CIO Summit 2019


Sandra Ng

Group Vice President, Practice Group, IDC Asia/Pacific

Sandra Ng is the Group Vice President heading IDC’s Asia/Pacific Practice Group. Based in Singapore, she is responsible for thought leadership and deep-dive insights and advisory content on IDC’s 3rd Platform disruptive pillars of Cloud, Mobility, Big Data Analytics, and Social along with C-suite (CIO, CMO, CEO, COO, CFO and CxO) research and tech buyer engagements as well as the Service Provider industry. In her role, she advises both tech buyers (CIO and LoB) and IT suppliers/enablers across the ICT marketplace.

As IT becomes the epi-center of our economy, IDC sees the intersection of Digital Transformation (DX) and the 3rd Platform’s Innovation Stage. Here is where we see governments, industries and consumers consuming the four technology pillars as well as increasingly the six innovation accelerators (Internet of Things or IoT, Cognitive Computing, 3D Printing, Robotics, Next-gen Security and Virtual/Augmented Reality). To this end, IDC created a portfolio of tech buyer/end-user research and methodology frameworks, the IDC DecisionScapes, to provide targeted advice in an increasingly complex and fast-paced marketplace.

Sandra leads a team of IDC’s senior analysts with collective expertise across the ICT industry. This team leverages the core research created by IDC’s Asia/Pacific Domain Research Group, through contextualizing the content and increasing its relevance for clients and their businesses. This value creation process enhances the proposition IDC brings to strategy, planning and market intelligence stakeholders. This unique delivery of research content also brings with it IDC’s thought leadership analysis and business executive insights for marketing, product management, sales and strategic leadership teams within the client’s organization.

Along with the Domain Research team, the Practice Group extensively collaborates with IDC’s Integrated Marketing Programs (IMP), IDC’s Industry Insights, and IDC’s Consulting organizations to provide a comprehensive scope of intelligence services to meet the diverse needs of today’s dynamic and complex technology marketplace.

From research to IDC’s customized go-to-market services (GMS) to executive roundtables and end-user events, Sandra and her team provide independent and insightful perspectives of market conditions, assisting clients in making informed business decisions and achieving business goals.

Sandra’s role also extends beyond quality research content delivery. She plays a key role in driving forward-looking assessment and analysis, often sharing her market insights and predictions to Asia Pacific management teams and heads of strategy within her customer base. She moderates and engages extensively with the client communities, including both traditional technology buyers and increasingly influential line of business heads often leveraging the IDC DecisionScape methodologies and deep-dive research.

Sandra has been in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) advisory and consulting industry for 20 years. While her technology research expertise is vast and diverse, she is best known in the industry for her Telecommunications knowledge and opinions within the Asia Pacific region. Her ability to discuss broad, strategic and converged issues across the ICT industry enables her to engage with many C-level management teams and technology executives in Asia.

Prior to joining IDC, Sandra was with Gartner/Dataquest for more than four years, where she was managing a variety of IT research projects ranging from midrange systems to peripherals. In addition to base unit research, she was actively leading in channel and consulting work.

Sandra has established a keen following within the Asia Pacific media fraternity and is frequently quoted in leading regional business and trade publications such as the Asian Wall Street Journal, Computer World, Telecom Asia, and Wireless World, and also in locally-based media such as Singapore’s Business Times and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. She is often invited to present IDC’s opinions on CNBC Asia, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia. Sandra is also a regular keynote speaker at global and regional ICT conferences.

Fluent in English and Mandarin, Sandra graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Michael Connory

CEO, Security in Depth

Michael is an innovator, researcher and commentator recognised as one of Australia’s leading voices in cyber security. Michael is the CEO of Security in Depth, a global company founded on Cyber Security research providing Cyber risk management strategies and support to organisations around the world. Michael has been involved in leading edge cyber security research as well as developing innovative new products including: Cyber Assurance Risk Rating (CARR), Candiru – simulated cyber-attack solution and GuardMyID focused on identity protection.
In a previous life, Michael led teams at Oracle, Gemalto and Volante, has worked with Governments and business around the world on leading identity and security solutions.

Byron Connolly

Editor-in-Chief, CIO Australia

Byron Connolly is a highly experienced technology and business journalist and editor with 20 years’ experience. As the editor-in-chief of CIO Australia he is responsible for commissioning, writing and editing content that appears on, published by IDG Communications – Australia. Byron also facilitates roundtables and conferences for senior IT and business executives and creates content from these events.

Prior to this role, Byron was a senior writer and editor at Editor Group, a Sydney-based corporate writing agency, where he produced editorial material for some of the world’s top technology and consulting companies.

Byron was editor of technology channel publication, CRN Australia, published by Haymarket Media Group, and held senior editorial roles at technology publications ITNews and Information Week at Penton Media and APN News and Media.

He was also client services director at public relations firm Upstream Australia (now Bite Global).

Jennifer O'Brien

Associate Editor of CIO, CMO and Computerworld

Jennifer O’Brien has worked in IT journalism, covering the reseller market since 1997 in her home-town of Toronto, Canada. Prior to IT reporting at Computer Dealer News (working as a journalist, section editor and associate editor), O’Brien worked as a journalist, reporting on occupational health and safety and environment news for one of Canada’s top publishing houses, Southam Communications.

After graduating with an Honours Degree in Journalism and English from Carleton University in Ottawa (and scooping internships at both the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen), O’Brien set sail for Europe and clinched an internship at a community newspaper in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She wrote local news, produced a series of features on religious leaders and local churches, and wrote profiles for the Ulster Star in Lisburn.

In 2003, O’Brien ventured to Australia, looking for adventure and a “life change,” after reporting and editing at Toronto-based CDN for six years. While her original plan was to travel and do temporary work, she knocked on the door of ARN – and given her Canadian reseller experience – was offered a contract position as a news journalist. After covering the market for several months, O’Brien moved into the features editor post, a role she held for four years. She then went on to clinch the associate editor role, a title she held from 2010 until 2016, with a major emphasis on event speaking, hosting and moderating, as well as large-scale content and event coverage.

Today, O’Brien has moved across to IDG’s enterprise division and is associate editor of CIO, CMO and Computerworld.

Dr Sean Brady

Managing Director, Brady Heywood

Dr Sean Brady is a forensic structural engineer who specialises in identifying the cause of defects and failures in the construction and engineering sectors. Through this work he has identified and examined the cultures and human behaviours that cause projects, people and teams to fail. His session will provide a different insight into team cultures and why it is always important to think outside of the box.

Salvatore Trimboli

Chief Technology Officer, E.L. & C. Baillieu Limited

A Senior Executive with more than 15 years of experience in evolving strategy, executing and leading technology governance across a range of businesses and industries on a local, regional and global base.

An acknowledged business technology leader with a network of contacts, a wealth of knowledge about utilising Information Technology to expand businesses and a growth focused leadership style.

Successful track record delivery of large transformation and disruptive change programmes from mid to large organisations across Logistics, Retail, Professional Services, Construction and Financial services industries.

Key areas:

• Digital, Innovation, Strategy and Analytics
• Product lean development and execution.
• Business process re-engineering; mergers; operations and analysis
• Governance, cyber and risk management

Specialising in the digital transformation, Salvatore is passionate about strategy, governance and operational excellence. A trusted executive business advisor.

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