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Accelerate your journey to AI 

The path from cloud to data to AI 

 18:00 - 21:30 

 Thursday 12 Sept 2019 
The Menier Penthouse, SE1 1UN

AI holds so much promise for liberating the world's information. Whilst pilots are common, executing a fully-fledged AI strategy requires a critically different approach to data and cloud. 

What is the journey from cloud, to data, to AI? What fundamental steps need to be taken before AI can be successfully deployed and scaled?

Join senior leaders tasked with architecting the path from cloud to data to AI, for a lively evening of debate and networking.

18.00 Registration opens. Drinks reception

18.25 Welcome and Introduction
Daniel Wilks, Director of Cloud Software, IBM UK & Ireland, IBM

18.35 From rapid scale to AI innovation: reimagining Wimbledon
Bill Jinks, IT Director, Wimbledon

18.55 World-leading weather data available for business: The Met Office
Chris Beighton, Digital Solutions Architect – Digital Team, Met Office

19.05 Prediction and optimisation: embedding AI
Financial Services Speaker

19.20 Panel Debate: Accelerating the journey to AI

  • Good foundations: is a multi-cloud strategy crucial for AI?
  • When can certain approaches to cloud constrain data and AI ambitions?
  • Is AI doomed to fail without a radical approach to data?
  • What type of Information Architecture is critical for AI development?
  • How do you manage the complexity across cloud estates?
  • Is trust and transparency in AI the latent stumbling block?

20.00 Closing remarks

Drinks, canapés, and networking

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Speaker - Chris Beighton, Digital Solutions Architect – Digital Team, Met Office

Chris Beighton, Met Office

From weather observer, via forecaster and latterly technologist, Chris has an in depth understanding of not only how the weather is forecast, but how we all might use the data to help us to stay safe and thrive. Currently Chris is the solutions architect for the Digital area, with specific responsible for the technical aspects of the Met Office app and the Met Office website, as well as exposing the data that the Met Office uses to underpin their services.


Speaker - Bill Jinks, IT Director, Wimbeldon

Bill Jinks  DB3_6169

Bill was appointed IT Director at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in 2018 where he leads the technology team that deliver The Championships, Wimbledon. With the spotlight on the Fortnight, Bill’s goal is to deliver annual innovation that enhances the experience for players, visitors and fans in such a way that celebrates the tradition and heritage of the All England Club. Prior to joining in 2018, Bill was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Technical Director supporting a multinational telecommunications company, where he lead a global team defining solutions that exploited digital, cognitive and cloud technologies. Bill’s successful career includes IT leadership positions across a broad range of complex integration projects and transformation programmes.

Beyond The Championships, Bill is responsible for all the technology provision for the day-to-day operations of the AELTC, including the All England Club itself, the Wimbledon Museum and the Wimbledon Shop. He is regularly asked what he does for the other fifty weeks of the year.


Speaker - Daniel Wilks, Director of Cloud Software, IBM UK & Ireland, IBM

Daniel Wilks IBM

Daniel Wilks is Director for IBM Cloud Software in the United Kingdom & Ireland.  He has responsibility for the company’s portfolio spanning all aspects of Cloud, Data and AI. These technologies help our clients embrace and unlock the potential of Cloud computing and use Data as a competitive differentiator.  In this role Daniel has responsibility to lead all aspects of Client Success in Sales, Technical Sales, Marketing and Services for the region.

After joining IBM in Global Services in 1996, Daniel undertook a range of project delivery roles for clients across Europe before moving to IBM’s e-business Solutions division in 1999.  Here, he was able to lead in working with IBM’s customers to understand how the adoption of internet technologies could be used to transform their business, focusing particularly on e-Commerce and Collaboration.

Subsequent roles have spanned many Sales and Leadership roles inside and outside IBM, with a particular focus on Middleware and Analytics technologies, working with a broad range of clients across multiple industries over a 20 year period.



This is a private event for members of our community. Membership is free and takes less than 5 minutes. As a member, you will have access to this and other complimentary events. Learn more.

This event is for 30 x C-level, VPs, Directors, Heads and the drivers of live projects whose responsibilities include infrastructure, technology, transformation, architect, enterprise, cybersecurity, quality, logistics, operations, information technology, innovation, agility and DevOps.

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