CIO Benelux Summit | March 21, 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

↓ Agenda Key

Keynote Presentation

Visionary speaker presents to entire audience on key issues, challenges and business opportunities

Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee." title="Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee.

Executive Visions

Panel moderated by Master of Ceremonies and headed by four executives discussing critical business topics

Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members." title="Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members.

Thought Leadership

Solution provider-led session giving high-level overview of opportunities

Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community." title="Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community.

Think Tank

End user-led session in boardroom style, focusing on best practices

Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard." title="Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard.

Roundtable

Interactive session led by a moderator, focused on industry issue

Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done." title="Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done.

Case Study

Overview of recent project successes and failures

Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions." title="Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions.

Focus Group

Discussion of business drivers within a particular industry area

Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions." title="Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions.

Analyst Q&A Session

Moderator-led coverage of the latest industry research

Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst." title="Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst.

Vendor Showcase

Several brief, pointed overviews of the newest solutions and services

Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences." title="Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences.

Executive Exchange

Pre-determined, one-on-one interaction revolving around solutions of interest

Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest." title="Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest.

Open Forum Luncheon

Informal discussions on pre-determined topics

Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch." title="Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch.

Networking Session

Unique activities at once relaxing, enjoyable and productive

Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive." title="Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive.

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - CIO Benelux Summit

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

 

8:50 am - 9:00 am

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

 

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Keynote Presentation

AI Driven Development

AI-driven development is driving the IT industry into a new era of programming, fundamentally changing the way code is written and compiled. Utilizing machine learning and deep learning, data scientists and engineers do not define rules, rather they prepare the data set that is shared with the AI's learning algorithms to deduce patterns and features not seen by humans. AI-driven development will have a large impact on QA by utilizing learned patterns to scan thousands of lines of code and correct self-written or human written data, where in the past it was manually reviewed to find inconsistencies and bugs. AI-Driven Development is predicted to make big waves in the fields of speech recognition, language translation, robotics and database management across all industries.

 

9:35 am - 10:05 am

Keynote Presentation

Case Studies in Digital Transformation: Learnings Along the Journey

Case Studies in Digital Transformation: Learnings Along the Journey We will explore key learnings from various industries and verticals on the good, the bad and the ugly of digital transformation. We will have an opportunity to not only be exposed to successful use cases, but also ask the hard questions behind those successes. 

Takeaways: 

  1. One of the best ways to learn is to hear the stories of success (and failure) from companies similar to yours. 
  2. Asking questions of HOW the journey unfolded are just as important as the end result.

 

10:10 am - 10:35 am

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Empowered Edge

The need for more decentralized cloud platforms is increasing to grow alongside IoT. To ensure that there is enough network infrastructure and bandwidth to accommodate the communication between sensors, autonomous entities, and other IoT related items, the empowered edge needs to address these challenges, and quickly. The better the infrastructure, the better the data analytics. Coupled with the growth of AI-based autonomous entities, there needs to be a network that can handle the demands without interrupting business. The upcoming 5G and its features will help to reduce the burden on network usage, but will it be enough?

 

10:35 am - 10:45 am

Morning Networking Coffee Break

 

10:50 am - 11:15 am

Solutions Spotlight

Deep dives into the latest and greatest technology solutions to today's business problems.

 

11:20 am - 11:45 am

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

GPDR, May the Force be With you?

GDPR coming into force on May 25 wasn't a one-off event -- organisations need to continue to ensure they are compliant with GDPR and just assuming this is the case of forgetting about it is likely to end up with them being found to be non-complicit in the future. 

Don't assume GDPR was not a big deal, because you haven't been caused pain, if you stop paying attention, you risk paying the price in the future. And for those organisations which have opted to just ignore or abandon their European markets for now, that's unlikely to be sustainable in the long-term.

 

11:50 am - 12:15 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Making AI Work for You and Your Enterprise

Big data, Machine learning, predictive analytics, voice navigation and extensibility are some of the key elements of Artificial Intelligence. Enterprises who try separate vendors to solve each of these problems, often end up making expensive and complex surgeries to stich them together. With an API based architecture, you can build your application functionality as APIs and expose them via a central API gateway. This can form the backbone for your AI solution. Managing security, policies, scalability and failover towards the internet can be done centrally at the gateway. 

Takeaways: 

  1. Moving to an API economy where you build your APIs once and use it in multiple ways.  
  2. Robotic Process Automation in your enterprise powered by API driven digital assitants and chat bots.
 

12:20 pm - 12:45 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

Augmented Analytics

Augmented Analytics is a growing field pertaining to the automation of data preparation, analysis, forecasting, and interpretation. Since full automation is years away, the new AI and machine learning tools serve to augment data scientists with processing larger quantities of data in a shorter amount of time. As the algorithms grow more complex, businesses will be able to identify opportunities for growth and expansion in ways never imagined. The use of machine learning automation will lead to an increase in analytical workflow and more relevant conclusions. Is augmented analytics the next big disrupter in business intelligence?

 

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Working Lunch & Panel

Charging Ahead: Speeding Up Transformation Through Disruption

Disruption alters, destroys but also creates value. You realize the need to act once revenue starts to shift, which is happening at a faster pace than most would think. Disruption can be a great thing if you act upon it, but it's a threat if you watch idly. We will discuss how CIOs and CISOs can be proactive and act on disruption by figuring out how to identify, prioritize and respond.

 

1:50 pm - 2:15 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Blockchain

Long a topic of discussion, Blockchain technology is being paid more attention, in part, due to the recent success (and fall) of virtual currencies. Blockchain is inherently decentralized with some predicting the dawn of 'Internet 2.0'. It can also be utilized in financial institutions for audit trails, reducing money laundering and fraud. Some vendors and institutions have started to utilize blockchain as a form of currency, with some states even allowing the payment of government taxes in it. Blockchain leaves an auditable trail, allowing for more secure digital relationships that were not possible previously. Will the move towards blockchain continue into 2019 and will we see a larger use of the technology in other industries?

 

2:20 pm - 2:45 pm

Solutions Spotlight

 

2:50 pm - 3:15 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

Digital Twins

A closely related topic to Autonomous Entities, digital 'twinning' is the exact replication of real world objects virtually and feeding the virtual entity with sensor measurements from the real world. Product recalls can be greatly mitigated by running computer simulations to study how the real-world twin is responding to real, unpredictable situations, saving companies time and money before mass producing a product. This is particularly important for the aircraft manufacturing, energy, and defense industries. If powerplants had digital twins, potentially catastrophic disasters could be averted by recognizing patterns before they become a problem.

 

3:15 pm - 3:25 pm

Afternoon Networking Coffee Break

 

3:30 pm - 3:55 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Making Your Way Through the Fog of Cloud Computing

What have we learned from a decade of cloud computing? What are the best practices that we should be taking into account as we take the next step on the digital transformation journey? We will discuss the full range of data center to cloud to hybrid cloud to fog and everything in between. 

Takeaways:  

  • Cloud computing has effectively been with us for a decade. There are clear learnings in the last ten years that we should leverage as we implement new solutions. 
  • One size does not fit all. Effective solutions can range from a state of the art data center to a hybrid cloud to a fully implemented cloud solution.
 

4:00 pm - 4:25 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Disrupt or Be Disrupted: The Digital Transformation Journey Has No Parking Lots

The seemingly ever expanding cadre of technological tools available to incumbent industry leaders are also available to myriad start-ups. Start-ups are using these new technologies to disrupt industries of all types, changing how customers think about tried and true industries. Disruption is found on every corner and it is critical for CIOs to lead their organizations in a way that make them as nimble as their competitors.

Takeaways:

  1. Technology enables companies, especially start-ups with no legacy infrastructure, to disrupt industries overnight.
  2. CIOs need to lead their companies in ways that disrupt before they are disrupted by others.

 

4:30 pm - 4:55 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

Where Are We on Our Journey? Effective Dashboards for Decision Making

How fast are we going? Are we going in the right direction? How much fuel do we have in the tank? These are common questions for those on the move. Companies on a digital transformation journey need effective dashboards to help them understand the myriad data sources screaming for attention. We will discuss best practices for the various types of dashboards that can be used to make the most important decisions for your company. 

Takeaways:  

  • Digital Transformation is providing an increasing amount of data to be understood and analyzed in order to make the right decisions. 
  • Effective dashboards are a key tenet of consuming this onslaught of data.
 

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm

9/11 My Survival

9/11 is a day we will never forget. British BAFTA winning documentary film maker Paul Berriff was in the street beneath the twin towers filming with the New York Fire Department's assistant commissioner when the towers collapsed. Paul was knocked unconscious as the South Tower came down on top of him. He was laying in the debris when 30 minutes later the North Tower also collapsed on him. Paul tells the story of what happened to him, his family, his film crew and others leading up to that terrible event on September 11th 2001. It was a day when Paul had planned for his family to be sightseeing on the roof of the tower at the time the planes struck but, through fate, his plans had to be cancelled at the last minute. This is a dramatic and emotional presentation with film and audio from one of the hijacked planes as well as from those trapped in the towers. Paul tells the minute by minute drama of himself as he arrived under the towers that morning, the collapse and how he miraculously survived with his life and film footage which become some of the most iconic imagery filmed that day.

 

5:25 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks

 

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Summit Happy Hour