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CTO Sessions: Niki Trigoni, Navenio

Are there any technologies which you think are overhyped? “Most technologies have been through their hype phase before expectations are calibrated to meet reality. Artificial intelligence has been a typical example…”


C-suite career advice: Jason VandeBoom, ActiveCampaign

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received? “Pick a niche. So much business advice basically boils down to ‘focus on one thing’ but if last year has taught us anything, it’s that change happens…”


CIO Spotlight: Rick Lindberg, ASTM International

What roles or skills are you finding (or anticipate to be) the most difficult to fill? “The biggest challenge for us is finding people with domain experience…”


Secret CSO: Paul Baird, Qualys

What's the best career advice you ever received? “A previous manager once shared the advice with me that “if you’re not happy, leave”, which is incredibly simple but also quite powerful to remind people of their ability to change a...


CTO Sessions: Brian Mathews, Bright Machines

What is the biggest issue that you’re helping customers with at the moment? “Resiliency. People in the cloud computing world are used to everything failing and everyone builds resiliency in from the start.”


C-suite career advice: Barry Mainz, Malwarebytes

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position? “… continuing to evolve and learn is also a critical skill to have when aiming for a c-level position. You’re never too seasoned to continue to build your breadth and...


CIO Spotlight: Sheila Carpenter, Zix

What does good culture fit look like in your organisation? “I think the key to cultivating a good culture in an organisation involves leading with empathy, communicating transparently and ensuring employees feel accepted, respected,...


Secret CSO: Jaya Baloo, Avast

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? “It is positive to see the cybersecurity industry making waves in supply chain security… the recent high-profile supply chain attacks have caused the industry to wake up and smell the...


CTO Sessions: Lars Rossen, Micro Focus

What makes an effective tech strategy? “Decomposable: It should be possible to understand at a very high abstraction level by non techies, and then be able to decompose in steps down to the individual products and modules.”


C-suite career advice: Andrey Korotayev, Clear Junction

What are the most common mistakes made by candidates in an interview? “Being insincere. There is no point trying to hide your weaknesses and over-emphasising your strengths.”


CIO Spotlight: Colleen Berube, Zendesk

Does the conventional CIO role include responsibilities it should not hold? “The ‘conventional CIO’ role has transformed. The modern CIO has moved from command and control to guide and govern.”


Secret CSO: David Stapleton, CyberGRX

What roles or skills are you finding the most difficult to fill? “…the most difficult candidates to find are true generalists who have a broad range of experience and skills across multiple technology platforms. For a small business...


CTO Sessions: Victor Kushch, Fairmarkit

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? “The biggest area I am most excited about is data science, with domains like natural language processing, ranking algorithms, and transferred learning.”


How innovative technology can revolutionise recruitment efforts

60% of businesses believe that their reliance on digital skills will increase over the next five years, yet participation in digital skills training has declined. Robert Symons, SVP of Sales EMEA of SmartRecruiters, discusses how...


C-suite career advice: Sanjay Castelino, Snow Software

How important are specific certifications? “… I think certifications are a good validation for people early in their career, but when you’re 5 years in, I’m more interested in what you’ve done than what certifications you have.”


CIO Spotlight: Bhuvana Badrinathan, Convergint Technologies

Describe the maturity of your digital business. “We are currently focused on maturing our digital business, as most successful organisations are. At Convergint, we centre our IT focus into two sections—the ‘run’ and the ‘grow.’"


Secret CSO: J.R. Cunningham, Nuspire

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? "It’s really an interesting multi-faceted profession. It’s an engineering discipline that requires a focus on people—I love that combination."


CTO Sessions: Amir Rapson, vFunction

What predictions do you have for the role of the CTO in the future? “CTOs will have to answer for the organisation’s ability to innovate. Technology is the big facilitator, and CTOs need to harness it for the business.”

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