CIO Focus Summit: Programme

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

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.

This session will end with a 10-minute interactive Q&A.

  • 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.

10:00 — 10:30 | Networking Break

What do businesses need from CIOs to succeed in the new digital economy?

The speed of digital transformation means that businesses across all sectors face the twin pressures of protecting existing markets and revenues and seizing opportunities to create value by exploring new ways of working, including different platforms and business models. This session aims to explore the role of the CIO within this fast-changing landscape with a particular focus on the cross-over between design thinking and tech delivery.  

  • How can CIOs balance their day-to- day responsibilities to develop and drive IT strategy, with the need to understand and shape broader business strategy for the organisation as a whole?  
  • Which tools and techniques will help CIOs bridge this gap?

Where does your Network end, in the era of Cloud?

The overwhelming majority of organisations have, by now, recognised that there is a need to secure information assets, especially those stored within their computer systems. The whole approach of how organisations attempt to secure their data is based on a model where information is stored internally. As a stance, this is becoming less and less relevant; as increasingly, services are hosted externally in cloud infrastructure.

Failure to recognise this fact in your Information Security Strategy can lead to blind-spots in your perceived risks, leading to poor risk management choices. In order to address this change, you will first need to reconsider where the boundaries of your infrastructure really lie. This workshop will equip you with the understanding necessary to have these conversations with your technical staff, in order to better understand where your own network’s borders are.

11:00 — 11:30 | Networking Break

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

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

Devops - A changing landscape

For a long period of time Development and Operations have been siloed and burdened with dysfunctional communication during the IT product lifecycle which lead to delays and or broken code. However, the arrival of new technologies such as virtual machines and cloud solutions has allowed an opportunity to change perspectives by combining these teams into a single rapid deployment machine, leveraging code to take advantage of this new infrastructure. This was the birth of DevOps concept.

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?

13:45 — 14:15 | Networking Break

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?

Transforming Worcestershire County Council into an agile culture using digital as an enabler

Case Study: Transforming Worcestershire County Council into an agile culture using digital as an enabler


  • Responding to the challenges of reduced funding and increased demand on services with an accelerated digital transformation programme
  • Developing an agile working culture by introducing innovation enablers
  • Key transformation successes explained through case studies of innovative solutions enabled by digital and data

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

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

How is the role of the CIO changing and what are the new skills that we need to develop to be an effective leader?

The story of the rise of the CIO has been an 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. It isa paradox that the more important the technology becomes, the more vital people skills are required to succeed in the role. We end the day with a interactive discussion exploring what skills the CIO of the future needs and how these can be developed.

  • The CIO as a HR Leader: Managing people and changing organisation culture
  • The CIO as a strategic communicator: Developing trust and credibility with the board
  • The CIO as a business expert: Aligning ever closer to the business to identify and act on opportunities to drive innovation

16:30 — 17:30 | Complimentary Drinks Reception