ICS conference tackles leadership issues for CIOs

Speakers at the second ICS leadership Conference

1 December 2014

Leaders need to get out of their comfort zones and embrace diversity if they are to succeed, was one of the take-home messages from the second ICS Leaders conference took place at the Marker Hotel in the Dublin docklands on Thursday 27 November.

The event brought over 120 C-level executives to discuss megatrends in IT, the acquisition of leadership skills and how organisations are driving change through technology.

The keynote speech was delivered by Pat O’Doherty, CEO of ESB, in which he explained the role of technology in the future vision of the utility company. Noting that the ESB currently uses 520 applications, 700 databases and 1,200Tb of data, O’Doherty said IT had changed the way the company handled customer service, from a state of out of hours calls being handled at home to smarter networks that can alert technicians to problems in real time.

The following panel discussion on megatrends in IT looked at developments in social, mobile, cloud and analytics.

Speaking on a cybersecurity panel chaired by Pat Casey of Kerry Group, Symantec’s Kevin Hogan noted that the employees most at risk of phishing or social engineering attacks aren’t executives but lower level staff with access to the most data.

The role of leadership was discussed at the final session of the day by John Murphy of DeCare Systems, Eleanor O’Neill and Symantec and Tom Sullivan, ICS and chaired by Patrick Clarke of Omnipay.

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