small-group discussions focus on key findings from Argyle’s pre-event insights survey. In these, off-the-record idea-exchange meetings, attendees share challenges, pain points, and real-world decision-making efforts.

9:40am - 10:00am
Thought Leadership Delivered by Boomi

Steve Wood
Chief Product Officer, Dell 

10:00am - 10:25am
Networking Break
10:25am - 10:45am
Thought Leadership Delivered by SAS
10:45am - 11:30am
Panel Discussion: Continuing the Cloud Journey - Seamless, Streamlined, and Secure

We all know that the company needs to play a major role in the decision-making process, but what are the other must-haves that influence the final decision? Join us to hear first-hand the decision-making process that goes into determining how companies engage cloud migration. Get a checklist of the pros and cons weighed that influence the decision to go private, public or hybrid.

We’ll discuss:

·         How do organizations determine whether private, public, or hybrid cloud is the right program based on the organization’s needs?
·         As your workloads migrate to multiple cloud providers, what are best practices you can put in place to ensure the security of your data?
·         What efforts are in place to ensure compliance with internal and industry data protection mandates?
·         How do you assemble required functionality across multiple cloud providers?
·         How are you measuring the performance of services in real-time to identify potential problems and prepare for the future?

11:30am - 11:50am
Thought Leadership Delivered by Kinetica
11:50am - 12:05pm
Networking Break
12:05pm - 12:25pm
Thought Leadership Delivered by JDA

Eric Thorsen
GVP Technical Presales / Field CTO
JDA Software

12:25pm - 1:10pm
Panel Discussion: Strategic Planning to Identify Vulnerabilities and Risks

As a leader, your goal is to create a roadmap to protect the information and infrastructure of your company while aligning business goals and organizational risk. Learn how to effectively create a strategic plan that complements your business goals while maintaining a responsible level of risk management.

1:10pm - 2:10pm
2:10pm - 3:10pm
Roundtable Session: Positioning Your Organization for Growth, Agility and Flexibility

Real digital transformation comes with the reinvention of major portions of your business. Core technology systems, operating processes and business models are evaluated, replaced or streamlined. Digital transformation is a fundamental shift in how a company delivers value, drives revenue and wants to be perceived in the marketplace. In this thought-provoking segment, attendees will work together to unbox solutions around how to effectively navigate the transformation journey and answer questions around who really drives transformation: is it top down or reverse?

3:10pm - 3:35pm
Networking Break
3:35pm - 4:05pm
Keynote Presentation: Attracting and Retaining Talent

Who are the types of people you need at your organization? What skills do you need?  These are the questions you need to answer to structure your team successfully. During this presentation, you’ll learn how to curate an effective IT talent strategy to future-proof your company.

4:05pm - 4:35pm
Keynote Presentation: Maintaining a Competitive Edge: How Legacy Companies Are Staying in the Game and Winning

Interest in adopting AI-driven business transformation at enterprises is at an all-time high, but as per a recent IDC report, there is about a 50% failure rate in AI projects. The session will focus on best practices that help enterprises actually generate value from its AI initiatives. We will cover common skillset and mindset gaps that must be bridged, along with ideation and product development frameworks that increase the likelihood of success for AI projects.

Key Takeaways:

  • Product development framework to design delightful consumer experiences
  • the mindsets and skills required to execute on an innovation roadmap
  • how to evaluate and work with vendors that provide 'AI-powered' solutions

Pallav Agrawal
Director, Data Science
Levi Strauss & Co.

4:35pm - 4:45pm
Argyle Closing Remarks
4:45pm - 5:45pm
Closing Reception

Stay with us for cocktails and conversation. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to wind down with your peers and make some last-minute connections.


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