Thematic roundtables

Thematic roundtables are 40-minutes interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, they may address a compelling technology trend, a governance approach, or an inspiring customer case. This is the chance for our guests to join insightful discussions and experience sharing to get new and actionable ideas from peers and experts as well.

As the number of guests to the roundtables is limited to ensure maximal interaction and quality of the discussions, pre-registration to the roundtables is required and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Monday 25 January 2021

13:10 - 13:50
Roundtables
Roundtable A
IBM

RT1 - QUANTUM COMPUTING : HARNESSING ITS REAL BREAKTHROUGH POTENTIAL

Gartner defines quantum computing as one of the major trends that will significantly impact AI, ML and business. This roundtable will address: Understanding the real perimeters and opportunities of quantum computing | Identifying business areas where quantum computing can deliver strategic advantage | Assessing and quantify the quantum potential value | Building an ambitious roadmap for quantum computing: key elements to consider.

Moderator: Armand Stekelenburg, IBM Quantum Ambassador, IBM
13:10 - 13:50
Roundtables
Roundtable B
Orange

RT2 - 5G CONNECTIVITY: HOW SHOULD CIOs & CDOs ASSESS THE REAL POTENTIAL AND VALUE

Assessing the ROI of 5G connectivity is a complex exercise but as the potential rises, this roundtable will discuss how CIOs must quickly envision the critical points where 5G can deliver measurable value within and outside the organization, how to put the technology/business pieces together, and how to build a compelling adoption roadmap. Moreover, it will explore the 5G potential to boost and secure operations through extreme usage of real-time information.

Moderators: Gert Pauwels, Head of C&M IoT, M2M, Big Data & Innovation, Orange | Wouter Van Tilborg, Senior Product Manager, Orange
15:10 - 15:50
Roundtables
Roundtable A
Accenture

RT3 - CLOUD COMPUTING TAKEN UP EXTENSIVELY: THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION CASE

As the European Commission goes ‘cloud first’, this roundtable will examine its very ambitious roadmap towards trusted cloud adoption, how it paves the way for digital transformation of European Union institutions and agencies, and how the case may inspire companies from the public and private sector.

Moderators: Nikolaos Kyriazopoulos, Cloud Infrastructure and Advisory Services, European Commission
15:10 - 15:50
Roundtables
Roundtable B
Commvault

RT4 - HOW DATA PROTECTION REALLY HELPS THE CHANGING CIO STRATEGY

Where does data protection fit into daily conversations when home becomes the main workplace? For CIOs, data protection is more essential, strategic, and top of mind than ever before. It is part of the cloud strategy and digital transformation initiatives, and one way to reduce risk in today’s new environments. This roundtable will discuss how to find cost savings, accelerate innovation, improve customer satisfaction and keep your organization running through the global pandemic.

Moderators: Pieter Jan van Steen, Sales Director BeLux Commvault | Paul Hollebon, Sales Engineering Director, Commvault Benelux
16:00 - 16:40
Roundtables
Roundtable A
Accenture

RT6 - THE PATH TO SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

Technology and its entire lifecycle from build, distribution to usage is responsible for 3.8% of greenhouse gas emissions, well above air travel. And the figures are tangibly amplified by the Covid19 pandemic with massive new usage of digital technology. Sustainable technology clearly becomes a central element of corporate sustainability, with IT leaders in the driving seat. This roundtable will look at how CIOs should act now to shift towards increased technology sustainability and ecosystem play (‘Open X’).

Moderators: Stijn Goossens, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy | Joeri Samyn, Strategy Manager, Accenture Strategy
16:00 - 16:40
Roundtables
Roundtable B
Rockwell Automation

RT7 - MASTERING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR CIOs

Mastering digital transformation is of course much more than just a technology journey. This CIO-level roundtable will discuss: CIOs Vs Covid19 challenges, threats, opportunities & technology in the new normal | Software as a Service: enabling innovation and new operating models | Legacy, lifecycle and scale in the era of digital transformation | Managing ecosystems & partnership in exponential IT.

Moderators: Michel Huy, Regional Sales Director EMEA, Information Software, Rockwell Automation | Emmanuelle Camus, SVP EMEAI Strategic Alliances, PTC

Monday 01 February 2021

13:10 - 13:50
Roundtables
Roundtable A
Avanade

RT8 - COMBINING MULTIPLE CHANNELS AND INFUSE AI TO IMPROVE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

With Covid19 and social distancing, there’s an increasing demand for more empathetic and authentic connections. And customers are unforgiving for brands that are not accessible or slow to respond to their needs. This means your service operators need to have all possible information at hand from different channels, including social, when communicating with the customer. This will increase both the customer service, and linked brand loyalty, as well as the performance of the service team as such. This can be further improved by increasing the responsiveness and quality of virtual agents by applying Machine Learning.

Moderators: Kyle Hill, Global Digital Sales & Service Solution Architect, Avanade | Wim Herman, Digital Innovation Manager,
AG Insurance
13:10 - 13:50
Roundtables
Roundtable B
Commvault

RT9 - IT’S NOT ABOUT MOVING TO THE CLOUD, IT’S ABOUT TRANSFORMING WITH THE CLOUD

With the global move to remote work, organizations of all sizes scramble to find ways to maintain productivity. When workers can’t physically be in an office or datacenter, cloud is a flexible option for accessing and using data from any remote location. Today, it’s clearly not about just moving to the cloud, it’s about transforming with cloud. This roundtable will explore how to take advantage full advantage of the cloud to enable big data analytics, AI, ML, IoT, blockchain, and edge computing.

Moderators: Pieter Jan van Steen, Sales Director BeLux, Commvault | Paul Hollebon, Sales Engineering Director, Commvault Benelux
15:10 - 15:50
Roundtables
Roundtable A
Accenture

RT10 - BUILDING A SOLID DATA STRATEGY TO SCALE AI

AI offers huge opportunities to companies willing to embrace it. And there’s some urgency: 75% of of executives believe they risk going out of business in five years unless they scale AI. But building an AI solution on weak data and without solid strategy won’t stand the test of time. This roundtable will discuss the 5 critical questions leaders should be imperatively answer for building a data strategy based on culture, quality, and privacy to unlock the real potential of AI.

Moderator: Thomas Breuer, Digital Lead France & Benelux, Accenture
15:10 - 15:50
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Roundtable B
Rockwell Automation

RT11 - THE CIO AND THE CONNECTED ENTERPRISE

Achieving a connected enterprise involves driving the decisions and actions that bring together people, processes and technology. This roundtable will examine how CIOs should effectively engage the journey and more specifically: The new moving role of the CIO from a business cost to a revenue driver | Tackling change management, key technologies and all that data | Scaling digital transformation successfully: key opportunities and challenges | Kalypso + Rockwell Automation = maintaining and sustaining critical business operations.

Moderators: Sarah Dana, Sales Manager ISSE, Rockwell Automation | Matthew Graves, Director Connected Enterprise, Kalypso |
John Woods, Global Director, Kalypso
15:10 - 15:50
Roundtables
Roundtable C
IBM

RT12 - CLOUD SECURITY: IT’S ALL ABOUT STRATEGY, READINESS, AND CULTURE

As most organizations are shifting infrastructure and services to the cloud, the journey must go hand-in-hand with a strong and dedicated security strategy to clarify their security and compliance posture, and continually refining that strategy to stay up to date on emerging threats. Having a strategy in place can also help prevent overspending or misspending on clouds security controls.

Moderator: Anna van Wassenaer, Cloud Business Development Leader Europe, IBM Security Services
16:00 - 16:40
Roundtables
Roundtable A
Avanade

RT13 - THE EVOLVING DIGITAL WORKPLACE: THE CIO ROADMAP FOR 2021 AND BEYOND

The COVID-19 has created a universal imperative for organizations to take immediate action to protect their business and people. As a result, CIOs are battling to formulate strategies that leverage new business and workplace insights from the crisis peak to gain market share during the recovery. This roundtable will explore why having a clear Workplace Experience (WX) strategy on which to base future decisions is an imperative for IT departments to embrace and deliver the new world of work.

Moderators: Niels Lehouck, Change Manager, Avanade | Steve Lippens, Cloud and Infrastructure Architect, Avanade
16:00 - 16:40
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Roundtable B
Oracle

RT14 - NEW ROADS TO CLOUD ADOPTION

The modern CIO has firmly established a foundation for their digital strategies, yet achieving the potential of Cloud when combining these new digital initiatives with the strategic goals of the enterprise is a real challenge when considering new business models today, and the impact of those decisions in the future. This roundtable will explore the new trends of cloud adoption, from addressing technology and business risk when moving to cloud, through achieving a sustainable, evergreen strategy for the future to embracing the potential of cloud for breaking barriers in business driven High Performance Computer modelling and simulation.

Moderators: James Allerton-Austin, Senior Director of Technology Strategy & OCI Center of Excellence EMEA, Oracle |
Bob Vangeel, Senior Sales Director, Oracle | Patrick Leyendeckers, Business Development Manager Technology Cloud, Oracle

Monday 08 February 2021

13:10 - 13:50
Roundtables
Roundtable A
Accenture

RT16 - THE ‘I’ IN THE EXPERIENCE OF REMOTE COLLABORATION

With teams prevented to collaborate physically, new opportunities emerge to change the way people work and interact. Today’s new technologies have the real potential to make the employee experience more engaging and give people greater agency to co-create their own and unique adventures. This roundtable will examine how leading businesses can provide immersive and virtual co-created experiences to turn passive audiences into active participants. The next generation of technology-driven experience has arrived!

Moderator: Tom Ghelen, Capability Lead Future Now, Accenture
13:10 - 13:50
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Roundtable B
Oracle

RT17 - THE PATH TO EXPONENTIAL IT: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENTS?

When new technologies amplify each other, CIOs need to have a close look at how their investments are protected in the long run. And if cybersecurity comes top of mind, there are many other elements to take into account to address mission-critical recoverability from outages caused by cybercrime, system failures, or human error. This roundtable will explore 3 major elements that tangibly protect your technology investments: state of the art technology, flexible contracts, and constant innovation in solutions and contracts from your providers.

Moderators: Ria Van Riet, Senior Sales Director, Oracle | Koen Crabbe, IT Manager, Christelijke Mutualiteiten |
Paul Muller, Senior Director Cloud Insight, Oracle
15:10 - 15:50
Roundtables
Roundtable A
Commvault

RT18 - SECURING THE NEW NORMAL: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CLOUD, WORKFORCE AND ASSETS IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

Facing the first and second waves of the Covid19 pandemic, businesses have set urgent solutions like suitable remote working systems. But as it largely admitted that the crisis will last long, CIOs are seeing much more challenges on the horizon. This roundtable will enable a practical discussion on the potential impact of the post pandemic world, more specifically: Data reliance and protection in a hybrid era | Reinventing your data protection strategy in the work from home era | Scaling data protection through object storage | Protecting your organization against ransomware attacks.

Moderators: Pieter Jan van Steen, Sales Director, Commvault | Stefaan Lemaire, Systems Engineering Manager, Hitachi Vantara
15:10 - 15:50
Roundtables
Roundtable B
IBM

RT19 - THE PATH TO AI AT SCALE: BULDING THE FOUNDATIONS TO UNLOCK MULTIPLICATIVE DATA VALUE

Research shows that 81% of executives aspire to derive value from AI, yet don’t understand the data and infrastructure required to support it. Moreover, organizations are also grappling with data complexity, a lack of skills, and a difficult ethical terrain. This roundtable will explore how assess the value of AI as driver of digital transformation and business growth; how to make data quality and integration the basic foundation of AI strategies; how to harness the AI advantage from the executive perspective; and evaluating the AI potential as a strategic capability.

Moderator: Dr. Eduardo Barbaro, Practice Lead Cognitive & Analytics Benelux, IBM
15:10 - 15:50
Roundtables
Roundtable C
Rockwell Automation & Microsoft

RT20 - DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SIMPLIFIED

A world of interconnected systems and data has changed the way businesses operate. And so have CIO expectations changed, too. Today, technology and solutions can simplify how to manage data and makes it easier for everyone to access, understand and leverage the information. This roundtable will enable a high-level discussion on: What does simplified digital transformation really mean? | How can the complex world of information management become simple? | Removing complexity: where to start? | Boosting productivity with Edge to Cloud with integrated, market-ready solutions.

Moderators: Mike Loughran, CTO, Rockwell Automation UK and Ireland | Mick Mancuso, Director, Connected Enterprise Ops, Rockwell Automation | Omar Abosh, Corporate VP, Microsoft