Taking place from 29th – 31st October at the wonderful Chateau Elan in Atlanta, 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 2018.

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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Alan Boehme
Global CTO and Chief Innovation IT
Procter & Gamble
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Paul Duchouquette
CDG, a Boeing company
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Julia Anderson
Global CIO
Smithfield Foods
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Paolo Pelizzoli
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Lisa Kerns
Fareway Stores
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Terry West
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
Jacobs Engineering Group
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Ratnakar Lavu
Kohl's Corporation
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Vana Matte
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
Monday October 29, 2018
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 session
4:00pm - 4:25pm

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.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Enable: how do you support new business models and customer-facing initiatives?
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Vijay Gogineni
Chief Operating Officer - City Of New York
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Transform: how do you link IT transformation to business goals?
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Lisa Kerns
CIO - Fareway Stores
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Innovate: how to drive innovation at scale
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Lawrence Eta
Deputy Chief Information Officer - City of Toronto
Welcome drinks 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.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Keynote dinner - Rethinking Technology at Large Enterprises
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Alan Boehme
Global CTO and Chief Innovation IT - Procter & Gamble
Tuesday October 30, 2018
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 - 8:45am
Breakfast Keynote
8:50am - 9:30am
WS 1: The Journey to Digitally Transformation as a Traditional Utility
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Michael Salas
Chief Information and Digital Officer - Suez
9:35am - 10:15am
WS 2: 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
Coffee & Networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Coffee & Networking

10:20am - 11:00am
WS 3: AspenTech: Leveraging SD-WAN to Drive Operational Excellence and Enable Business Innovation
11:05am - 11:45am
WS 4
Keynote Speech
11:50pm - 12:30pm
Lunch Keynote - Trends in Data Management
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Prem Ananthakrishnan
VP, Product - druva
Lunch & Networking
12:35pm - 1:35pm

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

1:40pm - 2:20pm
WS 5: Driving Real World Outcomes for the Data-Driven IT Org Through Analytics
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Vaneet Bhaskar
VP, Sales - Numerify, Inc.
2:25pm - 3:05pm
WS 6: Better, Faster, Nimble! – Improving IT practises – Getting the balance right.
3:10pm - 3:50pm
WS 7: Digital Transformation in Action
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Clay Nelson
Regional Sales Director - GitHub
3:55pm - 4:35pm
WS 8
4:50pm - 5:20pm
WS 9: Beyond Blockchain: Driving Process and Value with Technology
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Jeff Bipes
Director of Information Technology - Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Attendee downtime
5:25pm - 6:25pm

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




Cocktails, Dinner and Second Night Experience
6:30pm - 10:30pm

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

Wednesday October 31, 2018
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.

Breakfast Panel
8:05 am - 8:45 pm

Details To Follow

8:50 am - 9:30 am
WS 10: Blockchain: Reality and Evolution
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Julia Anderson
Global CIO - Smithfield Foods
9:35 am - 10:15 am
WS 11: The API Economy: an Enabler to Digital Transformation?
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Whitney Bouck
COO - HelloSign
10:20 am - 11:00 am
WS 12
11:05 am - 11:45 am
WS 13: The Need for Speed: Get Digital Products to Market Faster
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
WS 14
12:35 pm - 1:15 pm
WS 15: Talking points and Key Takeaways
Lunch & networking
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before heading home.

Summit Location

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