I'm still incredibly excited from our most recent all-day event, The 2014 CIO Summit of America, held yesterday at the prestigious Harvard Club in New York City. The summit, which featured some of the world's top CIOs and IT industry leaders, really drove home the message that IT is moving forward at lightning speed. As an industry, we're on an epic journey from the back office to the front lines of business. We're experiencing a big shift in the way we think about IT and how we deploy our technology resources.

Great CIOs leverage new technologies to create strong competitive advantages in rapidly changing global markets. They also take a pro-active role in leading the transformation from internally-focused IT to customer-centric, socially connected information platforms that drive revenue and generate real value for the business.

To a far greater extent than ever before in history, the outcome of business competition is determined by technology. The winners in this epic revolution are quite simply the companies with the best IT strategies. Smart enterprises will emulate familiar consumer service models to deliver exceptional value to their customers and stakeholders, according to speakers at the summit.

Make no mistake. We're at a genuine turning point in the game. The best CIOs understand that the momentum has decisively shifted and that today we are all competing in a customer-focused world.

More than 300 CIOs and senior IT executives gathered to share crucial business insights and critical knowledge at yesterday's summit, produced by HMG Strategy, the leading producer of CIO Executive Leadership Summits in North America, in association with the New York Metro Area Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).

Keynote speakers at the summit included Linda Ban, Global C-suite Study Program Director, IBM; Roger Gurnani, EVP & CIO, Verizon; and Dave Wright, Chief Strategy Officer, ServiceNow.

Panelists and presenters included Matt Aiello, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; David Aronoff, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners; Shawn Banerji, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates; Kurt Brungardt, CIO and Managing Director, MSD Capital, LP. and President, SIM NY Metro; Eric Bulis, EVP of Operations & CIO, SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Co., Inc. & S.USA Life Insurance Co., Inc.; Michael Capone, CIO & CVP Product Development, ADP; Mike Dauber, Principal, Battery Ventures; Richard M. Entrup, Executive Director, Media Technology & Strategy, Disney/ABC TV Group; Cindy Finkelman, VP & CIO, Corporate Center, New York Life Insurance Company; Don Floyd, Senior Enterprise Architect, Chateaux Software; Michelle Garvey, SVP & CIO, Ann Inc.; Jon Harding, Global CIO, Conair Corporation; Donagh Herlihy, SVP eCommerce & CIO, Avon Products, Inc.; John Hill, CIO, Veyance Technologies, Inc.; Jeanette Horan, VP & CIO, IBM; Eliot Horowitz, CTO and Co-Founder, MongoDB, Inc.; Dev Ittycheria, Managing Director, Openview Venture Partners; Bruce Leidal, CIO, Carestream; Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search; Brian R. Lurie, former VP & CIO, Gardner Denver Incorporated; Stuart McGuigan, CIO, Johnson & Johnson; Eric McNulty, Director of Research, Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative; Jamie Miller, SVP & CIO, GE; Michelle Mosolgo, Executive Director, Global Innovation Venture Technologies, Merck; Michael Pellegrino, CIO, Sun Products Corporation; Mark Polansky, CIO/Information Technology Officers Practice, Korn Ferry; Steve Randich, EVP and CIO, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); Joe Sexton, President Field Operations, AppDynamics; William A. Tanenbaum, Head, IP and Technology Transactions Group and Head, GreenTech and Sustainability Group, Kaye Scholer LLP; Robert Walsh, former Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services; and Ben Werther, Founder & CEO, Platfora.

Sponsor Partners of the summit included IBM, ServiceNow, AppDynamics, Chateaux Software, Cloud Velocity, Icreon, Informatica, Netuitive, Okta, xMatters, CAI, Crisply and BCS. Strategic Partners included Egon Zehnder International, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates and Spencer Stuart.  

In 2014, HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership events will be held in major markets including Phoenix, New York, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, Atlanta, Denver, Greenwich, San Diego, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and London.

I'm proud to say that HMG Strategy has built the strongest CIO/IT executive leadership community in North America, with the enthusiastic support and active participation of thousands of CIOs and executive leaders! The continuing success of our model demonstrates the global need for C-level executive networking events designed expressly for IT leaders across all sectors of the economy. We deliver unparalleled value based on our thought-leadership, HMG proprietary research, International Advisory Boards, and events - to create a truly unique value proposition for the IT industry.

Please check our schedule of events, and plan on joining the strongest IT leadership community on the planet! I look forward to meeting you and helping you succeed in your journey as an IT leader.