James Alexander
SVP, CIO and Vendor Practice - InfoTech

~Technology Workshop - Day 1 - 100 Day Plan, Creating Your Data Driven Transformation Plan

A recent study of CIOs in the United States, South America, and Europe shows that the tenure of a CIO is quite limited, with a median tenure of only 4 years. However, the likelihood of a long career increases substantially for those CIOs that make it past the 2-year mark.

Whether you are new to the CIO role, or responding to the challenges of digital transformation, it makes sense to build your 100 Day Plan every year. During this program, we will make the case for the 100 Day Plan, take participants through the process of gathering the right information, assessing current state and creating the plan. We will discuss Mandate and Execution, as well as Quick Wins and participants will receive a workbook to help them get started.

~General Session - Day 3 - Employee Engagement and The War For Talent in IT

Success in IT has long been based on mastery in three domains – People, Process and Technology.  And yet as IT leaders, we traditionally place our emphasis Technology and Process.  However we are now facing the greatest demographic shift in both our workforce as over the next five years, with more than 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day.  Combine this with the emergence of Millennials as the next powerful consumer and business buying segment, and the fundamental technology driven changes in how we work and live, and it’s clear that the future existence of the businesses that employ us will depend in large measure on attracting and retaining the right IT talent.

This presentation will examine the trends driving the War for Talent in IT, and offer insight into best practices in retaining, developing and engaging your people.  We will also look at the role of both Senior Management and front line Supervisors, and offer tips and techniques on how to make sure we make People a priority for leaders in your organization.


James is responsible for developing and delivering thought leadership to help Info-Tech customers unlock the potential of technology as a transformative force within their businesses.

James has been both an entrepreneur and an executive in the technology industry over the past 25 years. As an entrepreneur, he led retail, VAR and system integration organizations including, CTI Solutions Group, EduConnect, Telesolutions Inc, The Stone Soup Software Co, and Metafore, and has also held a senior sales management position at Microsoft Canada. Since 2002, James has turned his attention to working with across the spectrum of IT leaders, technology suppliers and their partners to help create a synergistic and effective ecosystem. He works with IT and business leaders to help them realize the full potential of technology in their businesses and has designed and implemented an innovative series of programs including “The Quest for the Smartest IT.”

James has held a variety of senior roles over ten plus years at Info-Tech, and prior to his current role as SVP, CIO and Vendor Practice, he led McLean and Co, a division of Info-Tech that provides research and advisory service to HR leaders around the world.

James was twice named to Channel Business Magazine’s “Who’s Who” listing as well as being a Newsmaker of the Year in Computer Dealer News. He is quoted on technology issues in both the business and trade press and is a frequent speaker at events and conferences.