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Global CIO Institute: Manchester (June 2023)

June 14

Global CIO Institute: Manchester

Wednesday 14th June 2023

08:30 - 17:30 GMT

Chamber Space, Manchester

Event Summary

A day of world-class, end-user driven academia helping executives make the right decisions. Covering the latest trends and challenges, our flagship events provide a dynamic and agile mix of thought leadership, best practice, and networking sessions.

Featured Attendees

Introducing our Event Chair

Michael Knight - CTO - NHS
Michael Knight - CTO - NHS


Join this Opening Panel session moderated by Dave Roberts, Global IT Director at Stantec discussing with Wayne Morris - Delivery Director at Nationwide Building Society, Einat Segal - Cybersecurity manager at Clarion Housing Group, Lino Gambella - CTO at Defenx & Richard Meeus -  Director of Security Technology and Strategy, EMEA Defenx feat Akamai. 

In today's rapidly changing digital landscape, the role of the CIO has evolved from a traditional IT manager to a strategic business leader. The CIO's primary focus is no longer limited to keeping the company's technology infrastructure running smoothly, but rather on preventing risks, driving innovation, aligning IT strategies with business goals, and anticipating future challenges. To be more proactive and less reactive, CIOs must embrace emerging technologies, foster collaboration across departments, and develop a forward-thinking mindset that enables them to anticipate and capitalize on opportunities for transformation.
- Defining, implementing and monitoring security controls with a zero-trust defence
- Overcoming problems with a solid risk management strategy
- Shifting from Traditional IT to Digital Innovation
- Building High-Performing IT Teams
- Strategic Business Alignment

CIOs, IT leaders, and executives have a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital era. By embracing their evolving roles as catalysts for digital transformation and cybersecurity procedures, IT leaders can drive innovation, enhance operational efficiency, and position their organizations for long-term success in the ever-changing digital landscape.

Join this boardroom session to address and discuss the below questions around digital transformation with Richard Bradley, European IT Director at Kellogg's

  • Why does Digital Transformation fail?
  • Why does no one get it?
  • Who's responsibility is it?
  • Everyone is talking about it but who has done it?

Engineers are the true innovators of many businesses. It's often in their nature to seek ways of leveraging new tools and technology and introduce concepts like automation and AI to make them and their teams more efficient.

In this boardroom conversation, Jon Greatbatch - VP of Engineering at Container Solutions will discuss how becoming an engineering led organisation can speed up the path to successful Digital Transformations and ensure your business keeps innovating.

This senior-level discussion will explore the advancement of Generative AI, the opportunities it might offer for enhanced decision-making, content creation and value generation.

Join CIOs and other pre-qualified leaders to understand the potential of this powerful technology, and how it might work within your organisation.

  • Augmenting creativity by embracing generative AI and breaking down traditional barriers
  • Examining simulation opportunities can help enhance your decision-making
  • Realising the true value of AI by identifying new opportunities across your network

Join this interactive boardroom facilitated by Mihran Hovnanian, CIO at Baker Hughes

For some time businesses have struggled to find the ready-skilled talent they need to close their digital and technology skills gaps. Even when they do, others are standing by, ready to poach.

With such a finite talent pool, it has never been more important for businesses to properly understand exactly where their skills gaps are, how they can diversify talent strategies to ensure sustainable digital capability and how leveraging the untapped potential of existing employees can improve productivity and growth.

In today's convenience-driven economy, consumers have higher expectations for seamless and enjoyable experiences. As a result, creating an exceptional digital customer experience has become imperative to gain a competitive edge. To achieve the standards set by leading companies like Amazon, Netflix, and Zoom, businesses face several obstacles such as increasing security risks, constantly evolving compliance regulations, economic pressures, a shortage of developer and cybersecurity talent, and overall economic uncertainties.

Join Philip Hoyer, Field CTO, Okta for this session to hear:

  • How organisations are adapting to new consumer expectations in the digital era
  • How Customer Identity can help businesses reduce customer acquisition costs, increase customer retention and engagement, and drive new revenue streams.

Recent trends show that the majority of digital initiatives are taking too long to implement and to realize value. Join this discussion of CIOs and other pre-qualified senior Digital leaders to explore growing concerns around digital transformation efforts during periods of economic slowdown and uncertainty.

  • Transform your approach from big picture to smaller victories to see immediate value
  • Embracing agile development methodologies to speed up enterprise initiatives and accelerate time to market
  • Educating your IT team on key business objectives and drivers to align tech with your senior leadership’s priorities
  • Increasing digital literacy across the enterprise and democratising access to technology

Join this interactive Keynote session facilitated by Alessandro Bovone, CTO North & West Europe at Nokia

The pandemic has changed the paradigm of traditional in-office work. As we turn the corner on the pandemic, organizations are now starting to rethink and rebuild workplaces, work models and workflows from the ground up. This fundamental change has raised new challenges that did not necessarily exist before and during the pandemic. Organisations in the UK are reporting their struggle to both hang on to and recruit staff is a real threat to their growth and recovery: are we seeing signs of the “Great Resignation” like in the US?
A global survey across senior business leaders found 61% said they are now focused on reimagining work rather than merely continuing a pre-pandemic model. The hybrid workplace is here to stay, so business leaders need to rethink their workplace into a hybrid or blended workplace, as the employees across the world are slowly resuming their offices.
But the way we worked during the crisis was just a reaction. What is needed now, is a solid strategy that will probably be slightly different for every company. And a successful hybrid model needs to create a balance between workers at home, in the office and in-between, organisations must evolve their traditional modes of operations to survive and thrive in this new era of work. We shouldn’t leave this opportunity untouched.
Join us in an exclusive round table with Jed Pell, Director Collaboration for UK and Ireland Cisco Webex on how to:
∙ Understand first-hand how Cisco has navigated the hybrid workplace with some powerful competitive advantages making Cisco the World’s Best Workplace.
∙ Learn how this new paradigm augments the workplace with technology, creating an environment where employees everywhere have meaningful interactions that drive lasting value for your business.
∙ Be agile and responsive to assist rapidly evolving business needs without compromise.
∙ Understand how hybrid working increases access to diverse talent and cultivates well-being amongst employees.
∙ Redesign your workplace to support and protect at scale to deliver a new people-centric approach.

Data is a transformative asset, but are you using it to revolutionise your organisational agility? By harnessing the power of data-driven insights, organisations can make faster and more informed decisions, adapt to changing market conditions, and identify new growth opportunities.

Data facilitates operational efficiency by streamlining processes and optimising resource allocation. It fosters collaboration and cross-functional alignment, empowering teams to respond rapidly and iterate on ideas. Furthermore, data enables a customer-centric approach, allowing organisations to personalise offerings and enhance customer experiences.

The human element has been identified as a contributing factor in 95% of all cyber security incidents

What issues arise if security is treated as solely a technology problem and not a whole business/human one with a holistic enterprise security detail? - What kind of threats are caused by human error?

Why is it important to focus on minimizing the opportunity for human error? In what ways can this be done?

How can building a sense of community in your organization create a more resilient business and how can this create real safety and longevity for your business?

What are some tips for communicating cyber security best practise?

The strategies and processes that we need to consider implementing now to improve overall performance as a business to ensure the organisation's adaptability and growth as the business environment continues to evolve.
Creating a resilient workforce that will endure unforeseen changes and continue to drive business growth in these times of economic uncertainty. What is the best approach?
As the world continues to move through a constant state of change and digital skills gaps continue to increase, it is crucial now more than ever for organisations to take a creative and agile approach to talent acquisition in order to attract and retain the right skills. Finding the best people with the right skills is key, what approach can we take to successfully obtain the talent needed to close these gaps?

Join this interactive boardroom session facilitated by Rick farrow, Executive Director Strategy & Transformation at DHU Healthcare

Join the Closing Keynote session with Joanna Drake, CIO at The Hut Group.

CEOs need to stop thinking of transformation as a one-time event - it is an ongoing process that requires continuous innovation and adaptation to keep pace with technological advancements and evolving customer needs.

This keynote session will provide insights and strategies for embracing innovation at the heart of your business, and achieving continuous digital transformation.
The importance of a digital-first mindset: Prioritizing digital transformation to foster a culture of innovation across all levels of the organization
The role of emerging technologies: From AI and machine learning to IoT and blockchain, leveraging emerging technologies to create new business models and enhance customer experiences.

The power of data-driven insights: harnessing the power of data analytics to gain valuable insights into customer behavior, optimize operations, and drive innovation.
The need for agility and flexibility: strategies for building an agile and flexible organization that can quickly adapt to new opportunities and challenges

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