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Press Release - October 26, 2010


October 26, 2010 – New York, NY- JB Homer Associates has been hosting CIO/CTO Breakfast Roundtables for the past few years to offer an intimate forum for a select group of technology executives to share their experiences with their peers dealing with similar challenges in other industries. We’ve been pleased to hear from past participants that they have taken the ideas and solutions discussed at these sessions and applied them within their own organizations, and that they continue to stay in touch with the colleagues they’ve met.

We held our most recent CIO/CTO Breakfast Roundtable on Sept. 29th moderated by Judy Homer, President of JB Homer Associates. The theme for this session was "Positioning Your Organization for Success in a Recovering Economy". The participants came from industry verticals that ranged from retail to consumer products to financial services and included the CIO of The Hudson Group, the CIO of Topps, Inc., the CIO of Cohen and Steers, the former CIO of Coty, the CTO of Lift Engine, the CIO of Vertrue, and the SVP of Global IT of McCann Erickson. The fast-paced 90 minute discussion covered topics such as:

  • With money now starting to become more available for technology investment, what area(s) will you invest in first to realize the best ROI for your internal clients?

  • Are you leveraging social networking at your company to impact revenue or raise the profile of your company?

  • How do you see yourself growing your own career/partnership with the business over the next 12 months?
In advance of each Breakfast Roundtable we invite all the participants to contribute topics of interest to them which are then incorporated into that meeting’s agenda. Some of the topics that contributed to this session’s discussion included:
  • How are you evolving your IT organization from the stereotypical IT organization of the past?

  • Is your biggest bang for the buck in upgrading technology, upgrading talent, or in process improvement?

  • How does mobile computing impact your business today and what are your plans for the future?
Because of the diversity of the industry experience of the attendees a common topic at each session is how operating within such different business models and different industries dictates what solutions they apply to their common issues and concerns.

The highlights of the conversation came from the participants contributing stories of their own experiences and problems/successes with the topics on the agenda. The feedback that we got from several of the CIOs was that they derived such significant benefit from a sidebar discussion that covered how they were amortizing their IT costs that they were going to continue that discussion on a one-to-one basis following the conclusion of the meeting.

The invitations to our roundtables are limited to about a dozen attendees so that those attending can fully participate in the discussion and make effective use of the session time. Our next CIO/CTO Breakfast Roundtable will be held in our offices in New York in February, 2011, exact date to be announced.

In response to the requests that we have received from the CIOs and other senior executives in our network who would like the opportunity to reach out to their peers globally we have created the CIO BREAKFAST CLUB group on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com as a daily online forum for their discussions.

We also invite you to visit our newly updated website at www.jbhomer.com for additional information on JB Homer Associates.

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