Robert Barton

CISCO Canada

Rob Barton, P. Eng, is Chief Technology Officer of Cisco Canada, responsible for helping organizations across Canada leverage technology to drive business impact.

With more than 23 years of experience in the IT industry, Rob holds numerous patents in the areas of wireless communications, network security, cloud networking, IoT, and Machine Learning. He was previously a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco.

Rob is a regular presenter at global industry conferences and a successful author, with books published on the subjects of Network Quality of Service (QoS), Wireless Communications, and IoT. Additionally, he has co-authored many academic research papers and leads Cisco’s academic research partnership program in Canada. Rob’s current areas of work include wireless communications, IT/OT convergence, network automation, and AI/ML in networking systems.

Rob Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Engineering Physics.

Speaking: May 5th

The role of the CIO is evolving, but to what?

The world of business has changed drastically over the past two years. With in-person interactions limited, technology and business executives, sales teams, functional leads and, well, everyone else in Canadian organizations has had to adjust. For CIOs this adjustment has been compounded by the growing importance of technology to an organization’s bottom line and, often, the need for accelerated, transformative projects to address business needs. The role of the CIO is evolving, but to what? What does the ‘CIO of the Future’ look like?

A group of CIOCAN members debated several questions in an open forum to discuss not only how the role has already changed, but also:

  • How has the process for making purchasing decisions changed over the course of the last two year
  • How the role of your vendors and partners has evolved
  • Are those changes here to stay?
  • How the evolution of technology as a business driver has added to a CIO’s scope of responsibilities

This session will share the results of these discussions and the resulting white paper.