CIO Symposium


CIO Symposium
The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 8:30am-5:00pm
Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA


The ICIS CIO Symposium is the forum connecting IS scholars interested in practice-oriented research and IS practitioners. Papers accepted to the practice-oriented research track will be presented, along with invited talks and discussions from distinguished CIOs who will also share their experiences and identify the critical IS management issues they face.
In particular, the ICIS CIO Symposium 2015 features:

  • Tom Davenport, President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, with a keynote presentation on “Beyond Automation: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines”. Many economists have all but ceded many middle and lower-skill jobs to automation, but high-end knowledge workers—doctors, lawyers, accountants, marketers, and so on—have always been deemed safe from automation-driven job loss. The rise of analytics, machine learning, natural language processing and other cognitive technologies, however, is beginning to put those roles at risk as well. In this presentation Tom Davenport will describe which types of jobs are most at risk, how rapidly cognitive computing is maturing, and over what timeframe potential disruptions in knowledge work might take place. Most importantly, he will argue that there are ways that knowledge workers can make it likely that their work augments and is augmented by technology rather than being fully automated by it. He will describe five valid roles for humans in the age of smart machines, and discuss how individuals, organizations, and societies can prepare for this hopeful future.
  • A panel of senior IT executives that will discuss Tom Davenport’s insights, how they apply to their companies, their impact on IT and the role of the CIO. Panel participants will be:

    • Zack Hicks, Chief Information Officer & Group Vice President, Toyota Motor North America
    • Mark Meyer, Head of Global IM, Tetra Pak
    • Jaime Montemayor, SVP and CIO, Commercial Solutions, Innovation, Data & Analytics BIS, PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Three sessions that showcase the newest in practice-oriented IS research. This year’s topics include “Improving business value delivery from IT,” “Digital strategies for ecosystems and platforms,” and “IT risk and security management.” The research presented in these sessions draws on the accepted submissions from the ICIS practice-oriented research track and should stimulate a vivid exchange between practice and academia.