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European CIOs Announce Latest Plans for Europe

Leading European CIOs met in Germany last week to discuss the future plans for the continent

Representatives from ArcelorMittal - Patrick Vandenberghe, Group CIO, BP - Michael Terhorst, CIO Europe & Africa FVC, Citi Group - Steve Perry, SVP & Global Head of Application Security, FedEx - Michael Foster, VP IT, EMEA, Rolls-Royce - John Gibbs, Director - IT Operations and Infrastructure and Novartis - Matthias Trabandt, CIO met in Bremen to discuss the bonuses of moving to the Cloud and how best to implement change at the CIO EU summit (hosted by GDS International).

As organisations digest plans to drastically reduce the structural budget across industries in Europe, CIOs share their reactions to the announcements at the CIO EU summit.

IT leaders believe that the current climate presents opportunities to do things differently. Change isn't new, but the pace of change in the next ten years is going to be breathtaking. The balance of power is shifting; emerging markets are becoming leading markets. Boundaries are blurring; companies are relying more than ever on the expertise and resources of a global ecosystem. Technology that was hype is becoming business as usual, paying for IT 'as you go' is becoming the norm. The workforce is changing; new recruits are bringing new ideas, new ways of working and their own state-of-art devices with them.

Keeping the IT environment current has always been a challenge for Corporate IT.

Commoditization of IT and the speed at which new things are developing in the consumer space has made this a much bigger issue. CIOs are being challenged to provide flexibility and simplicity at costs which are orders of magnitude lower.

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.