Tech Leaders Summit 2018 Programme

Tech Leaders Summit 2018 Draft Programme

MORNING SCHEDULE

08.00 – Coffee and Networking (In the Expo.)

09.00 – Welcome Note

              Information Age

09.15 – Keynote Address One: TBA

09.50 – Keynote Address Two: TBA

10.30 – Coffee and Networking (In the Expo.)

 

11.00 – 12.30: TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP STREAMS (1-4)

 

STREAM ONE: THE CLOUD AND IT STRATEGY

11.00 – 11.30

Individual Address: Communicating and Engaging with your Board

  • Strategies to ‘justify’ IT spend to the board and get their buy-in.
  • Tying IT spend to strategic business capabilities to demonstrate how this will make the company more competitive.
    • The Cloud can reduce costs and improve productivity.
  • Overcoming perceptions that IT can solves every challenge.
  • Managing the expectations of senior management as to what IT can and cannot do for the business.
  • Where does IT end and the rest of the business begin?
  • Would a change in business process be more appropriate and cheaper to implement?

11.30 – 12.00: Vendor/Case Study

12.00 – 12.30

Panel Discussion – Shaping Cloud Strategy

Many large organisations are offloading computer resources to focus on strategic digital initiatives but what should you take into account when shaping your cloud strategy?
  • What are the potential risks involved in moving more data and apps to the cloud?
  • Should you look at private cloud and/or multi-cloud solutions to ensure choice and avoid single vendor lock-in?
  • How to decide which apps should go to which cloud.
  • Understanding the importance of defining your security goals to safeguard your data in the cloud.
  • The importance of the virtual safety net: best practice for backing up services run in the cloud.
    • Hedge against breaches outside your domain of control.
    • Pursue a zero-trust security model.
  • Develop a plan for container orchestration.
  • Ensure there is appropriate staff training to take advantage of the agility and scalability the cloud offers.

 

STREAM TWO: DATA AND SECURITY

11.00 – 11.30: Vendor/Case Study

11.30 – 12.00

Individual Address: Data Best Practice, Post-GDPR

  • What will the future of tech look like from a regulatory perspective?
  • How to cope with increased data governance and security post-GDPR.
  • Best practice for the recycling and disposal of IT equipment and software post-GDPR.
  • Educating staff and customers to take ownership for their data.

12.00 – 12.30: Vendor/Case Study

 

STREAM THREE: DIVERSITY, RECRUITMENT AND STAFFING

11.00 – 11.30

Panel Discussion: Human Resources and the Tech Leader

  • What’s the future for the ERP?
  • How do you effectively engage and integrate both the tenured ERP/Enterprise Systems workers with the millennial, digital workers?
  • How to improve HRM using AI.
    • Can drive efficiencies in talent acquisition, training and performance analysis and assist with staff retention.

11.30 – 12.00

Individual Address: Overcoming the Challenges of Talent Development in the Technology Sector

  • How does the provision of career guidance and advancement opportunities impact on staff retention?
  • How do you find more resource for training and development?
  • Examining the future skills gap and how to solve it.
  • How employers are using the Apprenticeship levy to plug the shortage in qualified IT staff.
  • How do you ensure diversity and avoid bias when recruiting, particularly when dealing with a limited resource pool of skilled workers?
  • Top tips for recruitment and retention.

12.00 – 12.30: Vendor/Case Study

 

STREAM FOUR: AI AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

11.00 – 11.30: Vendor/Case Study

11.30 – 12.00: Vendor/Case Study

12.00 – 12.30

Individual Address: What is the place of AI in today’s workplace?

  • How will AI shape the future of IT work?
  • Automation: a threat or an opportunity?
    • Does it pose a threat to jobs or does it free up staff to focus on strategic issues and innovation?
    • Will it accelerate the development and roll-out of targeted technical solutions across the business?
  • Will automating routine, mundane tasks drive staff engagement?
  • Should we be building a symbiotic relationship with machines and, if so, how?
  • Examining assistance technology in a business context (Alexa, Google Home, etc.).
  • Is it a force for good? Examining the ethics around AI.

 

12.30 – 13.45: LUNCH

 

AFTERNOON SCHEDULE

13.45 – Afternoon Welcome

13.55

Panel Discussion: The Challenges and Opportunities of Outsourcing

  • Outsourcing routine, ongoing tasks can free up internal tech teams to focus on activities that are more advanced and strategic to the business.
  • Outsourcing can provide a solution to breaching the IT skills gap.
  • How to avoid compromising quality and security when outsourcing.
  • Addressing poor service quality, failure to meet business objectives, and the desire for more control over the future direction.
  • Is the trend for insourcing gathering momentum and if so, why?

14.40 – Coffee and Networking (In the Expo.)

 

15.00 – 16.30: TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP STREAMS (1-4)

 

STREAM ONE: THE CLOUD AND IT STRATEGY

15.00 – 15.30: Vendor/Case Study

15.30 – 16.00

Panel Discussion: The Changing Role of CIO

Our panel will debate how digital transformation and automation are impacting on the traditional role of the CIO.

16.00 – 16.30 : Vendor/Case Study

 

STREAM TWO: DATA AND SECURITY

15.00 – 15.30

Individual Address: Blockchain Technology and its Applications

  • Merely the latest ‘fad’ or the most important technology emerging for enterprises?
  • What is it and what can it offer to the enterprise?
    • Offers the ability to scale across an enterprise, offering a network effect of digital trust.
    • Represents a less costly and more efficient way to share information between trusted users.
  • How will it impact the operating and business model of the enterprise?
  • Problems around initiating a next-generation blockchain architecture project:
    • Why has it had such low take-up by enterprises?
    • Not fit for every transactional business process.
    • Lack of trained, available key blockchain IT talent.
    • Trying to introduce blockchain into legacy value streams and systems.
  • What’s the future for blockchain?

15.30 – 16.00: Vendor/Case Study

16.00 – 16.30

Panel Discussion: Addressing Cybersecurity

  • What are the increased risks posed by rapidly changing technology?
  • How to cultivate a culture of cybersecurity.
    • Security longer an isolated function but a ‘must’ to be addressed by everyone.
  • How to build an IT cybersecurity strategy.
  • How to avoid insider attacks from error, rogue employees, weak passwords and credential sharing.
    • Are new behavioural-based detection techniques the answer?
  • How to stay abreast of the latest types of external attacks and mitigate their impact.
  • The roles of the CISO and the CIO.
  • Examining the current regulatory landscape.

 

STREAM THREE: DIVERSITY, RECRUITMENT AND STAFFING

15.00 – 15.30: Vendor/Case Study

15.30 – 16.00

Individual Address: Fostering a Diversity and Inclusions (D&I) Agenda in Technology Functions

  • Why is a D&I strategy needed?
    • Now a business requirement rather than a ‘nice to have’.
    • Stats prove enterprise diversity breeds productivity and innovation and can build customer loyalty and engagement.
  • What programmes and initiatives can be put in place to increase diversity in tech?
    • Unconscious bias training.
    • Monitoring and measuring stats.
  • How to create a successful D&I strategy.
    • Requirements include Board buy-in, employee education and commitment, and a strategic understanding that it can offer a competitive advantage.
    • Essential to formalise a strategy, delegate responsibilities throughout the organisation and ensure accountability.

16.00 – 16.30: Vendor/Case Study

 

STREAM FOUR: AI AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

15.00 – 15.30

Panel Discussion: Technological Innovation and New Appliances

  • How to cultivate internal innovation within the enterprise.
  • How to overcome the hype from new technology and put it into real application.
  • How to balance new technology with legacy systems – upgrading legacy systems to improve efficiency.

15.30 – 16.00: Vendor/Case Study

16.00 – 16.30

Individual Address: The Impact of the Internet of Things (IoT)

  • A huge surge in the deployment of the IoT is proven to find new revenue streams, drive operational efficiency, improve customer experience, reduce risks and uncover new business value.
  • What should CIOs and IT leaders do to prepare for a new world of connected devices?
  • How to develop strategies to deal with storage infrastructure; harvesting and using IoT data cost-effectively; and handling device and network/platform security.
  • The evolution of the IoE (Internet of Everything).
    • Leveraging real-time insights to make better, more accurate, current business decisions.

16.30 – Networking (In the Expo.)

17.00 – Event Close

Venue

Royal Lancaster London
Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

13th September 2018

Dress code for the Summit and Awards: Smart Casual

 

Royal Lancaster London