The world is experiencing revolutionary changes–much of which is driven by digital technologies. These technologies shape our society by changing our environment to which we all adapt. Business organizations are leading this transformation process by recognizing the opportunities and challenges of the emerging technologies almost in a real-time mode. Academia benefits from these changes and the associated business models to better understand the practical applications their research and teaching.

The CIO Forum of ICIS provides a unique opportunity to IS academia to interact directly with the prominent leaders of IT industry and understand their perspectives on harnessing the power of these technologies in our workplaces. During the CIO Forum, ICIS participants will get insights from IT executives to better prepare students for the challenges and opportunities associated with digital transformation. This year there will two panel discussions.

CIO Forum Sessions

CIO Forum: Big Data Analytics: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learned

December 14

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ICT) 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CET) 4:30 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. (EST)

The world is going through a major transformation and technology in enabling it. Data is playing a significant role in fueling this transformation. In the current time the 3Vs of volume, variety and velocity are defining Big Data which is considered to be instrumental in creating differentiation and competitive advantage. Companies are embracing Big Data and using analytics to drive their decision making. CIOs and technology leaders are the changemakers that are making this happen. In this panel of the CIO Forum, we get the opportunity to listen to three key CXOs from India who will share their experiences and lessons learnt from the use of Big Data Analytics at their organizations. They will discuss the challenges they encountered in their journey and the innovative solutions that they were able to propose to overcome them. We sincerely hope that their thought-provoking insights will encourage all to appreciate the strategic importance of Big Data Analytics in modern organizations.


  • Kasturi Bhattacharjee – CEO, AILabs & DatacoreSystems India
  • Professor Indranil Bose – Indian Institute of Management Calcutta


  • Mr. Amitabh Ray – MD , Ericsson Indian Global Services
  • Mr. VV Rajasekhar – Group CIO, ITC Limited
  • Dr. Sandipan Sarkar – Distinguished Engineer | CTO – Data & AI, Cloud Advisory, IBM Services

CIO Forum: Technology Led Transformational Change

December 16

10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (IST) 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (CET) 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

The panel will highlight the opportunities, challenges and learnings from technology led digital transformation at organizations such as Cargill, Medtronic and Hennepin County, Minnesota’s largest county. Focus will be on core tenets of digital transformation and turning data into an asset using AI and ML.

Moderator: Ravi Bapna


  • Erik Erikson, CDO, Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Justin Kershaw, CIO & Corporate Vice President, Cargill
  • Kiran Mysore, Executive Leader, Analytics & Insights