March 18-20, 2019

Winning with Digital



2019 Conference Agenda

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Monday, March 18, 2019
1:00pm: Registration Open
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Roundtable Discussions (by invitation)
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Welcome Reception

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:30am: Breakfast & Registration
8:30am – 5:00pm: Conference sessions
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Networking Reception

Wednesday, March 20,2019
8:00am: Breakfast
9:00am – 4:10pm: Conference sessions
6:30pm – 9:00pm: Awards cocktail reception, gala and awards ceremony (open to all conference attendees)

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1:00pm - 5:30pm Registration Open
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Roundtable Discussion on How to Tackle Digital Disruption in Your Industry

Look around our fast-changing global economy; there are hundreds of companies that have been disrupted by digital native companies, from big tech to startups, that deliver engaging customer experiences. Whether or not disruption is on your radar, there’s no doubt that you need an approach to building business and technology services that is flexible, fast, responsive and cloud-based. Start with a focus on the customer and what makes your business unique; and leverage modern app experiences to engage new and existing customers. Indeed, app development, as a discipline, itself is going through its own “agile” disruption.

Hosted by Progress Software, invitation only

Roundtable Discussion

This interactive session will have you sharing insights and experiences about some aspect of your organization’s business and technology challenges and accomplishments in the evolving digital realm. Our moderator will set the stage for the conversation and engage the group with a series of questions for discussion. Stay tuned for the topic to be explored.

by invitation only

5:30pm - 6:30pm Welcome Reception
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast & Registration
8:30am - 8:40am Welcome & Opening Remarks

Scott Kirsner
Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader; Columnist, The Boston Globe

8:40am - 9:20am Opening Keynote: Creating a Winning Team in Disruptive Times

For the last 20 years, Robyn Benincasa and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth – the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork. They’ve had to master the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions – all in pursuit of an audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a digital leader, right?

It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences that Robyn has emerged with her refreshing perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Extreme Performance will coach you to the finish line of success.

Robyn Benincasa, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero and Bestselling Author

9:20am - 10:00am The Era of Multiplied Innovation

The IT industry has entered an era of multiplied innovation, where the emergence of new digital business models will see more than half of the global economy become digitalized by 2021. Multiplied innovation represents the next chapter of the digital transformation journey – it will bring changes to the way technology is developed, deployed and adopted. Developing an effective digital transformation platform that can sustain, advance, and scale business operations is the most important task facing IT decision makers over the next few years. In this session, IDC COO Crawford Del Prete will discuss how the IT world will look in 2025 and how it will enable transformation across industry and consumer markets.

Crawford Del Prete
President, IDC

10:00am - 10:30am Industry Keynote
10:30am - 11:00am Networking Break
11:00am - 11:30am Digital Edge Case Studies

Select your choice of case study as winners of 2019 Digital Edge awards share their experiences in driving innovation. Sessions will include:

The Collaborative Workforce
Alisa Sheyn, Director of Business Operations – Technology, Avid Technology 

Collaboration is an oft-cited component of successful companies in the digital age, but many firms are held back by their reliance on email or siloed communications. Avid Technology, whose 1,700-plus employees in 37 offices worldwide make media tools for audio and video, decided it was time to move forward in 2018 and drive collaboration by choosing a single platform. Join this session and learn how its project leader drove adoption to over 90% and changed the culture to one of real-time collaboration and beneficial new outcomes.

Optimizing and Automating the Data Center to Support Digital Growth
Shawn Tugwell, Senior Manager, Engineering & Architecture, Data Center Services, Paypal

11:40am - 12:10pm Industry Breakouts

Choose the session of your choice as leading technology and solution providers provide insights into their market space, from trends to customer stories.

Session 1: Alex Rountree, Principal Enterprise Architect, Dropbox

12:10pm - 1:45pm Networking Lunch
1:45pm - 3:15pm Where Companies are Winning with Digital

This afternoon, we will dive into three areas of interest where companies are winning with digital. In each segment, we’ll hear recommendations from an IDC analyst and insights from a business or technology executive with experience leading an initiative in that space. Then after the break, you’ll have your choice of interactive sessions to participate in on these topics.

AI/MLRitu Jyoti, Program Vice President, Artificial Intelligence Strategies, IDC; Naveen Singla, Data Science Center of Excellence Lead, Bayer
Automation, from bots to RPARitu Jyoti, Program Vice President, Artificial Intelligence Strategies, IDC; CJ Das, CIO, Simple Tire
Workplace of the Future Meredith Whalen, Chief Research Officer, IDC; Raghu Kutty, CIO, Power Design, Inc.

3:15pm - 3:45pm Networking Break
3:45pm - 5:00pm Digital Think Tanks

These Think Tanks, featuring IDC analysts and Digital Edge award winners, are roundtable discussions where you’ll share your experiences and pose questions to peers. Whether you are piloting something new, facing challenges during or after deployment, or have lessons learned from successful or problematic projects, this is a great opportunity to impart your wisdom and pick the brains of your fellow technology and business executives.

AI/ML – Discussion leaders: Ritu Jyoti, Program Vice President, Artificial Intelligence Strategies, IDC; Naveen Singla, Data Science Center of Excellence Lead, Bayer
Automation, from bots to RPA – Discussion leaders: Anne McCrory, AGENDA19 Conference Chair; CJ Das, CIO, Simple Tire; Milan Kumar, Global CIO, WABCO
Workplace of the Future – Discussion leaders: Meredith Whalen, Chief Research Officer, IDC; Raghu Kutty, CIO, Power Design, Inc.

5:00pm - 6:00pm Networking Reception

Sponsored by Dropbox

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am - 9:10am Opening Remarks

Scott Kirsner
Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader; Columnist, The Boston Globe

9:10am - 9:50am Opening Keynote

Akshay Kumar, SVP/Chief Data Officer, Business Technology, Discover Financial Services
Danny Ray, SVP, Card Operations, Discover Financial Services

9:50am - 10:20am Industry Keynote
10:20am - 11:00am Panel: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation and Change

In our digital era, innovation, reinvention, and revamped processes and tools are a constant drumbeat. For optimal success, your culture needs to adapt. Join this session to hear how organizations are building innovation into their DNA and creating environments where employees thrive and support transformation for the long haul.

Christopher Mayer, EVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Suffolk Construction
Alex Pecoraro, Managing Director, TIAA
Andrew Santacroce, VP, Technology Development, TMNA Services

Moderator: Anne McCrory, Conference Chair, AGENDA19

11:00am - 11:30am Networking Break
11:30am - 12:00pm Digital Edge Case Studies

Select your choice of case study as winners of 2019 Digital Edge awards share their experiences. Topics and speakers will include:

Building an Innovation Practice
Christopher Mayer,
EVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Suffolk Construction

At Suffolk Construction, Smart Labs are the “innovation infrastructure” for piloting and scaling new tech and processes that drive unique value for the $3.5 billion builder. Originally established to identify disruptive technologies, the labs now incorporate the data team and focus on advancing the business. Join Suffolk’s chief innovation officer and learn from their successes, missteps and what they have learned along the way as they support Suffolk’s Build Smart mantra.

Mixed Reality Training Tanya Hannah,CIO, King County, WA; John Klein, Chief Innovation Officer, King County, WA

12:00pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm - 2:00pm Practitioner Keynote
2:00pm - 3:00pm Lightning Round: Data Strategies

Three quick presentations on data strategies will be followed by table discussions where you’ll share reactions and discuss your own practices and initiatives. Topics will include using PhD students to launch a data science practice (Covanta), integrating data from multiple sources for a 360-degree view of the customer (Cornell), and building an enormous cloud-based data store for computation and research in the pediatric research community (St. Jude).

Ben Cabrera, CIO, Covanta
Rebecca Joffrey, IT Innovation Officer, Cornell University
Keith Perry, SVP & CIO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

3:00pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm - 4:00pm The Ethics of New Technologies

AI, CRISPR babies, robotics, data run amok. As the world changes at warp speed, we as technologists and business people would be remiss not to consider the consequences of what we’re creating. What do we want the world to look like, and how do we protect what’s sacred in our zeal for advancement? How do we prevent misuse or unintended consequences that could imperil life as we know it? Join this conversation to share your viewpoint and learn what can be done now to ensure progress unfolds in the most beneficial way to humankind.

Moderator: Scott Kirsner, Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader; Columnist, The Boston Globe
Panelists: Angela Yochem, EVP & Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health

4:00pm - 4:10pm Closing Remarks
6:30pm - 7:15pm Awards Program Cocktail Reception

Join us for a festive beginning to the evening’s events. Open to all conference attendees. Business/cocktail attire suggested.

7:15pm - 9:00pm Awards Ceremony and Gala Celebration

Celebrate the recipients of the Digital Edge 50 and the Ones to Watch Awards as we transform the Grand Ballroom for this gala affair. Open to all conference attendees (with ticket, included in your registration). Business/cocktail attire suggested.