CDO Summit | November 18-20, 2019 | Westin Kierland Resort & Spa - Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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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.

 

Monday, November 18, 2019 - CDO Summit

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Registration and Greeting

 

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

1:50 pm - 2:25 pm

Keynote Presentation

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
 

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Overcoming Cloud Data Integration Challenges

As enterprise applications becoming increasingly distributed as a result of broader cloud adoption, so too will enterprise data stores become increasingly distributed. While this presents general data management issues, of particular importance is the challenge of data integration in the cloud. The siloed nature of cloud application deployments radically increases the number of transactions required to consistently aggregate and integrate enterprise data. Add to this the fact that most existing tools are optimized to work between relational databases, while many cloud solutions are based on NoSQL structures and may be required to migrate data through intermediary staging platforms. As transaction volume increases exponentially, so does bandwidth usage and bandwidth cost and so CDO's need to work hard to control this spiral while facilitated clean integration. 

 Takeaways: 
  1.  While latency is a big problem for cloud application integration, it is far less of an issue for cloud data integration 
  2.  Existing data integration tools and processes will continue to work in the short term in a cloud focused world, but transaction volume ultimately will erode savings 
  3.  As platform diversity increases data integration can become increasingly complex and so alternate tools and techniques will be required to tie everything together
 

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Increase the Speed & Agility of Data Analytics

Technologies for big data analytics can deliver tremendous business value, and at a lower cost than traditional data management approaches, but early adopters have encountered challenges and learned lessons over the past few years.  

Takeaways: 
  1. The five worst practices in early deployments and how to avoid them   
  2. Best practices for the right architecture to meet the needs of the business   
  3. How to ensure highly scalable and elastic big data infrastructure 

Think Tank

Accelerating Application Development

The growth of advanced algorithms and AI has allowed for streamlined application development. As these technologies evolve, productivity is expected to increase and shorten time-to-deliver as a whole. This will reduce the need for human application developers, but open new positions in data science and QA.  

Takeaways: 
  1. Utilizing AI for application development 
  2. The role of advanced analytics in improving speed of delivery 
  3. Challenging the traditional data scientist role 
 

3:25 pm - 3:35 pm

Networking Break

 

3:40 pm - 4:05 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Analytics & Cloud Together: Accelerating Innovation in the New Cognitive Era

Leading companies are disrupting the status quo by using data to inform business strategy and create new business models that fuel growth. CIOs have the power to uncover the insight that drives disruption and speeds transformation. Learn how leading IT organizations are maximizing the use of open source and cloud technologies alongside on-premises investments to accelerate innovation. And understand how CDOs are embracing new cloud-enabled consumption models while helping ensure data privacy, security and sovereignty.   

Takeaways:   
  1. Integrating analytics into key applications and systems can enable people throughout an organization to access and act on insights when and where it matters most 
  2. Take advantage of more sources to enable better decisions. IT must create an environment with easy access to all types of data - structured and unstructured - from internal sources and those outside the organization 
  3. Data science teams are answering the toughest questions by leveraging open source development platforms and tools to build models more quickly and easily 
 

4:10 pm - 4:35 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Enhancing Your Edge

Edge computing is computing topology in which the content collection and delivery are placed closer to their endpoints. The goal of edge computing is to keep the traffic and processing local to eliminate delays and reduce traffic. Currently, edge computing is being driven by IoT and requires processing to be close to the end rather than on a centralized cloud server. However, rather than creating brand new architecture, cloud computing and edge computing will evolve into centralized service executing on centralized servers, on-premise servers and on the edge devices themselves. 

Takeaways: 
  1. Review your organization's progress within edge computing 
  2. How to adapt centralized service execution 
  3. The future of edge computing and its potential capabilities 
 

Think Tank

New Data Infrastructure Solutions

Edge cloud, blockchain, and other innovations are changing the way data is handled, tracked, and stored. All come with advantages as well as limitations compared to the centralized data infrastructure solution. Firms who embrace technological innovation too early might be hindered by the technical difficulties associated with new technology. 

Takeaways: 
  1. Advantages of data virtualization 
  2. Current challenges of blockchain technology 
  3. On-premise vs off-premise solutions 
 

4:40 pm - 5:05 pm

Solutions Spotlight

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

5:10 pm - 6:10 pm

Executive Visions

Big Data & Analytics at the Next Level

The explosive growth of data volume and data variety that have characterized this new big data era are set to head in a steeper upward trajectory as IoT moves from being a fringe technology, to a mainstream capability. When a single Boeing 787 is able to capture 70Tb of data per flight from thousands of individual sensors throughout the vehicle, just imagine the data volume that can be captured when not just every plane, or even every vehicle, but every device and every individual is streaming a constant set of status information. Data growth by itself however is only a small portion of the story, as to have value this data must be analyzed in essentially real-time in order to create actionable outcomes.  

Takeaways:  
  1. Big data today may be big, but every single one of the v's that compose it (Volume, Variety, Velocity, Veracity and Value) is set to increase exponentially as a result of IoT  
  2. The ability to analyze, interpret, and find meaning in this vast sea of data will be single biggest differentiator in enterprise success  
  3. Enterprises will have to walk a fine line when it comes to privacy of the information they collect to ensure the continued ability to do so 
 

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Summit Networking Happy Hour


 

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Dinner & Entertainment

 

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

After Dinner Networking Reception

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - CDO Summit

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

 

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

 

8:45 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Presentation

Life Shapes Leadership

"You can't choose what happens to you in life, you only choose how you respond." As a seasoned IT professional, Jody Davids' outlook on leadership is deeply impactful and inspiring. In this keynote, she will share learnings gleaned from an extraordinary career at iconic global brands.

 

9:20 am - 9:55 am

Keynote Presentation

Your Cloud for Smarter Business - Accelerate Your Digital Transformation with Cloud & AI

How can you accelerate your digital transformation journey? With Cloud! Listen and learn what it means when a Cloud is: 

  • Built for all your applications 
  • AI-ready 
  • Secure to the core  

Then, walk away with practical knowledge on how far and fast you can go and grow with an open, flexible Cloud architecture. This includes why and how you will want to migrate, modernize and innovate on Cloud using the latest AI technology and data -- and that's from any data source. 

You won't be locked in. Your options are limitless. You'll be on a clear path to digital transformation complete with rethinking client value and creating new business models.

 

10:00 am - 10:25 am

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

The Future of the CIO in the Coming Digital Economy 

As more businesses undergo a digital transformation, and as those digital transformations become more ingrained into organizational culture, "Digital" becomes not something unique and different from the business, but a core component of every aspect of the business. As this shift occurs, IT itself faces the very real possibility of no longer being something unique from the business, but instead a component of every aspect of the business. In this world, what role then exists for the CIO? Two clear paths are presenting themselves - one leads to a focus on infrastructure and integration, to keeping the lights on for the digital innovators, while the other leads to information and innovation itself. Knowing which path to choose, how to choose it, and how to see it through will be one of the greatest challenges CIOs of this era will face.    

Takeaways:  

  1. Change is, if not already here, certainly coming and CIOs who don't prepare for the change may not like the results when it arrives  
  2. Digital transformation is all about connecting enterprise systems to information technology to drive productivity and performance improvements  
  3. Be prepared to tackle the tasks that no-one wants to do, but everyone needs done; establish relevance to cultivate importance
 

10:30 am - 10:55 am

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of Advanced Machine Learning

Often times, the terms "Artificial Intelligence" and "Advanced Machine Learning" are thought of interchangeably and while there is a relationship between AI and AML, to say they are the same thing is an oversimplification and misclassification. Rather the one begets the other with AI being the basic principle upon which AML is developed. As AI begins to mature and migrate away from purely advanced mathematical operations into decision making paradigms, AML steps forward as the predictive ability of machines to process vast quantities of data for the purposes of making decisions in ways that first mimic, but ultimately surpass (in terms of speed at the very least) those of humans. As data and analytics becomes foundational to the way every business operates, AI and AML will become foundational capabilities.

Think Tank

Exploring Innovation in Distributed Cloud Architecture

New innovations to the distributed cloud network, as Edge Cloud, run different value-added services that are managed close to clients and users. This cloud architecture relies on small to medium datacenters located at the beginning of ISP networks that are currently under-utilized. 

 Takeaways: 

  1. Are the design costs of edge cloud architecture economically viable  
  2. Is cloud computing more energy efficient? 
  3.  Utilizing home gateways to provide services and impact on business

 

10:55 am - 11:05 am

Networking Session

Morning Networking Coffee Break


 

11:10 am - 11:35 am

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

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:

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

 

11:40 am - 12:05 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Emerging Technologies: Adopting Blockchain, Imagine the Possibilities!

Blockchain is an exciting new technology that is slowly proving to be a radical innovation since Internet that triggered previous industrial revolutions. Blockchain technology features like disintermediation, improved transparency, and increase auditability can significantly reduce transaction costs, introduce efficiency into existing value chains, challenge revenue models, and open new markets. It's potential to disrupt existing economic and business models through productivity gains to multiple industries has been very promising. It's data provenance features and trusted interactions could change how data is controlled, shared and governed. Although big technological hurdles remain, innovative data management opportunities are emerging. It's time for data and analytics leaders to start experimenting!

 

12:10 pm - 12:35 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Increase the Speed and Agility of Data Analytics

Hadoop and related technologies for Big Data analytics can deliver tremendous business value, and at a lower cost than traditional data management approaches. But early adopters have encountered challenges and learned lessons over the past few years. 

 In this presentation, we'll discuss: 

  1. The five worst practices in early Hadoop deployments and how to avoid them 
  2. Best practices for the right architecture to meet the needs of the business 
  3. How to ensure highly scalable and elastic Big Data infrastructure

 

12:40 pm - 1:05 pm

Solutions Spotlight

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

 

1:05 pm - 2:15 pm

Networking Luncheon and 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.

 

2:20 pm - 2:45 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

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?  

Think Tank

Business Process Automation: Digital Labor vs. Labor Arbitrage

Robotic Process Automation's (RPA) potential to replace human labor has put the technology on a collision course with labor arbitrage. While the actual labor savings stemming from RPA depends on the nature of a given process, the technology is thought to deliver greater cost reduction. Businesses are looking for IT to deliver business outcomes √Ę?" more output, better quality, lower costs, revenue growth or an increase in market share. These outcomes can only be achieved as quickly as the business and market demands with the help of automation.

 

2:50 pm - 3:15 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Driving Digital Transformation: Proactive Path vs. Reactive Response

Shakespeare wrote that we should be afraid of greatness as "some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them". This is true today as well for CIOs and CISOs. Digital transformation will happen, the only question being will the CIO drive it or will it be thrust upon them. We will discuss how to be a proactive voice in driving your company's digital transformation journey instead of waiting and responding to the voice of others.

Takeaways:

  1. Digital transformation is happening with or without our actions.
  2. The most successful CIOs will drive this transformation from a proactive point of view instead of reacting to internal and external voices.

 

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Data Matters! Attaining Transformation Through Data & Analytics

If digital transformation is a journey, then data is the fuel that will transport your company from here to there. Comprehending and creating insight from data is transformational. Being able to gather and analyze data to generate a competitive edge, creates new opportunities, and promotes innovation. However, to support a pipeline of up-to-date and competitive modern data and analytics, a sound foundation and architecture must be constructed in order to deliver it. 

 

3:45 pm - 3:55 pm

Networking Session


 

4:00 pm - 4:25 pm

Innovation Partners Showcase

A brief, but compelling review of three new innovative technologies supporting digital transformation.

 

4:30 pm - 4:55 pm

Executive Visions Panel

Influencing, and not Just Reacting to, the Business Strategy

Building up digital business hinges on being able to add in information and technology assets and capabilities much earlier into leaders' strategic plans. We will discuss how CIOs are aiming to revamp the dynamics of the provider/consumer relationship in order to have a strategic impact and influence across all levels of the business. 

 

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm

Keynote Presentation

What's the Next Stop On the Transformation Journey?

Our Governing Board will summarize the learnings from the day and discuss the path forward for building an ongoing community of CIOs, where common issues can be addressed and success stories can be shared. 


Takeaways:

  1. Building an ongoing community with your peers can be an invaluable resource for tackling the digital transformation projects ahead of you.
  2.  Sharing stories of success (and failures) is not reserved to a one-day CIO Summit, but should be shared on a regular basis with your peers.
 

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks

 

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Summit Happy Hour

 

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Dinner


 

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

After Dinner Networking