Programme List - IT Leaders Summit 2019


08.30 – 09.00

Registration and Breakfast

09.00 – 09.10

Opening Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

09.10 – 09.30

Delta Research: Making Three Speed IT Work

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta 

How to Create Digital by Default Teams In A Legacy Environment

  • Starting small
  • Attracting and retaining digital natives
  • Two or three speed IT

09.30 – 10.00

Keynote: The Gamechangers

Daniel Bobroff, Founder, Coded Futures, and formerly Co-Founder of ASOS Ventures

Today, we have more computing power in our pockets than NASA had to send man to the moon. We have a global voice that was once the preserve of only the wealthiest. But we are faced with a rate of change that continues to accelerate. Will we thrive or simply be replaced?

In this keynote, Daniel Bobroff, an acknowledged international speaker on the future of retail technology, will use all of his experience as a pioneer, investor and innovation scout to unpack what it takes for you to become a Gamechanger.

Whether looking to reinvigorate an incumbent corporate or accelerate a disruptive startup, "The Gamechangers" will provide you with a roadmap of the essential ingredients and give you a new lens through which to see the emerging harmonic age of retail.

10.00 – 10.25

Chatbots - The Champions for Online Conversation

Louise McCormack, Automation Manager, AA Ireland

Introduction to Chatbots. The simple, practical, intelligence which helped the AA improve their customer experience and increase their online conversion.

10.25 – 10.55

Morning Break, Networking and Visit to Exhibition Area

11.00 – 12.15


Break-out discussion tables with a member of the Computing editorial team, and a representative from the roundtable sponsor. Discuss the benefits, challenges, and peer experiences of the following topics:


Department for Work and Pensions: Digital Workspace

This roundtable will focus on Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) approach and platform. It will explore the way in which RPA can be delivered at scale and pace, maximising benefits and contributing to service transformation.


Darktrace: Cyber-Security

Security threats are developing far faster than many CIO’s can keep up with. It’s essential to use tools that can not only protect you whilst you’re in the office but can also keep your system safe whilst you’re not. This roundtable will explore your main cyber-security concerns and the tools that can help to predict and protect your organisation.


Exit Stage Left – Career Options

Even if you’ve been at the top of your IT career for 15 years, you will still rarely be ahead of the curve. Technology changes so rapidly that to remain an IT Leader you must be constantly learning. This roundtable will explore some of the career options post-CIO-life to help you create your own diversification strategy.


Data, Data, Data

Data is essential to virtually all aspects of business. This roundtable will explore how new technologies such as AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning can help you get the most out of your data to improve employee efficiency and customer experience.

12.15 – 12.40

Missile Destroyers, Supercomputers, and Chernobyl

Tom Geraghty, Head of Technology, MoreNiche Ltd

Psychological safety isn't just necessary in order to prevent disasters, it's also crucial to building and maintaining high performing teams and organisations. In order to deliver real results, team members need to feel able to express their creativity, talents and skills without self-censoring, self-silencing, or fear of failure.

12.45 – 14.10

Lunch with guest speaker Rob Price, COO Worldline

Leading the charge: Digital cultural change

Digital transformation is a necessity to survive. With rapid technological change it's inevitable that cultural change has to work in parallel. This session will look at:

  • Whose role is it to lead cultural change and workforce transformation?
  • How to encourage employees to update their working practices and become more efficient using new tools and ways of working
  • The building blocks of creating, developing, and maintaining hybrid performing teams - melding legacy knowledge with digital thinking
  • Rob will illustrate using the work in the rail industry which won Computing 2019 awards for DevOps Test Automation and Digital Technology Leaders Enterprise Digital Transformation

14.10 – 14.15

Closing remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta



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