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2019 Agenda
Leading the Smarter Enterprise

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7:30 am - 8:25 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
7:30 am - 8:25 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
8:45 am - 9:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
8:45 am - 9:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
Crafting Data Strategies that Pay Off

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The most compelling data strategies articulate exactly how data will generate economic value—specifically and uniquely—for an organization. They spell out the organization’s data monetization approach, along with associated risks, costs, and benefits – and describe the capabilities and activities required for execution. This panel will explore the ins and out of creating great data strategies that help organizations reap value from the digital economy.
9:45 am - 10:30 am
Kresge Auditorium
9:45 am - 10:30 am
Kresge Auditorium
Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success

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Digital technologies are disrupting business models and forcing established companies to rethink their customer value propositions. Invariably, these new value propositions demand new skills, new business processes, and new organizational competencies. But they also demand that companies sustain their existing skills, processes, and competencies so they can continue to profit and grow from traditional business models. How do companies adopt the new without abandoning the old? How do they become digital? In this fireside chat Jeanne Ross will review her new book highlighting five building blocks companies will need for a successful transformation.
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
Jump-Starting America – Have We Lost Our Technology Mojo?

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This year’s Academic Keynote challenges the assumption that the US is a technology leader and that economic benefit is a natural result. In their new book, Jump-Starting America, MIT co-authors Simon Johnson and Jon Gruber point to the increasing concentration of geography-based wealth. To turn this tide, Johnson and Gruber suggest the US must embark on a plan to create the industries of the future – and the jobs that go with them – through a renewed public-private partnership. Is this possible in today’s business and economic environment?
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Welcome to the Age of the Cloud Worker

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Spurred on by the need for insights, speed, and collaboration a new type of worker has emerged; the cloud worker. From your information workers to your workers on the frontlines, meet your workforce in the cloud. Learn how they differ from your conventional workforce and how you can grow and develop them.
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Sala de Puerto Rico - 2nd floor, Stratton
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Sala de Puerto Rico - 2nd floor, Stratton
Insights from the Leadership Award Finalists

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The Finalists for the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award have led their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT. Yet no two finalists have the same story. Learn how each CIO Finalist transformed their IT units and their companies for the better. Their experiences can provide lessons for every IT leader and service provider.
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Rockwell Cage, Main Court
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Twenty Chimneys - 3rd floor, Stratton
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Twenty Chimneys - 3rd floor, Stratton
Impact of Cloud Technology on the Workforce

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Many businesses are already moving their operations to the cloud, it’s critical to understand the impact that the cloud has on the way we work. In this roundtable, we will discuss how companies are currently cloud-powering their workforce and what they’ve learned along the way.
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Room 491 - 4th floor, Stratton
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Room 491 - 4th floor, Stratton
How Industrial Companies Capitalize on Digital Transformation

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Through the waves of digital transformation, manufacturers have gained new capabilities via IIoT, AR, and AI to defend and advance their competitive advantage. Today, manufacturing executives are making new strategic choices among these capabilities to differentiate their products and services, improve operational effectiveness, and increase workforce productivity. Join in a case study presentation defining how manufacturers are capitalizing on the promise of digital transformation today and driving the future of industrial innovation.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Sala de Puerto Rico - 2nd floor, Stratton
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Sala de Puerto Rico - 2nd floor, Stratton
Managing Organizational Explosions During Digital Transformation

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According to MIT research, companies can take four distinct pathways to radically transform their business for success in the digital era—each with its own pros and cons. We will discuss how to deal with the significant organizational changes (a.k.a. "explosions") that are required to progress along these transformation pathways to improve both operational efficiency and customer experience.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Little Theater
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Little Theater
Get Ready for The Platform Transition

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This panel will discuss key steps necessary to get your firm ready to adopt a platform strategy. These include a discussion of the architecture necessary to support platforms, building consistent data models, and getting the right talent in place to execute the strategy once the infrastructure is in place.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
Future-proofing the Workforce for Digital

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The world of digital requires us to do different work, and to work differently. As large companies re-form themselves into more agile teams to manage their digital assets, they are increasingly finding that their workforce is ill-equipped with the relevant skills and ways of thinking needed for success. This panel will explore how companies are investing in future-proofing their workforce and learning to be digital.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Twenty Chimneys - 3rd floor, Stratton
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Twenty Chimneys - 3rd floor, Stratton
How Big Companies are Running Smarter

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Digital technology is radically changing the behaviors of individuals, corporations and society at large. To compete effectively, big companies need to find a way to leverage their scale to generate more and better innovation. But innovating is a challenge. Many attempts have been made to spark innovation (20% time, Open Innovation Offices in Silicon Valley, Open Innovation advocates embedded in business units, externships, etc.), but there is a dearth of empirical evidence validating their effectiveness. This panel will include results from recent research, and include practitioners who have found unique approaches to more effectively innovate.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
HumanAI: Using AI to Optimize Your Business

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Most discussions on the impact of AI focus on individual jobs, marketing, or logistics. But what about using AI to reinvent your org chart? What about using AI to help determine what is core competency and what connections you should build to other organizations? Applying the methods of AI to obtain continuous improvement in how your organization and business processes are managed is HumanAI, and it may have as much or more impact on your business as other applications of AI.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Sala de Puerto Rico - 2nd floor, Stratton
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Sala de Puerto Rico - 2nd floor, Stratton
Creating a Digital Innovation Toolkit

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Firms that have encouraged more robust innovation now face a challenge: how to coordinate their internal innovation efforts? We’ll discuss how firms help their teams get better at identifying experiments, leveraging the successful ones, and stopping the least promising ones (while encouraging the pursuit of risky innovations).
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Auditorium
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Auditorium
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Little Theater
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Little Theater
The Future of Process Automation: Leveraging RPA & AI

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While Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have the potential to reduce the time and resources companies need to do business and complete tasks, many organizations aren’t experiencing these benefits. We will discuss implementation strategies, tactics, and case studies that will help you drive faster, more reliable and more affordable results.
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
System Reboot: Modernizing Your Legacy Technologies

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Smarter Enterprises require a more nimble technology infrastructure for digital transformation. However, without a clear strategy, business sponsorship and understanding the interconnections between partners, customers and in-house infrastructure, your “modernization” efforts could degenerate into old-fashioned silos and projects of limited scope and impact. We’ll discuss ways to chart a path towards a full rethinking of the way your IT systems are designed; where to begin, strategies that helped service providers and large enterprises scale, and methods ensuring your business stays on course and aligned with its goals.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Town Hall: Working with Your Boards

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A recent MIT study of all the US listed boards of companies over $1B in revenue found that only 24% of boards were digitally savvy. Those companies performed consistently better, including having 38% higher revenue growth. In this town hall Peter Weill will briefly share the results from the study and engage the Symposium's audience in sharing practices that have worked effectively in helping boards deal with digital issues. We will learn from each other.
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Why Companies Need an Augmented Reality Strategy

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Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School and Jim Heppelmann, CEO of PTC, collaborated on a multi-year research project to define the impact of Digital Transformation in the enterprise. This digital revolution, with advances in AI, robotics, and an explosion of data, is unleashing productivity and unlocking value across the economy. Increasingly, the constraint is not a lack of data and insights but how to assimilate and act on them—in other words, the interface with humans. What’s needed to realize this opportunity is a powerful human interface that enables people to better participate in the digital revolution and all it has to offer.
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium
The Second Enlightenment

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What's the relation between the human condition and the state of nature, and how has it changed in recent years? Does economic growth have to be bad for the planet? McAfee will give an advance look at his new book More From Less, which will be published by Scribner in October.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent