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My CIO Retail Summit Roundup

After covering the CIO Retail Summit [1] last week in Scottsdale, during which I met many of the approximately 70 retailer IT executives, technology professionals and vendors attending, I came away with several impressions.

While these considerations stem from the CIO Retail Summit, most of them seem to be adaptable to pretty much any business today.

Finally, I know that our editor-in-chief Adrian Cotterill recommended several of his clients to attend this conference and, further, that we advertised the event heavily on our site. However, not one digital signage. mobile or social media business that we know attended. For sure, it was an expensive event, but for those of you in our industry who think they are either experts in retail or serious about it as a business opportunity, you (a) missed a networking treat (so many retail CIOs that networking would have been like shooting fish in a barrel) and (b) there was so much offered to learn from.

Having attended the event and written about the event during and after, I can safely say that I can see why people parted with USD 4,000+ to attend. It was definitely a worthwhile event – plus a nice way to spend a couple of days in Arizona.