Highlight Speakers 2018

Disruptive IT & IT Strategy – Challenges to the CIO in times of Cloud, IT consumerization, Big Data

Technology has never been so fundamental, so strategic and so important as it is in the digital age. It is being used to create new business models, products and services, enhance existing offerings and create deeper, more rewarding customer experiences – and as such businesses need to develop the right technology and IT strategy for success. IT has taken on an increasingly integral role in the way all other parts of the company operate. Everything from marketing, to sales, to human resources rely on IT to provide support for the applications they use as well as the overall IT infrastructure. IT must not only chart its own path, but chart the paths of every other department along with it.

Agility first: From “super tankers” towards “speed boats”

Sep 2014 – Present: VP & Head of ERP Programme Delivery, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The ERP programme is one of the top 5 strategic transformations for GSK, providing a standard SAP platform to enable business process standardization and integration. In late 2014 I assumed accountability for ERP deployment across the Commercial, Manufacturing & Supply Chain organizations. Responsibilities: Management of £50-60m per annum programme capital budget; Management of a team of 6 senior IT programme directors and via this a cross functional team of 500+ GSK and 3rd party staff (in core locations, in region as well as offshore); Leadership of Global ERP template releases and updates, assuring service continuity, quality and compliance for global single instance ERP system; Leadership of programme to improve user experience; Leadership of cross functional teams developing innovation strategies for robotic process automation and agile delivery of data analytics.

In these sessions we will explore the adoption of Agile delivery and DevOps systems into existing established architectures and programme delivery organisations. This conversations will cover all aspects from methodology and technology through to changing organisational structures, capabilities and mind-sets. Key themes to be explored: DevOps: Continuous Integration, Delivery & Deployment; Lean, Kanban, Agile and Scrum in IT delivery; Automated testing, telemetry and low risk release management; Managing coexistence and change, organisational and architectural dimensions: Containers & Microservices vs. Backend & ERP; Achieving the powerful &: agility and stability/compliance/security.

How “cloudy” is the future of Data Centers?

Javier is responsible for delivering the IT services (applications maintenance, infrastructure management, technical architecture, user support, etc) for European and LatinAmerican countries. His main goal is to evolve Repsol's technologies according to user and bussines requirements in an efficient way while assuring they're available everyday in all the geographies.

Every year Javier  manages a project portfolio with different complexity that includes key activities to transition to Cloud Computing. He's also responsible for implementing a process and service model based on Lean IT methodologies and applying efficiency measures that made possible a sustainable reduction in Opex of about 20%
Prior to this responsibility Javier was the head of IT Strategy, Architecture and Purchasing activities.
He joint Repsol 10 years ago, his previous experience was in consulting and technology companies.
Javier has a degree in Telecom Engineering.

What are the biggest challenges for data centers in the next 5 years? Data Center vs. cloud security: Which one will prevail? Data integrity and data availability. Can you secure your organization’s critical server infrastructure against zero-day threats and new vulnerabilities?

Managing data as an asset in the digital and data-driven enterprise

Christine Legner is a professor and director of the Department of Information Systems at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC), University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also the head of the Competence Center Corporate Data Quality (CC CDQ), a research consortium and expert community in the field of data management. In this role, she closely collaborates with leading European companies to support them in managing data as an asset. Before joining HEC Lausanne, she was professor at European Business School and post-doc at University of St. Gallen. She was also a visiting scholar at INSEAD and Stanford University.

What is key to building a digital and data-driven strategy ? Digital business models and data-driven decision-making heavily rely on data, but most companies do not treat data as their strategic assets. This presentation argues that we need to change our perspective on data and rethink data management practices. It will discuss the democratisation and industrialisation of data as well as the economic valuation of data assets.

The Role of the CIO in Digital and Cultural Change: “How does a CIO become a hero?”

Mark Aikman is a CIO working in global IT operations managing in excess of 600 people and leadership of complex and challenging change and digital transformation programmes worth over $120million. He has an innovative and contemporary approach to leadership and partnership and is passionate about delivering successful business outcomes using technology rejuvenations. His background spans many verticals such as FMCG, Finance & Insurance, Oil & Gas and Telecommunications, leading major transformations at North Group, BP, T-Mobile and the Cadbury Schweppes organisations. He is listed in the UK CIO 100 for 2017.North P&I Club is a world-leading marine mutual liability insurer.  It provides insurance for almost 200 million gross tons of shipping (at February 2017).

The scope of the CIO role is broadening by the day.  We are no longer receive approbation for politely and efficiently implementing the technical aspects of the organisation’s plans and keeping the data safe and tidy: that’s now a given. We’ll need much, much more than technical knowledge and obedience to be a hero in future. 
So what will our role be in future? How will we need to think differently?  What will we need to do to drive cultural change in our organisations?  How will we bring everyone along with us? Where will we sit on the new organisational map? Who will be our allies? What new super-powers will we need? And how will we ensure that everyone sees us as the hero?

Re-Inventing Big Corporations – Surfing the Tsunami

Heading the IT Masterplan of DB Netz AG, Carsten Priebs’ team – comprising architecture, cost management, portfolio and program management – is responsible for implementing the awarded digitalization roadmap of the rail infrastructure company. Being the founder of a software company during his university time, Carsten came in touch early with entrepreneurial challenges and agile concepts. Later he held management positions in project management, consulting and software-engineering on both the vendor and client sides.

Doing business today feels like being constantly hit by tsunamis – with disruptors everywhere, new techniques on the rise and sinking customer loyalty. You either get drowned or manage to surf the wave. Better to stay on top by re-inventing your company. This workshop will focus on how big corporations can innovate together with startups: How can big corporations and start-ups work together? How to transfer startup culture? How to nurse startups? And, most importantly: What is the CIO’s role in this process?

Next level mobility: How to turn IT-driven innovations into customer value in the mobility services domain?

From big data to smart data. Vehicles deliver large volumes of data. The challenge is to analyze, understand, and evaluate the information in order to drive action. The following automated solutions help provide more value from data: Automatic surveying solutions – Inspection enabled by video image analysis, recorded on board or on infrastructure; Automatic identification – Easy identification and ordering of spare parts via an B2B e-commerce platform; Augmented reality – Optimized on-site support and higher efficiency as well as quality during maintenance activities; Additive manufacturing – Developing a worldwide printing network.

Re-inventing IT: It’s not all about tools!

Jan Vanoudendycke is a highly accomplished senior-level manager with proven success in managing power generating assets to enhance safety, productivity and profitability. He has international expertise in managing new and established coal-fired, gas turbine and renewable plants. Today he is the Director of Knowledge Management in ENGIE, an international energy and services company with headquarter in Paris. He implemented a global digital collaboration platform that allows all 150k employees to be connected in  the digital workplace. He is an expert in KM adoption and change. He is a well appreciated speaker at international conferences dealing with collaboration and communities of practice.

Highlight Speakers 2017

Challenge thinking: Don’t reinvent the wheel - Do IT better with what you already know. Leveraging your business through adding digital.

David is Executive Director for Place Operations and CIO, Essex County Council  and set the groundwork for the first of the new shared services models for the public sector by leading on ICT shared provision across his county. He is still driving the move toward infrastructure free technology services, integrated with the business. In his opening keynote speech, David wants the audience to rethink the ways of doing things. He will share his perspectives on the future for technology, industries, enterprises and governments. Learn from David how digital transformation affects and determines not only business models and IT infrastructure, but alos everyday’s life and what that implies for your companies and industries. On stage, he will put the pieces together, bring digital programmes to life and stear the boat for a successful delivery over a pre-defined period of time.

The Internet of Human Things

Ade McCormack is a former technology and Financial Times columnist, who now concentrates on strategic matters with a focus on the near future. He has lectured on digital leadership at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of a number of books including ‘Beyond Nine to Five: Your Career Guide for the Digital Age’. He has worked in over 25 countries. In his keynote speech, Ade will make IT leaders aware that now they have the opportunity to create an environment that will attract and help retain the talent they need to advance in business. He will point out why leaders need to encourage innovation while moving out of the industrial era. Now ist he time to think about the design of systems , policies, flexible structures and to take the lead to influence. Innovation and change come along with risk, but how much risk can you take and manage? What happens if you decide not to take it? Learn the answer from Ade McCormack.

The North Highland’s accelerating journey to digitalization: Identifying and meeting the need for the IT department to change in internal structure and external communication.

Ben is a Managing Director of North Highland and is the Head of Global CIO Services. He has spent over 15 years working with Technology Leaders of FTSE 100 companies. Ben has extensive experience in delivering infrastructure and application architecture strategies and solutions, as well as outsourcing, insourcing and organisational restructure. In his presentation Ben will reveil insights on the North Highland’s accelerating journey to digitalization. He will help us not only to identify but also to meet the need for the IT department to change in internal structure and external communication. For Ben Digital is not about providing a fast lane or taking more risk. Digital is rather about professionalizing the whole of IT to work in a faster and more repeatable way, with less risk. Ben will show you how the strategy is set, capital is allocated, procurement is organized, business is changed, and finally how to change it all together. Don‘t over-think and underact in your digital journey. Everyone is different, you just need to start.

Digitalization in process: How to successfully cross over to hybrid solutions between IT and business in order to digitalize tools and products with Digi@GEA.

Before Lars Northeved joined GEA in 2011 he was CIO at a cable manufacturing company in Cologne, Germany. After becoming Engineer (Dipl.) Lars worked as a 3rd party surveyor in the oil/gas/chemical industry, then moving into the cable manufacturing business where he held several management positions within Quality Assurance, Procurement and IT Alongside his studies. At the Rethink! IT Europe, Lars will take us deep into the heart of GEA and introduce the audience to Digi@GEA - Digitalization in process. The audience will learn how their company can successfully cross over to hybrid solutions between IT and business in order to digitalize tools and products, how to push the conversion of analogue to hybrid products with a considerable higher digital content and how the usage of advanced algorithms for optimizing process lines can determining a timeline for pushing the limit. According to Lar, if only the business knew what they wanted IT could easily deliver.

The journey of Volvo’s connected car – Digital Disruption, DevOps, Software Delivery and the impact of enterprise IT

Isac Antblad is responsible for Connected Cars IT design and delivery, that includes Cloud Solution, Mobile Operators, Backend systems to secure Customer Services such as Volvo On Call, Volvo Sensus Connect and In Car Delivery and more. Isac has worked as a manager within SW Design and integration of complex systems within Telecom most of his career and latley also automotive. In his presentation, Isac will take us on the journey of Volvo’s connected car and reveil how Volvo was impacted by enterprise IT, digital disruption, DevOps and software delivery. In a world that is more connected than ever, speed and pace determine growth. Isac will show why traditional industries need to address new ways of working and changing their business model. Volvo’s connected car is changing driving as we know it using technology to create products and services.

Next level mobility: How to turn IT-driven innovations into customer value in the mobility services domain?

Johannes Emmelheinz studied Biomedical Engineering at Giessen University and Business Administration at IWW Hagen Distance Learning University. Prior to 2008, he was the Head of Services Business for various sectors and Regions worldwide within Siemens AG. From 2008 to 2012 he was CEO of Siemens Rail Services. Johannes Emmelheinz has been CEO of Mobility Customer Services since 2012.