Taking place from 27-29 November 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 Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, 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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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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Alex Tarter
Chief Cyber Consultant and CTO
Thales
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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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Mauro Israël
CISO
ORPEA
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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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Roel Schouten
CISO
Novozymes

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 - 3 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday November 27, 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.

Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Details To Follow.

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

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.

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The shift in IT – how can we encompass all five key themes to improve what we do?
Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
Pioneers of Agility
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Understanding Your Customers
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Swaminathan (Mac) Mahalingam
Chief Architect - cSwaminathan (Mac) Mahalingam, Chief Architect, HSBC Commercial Banking
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Diversity of Skills and Inclusion
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Information Security
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Machine Learning
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Agile Technologies & Work Place
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

Details To Follow.

Networking drinks
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
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Keynote
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: Delegate
Thursday November 28, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

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

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Details To Follow.

Interview
8:00am - 8:20am
Learning from failure
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Filip Jakubowski
ex-CTO - Loot Bank
Keynote
8:20am - 8:50am
Hiring and retaining the right talent
Panel Discussion
8:50am - 9:20am
Keynote Panel: IT aren’t to blame; how do we make the rest of the organisation agile?
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Anthony Smith
Head of Technology Solutions - JLL
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
Is failure acceptable?
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am

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

Case Study
10:20am - 11:00am
Over 40% of cyber attacks are caused by employee negligence, so let’s focus on employee education
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Mads Syska Hasling
CISO - Saxo Bank
Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
Encompassing a 360 view on our data flow
Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
Demisting the fog on cloud computing
Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
The shift in platforms to increase agility throughout this digital disruption
Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm

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

Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Drill Down Roundtables
Workshop
2:40pm - 3:20pm
Migrating to new platforms, without impacting the end users
Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Keeping Customer’s Core
Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
Digital transformation, to digital reinvention; let’s address the shift that’s occurring.
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Nick Giannakakis
CTO - British American Tobacco
Coffee & Networking Break
4:40pm - 5:00pm

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

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
5:00pm - 5:40pm
What comes first: the security or the technology?
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Tiago Lousada Soares
Head of Cybersecurity - Galp Energia
Panel Discussion
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Closing Keynote: IoT Case Study
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

Networking drinks
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.

Gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia
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.

Friday November 29, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

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

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
If you don’t disrupt yourself, you will be disrupted
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Jason Maude
Head of Technology Advocacy - Starling Bank
Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Autonomous decision making and the benefits to the customer
Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:00 am
Drill Down Roundtables
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am

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

Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
Big data’s role in predicting customers’ behaviour
Workshop
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Delving into the nuts and bolts of machine learning: the who’s, the how’s, the what’s and the why’s
Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
Closing panel & wrap up
Buffet lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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

Summit Location

Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

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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