Taking place from 28 – 30 October at the wonderful The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota in Florida 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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Sue Taylor
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Laura Miller
InterContinental Hotels Group
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Robert McDougall
Cushman & Wakefield
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Vana Matte
SVP Technology
JB Hunt
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Kari Escobedo
Bartell Drugs
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Faith Tang
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
Fareway Stores
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Paola Arbour
Tenet Health
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Rafi Khan
Edible Arrangements
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Shawn Wharton
Integrated Supply and Trading CIO

6 Challenges in IT

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Understanding ML use cases and how to leverage your data verticals to implement advanced analytics.
  • Security and the risk associated with the increased volatility of malicious threats and regulatory scrutiny.
  • Ensuring your teams are innovating along relevant business lines and understanding the implications of digital transformation from a business perspective.
  • The challenges of leadership as the office of the CIO is put under more pressure than ever to reduce cost, innovate the business, and figure out how their IT architecture can be leveraged to see the best ROI.
  • Implementing an effective cloud strategy that is cost-effective, secure, and efficient for all affected business processes.
  • The task of promoting diversity, addressing the skill gap, and improving employee retention among your existing workforce.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 3 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday October 28, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm
Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Building Partnerships across the business
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David Whipple
CIO - Apple Leisure Group
3:30pm - 3:50pm
It’s a bandwidth issue – human capital and the future of work
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Cognitive computing
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Security & Risk
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Digital Transformation
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Ivan Winfield
CIO - SeaBoard Corp
3:50pm - 5:00pm
The future of work, people, and culture
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Leadership challenges up and down the business
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Innovation, implementation, and integration
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: Cargill’s Story: Technology With a Purpose
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Justin Kershaw
CIO - Cargill
Tuesday October 29, 2019
7:00am - 7:50am
Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am
8:00am - 8:20am
Leading in a changing environment with empathy and compassion
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Paul Moulton
CIO - CostCo
8:20am - 8:50am
Title TBC
Panel Discussion
8:50am - 9:20am
20,000 leagues under the data lake – building AI capability into your company.
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Stuart Evans
Distinguished Service Professor - Carnegie Mellon University
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
Innovation, a strategic roadmap: quick wins vs moon shots.
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Sumit Anand
CIO - At Home Group
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Hitesh Patel
SVP - BestBuy
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am
Case Study
10:20am - 11:00am
Building a global consensus of innovation
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Nabil Malouli
11:00am - 11:40am
The cloud economy: a buyer’s guide.
Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
Who is responsible for our security today, and tomorrow?
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Endre Walls
CISO - Customers Bank
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Larry Maccherone
Executive Director DevSecOps - ComCast
12:20pm - 12:50pm
Great Expectations.
Networking Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Drill Down Roundtables
2:40pm - 3:20pm
The future of our working selves -- our digital lives.
Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Integration headaches and remedies to change.
Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
Digital transformation and the human experience.
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Stuart Evans
Distinguished Service Professor - Carnegie Mellon University
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Kerry O'Donnell
Executive Director - Estée Lauder
Coffee & Networking Break
4:40pm - 5:00pm
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
5:00pm - 5:40pm
Cracking the SAFe: Agile, an industry confirmation bias?
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Closing Keynote: Inspiring talent and invigorating allies
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm
Gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday October 30, 2019
7:30 am - 8:20 am
Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am
8:30 am - 8:50 am
Intelligent automation – our empathetic co-workers of the future.
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Abhijeet Bhandare
Chief Automation Office - GE Power
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Title TBC
9:20 am - 10:00 am
Drill Down Roundtables
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
Digital Transformation -- A Case Study
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Ashok Kumar
CTO - Verizon
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Title TBC
Panel Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
Closing panel & wrap up
Buffet lunch
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Summit Location

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

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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