The must-attend online event for leaders from the IT & Digital community
Featuring: keynote talks, breakouts and exhibition - all hosted live on a virtual platform
Free to attend for personnel working in relevant IT, Digital & C-level roles
Wednesday 26th May 2021
08:00am - 16:30pm GMT
Virtual Summit - this event will be delivered online.
The Virtual Summit
The Coronavirus pandemic has ensured that the last year was one of the most challenging periods in recent history. The social impact has been catastrophic, while the associated economic disruption has led to widespread decline and expectations of an extended global recession.
Businesses have been forced to contend with months of uncertainty, and are having to adjust to a new paradigm, with changed expectations, process, and new ways of working. Meanwhile, technology has been thrust front-and-centre, the lifeline that has allowed organisations to continue to operate.
This year’s Summit will discuss the role of technology leaders in this testing business environment. The programme will share insights from a range of different sectors, illustrating how leaders can help their organisation navigate disruption, overcome problems and continue to innovate and accelerate their recovery.
Trends: Digitalisation, agility, navigating disruption, remote working
Evolution: The changing nature of IT and Digital as a discipline
Leadership: Strategy, empowerment, communication, motivation and empathy
Culture: Creating a culture of inclusion, innovation and exploration
Impact: Technology as a driver of growth, innovation and improvement
DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of conferences focused on core areas of emerging Technology, Digital and IT. We also run Scotland's leading IT & Digital News Platform with over 100,000 page views per month.
The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking.
Gary GrawfordDirector of Group Technology & Transformation, AKQA
Kate Forbes MSPCabinet Secretary for Finance, The Scottish Government
Bjørn RiiberLead Domain Cloud Specialist, EMEA, Citrix
Deryck MitchelsonDirector of Digital & CISO, NHS NSS
Richard MarshallTechnology Analyst & Principal, ConceptGap
Puneet SachdevInternational Director, Human Capital, The Singularity Lab
Carolyn JamesonChief Legal & Policy Officer, TrustPilot
Steven RitchieVice President of Information Technology, AMI
Ian McGowanManaging Consultant, Barrier Networks
Lisbeth McNabbFormer COO & CFO, The Linux Foundation
David McKeandScotland Territory Manager - Fortinet
Mark StephenJournalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
2020 Conference Agenda (2021 coming soon)
07:45 Login to Virtual Event Opens
The opening session will contextualise the challenges of the ongoing pandemic and consider what this means for technology leaders and the wider business landscape. We will explore past downturns and how they compare with current trends; examine how adversity can fuel innovation and positive change, and look at how infrastructure and office environments have been disrupted.
09:00 Welcome from the Conference Chair
Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
09:05 Ministerial Address
Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, The Scottish Government
09:10 It’s Time to Build: From Adversity to Innovation
Digital advances during the Great Recession
Innovating to win during economic downturns
The end of non-tech business
Global trends and digital opportunities
Gary Crawford, Director, Group Technology & Transformation, AKQA
09:25 IT's the End of the Office as We Know It
The remote working paradigm is going to have an enormous impact on office estate costs
Exploring performance, security, strategy and control considerations
To accommodate the remote world, Cloud journeys have accelerated rapidly
How do we maintain visibility and resilience?
Pre-2020 ideas and costings mean budgets are now misallocated
A silver lining of effective remote teams is the ability to leverage a wider global talent pool
The new normal will be less impacted by future office closures and travel restrictions
Robert Rhame, Director of Market Intelligence, Rubrik
09:40 Combined Q&A
10:15 Break (15 minutes)
Session 2 will consider how the challenges and expectations facing industries are changing and how this is forcing organisations to adapt. Speakers will explore how business culture and structure are evolving; how trust and transparency is becoming a crucial business differentiator, and we will take a timely look at the future of work and the remote working phenomenon.
10:30 Structuring the Future Enterprise
Work is changing
The need for nimble organisations
Free from the tree: alternative organisational structures
Is radical trust so radical?
Just be nice: human leadership , Purpose, mission and values: beyond lip service
Beyond hard skills: culture and soft balance, 100 days to structural change
Richard Marshall, Technology Analyst & Principal, ConceptGap
10:45 Trust and Transparency in the Digital Age
The evolution of trust, how its changed as the world has become digital
New mechanisms of trust: technical, legal, regulatory
Trust has gone beyond simple transactional parameters - it now extends to credibility, authenticity, values, and ethics
Trust is becoming an area of real brand distinction
The future of trust, how do we envisage it will evolve
Carolyn Jameson, Chief Legal & Policy Officer, Trustpilot
11:00 The Future of Work
Key trends in the future of work
The remote working phenomenon
The future of work and leadership
The business case for diversity and inclusion
Tools to leverage and measure impact
Puneet Sachdev, International Director, Human Capital, The Singularity Lab
11:15 Combined Q&A
12:00 Break (15 minutes)
Session 3 will host a series of breakouts from leading solution providers. Four breakout sessions will be run in parallel and delegates will select one breakout to attend live. The other breakout sessions will be available to watch on-demand post-event.
12:15 Breakout A
What if your Business Continuity Plan could help you support a more sustainable World?
What will be the impact on our work efficiency and to the health of the planet earth after a crisis like the one we are experiencing today – or others we will experience in the future?
Will a Business Continuity Plan help us at all? What is important to an end-user in a Business Continuity scenario and how can technology help?
How can we secure the level of productivity we need to stay alive as a business or controversially, could it be possible for a crises to increase our productivity?
Since 2.7 billion CO2 annual combined GHG comes from global emissions of commuting and ICT, is it possible to reduce our global carbon footprint with an intelligent Business Continuity Plan?
Bjorn Riiber, EMEA Domain Specialist Cloud, Citrix
12:15 Breakout B
Technology fails, it’s how you deal with it that counts
Hear how multiple layers of cloud security, protection, and recovery capabilities can significantly reduce unplanned business disruption
Discover why Stena Drilling moved their business to a DRaaS model
Learn how individual IT design and a proven, VMware-based platform can provide the ultimate protection while meeting performance and cost expectations
Sam Woodcock, Senior Director of Cloud Strategy, iland
Ian Fraser, IT Manager, Stena Drilling
12:15 Breakout C
Demystifying AI and how it can help you secure your Organisation
Sift out the fact from fiction regarding Artificial Intelligence
How it can be deployed effectively within the organisation to help with the security journey.
Jamie Graves, VP Product Management, Fortinet
12:15 Breakout D
What has the ‘new normal’ really meant for business communications? And what happens next?
We have very quickly moved from selling a vision of unified communication tools and remote working, to it becoming an absolute business must-have
Has the UCaaS vision really solved remote working challenges for everyone?
What have we really seen happen to businesses that drastically change their working habits
How to deal with the fatigue of remote working, and some of the inherent problems that remote communication brings
Lastly – an exploration of what comes next – both for businesses and communication tools
Daniel Yin, Head of Product & Innovation EMEA, RingCentral
12:45 Lunch & Networking (45 minutes)
The closing session will focus on leadership and innovation, discussing how to continue to plan in the face of uncertainty and develop a strategy to help guide organisations beyond the current crisis. The presenters will also explore the need to continue to innovate, build and invest in order to accelerate the recovery and create new opportunities.
13:30 Leading Beyond This Crisis
We need to lead our teams beyond this crisis - but how to approach this when nothing is certain?
As we shift our focus from survival to recovery, how do tech leaders shift their thinking?
Plan, plan, plan: it is essential that tech leaders can set direction and bring options to the table
Dealing with attachment: in the ‘new normal’ some past value creation is now a sunken cost
The ‘new normal’ was coming anyway - major societal events have a habit of accelerating innovation
What can you create that will change the face of your organisation?
Steven Ritchie, Vice President, Information Technology, Air Menzies International
13:45 Leaders Don’t Crisis Manage, They Innovate
Leading in uncertain times
Pivoting strategic plans
Optimising digital opportunities and risk/ reward
Accelerating digital transformation in the NHS and lessons learnt
The new digital age
Deryck Mitchelson, Director of Digital & CISO, NHS NSS
14:00 Innovation During These Times
Don’t shelve innovation: it will make it harder to stay competitive and return to growth
Act with empathy across the organization: lead and watch who leads, share perspectives, build and reward resilience
Pick your key player for innovation focus, and select who will be on defence
Partner, partner, partner: select, collaborate, have metrics
Look around the corner: scenario planning, time horizons, launch, listen, learn
Communication is key: positivity and innovation points to a future of new paths
Lisbeth McNabb, Former COO & CFO, The Linux Foundation
14:15 Combined Q&A
14:55 Closing Remarks
17:00 Close of Conference
*The conference programme is provisional and subject to revision