I attended the two-day CIO Connect Conference at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington"Who Dares Wins: betting on bold moves".
Despite a couple of quite inspiring plenary sessions - I particularly liked the one from Caspar Berry, a professional poker player (with his own show on the Telly, apparently) on risk management - the conference did not live up to its billing. I thought that it dealt mainly with yesterday's problems; much of the content was about leadership and, although CIOs can hardly claim to have cracked the problem, I felt the context was entirely wrong.
There was one breakout group on CTO Views on 2010: Technology Forecasting, which I unfortunately did not elect to attend, but other than that most of the radical changes that are affecting our industry convergence/ unified communications, Web 2.0 and social computing, security connotation (from security based-on secure network perimeters to security vested in the applications and identity management and access authentication?) weren't touched-upon.
I joined CIO Connect, this year, because I liked the model, involving the whole management team, and which appeared to attract broad industry support, with an intention of rationalising my involvement with other industry associations. I hope that wasn't a mistake.
So far as I could tell, I was the only member from local government present, although there were a few from central government departments. Although I don't see that as a problem per se, I guess the way that we engage with our communities in local government means that we are likely to be closer to many emergent trends?
I am, however, a great fan of Monday evening's after dinner speaker Ian Hislop and his talk certainly lived-up to expectations!