Taking place from 13-15 May 2019, the European edition of our Technology Insight Summit will bring together senior IT decision-makers and business leaders from across the continent at the wonderful The Grand Brighton in England, to share their views on how to tackle the biggest challenges in tech today.

The summit program focused on key themes such as: innovation and digitalisation: separating from the pack; the CIO forecast: emerging technologies and trends to integrate into your strategy; and infrastructure and operations: the mix of strategic, tactical and organisational challenges in 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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Lucy Lombardi
VP Digital & Ecosystem Innovation
Telecom Italia
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Ajwad Hashim
VP Innovation & Emerging Technology
Barclays
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Zakaria Rachid
CISO
MNT - Mutuelle Nationale Territorlale
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Elaine Bown
CISO
Sky
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Barbara Gottardi
CIO Retail Business Banking & Head of Service Sustainability
HSBC
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Barbara Saunier
CIO
Beiersdorf
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Alessandro De Luca
CIO
Merck Healthcare
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Alexia Schmitt
CIO
L’Occitane En Provence
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Veronique Rhode
CIO
AXA Re
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Francesco Marzoni
Vice President, IT Data and Analytics
Bayer Healthcare
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Bibi Knoetze
VP Supply Chain IT & Master Data Systems
Coty Inc
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Austin Hickey
VP Global IT Director
Deutsche Post

6 Challenges in IT

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Keeping ahead of the threat environment – new modes of attack and increased points of vulnerability
  • 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
  • Dealing with changing attitudes to privacy and security in a data-centric, millennial-driven world
  • 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 May 13, 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
3:25pm - 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.

Opening panel: The CIO is dead, long live the CIO
3:30pm - 4:30pm

It is impossible to overstate the importance of IT to business. Our 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 agents of disruptive innovation, CIOs must spend less time serving LOB manage¬ment and more time partnering with it – the shift in focus from a traditional technology ownership model to delivery of data-driven insights is real. Maintaining smooth IT operations is no longer enough (let’s be honest, it hasn’t been for a while). You must demonstrate the ability to drive efficiency and control while dynamically delivering the level of innovation and collaboration the entire business requires. The question is how. How do the most common CIO archetypes (business leader, ops guru, turnaround artist) make this work? And what can each teach the other? * Organisational change * Cultural change * Changing customer demands * Continuing technical education and skills training * The inevitability of failure, and the value of knowing how to recover

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: Secure: new approaches to prevention and response, new threats
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Innovate: how to drive innovation at scale
Solution provider briefing
6:00pm - 6:30pm

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.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Gala dinner & keynote: Digital leadership
Tuesday May 14, 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: How CIO can create a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion
Workshop
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: Rise of the “transformer-in-chief”
Workshop
9:25am - 10:05am
Session 2: Future proof: organising for the future of cloud
Workshop
10:10am - 10:50am
Session 3: Cyber security and the c-suite
Coffee & networking
10:50am - 11:05am

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

Workshop
11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: Reshaping your IT landscape
Workshop
11:50am - 12:30pm
Session 5: Digital or dead? Effective CIO leadership in times of transformation
Keynote Speech
12:35pm - 1:05pm
Lunch Keynote
Lunch & networking
1:05pm - 2:00pm

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

Roundtable
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
3:05pm - 3:45pm
Session 6: Facilitating your company's no. 1 goal: to be closer to the customer
Workshop
3:50pm - 4:30pm
Session 7: Developing a security-centric culture
Workshop
4:35pm - 5:15pm
Session 8: Stay safe out there: effective strategies for coping with ever evolving cyber attacks
Workshop
5:20pm - 6:00pm
Session 9: The human-machine partnership
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 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.

Wednesday May 15, 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.

Workshop
8:05 am - 8:45 am
Session 10: Digital transformation will decimate the IT department
Workshop
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 11: Challenging infrastructure modernisation
Workshop
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 12: Forget DevOps, it's time for DevSecOps
Roundtable
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
11:05 am - 11:35 am
Session 13: Measuring security effectiveness
Workshop
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Session 14: Tomorrow's world: where is the next disruption coming from?
Workshop
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Session 15
Closing panel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Summit Location

The Grand Brighton, England

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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