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 Group
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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 - 13 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Tuesday April 23, 2019
Summit registration
2:00pm - 5:00pm

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 & Your Itinerary Explained
3:25pm - 3:30pm

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
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Opening Keynote - The Two Main Actions to Achieve Business Agility
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Robert Janssen
- Actminds and ilegra
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Enable: how do you support new business models and customer-facing initiatives?
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Lisa Kerns
CIO - Fareway Stores
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Transform: how do you link IT transformation to business goals?
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Kevin Baradet
CTO & Facilities Director - Cornell University
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Innovate: how to drive innovation at scale
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Nilyum Jhala
VP IT - Hallmark Cards
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: Driving Business Forward through Technology Transformation
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Technology is an essential driver for business today. So when business strategy shifts, technology strategy must shift with it, sometimes requiring transformational changes. Learn how IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has approached a comprehensive technology transformation across its people, processes and tools to pave the way for the capabilities required for future growth.

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 - 8:35am
Keynote address: Value Stream Management, the Missing Link in Digital Transformation
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Marvin J Stigter
Chief Change Agent - Eli Lilly
Workshop
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: Panel Discussion – Breaking the Glass Ceiling
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Kirsty Dyson
VP IT - Southern Glazers Wines & Spirits
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Paola Arbour
CIO - Tenet Health
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 2: Discover the power of Intelligent Automation
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Sam Fahmy
CMO - WorkFusion
Workshop
10:10am - 10:50am
Session 3: Building an IT Client Services Organization at Tenet Healthcare
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Carolyn Campbell
VP IT Client Services - Tenet Health
Workshop
10:55am - 11:35am
Session 4: 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
11:40am - 12:20pm
Session 5: Transforming agility & security in a cloud world
Keynote Speech
12:25pm - 12:55pm
Lunch Keynote: Trends in Data Management: Why the cloud is perfect for data protection
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Mike Palmer
Chief Product Officer - druva
Lunch & Networking
1:00pm - 1:45pm

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

Workshop
1:50pm - 2:30pm
Session 6: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Power through partnership
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Sue Taylor
CIO - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Workshop
2:35pm - 3:15pm
Session 7: Unifying your hybrid cloud and on-premise environments
Roundtable
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 8: A hands on approach: designing your own cognitive solution
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Session 9: Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics: From Data Source to Decisions
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Jon Bergman
CIO - Lycra
Meetings & networking
5:35pm - 6:15pm

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

Attendee downtime
6:15pm - 7:00pm

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

Drinks Reception
7:00pm - 7:30pm

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

Keynote
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner Keynote - Achieving IT transformation
Dinner & experience
7:30pm - 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
7:00 am - 8:00 am

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

Roundtable
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
9:05 am - 9:45 am
Session 11: A Sprint, Not a Marathon – How to Enhance Your Speed to Value
Workshop
9:50 am - 10:30 am
Session 12: Robotic Process Automation: finding the user cases
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Kirsty Dyson
VP IT - Southern Glazers Wines & Spirits
Meetings and Networking
10:35 am - 11:15 am

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

Workshop
11:20 am - 12:00 pm
Session 14: How-to masterclass - challenging infrastructure modernization
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Laura Walsh
VP IT - Carlisle Companies Inc
Meetings & Networking
12:05 pm - 12:45 pm

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

Workshop
12:50 pm - 1:10 pm
Session 15: Closing panel & wrap up - Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:15 pm - 2:15 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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