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CIO Canada Summit
February 12-14, 2017

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View detailsKeynote Presentation

Visionary speaker presents to entire audience on key issues, challenges and business opportunities

View detailsExecutive Visions

Panel moderated by Master of Ceremonies and headed by four executives discussing critical business topics

View detailsThought Leadership

Solution provider-led session giving high-level overview of opportunities

View detailsThink Tank

End user-led session in boardroom style, focusing on best practices

View detailsRoundtable

Interactive session led by a moderator, focused on industry issue

View detailsExecutive Exchange

Pre-determined, one-on-one interaction revolving around solutions of interest

View detailsFocus Group

Discussion of business drivers within a particular industry area

View detailsAnalyst Q&A Session

Moderator-led coverage of the latest industry research

View detailsVendor Showcase

Several brief, pointed overviews of the newest solutions and services

View detailsCase Study

Overview of recent project successes and failures

View detailsOpen Forum Luncheon

Informal discussions on pre-determined topics

View detailsNetworking Session

Unique activities at once relaxing, enjoyable and productive

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - CIO Canada Summit

3:00 pm
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4:30 pm

Registration & Greeting

4:30 pm
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6:00 pm

Exclusive CIO Think Tank

6:00 pm
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7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm
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8:30 pm

Networking Dinner

8:30 pm
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10:00 pm

After Dinner Networking

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - CIO Canada Summit

7:00 am
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8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am
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8:10 am

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

8:10 am
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8:55 am

Executive Visions

Is Security Obscuring the Benefit of the Cloud?

Cloud delivered computing services, whether Software, Platform, or Infrastructure as a Service offer the potential of significant business advantages such as reduced cost and increased flexibility. These advantages however come with very real risks, chief among them security concerns and the risk of data and compliance breaches – how do you secure what you can’t see, touch, and control? Join our panel as we explore both the security and compliance issues inherent in Cloud deployments, look at the hidden issues that first time Cloud adopters may simply not be aware of, and discuss through solutions that can be used to address these challenges and allow enterprises to fully and firmly embrace the Cloud.

Takeaways:

  • Be exposed to the true security and compliance cloud threat landscape
  • Learn how successful cloud adopters have mitigated these risks
  • Discover how to build cloud protection capabilities keyed to you needs

Moderated by:

View detailsJames Quin, Senior Director of Content and C-Suite Communities, CDM MediaCDM Media

Panelists:

View detailsMichael Castro, Sr. Director, Information Security and Risk Management, Loblaw Companies LimitedLoblaw Companies Limited

View detailsRoger Hatch, Director, IT Security, Architecture and Engineering , Bank of Canada

View detailsWade Alt, Global SVP, Solutions Engineering

9:05 am
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9:35 am

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

The Digital Enterprise

Organizations are subject to many forces driving the digital transformation of our economy. Max Brunet, Senior Principal with SAP’s Industry Value Engineering team, will outline the characteristics of a successful digital enterprise, discuss the roadmap to leadership in a digital economy and will dig deeper on how SAP can help companies align to these new forces from a business, and technology standpoint.

9:40 am
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10:10 am

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Disrupting Markets with Disruptive Technologies

While the combination of Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud have been present and disrupting IT departments and enterprises for a number of years now, in many ways organizations have still not fully embraced them, have still not fully leveraged them. These new platforms allow organizations radically new ways to go to market, allowing for broad scale deployment of systems of engagement that create dynamic relationships with clients and prospects. Finding the resources, wherewithal, and ability to fully commit to these technologies and the capabilities they create has proven to be a struggle for many, but a struggle that can be overcome by leveraging the right approaches, skills and partners.

 

Tim Barnes, Director of Information Delivery at Devon Energy, will share their journey and experience and leave you with the following takeaways: 

  • Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud are all here to stay; each one adds value to enterprises but collectively that value increases exponentially
  • The manner in which these technologies are implemented, operated, and utilized is different than the foregoing systems of record we are used to
  • Unique skills and capabilities are required to leverage the power and value of these platforms, skills and capabilities that can be in short supply

10:15 am
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10:30 am

Networking Break

10:35 am
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11:05 am

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Securing the Mobile, Cloud-First Enterprise

More and more organizations are embracing the cloud and mobility to improve productivity and make their business more competitive. This is turning the current security landscape upside down. At the same time newer, more advanced threats are creating new risks that traditional security appliances struggle to keep up with. CIOs and CISOs are looking for new approaches to securely adopt cloud and mobility.

In this session Zscaler will discuss why many IT organizations are choosing to adopt a cloud-based approach to securely enable mobility, cloud applications and social media, while ensuring compliance and reducing risk. The audience will learn how a cloud security strategy can help them.

  • Protect users from advanced threats: Why traditional security appliances are failing.
  • Why full SSL content inspection is necessary to detect emerging, advanced security threats.
  • How to embrace cloud with full visibility and control of Shadow IT.
  • Get real-time visibility and control: mine billions of user transactions in seconds to quickly identify gaps in security and ensure compliance with corporate policies.

Sponsored by:

Zscaler

11:10 am
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11:40 am

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Bridging the Talent Gap: Building the Team of Tomorrow

There is no escaping the fact that the demands on the IT department are changing. Those changes are necessitating changes in the IT department itself and nowhere is this being felt more than in the roles and responsibilities of the IT staff themselves. Complicating this transition is the fact that every IT department is undergoing changes at roughly the same time; making the personnel with the requisite skill sets extremely hard to find, and perhaps even harder to retain. Savvy CIOs need to quickly identify which are the hot skills they most urgently require and then build a strategy that allows them to build (train), borrow (outsource), or buy (hire) the right people with the right capability at the right time.

Takeaways:

  • Commit to a talent-first organization which recognizes and rewards the most important asset you have - your people
  • Identify the skills most urgently in need and prioritize their acquisition
  • Determine which acquisition methods needs to be used for which skill to maximize impact and return on investment

11:45 am
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12:15 pm

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Enterprise application integration and what it means to go to cloud

Cloud has accelerated the rate at which apps are deployed within an organization whether or not IT is involved. IT organizations today not only have to compete with external vendors to pitch a solution but are also responsible for seamlessly integrating the apps into the enterprise ecosystem. The pace of change and demands on IT to be resilient and innovative at the same time has sky rocketed. Can integration help address some of these issues?

In this roundtable, we will look at synchronous integration, asynchronous integration and data access to probe the following questions: Are our applications architected to thrive in the cloud? How do we build an on-ramp to cloud enable our apps? What role does integration really play? How do we manage data and security in the cloud? Finally, we will also look at some real world examples of Red Hat IT's approach to solving some of these challenges.

12:20 pm
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12:50 pm

Executive Exchange

Roundtable

Your Storage is a Business Problem

What is the problem?  Why is it a problem? How are we solving this?

Overall IT spending is on a downward trend as the market is pushing everyone to do more with less. Businesses of all sizes are under constant demand to be better, faster and to deliver new services to market. Development teams are challenged to drive innovation while compounding delivery cycles, however legacy processes and technologies often act as obstacles preventing agility and sucking up critical resources to accomplish low-value administrative or operational tasks.  Technology is evolving at a rapid pace to try to meet these demands, and Coho Data is leading the charge to innovate data infrastructure.

Join Andrew Warfield, CTO and Co-Founder of Coho Data as he leads a roundtable discussion to explore:

  • 2016 data challenges and opportunities 
  • how macro-market forces are impacting data-services innovation and why legacy platforms and processes are under threat of extinction
  • how to leverage scale-out architecture to help better align storage costs with business growth
  • how to create a scalable and flexible data-services platform that drives agility and enables true services innovation

Roundtable

Keeping Up With the Pace of Cyber Threats

Cyber threats are constantly evolving. Many organizations are reporting that they do feel they have sufficient resources to address the current cyber threats they face. The technology and skills organizations have invested in provide protection against the past. To keep pace with tomorrows cyber threats companies, need to develop continuously improving infrastructures and skills. This challenge is not as easy as it sounds; new security tools are introduced everyday, skilled staff acquisition and retention is increasingly difficult and training of current staff is time consuming. 

This facilitated round-table discussion will ask participants to discuss approaches, such as out-sourcing/out-tasking, “as-a-service” delivery or Cloud services, as methods of addressing the challenge of keeping pace with today’s and tomorrow’s cyber threats.

12:55 pm
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1:55 pm

Networking Luncheon

2:00 pm
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2:30 pm

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Business Transformation supporting IT Transformation

After a series of major acquisitions, Gibson, a mid-stream oil and gas company, found itself facing the opportunities and challenges of rapid expansion. The company introduced its “One Gibson” initiative to transform its culture to ensure its people are working together as one team in providing solutions to its customers. In support of “One Gibson” the Information Services team have modernized and restructured their entire infrastructure, moving core services to the cloud, embracing mobility, and upgrading applications to deliver a seamless customer and employee experience.

Takeaways:

  • How to transform a 60 year old and growing company
  • How to connect the I.S. Strategy to the Business Strategy
  • How to divide and conquer the initiatives in an I.T. Transformation
  • How to communicate your plan and get them really excited while answering “What’s in it for me”

2:35 pm
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3:05 pm

Executive Exchange

Roundtable

Self-Service BI & Analytics: Changing the Game with Data

Self-Service has become the magic bullet in almost every industry. From banking to restaurants managers are getting very creative and find ways to offer differentiated self-service. It saves costs, provides better user experience and wins new customers. But can we make self-service BI and Analytics a game changing business asset that improves employee performance, drives new levels of efficiency and generates new revenues?

This session will discuss how companies uses BI and Analytics self-service creatively.

Roundtable

Project Portfolio Intelligence: Using Technology Business Management (TBM) to gain meaningful intelligence and actionable insights across your portfolio of projects.

Join this Apptio sponsored session to learn how to leverage TBM in discovering deeper insights and useful intelligence about your project portfolio. IT has had challenges accurately understanding and communicating the impact of proposed projects will have on infrastructure, resources, and run/unit costs. It has also been difficult for IT to quantify the benefits in real, tangible terms post project implementation, and to track the realization of those benefits in a meaningful way. Answering, "Do we really have a justifiable business case for this project?", "Are we getting the right return on invest after this asset is in production?", and "When will see the benefits?" has been assumptive and based on spurious or unverified data. With increasing budget pressures and demand for IT to demonstrate value, understanding the impact and benefits of proposed projects has become paramount in justifying portfolio spend. In this session, we'll explore how incorporating TBM into your project portfolio process will help improve your IT project portfolio investment strategy.

Roundtable

We’re Screwed When It Comes to IT Security

Dug Song, Co-Founder and CEO, will explain how in the modern era, IT is turned inside-out. IT organizations no longer have direct control over the devices people use to access corporate networks, putting them at risk. As a result, when it comes to security, modern IT professionals often proclaim, “We’re screwed.”

Consider this: the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report claims that 95% of all data breaches are caused by stolen credentials. And, despite the billions of dollars being spent on security products, the number of breaches is rising exponentially. This begs the question, “Has the security industry simply failed?” In security you often hear the acronym APT, which stands for Advanced Persistent Threat. The truth is that for many of the high profile breaches such as the one at Target, some might say APT could actually stand for Average Phishing Technique. In short, the bad guys don’t need to be that sophisticated to cause millions and millions of dollars of harm.

So, is all lost? In this presentation, you’ll learn a “back-to-the-basics” approach to information security that is the easiest and most effective way to block the breach.

3:10 pm
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3:40 pm

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Enabling the Digital Enterprise: The Digital Workspace

The consumerization of technology in the enterprise and mobility are two critical elements underlying digital transformation and the evolving workplace in many enterprises. The challenge of issues such as mobility and security are undoubtedly significant. What if we told you that the time is now where you can drive the transformation towards a digital enterprise where your users can be more productive and use modern devices and apps while enabling secure policies that protect your critical enterprise data. Join Shankar Iyer who will share with you VMware's digital workspace vision - consumer simple, enterprise secure.

3:45 pm
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4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:05 pm
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4:35 pm

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

How to Run/Grow/Innovate as an IT Leader

The general press today talks a great deal about the evolving role of the CIO and that aspirationally, she should sit at the CEO table and engage in the strategy conversation. Often these conversations look at the role of IT and focus on the two ends of the Run/Grow/Innovate continuum in isolation, while never really examining things holistically. This session will delve into a strategy frame work that aligns every aspect of a technology organization with the strategy the business believes will win.

Topics that will be touched on include:

  • Aligning "Running" IT with business strategy while improving delivery of "Running" IT 
  • Aligning "Growing" IT with business strategy while improving delivery of "Growing" IT 
  • And finally, something on everyone's radar - Innovation and building an innovative organization.

Think Tank

The Role of the CIO in a Digital World

As a new CIO I grappled with what the role really means, and how to operate to best serve the team.  When approached about taking on this challenge I originally rejected it, citing my ‘vision’ of what a CIO is and my own background do not fit neatly together.  Since then I have come to realize just how amazing this role is, and how much potential we all have to make a huge impact.  As the world continues to quicken and the word “disruption” gets used more often, with far reaching effect, let’s examine the CIO position in our organizations and start a dialogue about how to rewrite our job descriptions.

 

Takeaways:

  • An honest account of a year as a new CIO at Walmart, wins and losses
  • A proposed framework for how the CIO role could evolve
  • An open conversation about how we become a key catalyst for change

4:40 pm
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5:10 pm

Executive Exchange

Roundtable

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

The accelerated pace of the global economy recasts business models, supply chains and distribution channels at alarming speed.  Business leaders face a constant assault on their comfort zone and are realizing that being uncomfortable IS their new reality. At least if they want their companies to stay relevant and thrive.

In this session we will explore the challenge of how rapidly changing business initiatives drive IT infrastructure evolution at an unsustainable – yet ever accelerating pace. Participate in a lively discussion about optimizing new business initiatives rather than forfeiting opportunities or losing market share because your IT infrastructure can’t support continuous business change.

We will look at ways to master this perpetual change with Hybrid IT and embrace new business opportunities with near real-time IT response.

Don’t get too comfortable…or your company will become obsolete…

Takeaways:

  • Strategic approach to aligning IT services and business objectives: implement new technologies at lightning speed to support business innovation while “keeping the lights on” by keeping critical applications 100% available
  • How nearly 40% of the market will hybridize more than 50% of their environments by 2018
  • How to transform your IT department from a cost centre to a true driver of business growth

Roundtable

The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning to Detect ‘Unknown Unknown’ Threats

Learn why ‘immune system’ technologies represent a fundamental innovation for cyber defence

  • Discover how to apply machine learning and mathematics to detect advanced, internal threats
  • Understand how to gain 100% network visibility to investigate emerging anomalies in real time
  • Hear real-world Enterprise Immune System case studies

5:15 pm
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6:15 pm

Executive Visions Panel

Diversity in IT

The importance technology plays within an enterprise will only continue to gain momentum as more developers, engineers, and programmers enter the workforce. As these segments continue to grow, so does the diversity of the workforce within the technology field. For a field that is severely constrained by a talent and skills gap, this influx of bodies can only be a good thing. Beyond the basic ability to deliver of identified capabilities a diverse workforce, whether cultural or gender influenced offers a whole that is more than the sum of the parts. Finding ways to drive and increase diversity in IT then should be a key focus for every IT executive.

Takeaways:

  • Identify the importance behind diversity in technology, opportunities, and capabilities
  • Develop insight on the market direction behind alternate staff in both technology and security, and how the landscape continues to evolve with the aid of different perspectives
  • Discuss the expanding technology market, the increased focus on technology, security, and IoT integration

Panelists:

View detailsSuzie Smibert, Director and Chief Information Security Officer , Finning InternationalFinning International

View detailsBrigitte Lariviere, VP, Information Technology/Product Life Cycle Management for Product Development Engineering, Bombardier Aerospace

View detailsHumza Teherany, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group CanadaCompass Group Canada

6:15 pm
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7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm
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8:30 pm

Networking Dinner

8:30 pm
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10:00 pm

After Dinner Networking

Monday, February 13, 2017 - CIO Canada Summit

7:00 am
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8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:10 am
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8:55 am

Executive Visions

Shadow IT – To Embrace or Eliminate?

Best practice in most enterprises, at least as far as the CIO and CISO goes, is to squash Shadow IT wherever it is encountered. Shadow IT, the argument goes, leads to a world of data and integration problems for the IT department, and significant amounts of unknown and unquantifiable risk for the information security group. A small but vocal minority however is beginning to advocate for Shadow IT as a catalyst of innovation, citing the increases in productivity and creativity by allowing enterprise staff to find their own out of the box solutions to organizational problems. CIOs and CISOs can allow their organizations to have their cake (Shadow IT) and eat it too (still be secure) by following a few simple steps that allow them to build in security regardless of user activity.

Takeaways:

  • Shadow IT is not malicious activity; it is simply the Line of Business user community looking to be efficient and effective
  • A well developed security program can take Shadow IT into account and incorporate protection mechanisms that allow end user flexibility
  • Embracing Shadow IT does not mean “no holds barred” and end users need to understand the limit of the boundaries and the reason for their existence

Moderated by:

View detailsGaetan Houle, President , GH IncGH Inc

Panelists:

View detailsRichard Hannah, VP Information Services, Gibson EnergyGibson Energy

View detailsRob Labbe, Director, Information Security, Teck Resources LimitedTeck Resources Limited

9:05 am
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9:35 am

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Innovating With the “Lights On” – How to Tip the Balance

CIOs are consistently challenged by their organizations to leverage emerging technologies like social, mobile, cloud and big data to drive new value. Where is the problem? Many IT leaders admit their spending is too heavily weighted toward keep-the-lights on projects (80%-90% in many cases), leaving little budget for truly transformational initiatives. 

Join this interactive session to learn how award-winning CIOs are successfully tipping the balance between innovation and “lights on” mix by untethering resources from costly ongoing maintenance of their legacy ERP systems including SAP and Oracle, to re-investing in high growth initiatives.

9:40 am
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10:10 am

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Big Data & Analytics Strategy

Conferences on Big Data & Analytics cover Machine Learning (insights), visualization, noSQL, columnar DB, Hadoop stack, Spark, Data Lakes, Cloud analytics and many more technical topics. When it comes time to address CDO (Chief Data Officer) issues such as Data Governance, roadmaps, architecture, MDM (Master Data Management), Big Data Use Cases such as but not limited to OLAP/BI on Hadoop, SOA on Analytics, there is not much available. In fact the whole concept of ingesting data, as is (data lakes), to make it available as soon as possible without incurring IT delays, makes the Data Governance activities even more complex, but not impossible… if you have a Bi-modal Big Data & Analytics strategy!

Takeaways:

  • FOCUS: go small in the process of going big data
  • Identify clearly which business requirements you are addressing
  • Importance to have a good data architecture on Hadoop with proper processes to maintain and evolve it while allowing simultaneously other rapid teams that move forward by testing & prototyping new requirements
  • Solutions produced by Marketing teams end up being a good expression of their requirements and should be reused by IT
  • Hadoop could support a variety of use cases

10:15 am
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10:30 am

Networking Break

10:35 am
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11:05 am

Executive Exchange

Roundtable

Survival of the Fittest

We've all heard it.  The five most dangerous words are “We’ve always done it that way". Darwin spoke about the requirement for evolution and it is not the strongest that survived, but those most adaptable to change that will.

 

Come see how Compugen enables organizations to modify the traditional approach to IT and evolve to the next level by ensuring adaptability in a rapidly changing marketplace.

 

The evolved approach is to focus on the outcome instead of the technology.  It is a services centric model, packaged with specific and predictable results.  It is quickly becoming the new norm as I.T organizations move toward optimization of resources and address the need for rapid time to market of infrastructure solutions that enable competitive differentiation for their business.

Roundtable

State of the Hack: Intelligence is Key

The cyberattack landscape continues to shift. Attacks are more sophisticated, and less evident. Advanced campaigns are now more intelligence-based than technological in nature. This session explores this evolution and the necessary role of counterintelligence in today’s cyber-risk strategies.



Sponsored by:

FireEye

11:10 am
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11:40 am

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Ensuring Data Quality

Data quality is one of the most critical issues facing every enterprise and whether data be duplicate, stale, incomplete, invalid, conflicting or just plain incorrect the impact of enterprise decision making and ultimately enterprise success and be significant and severe. As the number of data sources grows, as the speed with which data is collected and utilized increases, and as the raw volume expands almost exponentially, the impacts of poor data quality becomes more significant than ever before. IT executives must build strong data governance capabilities to ensure that enterprise data is kept unique, timely, complete, valid, consistent, and accurate.

Takeaways:

  • Data quality is not a new problem but the advent of the hyper-connected age means that it will be a problem of greater relevance than ever before
  • The process by which data quality can be addressed isnt fun or sexy but where enterprises have often ignored it to date they can no longer do so
  • Enterprises that do not proactively address data quality now may find that Analytics is their downfall rather than their savior

11:45 am
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12:45 pm

Executive Visions

Customer Engagement in a Hyper-Connected World

The tables have turned in the consumer-enterprise relationship with the consumer often in an ownership and leadership role. The explosion of connected technologies and information channels they access has created a world of educated, informed, and savvy consumers that often know more about your products and services, and how they compare with those of the competition and enterprises are struggling to adjust. Learning how to leverage new tools and technologies that synergize efforts across varied channels to deliver a unified customer experience while maintaining appropriate security is quickly becoming a key to marketplace success.

Takeaways:

  • Discover how leading enterprises are aligning and integrating their efforts across varied channels to drive engagement
  • See which techniques are being used to sift through customer data to discover meaningful insights and tailor outreach efforts accordingly
  • Be exposed to the unique security challenges that this ever-connected, ever-engaged model is creating and learn how to mitigate them without compromising success

Panelists:

View detailsJames Callaghan, Chief Technologist, WestJet AirlinesWestJet Airlines

View detailsShaun Guthrie, Director, Information Technology, Go autoGo auto

View detailsHumza Teherany, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group CanadaCompass Group Canada

12:45 pm
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12:50 pm

Thank You Address and Closing Remarks

12:55 pm
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1:55 pm

Grab and Go Luncheon

 

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