CIO North East US Summit | Dec. 8, 2020 | Virtual Summit - Real-time Online Conversations

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Keynote Presentation

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.

Executive Visions

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.

Thought Leadership

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.

Think Tank

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.

Roundtable

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.

Case Study

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.

Focus Group

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.

Vendor Showcase

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.

Executive Exchange

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.

Networking Session

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.

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - CIO North East US Summit

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome Registration & Opening Remarks

 

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Presentation

Steering Cultural Change

An IT executive's role, goals and objectives have drastically changed over the years. Most leaders supervise teams and units beyond their IT department. Due to these changes in responsibilities, their success is measured in greater business metrics. As a result, these roles have become both more attractive and more demanding.  

Takeaways: 

  • What are the significant changes regarding the role of the IT Executive 
  • How to keep up with the changing requirements 
  • How to properly measure an IT executive's success

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10:00 am - 10:30 am

Keynote Presentation

The Future of Autonomous Things

Today, we are seeing more Autonomous Things technology than ever before. As a result, functions formerly performed by humans are being replaced with AI. This technology's automation goes beyond the automation by using AI to deliver innovative behaviors that interact more efficiently and effectively with their surroundings and with their end-users.  

Takeaways: 

  • Cover the latest innovations in autonomous and networked entities for 2020 
  • Learn how these innovations will shape the different industries and business landscapes
  • Discuss the potential compromises to privacy and safety in the future of AI
 

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Bring Your Own . . . Enhancement

Over the next 5 years, it's forecasted that roughly 30% of enterprises will augment BYOD policies to include ?bring your own enhancement? (BYOE) to add focus to augmented staff members. It will be tempting for IT to try and regulate or control human augmentation technology, but the real focus should be to exploit the employee's interest in BYOE to advance the business. We are seeing manufacturing companies currently using wearables to promote worker safety, and companies in both travel and healthcare industries are using these devices to boost productivity. With these technologies constantly evolving, organizations should contemplate how these enhancements can be leveraged in both the personal and professional lives of the workforce. 

Takeaways: 

  • Impactful examples of BYOE Technology  
  • Strategies to encourage employees to use AI 
  • Critical considerations for IT's need to regulate Augmented Technology

Think Tank

The Elephant in the Room, Data Breaches

In 2019, data breaches endured yet again as the largest security threat noted by organizations and IT security professionals alike. If data remains as a high valued commodity, ensuring data privacy and securing personal data will continue to be at the top of the list of an organization's concerns. The increases in privacy legislation, such as GDPR and CCPA, and the understanding of the ramifications stemming from a breach have allowed these concerns to remain heavily in the spotlight. Web application flaws have been identified as the top cause of data breaches. As such, establishing and maintaining web application security has developed into a high priority for all organizations. 

Takeaways: 

  • Data breaches are the biggest security concern 
  • Data continues to be a high value asset but the need to protect it is even higher
  • New laws like GDPR and CCPA enforce consequences for failing to secure data

 

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Machines Are Friends Not Foes: Cognitive Computing Accelerates the Journey

Popular movies, books and television shows typically position advanced technology as a threat to humanity and all we hold dear. Yet cognitive computing technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing and Augmented Reality (AR) are helping CIOs and CISOs make better decisions faster. We will discuss how cognitive computing can help us navigate the acceleration of activity and decisions that we are experiencing on our digital transformation journeys. 

Takeaways:

  • New cognitive computing technologies can be unnerving and difficult to trust. 
  • Used properly, cognitive computing technologies such as AI, ML and AR can provide data to humans in such a way to enable us to better prioritize the decisions we must make and make those decisions more effectively.
 

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Hyper-personalization: Using AI to Drive the Bottom Line

How organizations connect with and influence the customer is set for dramatic changes: AI identification of emotions will be the driving force behind many advertisements; the rise in popularity of wearables that track user's habits, locations and biometrics will enable detection of customer emotions and reactions; environmental and behavior indicators enable companies to establish a much deeper level of hyper-personalization within the customer's experience. Companies that successfully apply these trends to gather and make use of data will increase sales and drive revenue, but there is a new industry standard for also being hyper-transparent with consumers about the data that is being collected and how it is being used. 

Takeaways: 

  • How AI has become a critical part of the advertising industry 
  • How emotional prediction technology will help companies hyper-personalize their offerings 
  • What companies need to consider to succeed in balancing hyper-personalization with being more transparent about data collection

Think Tank

Automating Cybersecurity

IT security professionals all face one major issue: being asked to do more, with less resources. Automation and integration are a necessity in order to meet the demands of an organization's security needs. Managing risk without diminishing the speed and quality of development is achievable by integrating security into agile processes, like DevOps or CI/CD. Since most security teams are understaffed, automated solutions are becoming a requirement, rather than an option to properly manage the ever-increasing workload. 

Takeaways: 

  • Automation is required to meet today's security demand  
  • DevOps can operate more efficiently with CI/CD 
  •  IT security staff are responsible for more than ever

 

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

AI-Driven Development

Due to market shifts, the need for collaboration between professional data scientists and application developers is no longer necessary. Today, professional developers can operate alone using predefined models to deliver the top, AI-enhanced solutions. These models allow for developers to utilize tools tailored to integrating AI capabilities into your organization's solution. 

Takeaways: 

  • Learn more about how to utilize predefined AI integration models 
  • Learn how to apply AI to various data sciences, application development and testing functions 
  • Understand the potential benefit of self-governing programs over large data sets
 

11:50 am - 12:10 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Cryptocurrency Gains Accessibility and Popularity

More and more marketplaces and platforms are beginning to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment. As this trend continues to rise, there will be a major movement to mobile-accessible cryptocurrency accounts. As trading partners surface in areas that were inaccessible capital markets before, these accounts will also propel e-commerce. It is estimated that by 2025, 50% of people will have and use a mobile-accessible cryptocurrency account. 

Takeaways: 

  • How is cryptocurrency becoming normalized?
  • Considerations for secure access to cryptocurrency accounts as a vital user support strategy 
  • By 2025, nearly 50% of the world will use a cryptocurrency of some kind

Think Tank

AI: Friend or Foe?

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are introducing new technologies to a wide array of products across every industry, especially cybersecurity. Facial recognition and natural language processing have become a reality thanks to deep learning algorithms, however, there is a dark side to these advancements. Cybercriminals have managed to weaponize AI to create extremely intricate malware and attack methods. This has forced organizations to use advanced heuristic solutions rather than counting on known vulnerability and attack signatures. 

Takeaways: 

  • Artificial Intelligence products are already being deployed in many industries
  • Features like facial recognition and chat bots are common examples
  • Cybercriminals can weaponize this technology without proper security measures

 

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Designing the Digital Workplace

Employees are consumers of digital technologies such as IoT, AR and VR. The plethora of mobile devices has enabled them to work where they want and when they want which has raised the bar on employee expectations for tools and capabilities from their employers. In order for companies to retain the best and get the most out of their employees, it is vital to design and continually update the digital workplace. We will discuss the current trends as well as share case studies of successful digital workplace implementations.  

Takeaways:

  • Highly skilled employees will demand a mobile and efficient workplace
  • Keeping these skilled employees fully engaged and passionate about your company is critical to achieving the desired digital transformation
 

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Keeping Pace with Innovation, Chronologically and Economically

Today's digital evolution will take major enterprises twice as long and cost twice as much as initially anticipated. Companies will struggle with digital innovation as they realize the associated challenges, and the true cost of modernization. As such, leaders in smaller and more agile organizations have a great opportunity to be first to market, while those in larger organizations suffer through uninspiring, and potentially career limiting, short term results. 

Takeaways: 

  • How to deal with the fact that digital innovation is not cheap or quick 
  • Strategies for success in implementation planning 
  • Lessons learned from smaller organizations, where they have an easier time testing out new technology

Think Tank

Security in the Crosshairs - The Future Comes into Focus

All organizations, regardless of size, are continuously evolving through modern technologies. Having an incident response plan and an effective cybersecurity strategy is not a luxury, but rather a requirement. Finally, security training for employees to improve their awareness is becoming the rule instead of the exception. Security is now establishing a permanent footprint within the software development lifecycle, with SecDevOps/DevSecOps processes to incorporate security at all layers of development. 

Takeaways: 

  • Any organization can fall victim to a data breach 
  • Having a plan of action is essential to business survival 
  •  Security has become a part of the conversation at nearly every level of an organization

 

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Closing Remarks