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2018 Agenda
Up Your Digital Game from Vision to Execution
8:25 am - 8:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
8:25 am - 8:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
Welcome to the 15th Symposium!

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After a brief overview of the Symposium program, we will introduce the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists and announce the winner. We will also share what you need to know to get the most out of the day, including the use of the Q&A app, Sli.do.
8:45 am - 9:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
8:45 am - 9:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
Creating a Digital Culture

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Can large organizations adopt the cultures of digital native companies like Amazon and Google? Every company wants to be faster and more innovative, but how can you do that on a pre-digital foundation? This panel will examine how CIOs are helping their companies to develop cultures that can compete with - and surpass - digital native companies.
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Kresge Auditorium
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Kresge Auditorium
What is Your Digital Business Model?

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Many company leaders recognize the threat from digital and the potential opportunity. However, they lack a common language or a compelling framework to help them assess the degree of threat to their business and, more importantly, to give them direction about what they should do. They don’t know how to think about their digital business model. The discussion will focus on four distinct business models to help firms clarify where they stand in the digital business landscape.
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
The Future of Work in a World of AI, ML, and Automation

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Technology has always been a double-edged sword. In many instances taking jobs away, but ultimately providing many more. It is easy to count the number of jobs lost from technologies like AI, Machine Learning, and Automation. But it is very difficult to envision what jobs will be created from them. The focus of this panel is on the latter – how can these brilliant technologies enable the creation of jobs, optimize mind and machine, and present us with the opportunity of broader income equality in a technology driven economy. More than this, we’ll explore the new skills needed, and the changes in how we educate the workforce of the future – regardless of who provides that education.
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Safe and Sound Software for Digital Execution

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Creating the next gen digital platform for any business has a lot to do with the capability of the organization to build differentiating software. The CIO has to own the challenge of constructing the right digital platform as fast as possible, while keeping the business safe and sound. This talk will draw from the speaker’s experience of building resilient, safe software in a highly regulated but fast moving environment, while enabling process changes to Agile, CI/CD and DevOps.
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
Twenty Chimneys - 3rd floor, Stratton
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Twenty Chimneys - 3rd floor, Stratton
Protecting your Workforce with Secure Endpoints

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With malware and phishing attacks more prevalent than ever, IT administrators are pressed to find new ways to protect their businesses. During this session, you will learn about Chrome OS & Browser's unique security model to deter against these threats, and how Google protects its own workforce.
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Rockwell Cage, Main Court
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Rockwell Cage, Main Court
Birds-of-a-Feather Networking Lunch 2018
If you have not selected one of the Lunch Breakout sessions, please join us for a Networking Lunch, on the Main Court of Rockwell. We will have working lunches set up at tables, with “Birds of a Feather” topics posted on signs. Feel free to sit at a table about a topic of interest. Many tables will be facilitated by an ‘expert’ (speaker, sponsor, organizer) who will help lead a lively and interesting discussion.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Mapping the Future of the IT Unit

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No organization can hope to thrive with an IT unit that is designed, led, and managed on principles and practices from a previous era. The IT unit must change and evolve to reflect changing conditions and new requirements. This panel will explore how leaders are determining investments in information, systems, and technology.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Little Theater
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Kresge Little Theater
Implementing AI

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As AI technology advances, it is becoming more integrated into the enterprise. AI technologies and AI-driven products are enabling new services never possible before, providing deep business intelligence, enhancing strategic decision making, improving customer experience, automating work, and cutting costs. This panel of experts will share insights on the current generation of intelligent systems and how CIOs can select and implement AI to improve capabilities and transform their organizations.
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
Realizing Synergies from Digital Innovations

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One of the toughest challenges of today’s companies is to coordinate interactions across their growing and increasingly diverse portfolio of innovations. When companies do not coordinate these interactions, they put their operations and customer experience at risk. By coordinating interactions well, they achieve significant synergies—the total impact of the company’s innovations is greater than the return on the sum. This panel will explore what firms are doing to realize synergies from digital innovations.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
Platforms & APIs: How to Cut Costs, Raise Revenues & Boost Market Cap

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Open ecosystems matter, whether they are internal or external. Internal platforms let firms reconfigure their assets. External platforms leave them open to outsiders. Critical to success is the technology, application programming interfaces (APIs), that make this happen. This panel will provide the pros and cons of APIs and detail the war stories of how these battles are won.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Auditorium
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Building The Intelligent Enterprise using AI, ML, Mobility, and Cloud Services

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Undeniable market trends are pushing enterprises to the digital edge, demanding a paradigm shift from traditional/centralized enterprise models to decentralized/edge computing models, in order to overcome significant challenges including latency, bandwidth, autonomy, and privacy. In this panel we will look at specific use cases on how leading organizations are overcoming these challenges using AI/ML and leveraging hyperscalers, including: preparing for GDPR regulations; using an interconnection strategy to ensure security, quality, and compliance; and transporting workloads being created from multiple IoT and mobile interfaces globally, internally and externally.
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Little Theater
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kresge Little Theater
Blockchain: Rising Above The Noise

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What does Blockchain mean for a mainstream CIO? How do CIOs decide if and how to invest in blockchain based applications? Outside of the hype surrounding this early stage technology, what is happening inside enterprises that are embracing this technology, and how are these deployments evolving? What led these organizations to embrace Blockchain, and how did they execute? Our panelists will share their experience and predictions on the future of blockchain in the enterprise.
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
Redesigning the Digital Workplace for [email protected]

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Many organizations are thinking about ways to leverage Agile methodology beyond the IT unit to drive more project innovation and speed across the organization— [email protected] As this new way of working spreads beyond IT, there are significant challenges in designing the workplace to enable employees to work according to the principles of Agile. Companies need to think differently about the workspace, technologies, social networks, and management practices to realize the value from Agile and this becomes particularly challenging as the practices become more widespread. In this panel we will discuss these opportunities and challenges.
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Mezzanine Lounge - 3rd floor, Stratton
CIO’s Role in C-level Cybersecurity Leadership

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The CIO’s role in managing C-level involvement in cybersecurity is assumed, but how it’s executed varies greatly across firms. Should the CIO ‘own’ cybersecurity, or is it the domain of another executive (eg. Chief Risk Officer, Chief Operations Officer, etc.)? What is the role of other C-level executives in cybersecurity? What do the C-level executives need to know about cybersecurity? In this session, we will explore these questions about C-Level cybersecurity leadership.
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
Articulating your Digital Vision

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Because established companies are not designed to be digital, they must transform to remain competitive. The first step in a digital transformation is articulating a clear vision of how the company will engage with customers to solve their problems. This is not easy—but without a clear vision, people in the company cannot design a coherent, executable business strategy. In this session, we will describe how senior business leaders formulate a vision that is inspired by both existing organizational competencies and the capabilities of digital technologies.
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution

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In most organizations, strategy and execution are managed almost entirely separately. High-level strategy is set by a small group of executives; the implementation of that strategy is then delegated into the hands of a much larger and more heterogeneous group of functional managers and their far-flung teams. What happens? Those words that looked like a sure-fire recipe for success become mutated by the demands of day-to-day operations and the individual agendas of those who lead them. Digital technologies can exacerbate this problem as much as help address it. Is there a better way to develop strategy? Is there a more effective means of connecting strategic priorities to the realities of execution? The members of this panel say emphatically, “yes.”
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium
Is Tech Screwing Up the Planet?

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In past years Andrew McAfee’s keynotes have been pro technology: technology is critical for a high growth economy in the second machine age; technology is a great enabler of businesses that use machine, platform, and crowd; and technology will enable more jobs than it will take away. But the subject of the impact of technology on the environment is new territory. Are we paying a price for these benefits by harming the planet? Or is there a case for remaining pro technology?
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
9th Annual Innovation Showcase
The Innovation Showcase highlights 10 outstanding early stage companies with cutting edge solutions that combine both value and innovation to Enterprise IT.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
Evening Reception and Networking
Wind down with a beverage and tasty snacks, reflect on what you've heard with colleagues, and plan what you'll take back to the office. Enter the Innovation Showcase raffle and perhaps get a book signed at the Authors' Table.