Beyond surviving: Shaping the future of IT

March 27th, 2014

JW Marriott Grand Hotel, Bucharest

8.30 – 9.30 Registration, welcome coffee

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome speech: CIO Council role in Romanian IT market 

Speaker: Yugo Neumorni, President CIO Council 

9.40 – 10.00 CIO Report: CIO Council study 2014

  • What are the real numbers of Romanian IT market?

  • Are IT budgets growing or shrinking? 

Speaker: Felix Enescu/CIO Council Board member

10.00 – 10.20 CIO Agenda: Taming the Digital Dragon. Global trends in IS 

Speaker: Ansgar Schulte - Research Director Gartner Inc

10.20 – 10.35 Reality vs. Expectations: Compensation trends for IT professionals 

  • Mercer study results on salary trends, compensation politics, retention and fluctuation of IT specialists in different organizations

Speaker: Oana Datki - Country Manager Consulteam, Romania


10.35 – 10.50 Effortless Customer Experience: the common ground (CMO vs. CIO)

Ovidiu Slavoiu - Marketing Manager for Mid-corporate Banking division ING Bank Romania

10.50 – 11.00 Q&A

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break 

11.30 – 12.05 Why traditional management practices still rule: Changing how we manage and managing how we change

Speaker: Dr. Leslie Szamosi - Academic Director of the MBA program at University of Sheffield International Faculty, City College, and Founder and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Strategic People Management   

12.05 – 12.20 Sell yourself to the stakeholders – tips & tricks for CIOs

Trainer: Bogdan Grigore,  presentation skills & Apple Certified Sales trainer 

12.20 – 13.00 Panel: Position of IS in companies; IT presence in the board 


  • Stephane Batoux - General Manager at Coca-Cola HBC

  • Markus Lause- Director of the Enterprise Business Unit at Vodafone Romania

  • Sergiu Negut - entrepreneur

  • Violeta Ciurel - CEO AXA Portugal

  • Bogdan Ciubotaru - Country Manager Ipsos Romania

  • Fady Chreih – Executive Director Regina Maria


  • Bogdan Bandila - Director General Adjunct, Distrigaz Sud Retele, CIO Council member

  • Yugo Neumorni – President of CIO Council Romania

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.20 Risk prevention for financial information systems

Speaker: Calin Rangu – CIO Council Executive Director

14.20 – 15.10 Panel: CLOUD - threat or opportunity for IT?

Sponsors’ choice (non commercial speech/opinion)

  • Comparing to other countries, are Romanian companies attracted to cloud technologies? What is the business value perception?

  • IT industry becomes more and more a commodity, which lines will be externalized and which will be left under companies’ control?

  • Will cloud technologies kill certain technology and business lines, creating new ones?

  • Will concepts as SaaS, SOA, cloud converge in a unique, unified technology at some point?

  • Is there room for diversification in cloud technology?

  • Cx level changes, CDO new roles in IT department, CIO roles evolves following the technological trends (virtualization, cloud)

  • Companies transform for cost control and efficiency

  • data security in CLOUD

Moderator: Lucian Mandruta 


  • Kostas Loukas - General Manager Microsoft Romania

  • Serban Zirnovan - Dell Solutions Manager CEE

  • Michael C. Fritz - Lead Partner Manager CEE Juniper Networks

  • Ana Radosevic - Cloud Business Manager for Russia, SEE and Slovakia, Hewlett Packard

  • Marcel Chiriac - CIO Rompetrol, CIO Council Member

  • Catalin Paunescu – CEO & founded Star Storage


15.10 – 15.25 LEGAL perspective on data security

What are the aspects we should pay attention to, when signing contracts with cloud providers? Could other countries’ legislation be an “Achille's heel” for data protection, especially in cloud?

Speaker: Mihaela Cracea – Managing Associate Casa de avocatura Pachiu si Asociatii

15.25 – 16.25 SolutionSurfing: Master your challenges! 

An innovative session of solution surfing, involving the entire audience. The participants will experience a workshop of a life time, where each of them will identify their professional (and personal) strengths, their incredible power to achieve the most challenging goals, ending the session with an amazing positive energy and confidence.
This experience will help participants getting clarity on next steps to success and provide a simple method to focus on solutions which can be later used by the participants in their work/profession

Session Chairman: Petra Muller-Demary - Coach ACC, Founder SolutionSurfers Romania

16.25 – 16.50 Coffee break

16.50 – 17.10 Successful IT Transformation in Petrom


  • Hansjörg Kalcher - Chief Information Security Officer OMV Group

  • Radu  Brasoveanu - Local BU Lead IT, Global Solutions Petrom

17.10 – 17.30 A different kind of approach – Gamification

Speaker: Bogdan Tudor – CIO Council Board member

17.30 - 17.50 What means success in IT? 

Speaker: Aurelian Sin – CIO Council member


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