PRN: Australian CIOs Welcome GDS International's Fourth CIO Australia Summit in September

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Australian CIOs Welcome GDS International's Fourth CIO Australia Summit in September


BRISBANE, Australia, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

On the 25th to the 27th of September 2012, the Radisson Resort Gold Coast, Queensland, will be transformed into a hub for the future of information technology in Australia as the region's leading executives from a range of industry verticals convene for two days, for what promises to be the best attended CIO event of the year - the fourth GDS International Chief Information Officer Australia Summit:

Australia is exceptionally well positioned for economic growth in 2012. Fuelled by the global demand for IT, spending on technology over the next ten years is expected to account for at least 80 per cent of company expansion. This shift places the role of the CIO as integral to future growth; the role has become a catalyst for change, placing immense pressure on decision makers in the industry. Now, more than ever, it is essential for key players in the field to come together and assess the rapidly evolving landscape of the IT industry - CIOs must arm themselves with knowledge in order to thrive in this increasingly competitive market.

GDS International's summits are carefully structured to provide executives with the perfect environment for cultivating new business relationships. Attendees will liaise with their peers and have the opportunity to participate in granular-level discussions, moderated, peer-led workshops, and vibrant roundtables to identify investment hot spots for the coming year. Key topics scheduled for discussion at this year's event include workforce mobility, business intelligence/performance management, integration, and data - from cloud computing to network security.

Included within this summit's senior delegation are Gary Sterrenberg, the CIO for the Department of Human Services; Michael Emmett, CIO for QBE; Patrick Maes, CTO for ANZ; Segar Reddy, CIO for V Australia; and Andrew Lam Po Tang, CITO for Fairfax Media.

John Brand, VP Australia and New Zealand for Springboard Research, attended a previous summit, and said: 'The GDS International CIO event is a compelling opportunity for senior IT decision makers and key influencers to network and educate themselves in the evolution of managing ICT. It brings together high performing CIOs, strategic technology vendors and independent industry thought leaders to debate, discuss and determine the future of IT. As an independent industry analyst firm, Springboard Research believes events of this quality are both critical and rare. The GDS CIO event should therefore be on the short list of every CIO's conference agenda."

In attendance will be a selection of the industry's most prominent thought leaders who will be contributing to the direction of the summit through a series of focused panel discussions covering a variety of key topics. This year's panel will cover some exciting issues, including the role of women in IT, methods for driving innovation in service delivery, and a feature on talent management, hosted by Andrew Lock, the CIO for Unilever.

Mark Quinn, CIO Summit Director for GDS International, the leading events company behind CIO Australia, believes that this year's event is once again shaping up to exceed all expectations: "With tremendous content, innovative speakers and leading technology and service providers, there is no doubt that the upcoming summit will bring significant value, and allow both delegates and sponsors to engage with each other on a high and strategic level.  There will be a fantastic gathering of CIOs and CTOs amongst other senior IT executives at the summit, while private, one on one meetings and interactive workshops give delegates the best opportunity to collaborate with their peers and prepare themselves for the year ahead. I am certain that this will be the best summit we have run to date."

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About GDS International

GDS International is one of the most innovative events and media companies worldwide - and a globally renowned producer of business-to-business summits, conferences, online information and advisory group gatherings. Founded in 1993, GDS International specialises in meeting the B2B marketing needs of our clients. Having a strong presence in mature industrial sectors but a finger on the pulse of emerging markets - as well as up-and-coming B2B business verticals - means we are perfectly placed to capitalise on the exciting developments brought about by the advent of a globalised economy. Our value proposition is simple: we deliver tangible business results from world-class events.

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