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: driving innovation with startups, collaborating with Chief Digital Officers, designing new IT organisations and applying the right speed IT business wait for and last but not least, coping with multiple new security threats.

Workshop n°1

Driving Innovation with Start-ups

Co-moderated by Emmanuel Gaudin, group CIO of Lagardère & Board Member of EuroCIO, and Philippe Courqueux, CIO of Cora, Board Member of Cigref


Innovation is not always driven by digitalization, but new ways of living and working in a digital world globally are! Opportunities, mostly disrupted ones, should be tackled proactively, not post-disruption and it’s a real challenge for Multinational Corporations: internal inertia, inherited hierarchical culture, heaviness of administrative or bureaucratic processes can all slow organisations down.  Are Start-ups the solution? If so, how can we take advantage from working with them?

Identifying innovative solutions and initiatives: what criteria should be used and who should participate?

Optimal way of collaboration: internal start-up, incubator, acquisition, partnership, customer-supplier relationships…

Is there an ideal start-up profile?

What are the risks having MNCs and Start-ups working together? How can we mitigate the risks?

How to best set a technological strategy: relying on strong business partnerships or by being agnostic and opportunistic?

How do we integrate these new and usually cloud-based platforms with the well-structured legacy information systems?

Workshop n°2

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CIOs vs CDOs : Is the IT organisation Business-Soluble?

Co-moderated by Pascal Viginier, Group CIO of Orange, member of Cigref & CDO Alliance, and Romain Liberge, CDO of Maif, member of CDO Alliance

From in-house and on-premise solutions to cloud-based and related shadow IT, is the IT organisation already being disrupted and “uberised”? Who are these Chief Digital Officers? What are their roles and responsibilities? IT organisations are well used to frequent and quick transformations, or even new paradigms arising over the last 50 years. It has always adapted, maturing from craftsmanship to industrialization and always business led. But today, IT is at the center of new business models, not only a tool to be more efficient anymore but now a key enabler for business strategy! What is, could or should be the role of the IT organisation today?

What does the company need to succeed on this digital journey? Who are the stakeholders?

How do we become a service broker (“lean IT”)? Who are the (new) clients?

Shifting from business alignment to business game-changer?

The end of the IT organisation’s monopoly position: who are the new players and how do we share responsibilities for the “digitalized” information system?

This new CIO role is lacking standards today: is this a risk or an opportunity?

Workshop n°3

IT Enabler for New Business Models

Co-moderated by Constantin Kontargyris, board member of Voice e.V and Detlev Henze, GM at Tüv Trust IT.


Nowadays, IT is a major carrier of technical knowledge. The implementation of new products and services is only possible with a solid and up-to-date technical background. Companies that are not constantly renewing and reinventing themselves are considered business dinosaurs. An IT department that identifies itself as a business driver will proactively influence company development and thus contribute to the company’s success.

Which suitable corporate structures are necessary?

Is a “speedboat” approach necessary for enabling new business models?

What influence is “operational excellence” having?

What is the innovation process of digitization?

Which business model patterns best fit with a particular company?

New Business models or new Business opportunities?

How can IT be integrated into the product?

How can data become a product in itself?

Workshop n°4

Right Speed IT: Bimodal, Agile, Devops

Co-moderated by Peter Bal, CIO of Wabco, Vice-President of CIOforum Belgium Business, and Cornelis van Rein, IT operations Director at HeidelbergCement


To comply with new kinds of business requirement (speed, interoperability, volume, unstructured and opened data etc.), The IT organisation has to adapt to new digital ecosystems and is struggling with past organisational routines and models. From the waterfall lifecycle to an iterative approach, from full validated specifications to fail fast, from kickoff meeting to pizza team, from steering committee to stand-up and test & learn, there are many choices. We have to be agile to deliver services on the fly of course but must consider:

What is behind the Bimodal approach? Team cooperation, cost control, integration with the legacy systems…

Doing well or doing quickly: is there a third way?

What are the prerequisites to succeed in a Devops program? Technical ones, organisational ones, cultural ones…

Is it mandatory to reduce the technical debt in the hope of becoming agile?

Can we really manage two (or more) different approaches that can be in competition, even with separated resources?

Workshop n°5

From awareness to value on CyberSecurity 

Co-moderated by Dr. John McCarthy, Cyber Security Leader of BCS ELITE, and Edwin D’Hondt, Chairman of EuroCIO CyberSecurity Council

A good security strategy, translated into the needed 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 awareness is essential. Hence where do we stand on Cybersecurity in the business? Too little, too late or just in time? We talk about the risks, but do we value the opportunities? We are clearly not at the end of the journey, so what can we do next…

The economics of security:  what is included in the costs? Once structured, can we benchmark it?

Security at the business unit and at corporate level: is the context the same? If differences do appear, how are they managed and communicated?

Budget for Cybersecurity:  yearly or multi-annual? What do you spend it on?

Synchronise cybersecurity initiatives with the “digital business transformation” : is this possible or utopia? What should the plan to cover for?

Workshop n°6

Social Impact of Exponential Technologies

Co-moderated by Ger Baron, CTO of City of Amsterdam, member of CIO Platform and Norbert Derickx, Operational Director of CIO Platform Nederland


As many companies increasingly focus on how business can adapt and benefit from innovation, it is important to recognize the enhanced role companies should play in the responsible use of disruptive technologies:

How to design and architect new models with positive social impact?

Should we prefer philanthropic good purposes or more commercial ones?

Can these social impacts be used to increase client fidelity? Will we attract and retain more effectively the talent and skills that we need?

One step beyond privacy, regulatory and compliance, what about ethics and morality of applying exponential technologies to increase knowledge about client behavior?

What are the safety and quality level agreements clients and prospects are waiting for? What are the risks as we get close to this new frontier?