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C-suite career advice: Luis Miguel Lancos, Elavon Merchant Services, subsidiary of U.S. Bank

What are the most common mistakes made by candidates in an interview? "Candidates that are just looking for a job, and not searching for a job that is right for them…"

CIO Spotlight: Jen Felch, Dell Technologies

Looking back with 20:20 hindsight, what would you have done differently? "I would have spoken up a more loudly and a more frequently."

Secret CSO: Charles Blauner, Team8

Is the security skills shortage affecting your organisation? "The hardest roles to fill at the moment are the most technical."

CTO Sessions: Alastair Hill, Dotmatics

What makes an effective tech strategy? "In my view, the most successful technology strategy is one that is generally conservative, avoiding jumping on technical bandwagons until they are proven."

C-suite career advice: Martijn Theuwissen, DataCamp

What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received? "I remember someone saying that 'eventually every business becomes a people business'."

CIO Spotlight: Sylvie Veilleux, Dropbox

Describe the maturity of your digital business. For example, do you have KPIs to quantify the value of IT? "The KPIs we track cover four pillars: people, operations, projects, and risk and governance."

Secret CSO: Pali Surdhar, nCipher Security

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? "Listening and making an effort to understand the situation and finding ways to solve a problem so that it remains solved."

CTO Sessions: Andy Jane, Olive Communications

What is the biggest issue that you're helping customers with at the moment? "Cloud adoption and helping customers transition to the cloud."

C-suite career advice: Gregory Blondeau, Proxyclick

Which would you recommend: A coding bootcamp or a computer science degree? "Probably a computer science degree. I prefer solid foundations."

CIO Spotlight: Stephen Miller, Appreciate Group

Does the conventional CIO role include responsibilities it should not hold? "I don't think there is a 'conventional' CIO role, the role varies dependent on the organisation and the industry."

Secret CSO: Annalea Ilg, Involta

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? "Roll up your sleeves and understand the environments you are securing…"

CTO Sessions: Stephen Brobst, Teradata

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? "Deep learning technology has huge implications across many applications and many industries."

C-suite career advice: Nick Earle, Eseye

Do you have a good work life balance in your current role? "A work-life balance is a myth - they are not two different things anymore."

CIO Spotlight: Deepak Kaul, Zebra Technologies

What's the best career advice you ever received? "Learning is a lifelong process that never ends."

Secret CSO: Jason Hicks, Kudelski Security

Cybersecurity is constantly changing - how do you keep learning? "? I do a significant amount of reading every day... It's also important to build a network of other CISOs you can share information with."

CTO Sessions: Dean Frew, SML RFID

What makes an effective tech strategy? "Tech has to create value!"

C-suite career advice: Saty Mahajan, Bento

Do you think it is better to have technical or business skills - or a mix of both? "I have found it invaluable to have both. I think it is a superpower."

CIO Spotlight: Gregg McNulty, ElectrifAi

What's the best career advice you ever received? "Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success, you must learn to fail fast, learn from it and recover."

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