Earlier on, the had event began with a discussion panel titled “Sourcing: Issues, Challenges and Benefits” moderated by Efi Katsouli, Partner at KPMG in Greece’s IT Advisory.
Other panel participants were:
- Nikos Aggelopoulos, Chief Information Officer, Vodafone Greece
- Leonidas Daravelis, Director, Information Technology & Telecommunications Business Unit
- Xenofon Liapakis, CIO, Interamerican
- Evangelos Partheniadis, Information Technology Manager, Millennium Bank
During the discussion, the panel participants discussed outsourcing practices that they use in their respective companies and made it clear that they were all in favor of outsourcing as a practice. They also stressed its importance and benefits of with regards to performance issues quality, safety, efficiency, access to know-how and long-term cost reductions.
They also stressed the importance of proper supervision and measurement of outsourced services, as well as the establishment of quality, as opposed to price, as the underlying criterion for any outsourcing decision.
The next topic to be presented during the event was “Mobile Applications”- through three separate talks.
The first talk titled, “Mobile marketing: the new rules of engagement with mobile consumers” by George Karantonis, VP of Sales for E-Government and Alliances at Velti looked at the constantly increasing use of the mobile phone for internet access, as well as location-based services which, if implemented correctly in a brand’s marketing mix can form a powerful advertising medium.
In the second talk titled “Get Mobile or Go Cloud?” Stavros Karaguloglou, Managing Partner at Mobylla Hellas argued that the image of a company changes outwardly with Mobility, and he mentioned a few examples which demonstrate the superiority of the mobility platform with regards to cost-reduction, management complexity, efficiency and security.
In the next and last talk titled, “Making Business Mobile”, Angelos Vlassopoulos, Sales Director at DCW Software Hellas mentioned the benefits of Mobility when using platforms such as Qlickview and OpenText on smartphones.
The next session titled “Governance, Risk & Compliance” two presentations took place.
In the first, titled “GRC: Towards a sustainable and value added approach” Peter Paul Browers, Partner at the IT Advisory and KPMG’s Global Lead IT GRC/ERP presented the integrated management platform for the monitoring of clients’ “Pain Points” that KPMG has developed.
After this, Stefanos Spyriounis, Presales Manager at SAP Hellas presented the topic “Proactively balance risk and opportunity across business processes”. In his presentation, he demonstrated the implementation of a GRC system internally, at SAP – a system that supports both business processes and strategic goals.
Finally, the event closed with a presentation titled “Compensation and benefits, and the CIO‘s career concerns in the midst of the crisis” by Vangelis Apostolakis, Partner in Charge of Advisory at KPMG in Greece.
Mr. Apostolakis presented the results from KPMG’s compensation and benefits survey for 2010, which also foresees changes for 2011 and 2012. In parallel, he also compared salary data from top IT positions depending on industry but also a range of top positions in a company. In the end, he analyzed the role of today’s CIO but also the requirements and skills that multinational and Greek companies are looking for in a CIO.