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CIO.IT gears up for The Cable Show ’08

Wed, 04/23/2008 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

Roughly 30 senior-level information technology (IT) executives will be on hand for the third-annual edition of CIO.IT, which will be held during the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) The Cable Show ’08 next month in New Orleans.

CIO.IT is a separate program track at The Cable Show that is designed for chief information officers (CIOs) and other IT executives. The event will feature seven sessions and a series of other networking events during The Cable Show, which runs May 18-20.

“CIO.IT is an opportunity for IT executives to come together, share information about initiatives, compare notes on best practices and discuss issues that affect our industry,” said Christina Anderson, director of Web strategy for the NCTA and founder of the CIO.IT program. “The track also provides an opportunity for others in the cable industry to understand the impact of IT and how it affects the bottom line.”

CIO.IT will open with a keynote luncheon address – "Why Information Technology is Critical to the Growth and Innovation of Cable, Media and Entertainment Companies" – by Bob Suh, the chief strategy officer (CSO) for Accenture, on May 19. Two panel discussions will follow.

The session “Behind the Screens: Metadata Management in an On Demand World” will include the following panelists: Scott Barrows, industry principal for media/communications at SAP; Ron Johnson, CIO of Scripps Networks; and Kevin Loftis, VP of media and online systems at Discovery Communications.

The day’s second session, “Getting with IT: How Technology is Supporting Customer Care Advancements,” features an overview by Jana Henthorn, SVP of programs and education for The Cable Center. A panel discussion will follow, with a panel featuring Dan Byrnes, VP of product strategy for Oracle; Frank Boncimino, SVP and CIO of Time Warner Cable; Cliff Hagan, SVP of enterprise IT at Cablevision; and Rob Reynolds, VP of Comcast Cable Communications.

On May 20, the CIO.IT program will begin with a breakfast and opening remarks by Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, the president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). A panel entitled “Positively Electric: Top Women in Information Technology” will follow, and includes Amy Berkowitz, CIO of CBS Corp.; Nomi Bergman, EVP of strategy and development for Advance/Newhouse Communications; Cyndee Everman, VP of OSS for Time Warner Cable; Charlotte Field, SVP of national communications engineering for Comcast Cable; Roxanne Kerr, VP of technology at C-SPAN; and Gwynne McConkey, SVP of operations, information systems and technology for Lifetime.

The afternoon panels kickoff with “Click Here: Best Practices in Online Portal Design,” featuring Andy Baer, CIO of Comcast Cable Communications; Frank Boncimino, SVP and CIO of Time Warner Cable; Michael Gabriel, EVP of information technology and CIO of HBO; and David Kline, EVP and CIO at Discovery Communications.

The next session, “Behind the Campaign: Marketing Support Technologies and Platforms,” will include Cyndee Everman, VP of OSS for Time Warner Cable; Scott Hatfield, SVP and CIO of Cox Communications; Jay Carlson, CIO of Charter Communications; and Tim Spencer, president and CEO of Sigma Systems.

The CIO.IT program concludes with “E-quipping your World: Leveraging Automation in Video Production Environments.” Speakers will include Darin Prill, SVP of architecture & development for Discovery Communications; Martin Gomberg, CIO of A&E Networks; Chuck Hurst, VP of systems development at Scripps Networks; Brian Shield, EVP and CIO of The Weather Channel; and Mark Stolnitz, VP of media management for the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.

For more information on CIO.IT, click here.

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