Top Priorities for CIOs at Microsoft 2016 Spring CIO Summit

March 18, 2016   //   Microsoft, , ,

As technology continues to impact how companies do business at an extraordinary rate, there is much to think about regarding the role of a CIO. Now, more than ever, CIOs have the opportunity to become innovators, revenue drivers, and wield greater influence within their respective fields and organizations.

This year, we had the honor of being the Central Region Partner Sponsor at the 2016 Spring CIO Summit at Microsoft Redmond Campus in Seattle. The goal of this event was to explore the role of CIOs as business leaders and provide new insights into the technology and actions that are helping CIOs solidify their rightful place as strategic leaders within an organization’s C-suite.

The 2016 CIO Summit hosted nearly 300 CIOs from across the country who were looking to learn more about the Microsoft roadmap for the future, as well as to network and brainstorm with their peers and listen to some influential speakers on innovation and industry disruption.

SWC’s Director of Client Engagement, Pete Lee, had the opportunity to host the central region at the Spring 2016 North America CIO Summit Welcome Dinner, where he sat down with fellow Midwest CIOs to chat about their concerns, priorities and plans for the future. Pete reported back to us with the three most prominent topics that came up during the event: Security, Intelligence and Innovation.


For Security, we learned about how to protect the modern workplace from all the various types of cyber crime that businesses are dealing with today. We saw how Microsoft analytics can combat the most dangerous internet threats not only with cloud, but also from a mobility standpoint.


For Intelligence, it’s all about making better, quicker decisions with more accuracy when different data is flowing from multiple sources. Power BI and Azure Machine Learning were big hits at this year’s event. Cloud has created a very flexible and nimble way to aggregate data to empower your business through dashboards and reports.


When we talk about innovation, we’re talking about business transformation. We saw all the new features coming out with Office 365 E5, from analytics to unified communications. We learned about CRM Dynamics and how new features can enable sales and customer engagement. We also saw a wide array from next gen devices of all sizes, costs, and form factors.

Transform Your Business with Technology

Want to learn more about how you can be utilizing technology to transform your business? Register for our next complimentary Chicagoland Luncheon, where you’ll have an opportunity to talk to area experts and discuss how today’s CIOs are optimizing their businesses.