global-innovation-summitWorld-class tech leaders and executives gathered to share their amazing insight, experience, knowledge and vision on the future state of business and describe their roadmap for creating a culture of genius to drive growth and innovation across the modern enterprise. The high-value HMG Strategy 2018 Global Innovation Summit was held on February 21 at the legendary Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, the heart of Silicon Valley's culture and mindset. 

We were truly honored to share the stage with our all-star roster of high-energy speakers and panelists, including Salim Ali, CEO at Loyakk; Tim Campos, former CIO of Facebook; Norm Fjeldheim, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer; Head of Global Facilities, Illumina; Michael Golz, SVP & CIO Americas at SAP; Mark Moore, COO and Co-Founder at Inxeption; Wendy Pfeiffer, CIO at Nutanix; Sheila Rohra, CTO and Chief of Staff to the CEO at NetApp; Eric Yuan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zoom; and Jedidiah Yueh, Founder and Executive Chairman at Delphix.

Our speakers brought incredible passion, intelligence and wisdom to the stage, creating a genuinely unique experience of unparalleled value. Their collective level of achievement is awesome and inspiring, at every level.

They painted a vision for what's needed for the modern enterprise to accelerate their innovation strategies.  

Gaurav Dhillon, Chairman and CEO, Snaplogic, warned attendees that "the structure for corporate boards is fatally flawed in driving innovation strategies" and that "a board-level committee should be in place" to drive these efforts. I thought Gaurav's remarks were brilliant and it represents a clear opportunity for CIOs to play an essential role in guiding boards on corporate innovation strategies.

One of the things that's unique about HMG Strategy's Executive Leadership Summits is the level of candor that's shared between top-tier executives. For instance, during a panel discussion he moderated on customer experience, Tim Crawford, CIO Strategic Advisor, AVOA, posed a tough question to summit attendees: Are you doing enough as a CIO to meet with external customers to understand their pain points and interests?

On the HMG Strategy 2018 World Tour, our world-class speakers also define the patterns and trends that are shaping the future enterprise. For example, as Michael Golz, SVP & CIO Americas at SAP accurately pointed out to attendees at the 2018 Global Innovation Summit, businesses have shifted to outcome-based business models where companies are no longer selling products or services but rather the outcome of these goods.

Our superlative moderators and panelists also included Rohit Antao, Partner, PwC; Ashwin Ballal, CIO, Medallia; Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion; Vic Espino, Director of Business Development, Year Up Bay Area; Patty Hatter, CIO/GM, Start-up Advisor; Prakash Kota, CIO, Autodesk; Rashmi Kumar, SVP & CIO U.S. Pharmaceutical, McKesson Corporation, Tony Leng, Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP, Diversified Search; Hari Makkala, CEO, Founder, Stealth Mode Startup Company; William Miller Jr., SVP & CIO, NetApp; Lin Nease, Chief Technologist, IoT - Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; David Morris, President and CEO, HiPER Solutions Group, The HSG; Michael Piacente, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hitch Partners; Bipul Sinha, Co-Founder & CEO, Rubrik; Pranab Sinha, CIO, MACOM Technology Solutions Inc.; Patrick Steele, Chair, CIO Advisory Board, Blumberg Capital; and Swamy Viswanathan, EVP and Chief Product Officer, ASG Technologies.

Their overall vision of the future is crystal-clear: Technology continues to transform our world and shake the foundations of business and society. We are living through one of the most dynamic times in history, and I sincerely hope you are enjoying the ride! 

This is unquestionably the best time to be a technology executive, and our mission at HMG Strategy is making sure you have the resources, experience and thought leadership you need to help you lead, reimagine and reinvent the business and fuel your career ascent.

The next stop on the HMG Strategy 2018 World Tour is the 2018 Dallas Executive Leadership Summit on March 7. There's still time to register and we would love to see you there. Learn more here.