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CTO Sessions: Michael Paye, Netwrix

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? “I am very excited by the continued efforts of certain large organisations to be more open and support cross-platform capabilities.”


CTO Sessions: Guy Sayar, HashiCorp

How do you align your technology use to meet business goals? “Implementing technology must include tangible, measurable, and visible outcomes at every step.”


CTO Sessions: Amir Jerbi, Aqua Security

What makes an effective tech strategy? “An effective technology strategy is one that can easily be explained over a whiteboard session to non-techies.”


CTO Sessions: Atul Chadha, Affinity Solutions

How has the CTO role changed and how will it continue to change? “I think the CTO role used to be a more technology-driven visionary role … I think the role has transformed to be closer to the business, the here and now.”


CTO Sessions: Clément Stenac, Dataiku

What type of CTO are you? “I am and always will be a software engineer at heart. I cannot imagine my role without a strong implication in design, architecture and product…”


CTO Sessions: Manish Sood, Reltio

Do you have any trouble matching product/service strategy with tech strategy? “Product/service strategy goes hand-in-hand with tech. Today, there is no business or vertical that is not leveraging technology.”


CTO Sessions: Pam Coffey, AHEAD

Explain your career path. Did you take any detours? “A good summary of my career path is that it kept moving me to areas that were of interest and I continued to make use of my experience as my career progressed.”


CTO Sessions: Dan Stevens, Stress Point Health

What has been your greatest career achievement? “… the biggest achievement for me was seeing first-hand the impact SPHERE has on people who suffer from stress anxiety and PTSD. SPHERE users opening-up and feeling reborn.”


CTO Sessions: Mark Cusack, Yellowbrick Data

What makes an effective tech strategy? “One that is completely in tune with the product and business goals. So much of the success of a product is due to timing and how effective your go-to-market strategy is.”


CTO Sessions: Andreas Gabriel, Beyond by BearingPoint

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? “The technology that is still driving a lot of our technology strategy is cloud computing. It’s been out there for a while… but it is constantly evolving.”


CTO Sessions: Chris Kwong, Delta Controls Inc.

How do you align your technology use to meet business goals? “The focus is always on advancing our technologies that remove or improve workflow, operational efficiencies, operational reliability and performance…”


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…”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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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CTO Sessions: Simon Wilson, Aruba

How do you align your technology use to meet business goals? “First you have to understand the business goals and that means listening to the different parts of the business and their daily challenges.”


CTO Sessions: James Lloyd, Redox

What has been your greatest career achievement? “Building a fully-remote, digital company when it wasn’t popular or generally thought feasible.”


CTO Sessions: Andres Rodriguez, Nasuni Corporation

Explain your career path. Did you take any detours? “Oh, yes. Absolutely. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I spent a year in a small village in Spain, working both as a shepherd and as an apprentice to a butcher.”

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