Businesses and IT organisations are being engulfed by a torrent of digital opportunities. Not only do they have to respond to expectations and trends in a timely fashion or risk losing grip on their historical markets, but they also have to cope with paradigm shifts that may threaten the business, and the credibility of the IT organisation. We invite you to prepare and plan for this next challenge by exchanging with peers on new ways of managing IT: supporting business innovation and speed-up consequences, taking opportunity of artificial intelligence for IT organisation and autonomic platforms, rolling out industries 4.0 principles and of course, coping with multiple new security threats and compliance still increasing stakes.

Workshop n°1

 Cybersecurity in the spotlights, from digital new threats to compliance with new demands

Moderated by BCS Elite (United Kingdom)


Cybersecurity must be high on the business and IT agenda. Be pro-active to control and defend. Where appropriate, use it as an enabler to create value. We re-iterate that a good security strategy, translated into the necessary concepts and toolkit is a must. And it has to link neatly with both the business strategy and IT enterprise architecture. The implementation of the security platform requires the endorsement of all management layers and the involvement of all personnel. Good and timely communication of policies and staff awareness remains essential.

Hence where do we stand on Cybersecurity in the business?

Cybersecurity and the “digital business transformation”: which initiatives are there? What are the lessons learned?

Are we prepared for more attacks (phishing, ransomware)?

Security at the business unit and at corporate level: any new insights?

How do we score on GDPR maturity? Cybersecurity and GDPR: separate or hand in hand?

Workshop n°2

How business innovation can be supported by IT

Moderated by CIO Platform (Netherlands)

The « digital tsunami » sometimes creates new business models! Internet of things, big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain…, some technological enablers are truly disruptive, rather than a more predictable, incremental improvements. How can IT sustain business teams when innovative disruption challenges current business models? What could/should be the IT department contribution?


What are the most promising technological enablers? The tops & the flops? Are there some non-technological enablers to business innovation?

How can we still be relevant when business teams are more and more specialized and are subject to such in-depth transformation? How can we support quite brand new or still being-designed businesses?

Is the IT department naturally helping to raise these new business models or is IT an obstacle, slowing down the necessary transformation?

From Shadow-IT to Public-IT, how are we working differently with the business teams? What are the required competencies? Where can we hire or source them?

It seems necessary to work with the whole ecosystem, but how could we support the business innovation? How are we working with startups?

How can we create a proper organization to reinvent our business models as quickly and as often the market requires it? What kind of governance, including the IT Department, could help control innovation?

Workshop n°3

Artificial Intelligence for the IT department

Moderated by Cigref (France)

This workshop objective is to identify and to share the practical use cases of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that the IT department is already experimented or has rolled out.


Have new AI systems shaken up some IT current processes, applications or programs?

Are we still able to use assurance and monitoring programs as they are fundamentally deterministic?

What’s the impact on application architecture? Would it be relevant or desirable to have these AI systems isolated? What kind of control should we go through AI systems, in particular when provided by vendors or outsourced?

What are the consequences on hosting, telecommunication flows and on security?

Will some IT jobs or roles be challenged?

What are the methodologies, norms or standards that could help in tackling these AI issues and organizing change?

What about required competencies? Where these “new” profiles could be hired or sourced?

Are there any legal constraint and/or ethical stakes within the IT Department?

Workshop n°4

How to manage IT speed-up

Moderated by Visz (Hungary)

“Change is the only certainty” … As a corollary, it’s becoming necessary to change faster and faster! The requirement to speed-up does not apply only to IT staff anymore, but to business team as well. Indeed, IT staff is quite used to speed-up, going through process optimization thanks to CMMI, Agile methodologies or ITIL and Lean-6 Sigma best practices, for years. But business people are quite recently more and more involved in (digital) transformation.


Speed-up in your companies: is it really a fact or are some of your companies not concerned? What is your experience… and known consequences?

How to speed-up? What methodologies or tools have you experimented with and learned from?

What is the positive attitude? What are the governance rules and recommendations to foster this speed-up? Which dashboard should steer it?

We’re usually experiencing a gap between Business and IT Departments regarding speed-up. Does this gap imply new responsibilities? Are IT staff more and more accountable (and replacing business staff) for making change a success?

What are the consequences on our people? Is speed-up putting IT and Business people under new kinds of stress? What are the impacts on our customer relationships in terms of requirements, risk and accountability?

Workshop n°5

Autonomic Platform

Moderated by Tubiyad (Turkey) & IUCN (Switzerland)

Surfing on Software-Defined Everything (SDE) and DevOps, autonomic platforms should help IT in getting rid of limitations of capacity, performance and scale. While SDE permits simplifying and optimizing the infrastructure different layers through virtualization,, DevOps should help by conciliating IT teams, despite different global objectives: change, speed and experimentation for development teams versus stability, performance and predictable maintenance issues for operations teams!

Will autonomic platforms help by breaking siloes and related separated systems?

Vendors were used to confine us in proprietary closed systems; emerging public platforms and opened architecture layer’ start-ups are building and should lead the way toward autonomic platforms. Are you still stuck with some legacy systems?

Are responsiveness and agility the new paradigm pulling IT to get rid of former closed legacy systems?

How can we redeploy IT talent thanks to simplified architectures?

Workshop n°6

Compliance stakes, GDPR and beyond…

Moderated by Aica (Italy)

From global regulation to a gentleman’s agreement, companies have to consider a 360-degree perspective to comply with vendor’s copyright protection, with client’s ever widening requirements and with employee’s motivational expectations. In a new digital paradigm where “If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product”, where you’re sourcing blocks of services and where your salaried employees are becoming independents, how can companies deal with a new kind of compliance issues?


Some well-known vendors are claiming for copyright abuse whenever data used has ever been stored in their under-licence database or processed by their protected code! Where is the new regulated frontier?

Are you now GDPR fully or partially compliant? How to balance risk?

What if the data is stored or the code is executed in the US or in China for example? What are the new constraints?

What regulation rules should be applied to data captured by an IoT device, stored and transmitted abroad through several networks and systems, analysing, transforming and shaping it to be displayed on another several devices? How many stakeholders could claim for duties?

From a quite “simple” regulation to almost shared codes of conduct to ethical perspectives depending on culture and maybe political regime, what is the new playing field?

Workshop n°7

Industries 4.0

Moderated by Voice-EV (Germany)

The scope of Industries 4.0 (I.4.0) is still quite open, as recent studies show it. According to a 2016 survey by IDG-Siemens, I.4.0 is about computerized design tools for 70% of respondents, intelligent factories (66%), smart products (64%), the Internet of Things (56%), modularized autonomic systems (46%), 3D printing (44%), or “cyber-physical” systems (42%). The opportunity is to rethink your organization and its means of production, taking advantage of smart factories, expanded adaptability and more efficient allocation of resources.


What is the scope for your company? Do you align with this segmentation?

Digital transformation comes along with new ways of collaboration between companies and through markets; is the added-value redesigned within the ecosystem? Are you facing new competitors? How are public and private actors achieving a balance?

Is Industries 4.0 only about automatizing processes across siloes? What about technology innovation? What are the pillars I.4.0 can leverage on?

What are the main barriers to I.4.0 adoption? Cost of hardware & software? Lack of external support services? Lack of skills availability and knowledge? What is your experience?

How can IT converge with industrial computing? Is it only about technical or application interfaces? What are the competency issues?