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 The Future-Proof Business 

 Laying the foundations for sustained growth 

 08:00 - 11:00 

 Thursday 5 December 2019 
 The Embassy, 19 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HN 

With 2020 fast approaching, strategies are in place for the changes it may bring. But with cloud, data and AI technology developing faster than forecasts can predict, building the foundations for a future-proof business is crucial to sustaining growth, for next year and beyond.

But how can you identify the right foundations for your business? And how can you leverage them to propel business to new heights? Gearing up a game plan for success requires refreshed tactics, from outperforming competitors with multicloud, data and AI clarity, to knowing when to take innovation from the lab to the market arena.

Join senior peers to explore how you can advance your business strategy with the right digital foundations for success, including new approaches to AI, and modernised methods for data and multicloud.

08.00 Registration, Breakfast and Business Networking

08.30 Welcome by Nimbus Ninety

08.35 Foundations for Success with IBM

08.50 Case Studies with IBM

09.10 Interactive Discussion Groups

  • Discussion 1: API Power: Fuelling the advancement of new digital channels
      • Jon Conn, Director of Technology, Rugby Football Union
  • Discussion 2: Business-driven Modernisation: Knowing when to take innovation to application
      • Ricky DeLandro, Head of Business Innovation, HSBC
  • Discussion 3: Multicloud Multiplier: How multicloud is becoming a key component to outperform your competitors
      • Kowdinya Dharmavarapu, Global Head, HCL

  • Discussion 4: Scaling for Sustained Growth: The five fundamental foundations
      • Geoff Skinner, Head of Software and Automation, CSI
  • Discussion 5: Fact versus Fiction: How to turn data complexity into data clarity
      • Chris Beighton, Digital Solutions Architect, The Met Office
  • Discussion 6: Customer insights: Using your consumer data to predict new revenue opportunities
      • Michael Bush, Chief Information Officer, Deutsche Bank

  • Discussion 7: AI Everywhere: Embedding AI throughout your business to draw on predictions, automation and optimisation
      • Brigadier Charlie Maconochie, Head of Military Digitisation at the Ministry of Defence

  • Discussion 8: Spotting the Patterns: Exploring how AI can make unpredictable human consumers predictable
      • Ben Legg, Former Chief Operating Officer of Google and Managing Director of Ola Cabs

10.00 Lessons learnt with Q&A panel

10.30 Takeaway actions

10.40 Conclusions

10.45 Close

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Speaker - Karen Dewar


Karen  Dewar has over 35 years of experience in the information technology industry.  She has worked for IBM for the last 21 years and prior to that she worked for a large South African Bank.

In her current role Karen and her technical sales teamwork with customers across a broad spectrum of industries to help them understand how IBM's Cloud and Cognitive capabilities can speed them on their digital transformation journey.  Karen herself is passionate about the potential AI has to change the way we live and work, and the positive outcomes it can deliver for our society when implemented responsibly. She invests time working with clients to shape new business models and services that are enabled through the use of AI.

Speaker - Danny Wilks

Daniel Wilks IBM-1

Daniel (Danny) 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.

After joining IBM in Global Services in 1996, Danny 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.


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 60 x C-level, VPs, Directors, Heads and the drivers of live projects.

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