Taking place from 23 – 25 April at the wonderful Westin, Savannah, Georgia the US edition of our CIO Insight Summit will bring together senior IT decision-makers and business leaders from across North America to share experiences, discover new ideas, and discuss the hottest topics in tech.

The summit program will focus on key themes such as: innovation and digitalization: separating from the pack; the CIO forecast: emerging tech and trends to integrate into your strategy; and infrastructure and operations: strategic, tactical and organizational challenges 2019.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Sue Taylor
CIO
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Laura Miller
CIO
Intercontinental Hotels
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Robert McDougall
SVP IT
Cushman & Wakefield
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Vana Matte
SVP Technology
JB Hunt
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Kari Escobedo
CIO
Bartell Drugs
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Faith Tang
CIO
H.B. Fuller Company
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Nuno Barboza
VP of IT & CIO Medical Devices North America
Johnson & Johnson
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Patty Britton
VP of Digital
Sealed Air Corporation
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Lisa Kerns
CIO
Fareway Stores
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Paola Arbour
CIO
Tenet Health
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Rafi Khan
CIO
Edible Arrangements
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Shawn Wharton
Integrated Supply and Trading CIO
BP

6 Challenges in IT

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Spending less time serving line-of-business management and more time partnering with it
  • Moving from the traditional technology ownership model to a cloud-based, data-based, API-based future
  • Linking IT transformation to business goals
  • The balancing act: driving efficiency and control for existing processes, delivering innovation and support for new business models
  • Facilitating your company's no. 1 goal: to be closer to the customer
  • Doing it all securely, staying compliant, under ever tighter data governance
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Tuesday April 23, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Keynote Speech
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Opening Keynote - The Two Main Actions to Achieve Business Agility
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Robert Janssen
CEO - OBr.global
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Enable: how do you support new business models and customer-facing initiatives?
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Transform: how do you link IT transformation to business goals?
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Innovate: how to drive innovation at scale
Solution provider briefing
4:30pm - 4:40pm

Details To Follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote: Digital leadership
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Today’s most successful enterprises have mastered systems of record (product) and are mastering systems of engagement (customer). Tomorrow’s most successful will have mastered systems of intelligence (data) and are reaching for systems of autonomy (AI). Each is enabled by the CIO. Each creates challenges for people, process and technology. To secure their position as leaders and agents of positive change, CIOs must spend less time serving LOB management and more time partnering with it. This is how it’s done.

Wednesday April 24, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:30am
Keynote address: Value Stream Management, the Missing Link in Digital Transformation
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Marvin J Stigter
Chief Change Agent - Eli Lilly
Collaborate
8:35am - 9:30am

TBC

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1:Thought leadership - Rise of the “transformer-in-chief”
Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: Discover the power of Intelligent Automation
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Sam Fahmy
CMO - WorkFusion
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
11:20am - 12:00pm
Session 3: Digital at the core: Unlock the enterprise to open digital ecosystems and create new digital business models
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Shawn Ryan
Vice President Product Marketing - Digital as a Service - Axway
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 4: Interactive workshop - Reshaping your IT landscape
Workshop
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Session 5: Ask the audience - Digital or dead? Effective CIO leadership in times of transformation
Keynote Speech
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lunch Keynote: Why the Cloud is Perfect for Data Protection
Workshop
2:30pm - 3:10pm
Session 6: Interactive workshop - Facilitating your company's no. 1 goal: to be closer to the customer
Workshop
3:15pm - 3:55pm
Session 7: How-to masterclass - Planet of the APIs: how to unlock innovation and move faster
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 8: Project case study - Stay safe out there: effective strategies for coping with ever evolving cyber attacks
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Session 9: Fireside chat - The human-machine partnership
Attendee downtime
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Thursday April 25, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Workshop
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 10: The heresy session - Digital transformation will decimate the IT department
Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 11: How-to masterclass - Challenging infrastructure modernization
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 12: Project case study - DevOps myths busted
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 13: How-to masterclass - Optimizing the cloud: Kubernetes and container technology
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Shawn Ryan
Vice President Product Marketing - Digital as a Service - Axway
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 14: Future of the industry - Tomorrow's world: where is the next disruption coming from?
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 15: Closing panel & wrap up - Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Georgia

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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