Taking place from 23 – 25 April at the wonderful Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 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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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Alan Boehme
Global CTO and Chief Innovation IT
Procter & Gamble
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Paul Duchouquette
CTO
CDG, a Boeing company
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Julia Anderson
Global CIO
Smithfield Foods
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Paolo Pelizzoli
EVP & CTO
Mastercard
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Lisa Kerns
CIO
Fareway Stores
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Terry West
SVP CIO
Performance Food Group Company
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Sheryl Bunton
VP and CIO
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
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Joseph Pensiero
Global VP of IT & Digital
Sealed Air
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Barbie Bigelow
SVP & CIO
Jacobs Engineering Group
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Ratnakar Lavu
CIO/CTO
Kohl's Corporation
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Vana Matte
SVP IT
JB Hunt

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.

Welcome address
3:30pm - 3:45pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Keynote Speech
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Keynote panel discussion: The CIO is dead, long live the CIO
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: How CIO can create a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion
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: Panel - Future proof: organizing for the future of cloud
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: How-to masterclass - Optimizing the cloud: Kubernetes and container technology
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
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

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: Ask the audience
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

Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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.

Latest Case Study

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.