We recently hosted an enlightening discussion with leading midmarket IT executives who shared their impending plans to use artificial intelligence and machine learning across their organizations.

While there’s an appetite for employing these technologies in the next one to three years, 30 percent of respondents to a recent survey of the Boardroom Events executive community report a need to first modernize their data management systems.

Emerging technology trends like AI, machine learning, intelligent apps and things (robots, drones, self-driving vehicles) are exciting to contemplate, especially for the lucky few who have first-hand experience. However, a number of midmarket CIOs are still working to clearly define how these technologies can best serve their companies.

Many are waiting for adventurous pioneers to test the waters and provide hard data and evidence of the technology’s business value. As one respondent explained, “While we all understand there is value, quantifying that value is extremely difficult at the moment.”

Securing this new layer of architecture is also cause for pause for many executives.

I’m pumped for our upcoming panel discussion moderated by computer forensic expert Mark Lanterman around Protecting Key Intellectual Property as part of the Fall 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum. CIOs Ryan Loy of ADTRAN and Deron Egerman of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, along with leaders from Cato Networks, DarkTrace and Morphisec, will discuss evolving security strategies.

One more thing…we know that CIOs don’t often want to step into the spotlight, but that’s the crux of a successful forum…learning from and sharing peer insights!

If you and your team have saved major bucks for your company or helped lead major business advances with technology, please submit your nomination for the Midmarket CIO Award of Excellence. Only two weeks remain to get some well-deserved recognition!