I recently got back from the very successful first World CIO Forum (WCF) where I was invited to Vice-Chair the International Advisory Board. The international forum was hosted in Shenzhen China, a city of 20 million, the first innovation center of the country, with almost the status of a province due to the importance of the city.

During the WCF, I Chaired the session on Enterprise Architecture (EA) which is captured in this article (use a dynamic browser translation tool to read the page). There was an excellent discussion on EA with panel members (in alpha order):
• Annie Huang, CIO of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd (one of the largest insurance companies)
• Dr. Bob (YuHong) Chu, CTO The Open Group (China), Board Director Board of Governors Open Group, Chief Enterprise Architect, Kingdee Research, Kingdee International Software Group
• Dr. Brian Cameron, Professor, Executive Director Center of Enterprise Architecture Penn State, Founding President FEAPO
• Richard Martin, President of Tinwisle Corporation, Convener of ISO Working Group – Automation systems and integration: Modeling and architecture
Illustrating globalization, I serve with Brian and Richard in the Federation of EA Professional Organizations (FEAPO) where I’m on the board and a founding delegate; Bob is an elected director on the Global Industry Council (GIC) where I’m the founding chair.

Many of the experts that appeared with IT Manager Connection were also invited speakers at the WCF: CIO Association of Canada Founder, Senior VP of VanCity Credit Union, Catherine Boivie; Affinity Credit Union Senior VP and CIO Atul Varde; Microsoft Board Director, BroadCom Board Director and Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe; Executive Director Center of Enterprise Architecture, Founder and President of FEAPO, Professor Brian Cameron; CSO / CTO and Microsoft MVP Stephen Forte; Best-Selling Author and CEO Mark Mueller-Eberstein, ….

From the WCF, look for upcoming interviews. For example, one with, Tadao Saito, the CTO of Toyota, a global Fortune 8 company. To put this in perspective, compare rankings with other companies in the global fortune list, many who were represented at the WCF. Of particular interest, Tadao invented the switching technologies that laid the foundation for “all” digital communications including voice communications and the internet. You will read more about this in the interview.

As a bit of added background, the WCF was an IFIP event. IFIP is the International Federation for Information Processing founded under the auspices of the United Nations Educational Scientific Organization in 1960 and now has over 50 country member bodies and affiliates representing over 90 countries. IFIP is the consultative body for IT for the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization, Sector Member for the International Telecommunications Union or ITU, Scientific Associate Member of the International Council for Science or ICSU.

A collaborative outcome of the WCF was the Global CIO Declaration which I’m quoting below:

We, a group of Chief Information Officers (CIO) from different continents, nations, and industries around the globe gathered here in Shenzhen, People Republic of China to greatly stimulate the application and development of information technology and provide the technical ways to advance the sustained growth in world economy and unceasing progress in human society as well as advance the growth course in establishing the mechanism for CIOs. We jointly and solemnly DECLARE that in the spirit of innovation, opening and a Win-for-All, and with the concept of promoting revolution in science and technology:

1. We will promote and advance the education and application of information technology in the interest of mankind, our organisations and society.

2. We agree to share and exchange knowledge, insights, views and experience on the management and application of IT so to promote understanding and advance standards and usage.

3. We will ensure the highest standards in our work, and with both quality and ethics, and will act diligently and professionally, and with integrity in discharge of our duties for the best interest of our respective organisations and society.

4. We strive to promote the role and importance of CIO and to train and develop competent successors.

5. We strive to support IT industry and professionalism of IT career.

6. We respect and protect intellectual property.

7. We respect culture, customs of difference races, nationalities and regions.

8. We respect nature and environment, and endeavour to do our best to protect environment, reduce and conserve energy, and reduce wastes and carbon emission, ensuring sustainability.

9. We support the free flow of information and technology for betterment of society.

10. We support the use of internet and connectivity globally for advancement of IT and creating value.

11. We support global and regional collaboration, facilitating global workplaces, and developing new collaboration working models.

12. As CIO, we plan, design, develop, source, implement, and deploy the most appropriate and effective technology and solutions in support of or to enable business, and in the best interest of the organisation. We will develop and deploy robust, reliable, secure, and high quality IT solutions and services, meeting and exceeding requirements.