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Few relationships are as vital as the one between the CFO and the CIO. With IT tugging more persuasively at corporate purse strings, primarily for sales and marketing technologies that reach today's connected consumers through innovative ways, CFOs must talk the language of the CIO, and vice versa. Unfortunately, this is not often the case.
Whereas in past CIOs reported up to the CEO, in many organizations today he or she increasingly reports directly to the CFO, a trend that appears to have strong legs. CIOs come knocking now with all sorts of resource requests, many involving substantial IT staff programming time -- always an expensive proposition. The array of mobile applications alone is daunting in this age of Shadow IT. Ditto the many security risks and regulatory compliance requirements that new technologies always pose.
Choosing among these various projects when other capital-intensive plans are in the offing is a Solomon-like task, obviously made more difficult if the rapport between the CIO and CFO is shaky. Each executive nonetheless must find ways to work together better.
During this Webcast, a distinguished panel of experts will weigh in on the relationship issues that often detach left-brain CFOs from right-brain CIOs, and ways to bridge this divide.
About the Panelists
Dave Aron, Vice President and Gartner Fellow, CIO Research, Gartner
Dave Aron is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in the CIO research group at Gartner. With an extensive background in IT and business strategy, Dave focuses his research on business and IT strategy, which is helping businesses and public sector agencies win using information technology. He is a thought leader in strategy, mergers and acquisitions and CIO leadership issues. He co-authors Gartner's annual CIO survey and CIO agenda reports.
Larry Dunivan, Chief Information Officer, Core Products & Technology, Ceridian HCM
Larry Dunivan joined Ceridian in December 2011 as the Senior Vice President, Products and Technology. In this role, Larry applies his deep industry knowledge and expertise to help Ceridian deliver next-generation solutions for the human capital industry. He oversees Ceridian's current suite of human capital solutions and services and partners with leaders across the organization to drive the strategy and execution of preparing and transitioning Ceridian's customers to its next-generation SaaS platform.
Prior to joining Ceridian, Larry was most recently the SVP of HCM Products at Lawson (an Infor affiliate) and had responsibility for product management and product development for HCM solutions globally.
Larry was previously a Director of the IT Program Management office at Best Buy Stores and held a variety of positions with Lawson and Cyborg Systems (now Accero). He is a 25-year veteran of the HR Technology industry and is an active blogger on perceptivehrtech.com.
Larry has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University, including from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management.
Chip Gliedman, Vice President, Forrester
Chip serves CIOs. His research focuses on IT investment strategies, justifying technology investments, IT portfolio management, business technology (BT) alignment, and IT satisfaction. Chip developed the Total Economic Impact (TEI) model and program to help clients quantify and communicate the financial value of technology investments and strategies.
Chip has 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He came to Forrester through its acquisition of Giga Information Group. Prior to joining Giga, he was director of business development for Passport Designs, where he managed both the customer service center and the direct sales organizations. In 1992, he implemented a program where technical support agents would be rewarded if their interactions led to the sale of an upgrade or additional product. Chip also held senior positions at Ingres, where he was group manager of desktop and Unix platform marketing, as well as Ingres' representative to the X/Open ISV council.
Chip has delivered presentations and workshops worldwide to audiences ranging from four to 400. His work on calculating and communicating the value of IT and IT projects was the subject of a cover story in PC Week and has been featured in BusinessWeek, CIO Magazine (US and Canada), InformationWeek (US and Germany), and numerous other business and trade publications. He has also appeared as a panelist on Silicon Spin with John Dvorak on ZDTV.
Dan Petlon, Chief Information Officer, Enterasys
Dan Petlon is Chief Information Officer with Enterasys, and brings more than 20 years of operational and QA experience to his role with the company. Petlon is responsible for delivering internal IT services to enable all aspects of the Enterasys business, with a strong focus on improving the experience of both internal and external customers. Petlon is leading the transformation of IT at Enterasys by taking advantage of the latest technology including social, mobile, and cloud, enabling it with Enterasys' own products.
In 2012, Petlon received the CIO of the Year award in the Enterprise category from the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech.
Prior to joining Enterasys, Petlon was VP of Quality Assurance at CA, where he had QA responsibility for the SPECTRUM and eHealth product lines.
About the Moderator
Russ Banham is the Senior Writer at CFO magazine. Over the past three decades, Mr. Banham has written close to 200 feature stories for CFO and CFO.com, as well as thousands of articles for many other business publications, including Forbes, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Chief Executive, U.S. News and World Report, Journal of Accountancy, and many others.
He is the author of 23 books, including The Ford Century, the award-winning, international best-selling history of Ford Motor Company, translated into 13 languages, and The Fight for Fairfax, detailing the extraordinary economic growth of northern Virginia in the aftermath of World War II. His various books have led to several television appearances, including on the TODAY show and A&E's Biography. He is currently writing a history of aviation in Hawaii.