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Visionary speaker presents to entire audience on key issues, challenges and business opportunities
Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee." title="Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee.
Panel moderated by Master of Ceremonies and headed by four executives discussing critical business topics
Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members." title="Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members.
Solution provider-led session giving high-level overview of opportunities
Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community." title="Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community.
End user-led session in boardroom style, focusing on best practices
Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard." title="Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard.
Interactive session led by a moderator, focused on industry issue
Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done." title="Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done.
Overview of recent project successes and failures
Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions." title="Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions.
Discussion of business drivers within a particular industry area
Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions." title="Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions.
Analyst Q&A Session
Moderator-led coverage of the latest industry research
Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst." title="Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst.
Several brief, pointed overviews of the newest solutions and services
Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences." title="Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences.
Pre-determined, one-on-one interaction revolving around solutions of interest
Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest." title="Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest.
Open Forum Luncheon
Informal discussions on pre-determined topics
Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch." title="Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch.
Unique activities at once relaxing, enjoyable and productive
Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive." title="Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive.
7:00 am - 7:55 am
8:00 am - 8:10 am
8:10 am - 8:40 am
The hype around the cloud is pervasive and can be potentially overwhelming but numerous studies have shown that tangible benefits can be had, whether in cost savings, efficiency improvements, or flexibility enhancements. That said numerous impediments exist to not just realizing that value, but even considering adoption; regulatory issues, integration challenges, business process revamp, and a dozen other challenges can halt cloud projects in their tracks before they get off the ground. In this group discussion we'll explore those inhibitors, understanding which challenges prevent adoption and what can be done to overcome them.
Philip Armstrong, EVP & Global CIO, Great-West Lifeco Inc
8:45 am - 9:15 am
Today's sophisticated analytics and ever-evolving cognitive technologies are enabling organizations to respond rapidly to customer demands with a competitive edge. Progressive IT executives are adopting next generation cloud and services to increase operational efficiency and service quality with speed and security - all while delivering on LOB objectives.
Join IBM's CTO Bridget Karlin as she shares:
9:20 am - 9:45 am
Progressive companies are leveraging cloud, a powerful business enabler, to transform their business and make it more competitive. But cloud and mobility significantly impacts the current IT infrastructure - security, network traffic flow, applications, user experience and cost. As CIOs and CISOs embrace this transformation, they look for opportunities to exchange ideas with their peers who have gone through this journey.
At this session, Zscaler, will share experience of leading the massive network, security and datacenter application transformation that he managed across all business units of GE.
Example topics will include:
9:50 am - 10:15 am
Capacity planning has in many ways become a lost art; common during the era of the mainframe when resources were expensive and time-consuming to procure, the advent of the inexpensive pizza box Windows Server has relegated planning, replacing it with a just buy more mentality. But just buy more creates more problems than it solves as server sprawl, server management, and rampant overprovisioning issues quickly erode any aspect of the value that IT tries to deliver. The lost art need to be rediscovered, to allow IT to get back to offering truly efficient and effective service and service levels. This new era of capacity planning requires new tools that go beyond simplistic benchmarking and trending analysis and instead provides dynamic, flexible, and predictive modeling that allows IT department to truly deploy optimized IT services.
Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Once upon a time applications ran directly on physical hardware. Then the boxes got bigger and more capable and multiple applications were run on the same hardware. There were some resource constraints, but things in general became more efficient. Time passed, things evolved and virtualization was introduced, allowing enterprises to run even more applications even more efficiently on the same hardware. And then the cloud came on the scene, extending the virtualization model to the point that it looked like something completely different, to the point that it became true utility computing. Cloud computing is not just virtualization on a bigger scale and as CIOs prepare their organizations to dive into private clouds at an increasing rate, it is very important to understand what they are and are not, and how they differ from their forbear computer models with which we are all familiar.
10:20 am - 10:30 am
10:35 am - 11:00 am
The cloud is becoming an increasingly important tool in the toolkit of both IT and the business, whether it be plain-Jane Infrastructure as a Service or highly specialized Software as a Service and as a result is being broadly adopted. However, while provisioning a Cloud service might be a simple as a call and a credit card, successful implementation is a different matter all-together and a variety of factors need to be taken into account. To be successful you need to start early, building an adoption plan, selecting the most appropriate solution, managing the implementation with an eye to all the moving parts, and managing the ongoing relationship forcefully but fairly. Place a single step wrong and the benefit and value can be severely compromised.
For most IT organizations, the way to get there is through a digital transformation framework, which produces a radically different and modern approach to technology and support that is based on a principle of business agility. It emphasizes moving quickly to adjust to the way the customer in the global techno-society wants to interact.
Digital transformation requires a new business operating vision and a strategy on how to deliver that vision. includes technology infrastructure, tools, applications, communications, staff capabilities, staff competencies and more. The CIO has to work closely with corporate planning to define the type of support that will be needed and how the technology infrastructure and capability will evolve and to create a flexible investment plan that can be adjusted over time. Key elements must include the redesign of the technology infrastructure to reduce complexity and cost while increasing scalability, a rethinking of how business and IT work together, and an ability to quickly adopt and integrate new advanced technologies.
Until recently, this goal has been almost impossible to achieve, because few companies have the ability to replace legacy infrastructure and applications. And it has been almost impossible to unlock legacy functionality and data for use with modern technology.
Robert Wong, EVP & CIO, Toronto Hydro
11:05 am - 11:30 am
Big Data initiatives have become a reality among almost every company today, however, what we have seen is lots of initiatives have become just science projects and did not deliver on early expectations. This situation needs to reversed quickly because those organizations that are being successful with Big Data and analytics programs are rapidly leaving those that are unsuccessful in their wake. Big Data and analytics has the potential to be transformational for the enterprise, but IT leaders need to be making the right investments, in the right areas, to ensure optimal success. This panel discussion will focus on how to use data and analytics to drive true business success and show some real examples of companies and individuals who made a difference.
HP Enterprise Services
11:35 am - 12:00 pm
Red Hat Canada Limited
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm
Financial fraud is, unfortunately a huge business, with annual losses so massive that were Fraud a country, it would have the fifth highest global GDP. While enterprises in the financial services sector have always used analytical processes to detect and limit those losses, as technology moves forward the analytical capabilities that can be brought to bear increase in exponentially in capability and those on the leading edge are able to see, and stop, more fraud in less time. Just as Big Data capabilities are bringing significant business benefit to other aspects of the business, they can to fraud mitigation but several challenges need to be overcome for maximum efficiency. Only by addressing quality, volume, security, and integration challenges and by further ensuring the right staff with the right skills are in place can benefits actually be realized.
Often times the terms "Artificial Intelligence" and "Advanced Machine Learning" are thought of interchangeably and while there is a relationship between AI and AML, to say they are the same thing is an oversimplification and mis-classification. Rather the one begets the other with AI being the basic principle upon which AML is developed. As AI begins to mature and migrate away from purely advanced mathematical operations into decision making paradigms, AML steps forward as the predictive ability of machines to process vast quantities of data for the purposes of making decisions in ways that first mimic, but ultimately surpass (in terms of speed at the very least) those of humans. As data and analytics becomes foundational to the way every business operates, AI and AML will become foundational capabilities.
Humza Teherany, CEO, Compass Digital Labs, North America
12:35 pm - 1:20 pm
1:25 pm - 1:50 pm
The accepted number for the amount of the IT budget that is tied up in operational spend, in paying to maintain technology that has already been purchased, is 80% leaving only 20% for the IT department to use to drive new projects. Because this level of funding is so low, as much as 70% of IT sponsored projects fail. Yet IT departments are being constantly pushed to be innovative, to find a way to embrace new technologies and leverage them to drive business change. How can you do that when your time, money, and effort goes to just keeping the lights on? Join us as we collectively explore this issue and examine some of the successful strategies that are being leveraged by top IT leaders.
Eric Whaley, COO & CIO, Wolseley Canada Inc.
M2M type technologies. In many cases these older industrial automation initiatives used proprietary communications protocols and dedicated sensors that interfaced with controllers that could manage communications between IT and OT platforms. Fast forward to an IoT world however and these sensors and controllers will need to natively speak IP, natively integrate to back-end enterprise systems beyond just simple controllers, systems such as ERP, BI and other core platforms. Navigating the complexity of process, data, security, and functionality implications has the potential to be a minefield for the unwitting IT executive that goes in without eyes wide open.
1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
The digital economy is forcing enterprises to transform how they connect customers, partners, employees and operations. Today's market leaders credit their speed and business advantages to their digital platform. Equinix will discuss how an Interconnection Oriented Architecture (IOATM) with a step-by-step playbook can redefine the edge - which is where to localize delivery of cloud-supported services to your customers, employees and partners - and architect your digital platform.
2:25 pm - 2:50 pm
We get it. The business loves their applications. And having quality, reconciled data on your app portfolio is more of a puzzle then your IT business office is letting on.
But perhaps you are under cost pressure or want to centralize IT. Perhaps you need a pragmatic App Cloud Readiness & investment plan. Perhaps M&A activity resulted in a bit of a mess to oversee. So how are you able to better understand your current portfolio, and where you may have opportunities for investment or rationalization?
We successfully removed 430 applications out of 1723 at a past client. At two of our current clients, we are helping them realize over $30M in optimization opportunity. We have proven it: You can safely optimize your application portfolio - for further investment AND cost optimization.
Beniva Consulting Group
Business strategy and technology have become inseparable â?" and it's changing how the game is played. This session will help you define the disruptive architecture needed to build the technology innovations that will deliver the most value to your organization â?" and demonstrate this value to your company's stakeholders.
Join IBM's distinguished engineer, Charlotte Wang, to discover:
2:55 pm - 3:20 pm
Building a Disruptive Technology Digital team. To become fully digital enterprises, you need to shift the focus inward and innovate the employee experience. Is this defined as how employees feel about their organizations with regard to both opportunities for growth/skills development, and employees' willingness to continue to work for their current firms? Use digital DNA behaviors.
Scott Wu, VP Technology, Compass Group Canada
Leading companies are disrupting the status quo by using data to inform business strategy and create new business models that fuel growth. CIOs have the power to uncover the insight that drives disruption and speeds transformation. Learn how leading IT organizations are maximizing the use of open source and cloud technologies alongside on-premises investments to accelerate innovation. And understand how CIOs are embracing new cloud-enabled consumption models while helping ensure data privacy, security and sovereignty.
Gale Blank, VP of IT, Holt Renfrew
3:25 pm - 3:35 pm
3:40 pm - 4:05 pm
4:10 pm - 4:35 pm
While the combination of Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud have been present and disrupting IT departments and enterprises as a whole for over two years now, in many ways organizations have still not fully embraced them, have still not fully leveraged them. And now we have IOT, AI and natural language processing to consider...These new platforms allow organizations radically new ways of engaging with data to create dynamic relationships with clients and stakeholders.
Finding the resources, wherewithal, and ability to commit to these technologies and the capabilities they create has proven to be a struggle for many, but a struggle that can be overcome with sustained effort and organizational change and leveraging the right partners, skills and experiences to bear.
Samantha Liscio, SVP, Enterprise Planning & Reporting, eHealth Ontario
For several years, IT professionals identified the importance and need for Corporate Boards to receive the story directly from the CISO. First problem, not every organization had a CISO. Second problem many CISOs could only communicate with their Board through a proxy, like the CIO or CFO or through a canned compliance-level briefing. During the last 2-3 years, the headlines began to announce data breaches involving millions of data records. The federal government has negotiated settlements of millions of dollars in fines. One of the intentional consequences is governing boards are increasingly motivated to learn more and provide more influence on their organization's security management. All Boards understand or are beginning to understand their responsibilities around preventing and properly handling data breaches. That understanding begins with more involvement with their CISO. However, now that CISOs have seemingly got their wish to have a direct and frequent avenue to their Boards, what is effective to tell them? What do CISOs need to ask from their Boards? In this session, we will share some lessons learned and describe the journey one takes with the Board as that relationship grows. This is designed as a collaborative, participative forum and audience participation is encouraged to share ideas, frustrations, and common understanding.
4:40 pm - 5:20 pm
The role of the modern IT Executive is more complex than it has ever been before, not just because the technology landscape has become more complex, but also because increasingly IT execs have had to become a business-focused executive, not just a technologist. Long have we talked about the CIO and CISO getting a seat at the table but modern businesses are now demanding that their technology impresario join them and leverage his deep and rich technical acumen to allow the organization as a whole to better position itself for market-place success. To be successful, CxOs need to invest in themselves, in their personnel, and in the right technologies to allow them to position the IT department to proactively address business needs as an innovator and driver, rather than order-taker and enabler.
5:20 pm - 5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm