About CIOmove

CIOmove is a global conference that brings together CIOs from multinational companies with an average of $5 billion in revenue (see participants).

The conference takes place annually and moves around the globe. Smaller meetings (CIOmove@Home) are offered bimonthly to reconnect CIOs with special interests.

The topics of the discussions are chosen by CIOs and led by CIOs. Professors from Columbia University, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of St. Gallen provide academic support.

The method for matching CIOs and topics is comparable to the “syntegration” by Anthony Stafford Beer and “open space” by Harrison Owen. It allows for in-depth networking sessions in small groups of peers with similar interests.

In this video we show you how the CIOmove works

The destination for CIOmove 2025 will be Ireland!

Photographer: Giuseppe Milo. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Previous destinations:

  • Morocco, where we were not only able to visit various cities and organizations, but also create a framework for an intensive exchange on current topics of the IT world.
  • Portugal, where we explored the opportunities of nearshoring in a stable democracy with a thriving IT environment.
  • Switzerland, for group discussions at the University of Zurich (near Albert Einstein’s former office) and to see the world’s first truly autonomous drones in flight.
  • Germany, where a limited number of CIOs biked along the Neckar River during the Corona restrictions, visiting Daimler, Porsche, and the new TUM campus in Heilbronn.
  • USA, to discuss AI issues at Columbia University, the United Nations, and the US Military Academy at West Point.
  • Israel, to meet the most promising startups and security companies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
  • Spain, to visit the world’s leading business school, IESE, and meet the Consell de CIOs de Catalunya.
  • United Kingdom and France, to meet the youngest Lord of the manor in London, experience a new way of learning at l’École 42 in Paris, and visit the TMforum in Nice.
  • Switzerland, to stroll the banking district of Zurich and be part of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
  • Germany, to meet in the boardroom of Deutsche Bahn, visit the world’s largest IT trade show, Cebit (see photo), and see Berlin’s thriving startup scene.

Discussions at CIOmove focus on the following areas:

  • Innovation (finding and adopting game-changing technologies)
  • Intelligence (communicating more effectively with better data)
  • Integration (making the business more efficient in processes)

Leading scientists like Prof. Helmut Krcmar from TUM, Prof. Arthur Langer from Columbia University and Prof. Walter Brenner from University of St.Gallen serve as “scientific supporters” at CIOmove. These constant companions invited even more scientists from MIT (2015), ETH Zurich (2016+2022) and IESE (2017).

The world´s biggest CIO-networks contribute: “CIO Executive Council” in Boston, the “China CIO Association” in Shanghai and “Euro-CIO” in Brussels are sending delegates to CIOmove.

Companions are welcome at CIOmove. They may join an extra program to explore our destinations or contribute their own topics for the CIO discussions.

The business model: CIOmove is run by Horst Ellermann and Faktor3. CIOs pay a fee for joining the conference, see Terms & Conditions – CIOmove. Boardmembers of IT vendors like Accenture, Google, HPE and Salesforce sponsor the CIOmove generously. They are allowed to join the discussions in a limited number. The ratio is 3:1 – three or more CIOs meet not more than one vendor in  all group discussions, see Partners 2022 – CIOmove

CIOmove was an idea of Helmut Krcmar, Professor at TUM – Technical University Munich. Helmut is also one of the founders of Germany´s “CIOcircle” that started in 2002 and became the biggest CIO network in Central Europe.