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2018 Agenda
Up Your Digital Game from Vision to Execution

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7:30 am - 8:30 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Kresge Courtyard Tent
8:25 am - 8:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
8:25 am - 8:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
Welcome to the 15th Symposium!

Speakers:

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

Moderator:

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 - 10:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Kresge Auditorium
What is Your Digital Business Model?

Speakers:

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

Moderator:

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
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

Moderator:

The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award honors executives who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT. This session brings all the Finalists together for a lively exchange of innovative ideas and best practices.
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. (Enter down the path between the Stratton Center and the Zesiger Fitness Center, see map.) 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. Be prepared to share business cards and get to know other Symposium attendees. It is a chance to network, talk shop and learn something new.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Mapping the Future of the IT Unit

Moderator:

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
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Implementing AI
Title and description TBD
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Realizing Synergies from Digital Innovations

Moderator:

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
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
CIO’s Role in C-level Cybersecurity Leadership

Moderator:

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.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Kresge Courtyard Tent
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Redesigning the Digital Workplace for Agile@Scale

Moderator:

Many organizations are thinking about ways to leverage Agile methodology beyond the IT unit to drive more project innovation and speed across the organization— Agile@Scale. 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
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Blockchain
Title and description TBD
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Platforms & APIs: How to Cuts Costs, Raise Revenues & Boost Market Cap

Moderator:

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.
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

Speakers:

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

Moderator:

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
5:30 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.