Programme List - IT Leaders Summit 2019


08.30 – 09.00

Registration and breakfast

09.00 – 09.05

Welcome and opening remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

09.05 – 09.20

Delta Research: The modern technology leader
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

In this research, taken from Delta, Computing's new market intelligence service, we examine the role of the CIO in 2019 and beyond. With organisations now wholly reliant on technology, the CIO role is more important than ever, with the ability to change the face of the business itself. From our interviews with some of the UK's top CIOs, we will discuss:

  • The top challenges and priorities for leading CIOs
  • Why some IT leaders are taking responsibility for products
  • Which technologies are exciting CIOs and why
  • The average three-year tenure, is it still true?

09.20 – 09.50

Opening keynote: Conversational Commerce and Immersive Engagement - where will digitisation take us?
Shivvy Jervis, Award-winning Futurist and Industry Advisor

In this riveting talk, award-winning Futurist Shivvy Jervis will share those digital advances that need to be on your radar and the most creative applications of emerging tech that will have business impact. She will also talk about the most desirable skills of the future and the jobs that don't exist now but will do just years from now. 

09.50 – 10.20

Nuance Keynote: Growing your business through the Power of Voice 
Liz Halifax-Smith, Dragon Professional and Enterprise Sales Manager, Nuance
  • The progression of Dragon Speech Recognition by Nuance and it's evolution driven by technologies including artificial intelligence and deep learning technology. 
  • One customers experience of their Dragon implementation and the subsequent benefits it delivered. 
  • How using the power of your voice can accelerate your business and invigorate your digital transformation. 


10.20 – 10.45

Agility and Stability: How to create an effective culture of innovation
Mark Holt, Chief Technology Officer, Trainline 
  • How to make agility a reality in larger tech teams 
  • Why focusing on innovation and agility doesn't need to mean sacrificing stability 
  • Defining and overcoming the challenges that come with an agile transformation 

10.45 – 11.15

Morning break, networking and visit to exhbition area

11.15 – 12.25

Discussion roundtables

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:

Darktrace: AI

Today we are seeing a greater adoption of automation than ever before. As a result, business processes formerly carried out by employees are being replaced with AI. IT leaders are constantly integrating AI to increase efficiency both in terms of workload and cost. This session will give you an insight on how IT leaders can apply AI to their infrastructure, covering self-learning technologies, unique patterns of life and autonomous response.  

Nuance: Digital transformation

As demands for faster delivery continue to intensify, your organisation must be prepared to make the changes that will improve operational efficiency. With Nuance Communications and Dragon Speech Recognition Software, we help you consider the role of reporting in business, the drain on productivity by labour-intensive methods, the positive impact of speech recognition technology and the challenges that need to be overcome to deliver business benefits. 

MMT Digital: Replacing the Enterprise Monolith

With the explosion of cloud solutions and services (SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS) there is a continuing trend towards a more flexible, fluid enterprise architecture using microservices and solutions such as headless CMS and headless Commerce platforms. Whilst there are many benefits, there are some challenges too. In this session we'll focus on the challenges that organisations are facing in the ongoing battle to become more agile and more innovative through these more flexible architectures. 

OneTrust: Risk

Risk scoring across vendor management, breach notifications, DPIAs and other activities is imperative for compliance with many global privacy laws and security frameworks. Organisations routinely tailor their data protection and security activities based on the results of detailed risk assessments, but this leads to a myriad of questions. How do you calculate risk and what constitutes high risk? How do you define a risk criteria? What's the difference between inherent, current, and residual risk? In this session we'll discuss the importance of conducting risk assessments under global privacy laws like GDPR and security frameworks such as ISO 27001, provide scenario-based aproaches to risk assessment and give examples on how to tailor your approaches based on risk level. 

12.25 – 12.55

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence-driven development
Tom Castle, Head of Artificial Intelligence Practice & Development, NatWest
  • Making artificial intelligence a business reality 
  • Using machine learning to optimise your business processes
  • Tackling challenges facing machine learning and artificial intelligence 

13.00 – 14.25

Complimentary lunch with guest speaker: Matt Groshong
The Journey to Digital Transformation
Matt Groshong, Chief Technology Officer EMEA, McCann Worldgroup

McCann Worldgroup have embarked on a digital transformation to help their staff work smarter, together.  Along the journey they have learnt many lessons, Matt Groshong will be sharing insight on the key issues to keep in mind when undergoing your own journey toward a more digital workplace. 

14.25 – 14.30

Closing remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer


Conference Ends
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