Five years ago CIO UK launched the CIO Summit annual conference. At that first CIO Summit keynote speaker Paul Coby, then CIO at airline British Airways, now IT Director of retailer John Lewis Partnership, was the one of a small number of attendees with an iPad. As everyone in the CIO community knows all too well, the last five years has witnessed an incredible rate of technology change.

Cloud, mobile, data analysis, social media and the Internet of Things have all entered into our organisations and daily lives. These developments have taken place during a global recession and brought with them cost, strategic and change management issues.

Five years is a very long time in business technology and leadership and trying to predict the next five years and the dawn of 2020 is near impossible. Yet it is the role of the CIO to prepare the organisation and its technology strategy for the next five years.

Wearable technology, low energy chip formats and new interfaces are just the technology developments we can see on the horizon.

In these last five years we’ve not only seen new technologies reshape our business strategies, but macro- and micro-economic factors have changed outsourcing, budgeting, staff management and project management methods.

Digital is becoming a central environment for increasing levels of business operations and thus the importance of innovation for the CIO increases year-on-year. No matter the matrix of an organisation, digital, technology and information demand a director level approach.

The 2014 CIO Summit will look ahead to 2020 and the next five-  year journey as CIOs that have shaped their organisations, the CIO community and vendor relationships share their vision and achievements in business technology leadership.