Bentley to Co-Sponsor 2nd Annual EFCG CIO Conf with Microsoft

Bentley_NewlogoEXTON, PA, Nov 30, 2016 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, jointly announced with EFCG that it will co-sponsor with Microsoft the 2nd Annual EFCG CIO Conference. The conference will take place March 2-3, 2017, in New York City at the Harvard Club & New York Yacht Club. Participation in the conference is limited to 75 and is by invitation only.

“EFCG is very excited to be teaming with Bentley Systems and Microsoft for our second CIO conference. Our inaugural conference was very successful last year, and we’re thrilled to bring the 15-year history of the Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology conference, developed by Bentley and Farkas Berkowitz, into our event. Our CIO attendees will benefit enormously from a forum that combines the knowledge and insights of Bentley Systems and Microsoft’s technology roadmap with EFCG’s industry-leading approach to profitably managing A/E/C firms,” said Paul Zofnass, president, EFCG.

“Bentley Systems is pleased to team with EFCG on this event and to jointly explore information technology challenges that are unique to the firms who engineer and construct infrastructure globally. BIM advancements and ‘going digital’ strategies have the potential to favorably transform A/E/C business performance when empowered by technology leadership,” said Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems.

“Microsoft has a longstanding relationship with Bentley Systems,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist, Microsoft Corp. “Through the use of Microsoft Azure, we are advancing the way architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, and their supply chains are designing, operating, and maintaining the world’s infrastructure. CIOs are faced with many challenges and complexities around information technology for engineering and construction including connecting users, enabling better collaboration between project teams, and asset management. Co-sponsoring the EFCG CIO Summit with Bentley Systems is a natural fit and enables us both to help move the industry forward.”

For 15 years, Bentley Systems was the prime sponsor of The Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology, hosted by Farkas Berkowitz & Company. That event, which had been highly valued by CIOs of large engineering and construction firms, is coming to a close with the well-earned retirement of its managing director, Alan Farkas, of Farkas Berkowitz.

“As Bentley Systems’ partner in holding the Global IT Summit over the last 15 years, I had a ringside seat on the increasingly important contributions that information technology is making to the engineering and construction industry. IT is slowly but surely transforming our industry and, as it does, CIOs and CTOs are increasingly playing more strategic roles at their firms. The Global IT Summit sought to advance this cause, and I am delighted to know that these efforts will continue with the new partnership between Bentley Systems and EFCG,” said Alan Farkas.

Greg Bentley continued, “Alan Farkas’s leadership and commitment to The Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology conference over the many years was invaluable to Bentley Systems and to members of the A/E/C community who attended the conference. I want to express my gratitude for all that Alan did to make the conference the success that it has been. We now look forward to working with EFCG, and our co-sponsor Microsoft, to continue to provide a forum for CIOs to share best practices and to explore the business implications of technology advancements in the A/E/C world.”

About the EFCG CIO Conference

EFCG’s inaugural CIO Conference was held in February 2016. The two-day conference is designed to explore driving business value through IT innovation and transformation and the business and financial implications of the key technology challenges facing CIOs. Each year’s conference is developed in coordination with a select group of industry advisors to ensure the sessions are on topic and directly applicable to the CIOs’ ongoing challenges. This event requires participants to complete a detailed IT survey of their respective organization, and the information is collated and analyzed by EFCG and summarized during the conference to illustrate trends, benchmarks, and key issues facing the industry. Conference size is limited to foster an intimate exchange of ideas among participants.

For registration information, contact Joan Zofnass (, director of conferences.

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About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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