The European CIO Conference | Conference 2018
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5th and 6th December 2018


The Hotel, Brussels, Belgium


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Welcome to the 18th edition of the European CIO Annual Conference


Businesses and IT organizations are all in transformation these days and have to manage the ever growing expectations of customers and markets as well as the paradigm shifts that may threaten the business and the credibility of IT. The potential of digital for companies  is still not fully exploited yet, but some enterprises are already looking beyond.


In addition, challenges  will be encountered in domains of skills, availability of skills, technical environment with slow cloud adoption and various technical choices. There is still an increasing demand for IT professionals who can deliver quality and value to organization.


The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. The European Commission estimates that completing the Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to Europe’s economy, create 3.8 million jobs and transform public services. In addition, many future jobs will require information and communications technologies (ICT) skills, rendering the process of acquiring digital skills an imperative.


Freddy Van den Wyngaert
General Secretary
EUROCIO Association


Wednesday 5th December 2018


09:00–10:00    Welcoming of Participants
Registration, information, handouts, coffee service


10:00–10:15    Word of Welcome and Introduction
Dorothee Appel, Zurich Gruppe Deutschland CIO, Chairman of the 18th edition


10:15–11:00    Cloud-Based Digital Transformation in Europe
Pierre Chastanet, DG CONNECT, Cloud and Data, European Commission


11:00–11:30    The Intelligent Course – where golf and technology come together
Michael G. Cole, CTO, European Tour and Ryder Cup 2018


11:30–12:30    Parallel workshops sessions
Introduction and Warm-up


12:30–14:00    Lunch


14:00–16:30    Parallel workshops sessions (cont’d)


16:30–17:00    Coffee Break


17:00–17:30    Office of the future
Markus Ehret & Klaus Deibel, Robert Bosch GmbH
Sponsored by L.R.S.


17:30–18:00    Keynote address
Chris Boos, Thought leader of AI and member of the “Digitalrat” of the German government


18:00–19:30    Association’s General Assembly (members only)


20:00–20:30    Cocktail Hour


20:30–23:00    Gala Dinner

Thursday 6th December 2018


07:30–08:30    Breakfast


08:30–09:15    Data and Process harmonization as catalyst to company transformation
Christian Pagel, Head of Information Technology Management & CIO, ThyssenKrupp industrial Solutions


09:15–09:45    Cybersecurity blind spot: internet connected device and storage vulnerability
Emmanuel Gaudin, CIO Lagardère
Sponsored by CybelAngel


09:45–10:30    Cloud & Digital Transformation : Embracing the new normal
Ross Asquith, EMEA Cloud Security Evangelist, Netskope


10:30–11:00    Coffee Break


11:00–13:00    Workshops’ Synthesis


13:00–14:30    Lunch


14:30–15:15    Fostering digital skills for competitiveness and growth
André Richier, Principal Administrator, European Commission


15:15–16:00    Innovative solutions
Start-up introduction by Emmanuel Gaudin, Group CIO Lagardère, use case


16:00–16:15    Conclusion and Close of Conference
Freddy Van den Wyngaert, Secretary General, European CIO Association