Intro to 2008
Presented by:

MIT Center for Digital Business

The MIT Sloan CMO Summit

Society for Information Management (SIM)


CLICK HERE to see our 2006 Program given to each attendee (5MB PDF file).

2006 MIT CIO Symposium Program

We thank everyone who participated in our sold-out event.
We have the podcasts of the 2007 panels available now!

We are in the process of organizing our 2008 event.
We hope you visit soon as we update this site with new information.


The 4th Annual MIT CIO Symposium
was held on May 17, 2007

Networks for Competitive Advantage:
People, Partners and Processes

Coah Wei
Coach Wei blogs about the Symposium.
Read his thoughts here.


The MIT CIO Symposium brings together 500 senior-level IT decision-makers in a day of networking, spirited discussions and informative discourse concerning today's business and technology issues.

Charlie Feld photo

We thank our 2007 Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Charlie Feld,
Senior Executive Vice President
for Application Services

Our list of excellent panelists and speakers included:

Erik Brynolfsson
Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson
Professor MIT Sloan School
eWeek Top 100 Most Influential People in IT

Mr. JP Rangaswami
CIO, Global Services BT
Steve Papa photo
Mr. Steve Papa
Co-founder and CEO Endeca
Mary Finlay
Ms. Mary Finlay
Deputy CIO Partners Healthcare
Claudio Silvestri
Mr. Claudio Silvestri
CIO Cognos
Paul Neilson
Mr. Paul Nielson
SVP Monster
Richard Soley
Mr. Richard Soley
Chairman and CEO
Object Management Group, Inc
Rosalee Hermens
Ms. Rosalee Hermens
VP and CIO Timberland
John Polizzi
Mr. John Polizzi
BJ's Wholesale Club

Sean Belka
Mr. Sean Belka
Fidelity Investments

Mr. Peter Cohen

General Manager Amazon Mechanical Turk

Mr. Glenn Engler
EVP Digitas

Mr. John Gallant

Editorial Director and President Network World

Ms. Jo Hoppe
CIO Pegasystems

Ms. MaryFran Johnson

Former Editor in Chief Computerworld

Mr. Kumud Kalia

CIO Direct Energy

Mr. Thornton May

Futurist, Executive Director and Dean IT Leadership Academy

...and more...

This year’s theme explored how social networks in business can revolutionize the processes by which people, partners and customers work together to create value. Social networks and related technology have gained prominence recently as sources of entertainment.

The 2007 CIO Symposium brought together thought leaders from across the globe to share their perspectives on how to maximize the potential of such collective intelligence networks to gain competitive advantage.

Symposium Theme Summary

In an increasingly connected world, in the office, on the road, at home, companies have unprecedented access to information and ideas from their employees, partners, and customers. Business leaders are looking for ways to leap ahead of their competitors by leveraging these social networks for competitive advantage and become the product and customer service leaders of the future.

Panel Tracks

The 2007 MIT CIO Symposium discussed the impact of recent IT developments along three themes: “Leveraging Collective Insights to Enhance Value”, “Trends in the Ever-changing CIO’s Technology Toolkit”, and “On the Horizon - Trends and Opportunities”.

Within the first theme we looked at the impact of using IT as the template for social networks on the enterprise. In our first track, “The Global KnowledgeForce” answers: How are social networks being used to improve productivity and innovation? In the second track, “Knowing the Wants and Needs of the Customer”, details: How is IT being used to adapt the customer experience to improve conversion and retention? How does this data allow for more accurate customer segmentation models? What knowledge can be gleaned about the customer ownership cycle and emerging, possibly disruptive, market trends?

The second theme considered trends impacting the tools at the CIO’s disposal. In Track 1, “Is IT becoming “ComponentWare” considered the following questions: Is IT evolving towards standard, easily-connected building blocks? What are the risks and benefits of using 3rd party services and “openware”? Track 2, “Trends in IT Infrastructure” considered the impact of ITIL on infrastructure management, new technologies and their rates of adoption, and virtualization tools impacting data storage and delivery.

As an extra bonus, our third track introduced attendees to the latest thinking from some of the Institute’s leading professors and practitioners, as well as emerging technologies from MIT spin-offs. How are firms using these technologies? What kind of returns are they seeing? Are your competitors gaining or losing ground through innovations that you have not considered?

For information on our 2006 symposium please click here:
2006 Symposium

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Here are a few news articles about previous Symposia:

Ziff Davis
Nine great podcasts from
MIT's CIO Symposium
Posted by David Berlind

Google in the Enterprise:
Listen to an interview between Eric Lundquist
and David Girouard, VP of Enterprise from Google
at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

At a recent gathering of CIOs, the person who heads Google's Enterprise Search unit made...

information week
So You Want To Be The Boss?


Business IT Vendors Failing To Meet User Needs

eweek channel insider
Can Google turn enterprise IT from a cost center to a profit center? Maybe.

Here are some links to articles written about the 2005 Symposium:

E-tailing's Next Lift
A Call For Citizen Action On Security

E-Commerce Score Card
Flexibility, Ease of Use Will Measure Workflow Success


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