ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CEB (NYSE: CEB), a best practice insight and technology company, recently held its annual North American IT Summit bringing together more than 300 global IT leaders, including Fortune 500 CIOs and industry visionaries. Across the two-day event IT and business leaders collaborated on solutions to key issues like cybersecurity, functional transformation and how the IT function can more effectively impact business outcomes.
CEB's Summit is unlike any other IT conference. The event provides leaders from various industries with a venue to openly discuss business priorities and challenges while gaining valuable insight into innovative solutions peer organizations are applying to overcome them. The 2015 Summit focused heavily on the more collaborative nature of IT and how the function can better align to evolving business partner needs. IT visionaries Ross Meyercord, Salesforce.com CIO , Marc Varner, McDonald's Corporation Corporate Vice President and global CISO, Thomas Blessing, CIO at Fidelity Investments and Brian Cincera, vice president global information security at Pfizer Inc. were just a few of the leaders who shared perspectives on this important transformation and how they are designing and leading through the change.
"Speed in IT is more important than ever. Technology drives practically every part of business today, however, 63 percent of business leaders think their organizations are too slow to respond to new technology opportunities," said Andrew Horne, IT practice leader at CEB. "The only way IT can address rapidly changing business needs is to become more adaptive and embrace a new collaborative, advisory role. Through our research—and by profiling what leading companies are doing to transform their own IT functions—we're helping senior IT leaders more positively impact corporate performance."
In addition to the focus on speed and Adaptive IT, Summit participants engaged on existing and emerging IT priorities, including:
- Fast Cycling Plans and Roadmaps: Attendees discussed how today's planning processes are mismatched to the needs of an environment where the only constants are uncertainty and continuous change. The summit provided real-world examples of how IT teams are redesigning their planning and roadmapping activities to promote current and future speed without undermining cost and quality.
- Making Cybersecurity an Enterprise-wide Priority: Industry leading CISOs shared examples of how they are addressing cybersecurity threats in a world of unknowns, and discussed tactics to ensure the entire organization plays an active role in managing risk.
- Changing IT's Competencies and Climate: The summit reviewed CEB's latest findings on the new competencies, roles and mindsets that IT teams must adopt to work faster and more flexibly.
To learn more about CEB's IT Leadership Councils or our annual IT Summits, please visit www.cebglobal.com/it.
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