CIO Focus Summit: Programme

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08:00 — 09:00 | Registration desk opens & breakfast is served

Opening Panel Debate

Digital Transformation: Charting the digital journey so far and keeping ahead of the curve


The need for CIOs to drive digitalisation within their organisations is nothing new, however, adopting a strategic approach is essential to gaining real benefits. This interactive session provides the opportunity to take stock and discover how others a measuring the outcomes of digital projects.

  • How can you better quantify the value and ROI of digital investments?
  • Balancing the need to prioritise projects with the demand for digitisation in all areas
  • How can the CIO take ownership of digital initiatives at board-level?
  • How can we use digital tools to find new ways to “do” work
  • Idea exchange - Tackling culture barriers to digitalisation

10:00 — 10:30 | Networking Break

“50 shades of data” – a tale of talent, innovation and spectacular business results

Technology is developing rapidly. With IT delivery now an expectation, IT departments need to be focused on business outcomes more than ever before. In this session, Dan will share Marker-study’s digital journey over the last two years and explain how Big Data and AI has helped shape the business and drive operational efficiency. He will cover:

  • How focusing on delivering a spectacular experience for internal staff and automating the IT organisation led to a huge cultural shift, which in turn laid the foundations for future digital transformation
  • How using data analytics to inform competitive insurance quotes led to embracing machine learning to progress intelligent product, service and process innovation
  • Leveraging video telematics and IoT data to improve customer understanding and driving behaviour.
  • How fully utilising existing talent and creating the necessary culture and space avoided expensive recruitment and made the seemingly impossible possible.

Executive Round Table
Accelerating productivity with future proof VPN and NAC solutions without causing IT nightmares


Enterprises continuously challenged with information security challenges. Funding to fortify malware defense, data privacy, IOT protection and system availability continue to be top of mind. In this regard, funds are being applied to data center consolidation and migration to hybrid IT, digital business transformation, and increased operational visibility and automation. Leveraging a compelling, easy to deploy and maintain product portfolio.

  • Simplify & improve secure visibility of a corporate network.
  • Secure access to company sources, anytime, anywhere
  • Learn how today’s leading UK companies secure access with Pulse Secure

11:00 — 11:30 | Networking Break

A real-life case study: How can you position IT to add real value as a hub of consistent business innovation?


When Arif Mustafa joined Seadrill back in 2013, he faced a number of challenges. At the top of his list was repairing a relationship with the business which had completely broken down and rebuilding the IT organisation focused on creating commercial value. Arif shares the good, the bad and the ugly of bringing IT in from the cold and making it invaluable to the business.

  • Closing the gap with the business: Developing credibility and trust in the capability of the IT organisation.
  • Taking a bottom-line business-first approach: Prioritising key innovations to either cut costs or drive growth.
  • From anti-IT to full partner: Having strategic conversations with key players at the decision-making table.

Best practices to GDPR compliance


Join this session to understand the essential IT controls and technology strategies for protecting data in motion to meet compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Understand the considerations to address key security and compliance challenges for data in motion such as: data location including storage in the cloud, data encryption and key management, and data lifecycle management.  Develop an understanding of the specific critical IT controls required to cost-effectively protect data being transferred between organisational data centres, 3rd party data centres, cloud applications and remote user devices. 

12:00 — 12:30 | Networking Break

12:30 — 13:15 | Lunch

Robotic Process Automation - implementing a business-wide programme from inception to industrialisation

While we power ahead into the digital age with increasing pressure being put on IT - it is a notable fact that the IT budget mostly stays the same. With the need for constant innovation and to create efficiencies, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be the “Chief Innovator” and lead the IT function at the same time. How can RPA help you to keep the lights on whilst making sure that you’re doing new innovative things to support business growth?

  • Evangelising RPA and the benefits with senior stakeholders and key parts of the business
  • Building the Centre of Excellence - designing the operating model and delivery governance
  • RPA expansion - the journey of the industrialisation of RPA so far

Effective resource-management for the IT organisation of the future

While we power ahead into the digital age with increasing pressure being put on IT - it is a notable fact that the IT budget mostly stays the same. With the need for consistent innovation, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be the “Chief Innovator” and lead the IT function at the same time. Essentially, how do you keep the lights on whilst making sure that you’re doing new innovative things to support business growth?

  • How can you make a big impact with finite resources?
  • What are the new skills that will be needed in the IT team of the future and how can you attract key talent?
  • How can you work faster and create efficiencies?
  • In what ways can you increase agility and adaptability?

13:45 — 14:15 | Networking Break

Information Security Focus: How do you minimise the risk of a data breach and what can you do to limit damage if it does occur?


As companies collect more and more data, the risk of a data breach occurring only increases. With a number of high profile cases and this number set to rise, it is an inescapable priority for CIOs and the entire business.

  • Being knowledgeable about your data
  • Identifying and understanding your key vulnerabilities
  • Raising awareness throughout the business and keeping communication lines open
  • What are the best solutions for keeping data safe?
  • We’ve had a breach - now what?

15:15 — 15:30 | Refreshment Break

Turning data into a competitive advantage: How are you commercialising data and implementing an effective data strategy to drive business
outcomes?

Data is becoming the buzzword of the boardroom as the possible benefits and competitive advantage that can be gained becomes ever more clear. However, with 59% of C-suite executives admitting in a recent report that they don’t understand big data as much as they would like to, it is clear that there is a disconnect and a key role for CIOs to play in demonstrating the ROI of insight.


This interactive discussion will enable you to put forward your own challenges and brainstorm ideas with your peers.

  • How do we avoid becoming data rich but insight poor?
  • Tackling cultural barriers to adopting a data-driven mindset
  • Best practice in implementing a data analytics programme
  • How can we use our insight to innovate the way that the business works
  • Developing a robust framework and policies around data governance

Panel Debate - Building a diverse, skilled and multi-faceted team to take on the challenges of the future

The story of the rise of the CIO has been a great one. From, in many cases, a redundant back-office function to leading the business through digital transformation and being the “Chief Innovator” shaking the business gradually free of it’s legacy shackles and into the digital age. In order to think outside the box, continue to innovate and deliver the best solutions to business problems, it is paramount that IT leaders tap into skilled resource pools and recruit from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and change cultural attitudes.

  • Removing barriers to success for women in tech
  • Unconscious bias: Practical steps to appealing to a wider audience
  • “Flex appeal” and versatile ways of working - what are the challenges and how can this be encouraged?

16:30 — 17:30 | Complimentary Drinks Reception