CIO Impacts Forum -
Information Technology for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Healthcare

The next decade is going to see a major shift in the business operations of the Global Enterprise as a result of greater impetus to become more sustainable. A popular definition of sustainability is from the 1987 United Nations conference as follows - "meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." Today public and private sectors across the world are turning their sustainability efforts towards Energy, Environment and Healthcare (EEH) as follows:

  • Energy - Enterprises are producing, transporting, distributing and consuming energy in a more efficient manner and using renewable sources and smart grids where possible
  • Environment - Enterprises are working to reduce carbon footprint
  • Healthcare - Enterprises are improving the health and well-being of their work-force

Despite the fact that the current economic turmoil continues to shrink every government and industrial sector worldwide, sustainable EEH continues to be at the forefront of every leader's goals for the foreseeable future. The timing for this is right and the impetus from the various federal governments for stimulus funding - such as the ARRA funding from the U.S. - have also gone towards these fields, indicating the global sentiment for the importance of these three inter-linked issues. As enterprises re-tool themselves for this new environment, the roles and responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the enterprise are also changing. The CIO is concerned about issues such as energy efficient hosting web-services, securing smart electric grids supplying power to an enterprise's distributed operations, automatically tracking the enterprise's carbon footprint in real-time, or securing RFID-enabled employee healthcare cards and employee Electronic Health Records (EHR, aka EMR or Electronic Medical Records) within the Enterprise Healthcare Information Systems (HIS). Roles played by CIOs are going to greatly expand as they are being given increasing responsibilities. This forum will being together CIOs from various enterprises to provide thought leadership on a variety of issues relating to the office of the CIO. The foot-print or the Impact that the CIO will have is expected to change significantly in the near future.

As a result of such upcoming changes, enterprise I.T. systems will need to be constantly retooled. For example, with carbon cap-and-trade, a corporation might no longer be able to outsource the computing without taking responsibility for the carbon footprint caused by the use of the outsourced computing on the servers. On the flip-side, this raises the burden to the outsourcing service enterprise that has now to allocate carbon trades to appropriate customers based on their actual usage. The model for mapping the carbon footprint might not be linearly correlated with that of the computing service bill. The CIO must of course manage such new requirements along with the constantly tightening budgets. How should the CIO then respond? Should the CIO then decrease outsourcing? How does the CIO keep his/her systems and software tools organized and managed in a manner such that the enterprise can quickly respond to changes in the government policies and rulings on issues such as carbon cap and trade, smart grids, or, new healthcare requirements that result from new Healthcare regulations? These are all challenges that the CIO of the second decade of the 21st Century must face.

The CIO must therefore create a nimble and flexible I.T. infrastructure - technology adoption - done at the right time in the technology's curve - is key. Relevant technologies, when they are scalable, financially justifiable and secure for the enterprise, allow the CIO to make a case. However, many such technologies, such as RFID or Mobile Access through wireless devices, require somewhat of a longer-term outlook, which in a down economy few bosses - the CEOs - have an appetite to invest in. Nevertheless, technology investment in a sustainable fashion is critical to the success of the job function of the CIO.

The industries that will be affected by the current impetus towards Sustainability include perhaps every possible known sector, ranging from Energy to Utilities, from Healthcare to Telecommunications, from Automotive to Aerospace/Defense, from Software to Electronics/semi-conductors, or, from manufacturing to retail. These enterprises are taking greater responsibility in being sustainable - it helps not only their public image, but also their ability to create a longer-term viable enterprise. Also, being sustainable allows them to create global standards making it easier for them to gain acceptance in a global economy across different countries which may have different environment, energy or healthcare regulations. Those companies that advance their EEH capabilities might be able to create PR platforms for themselves resulting in potentially more satisfied employees and customers.

On February 24th, UCLA is hosting its 7th Annual CIO Impacts Forum bringing together CIOs and other leaders such as CTOs/CEOs from private and government enterprises across the world to discuss and further the Thought Leadership Effort on CIO Impacts at UCLA. Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Renewable energy - Solar, Wind, Geo-Thermal, Bio-Mass and their Impact on IT.
  • I.T. Impact on the development of Renewable Energy Sources
  • I.T. Advances in Healthcare Information Systems Develop (HIS)
  • I.T.and Smart Grid
  • Wireless, Mobile and RFID Technologies - How they affect I.T. for EEH
  • Smart Grid Architectures for Energy and Healthcare - commonalities and differences
  • Healthcare Quality Management via new technologies
  • Making a Business Case for advanced I.S. technologies in EEH
  • Changes from the CIO inn a global corporation that affect the CEOs business
  • Changes in the CIOs role as a result of the stimulus funding opportunities (and challenges)
  • Providing sustainable services for the global enterprise - challenges and opportunities
  • Sustainable Services oriented architectures
  • Software environments to support Sustainable Services - Java, .Net, etc.
  • Sustainable Information Technologies Issues:
    • New enterprise sustainable service opportunities due to technological advances
    • Cloud computing - advances, architectures and how they support sustainable web services
    • Wireless, Mobility and communications technologies sustainability issues - VOIP, Data Convergence; Convergence of Wireless, WiMax, Wi-Fi, Flavors of 802.11.4G and 5G networks
    • How the CIO's role vis-a-vis the CTO's role is constantly being redefined as technology for internal use and technology that goes into the company's products/services start to merge
    • Device specialization for enterprise needs for the next decade
    • Mandates, compliance and regulatory issues from federal and state governments, e.g. Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, Real ID Act, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
    • Security technologies, policies, architecture
    • Virtualization in server-side computing and distributed computing, Green technologies and developments
    • Alignment of business goals with the IT function
    • Changing role of CIO from cost center to key techno-business driver for the enterprise, CIO's job function and relationship to the company's market being served
    • Enterprise 2.0 and the Mobile user
    • Mobility in Assets and Personnel - RFID, Sensor and Tracking Technologies, Supply Chain and inventory tracking, middleware for economical deployment
    • The effect of regulations on wireless transmission of data and how enterprises are coping with the plethora of new technologies
    • Open Source - The effect of Open alliances such as Google's open handset alliance (OHA) on enterprise I.T.
    • Maturing of the information security organization in terms of the strategies for information security, identity management/identity theft, and security architecture

For further information
Speaker Nominations are open : Nominate a Speaker
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Speakers at previous forums

Erna Adelson SVP Sony Electronics
Gary Ahwah CIO PacifiCare, A UnitedHealthcare Company
Bob Bauer CTO Xerox Global Services
Jerome Beaudoin VP & CIO Devon Energy
Hardik Bhatt CIO City of Chicago
Cora Carmody Sr. VP, CIO SAIC
George Chappelle CIO Sara Lee Corporation
Ken Chrisman EVP Wells Fargo
Joe Cleveland CIO Lockheed Martin
Mike Cook Sr VP and GM Hughes Network Systems
Steve Cooper CIO American Red Cross
William Crowell CIO County of San Diego
Carl Eberling Vice President, CIO West Area IT Verizon Wireless
Phil Edholm CTO and VP Network Architecture Nortel Networks
Robert Fecteau CIO BAE Systems
J. Stephen Fletcher CIO State of Utah
Cita Furlani CIO N.I.S.T.
Keith Glennan VP and CTO Northrop Grumman
Scott Griffin VP and CIO Boeing
Alex Grimwade VP 20th Century Fox Television
Arthur Hair Chief Technology Officer Walt Disney Studios
Abe Kani CIO City of Atlanta
Ebrahim Keshavarz Vice President, New Services Development AT&T
Shaygan Kheradpir CIO Verizon Communications
Len Lauer COO Qualcomm
Randi Levin General Manager/Chief Technology Officer City of LA
Celia Lin CIO - Corporate Departments Chevron
Allen Marks Senior IT Architect Raytheon
Jeffrey Mirich SVP and CIO Walt Disney Studios
Dominic Nessi CIO Los Angeles World Airports
Doug Parish Sr VP and CTO Walt Disney Group
Vaho Rebassoo CTO, IT Services Boeing
Bill Schrier CTO City of Seattle
Omer Simeon EVP Countrywide Financial
Joe Solimando CIO Disney Consumer Products
Chris Vein CIO City of San Francisco
Tom Witmer VP Kaiser Permanente

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