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Think Summit Belgium

October 13 - 14 & November 16 - 17 #ThinkBenelux Register for the event of your choice

  1. Register for October
  2. Register for November
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Leveraging digital technologies at all levels and harnessing data at speed and scale is what differentiates leading organizations and is central to digital transformation.

With our Think Summit digital event series, we invite you to foster an open mind. Open in the sense of technology, as well as in the sense of far-reaching collaborations – both within your organization, and as part of a broader ecosystem.

• Discover the potential of open, secure cloud technologies and agile workflows – no matter where data or people live.

• Be part of the conversation on how to combine all components necessary to build resilient organizations set for sustainable growth.

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Meet thinkers and doers who challenge status quo

Think 2021 speakers are visionaries, innovators, and game changers. Hear from today's brightest minds in keynotes, roadmap sessions, Trends & Directions talks and speaker chats.

Think Summit Agenda

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09:30Kickoff
09:45Building a Sustainable Enterprise
Abstract
To deliver on global sustainability targets the world needs scientific breakthroughs, technological innovations and global cooperation on a scale that has never been seen before. The consensus is clear; we have entered the decade for urgent action and we must accelerate the pace of innovation and bring practical solutions to market. However, the answers needed are complex - organisations are struggling to find practical ways to respond to consumer, societal and regulatory pressures. This session discusses the opportunities and challenges organisations face to reinvent themselves as a sustainable enterprise. Hear directly from Paul Polman on his experience as to how business can deliver long-term growth and be a force for good. No organisation can fix this on their own - are you ready to play your part?
Speaker
Elisabeth Goos, IBM Partner, Enterprise Strategy & Sustainability | Paul Polman, Co-Author, Net Positive; former CEO, Unilever
10:10Pushing boundaries: From the middle of the ocean to outer space
Abstract
In today’s environment, organisations are continuously seeking ground-breaking innovations which extend capabilities to accelerate discovery and improve the way work gets done. From AI-powered Automation and Edge technologies to research hard to reach parts of the ocean, to the use of AI and robotic technology to carry out new experiments in space; technology is the catalyst to push new boundaries. Hear from British Astronaut Tim Peake and the The Mayflower team, as they discuss two very different voyages, with much more in common than you may think.
Speaker
Rosie Lickorish, Software Engineer, IBM Research | Major Tim Peake CMG, Astronaut | Brett Phaneuf, CEO Promare
10:40The virtual enterprise: Six ways modern businesses can become more open and agile – a fireside discussion with IkeaMain ingredient: transparency -a new recipe for the world’s food and drink supply
Abstract
Technology is transforming business models across the globe, creating new opportunities for growth and fresh benchmarks of cost and efficiency. As we place this revolution in the context of an increasingly virtual world, we see even more power arising from the ecosystems, digital workflows, and networked organizations that are made possible. The Virtual Enterprise is emerging, supported by a “Golden Thread” of value that animates the enterprise and binds ecosystem participants. Exploring Ikea’s own transformation journey, this session will cover the key building blocks to becoming a Virtual Enterprise.

Speaker
Jon O'Donnell, Managing Partner, GBS EMEA BTS Leader | IKEA, Kristi Sweitzer, Senior Product Owner - Strategy and Business Planning Analytics
Abstract
Trust in the food and beverage supply chain is becoming increasingly important as consumers call for producers, suppliers, manufacturers and retailers to deliver transparency. Powered by Blockchain, IBM Food Trust creates a smarter, safer and more sustainable food and beverage system that closes the information gap for the customer. Join Nueva Pescanova & Skira as they share how they strengthened their food and beverage excellence actions.

Speaker
Susara van den Heever, Director, C&CS Expert Labs Sales EMEA | Skira, Jacob Morén, COO | Grupo Pescanova, Guillermo Renancio Artal, Grupo, Director of Technology, Expansion and Strategic Partnerships
11:00AI-powered automation: technology transformation to emerge stronger and more resilientBe Open. Be Secure. Be Fearless. Build Trust with Security everywhere
Abstract
Disruption inevitably provokes a sense of urgency to rethink and reinvent. Leading organisations are investing in IBM Automation and AI technologies to meet regulatory requirements and deliver new and improved services that will ensure they emerge stronger and more prepared for the future. Join a fireside chat with Autostrade per l’Italia and Turkcell to hear how placing Automation and AI at the heart of their technology transformation keeps them moving forward.

Speaker
Emmanuel Treny, Sales Leader EMEA – Automation | Autostrade Tech, Lorenzo Rossi CEO | Turkcell, Selina Ünal (she), Senior Expert Project/Program Manager TBC
Abstract
Your business systems, users and data are connected like never before – all of which increases the risks of compromise. There are a number of frameworks and strategies for building a security program to address this connectedness and complexity. However, without a clear plan for success, most of these strategies result in a growing checklist full of capabilities and services that operate in silos. The only way to truly secure today's digital businesses is to adopt a zero trust security model where validated user identity is combined with business policies for direct access to authorized applications and resources. In today’s session, you will learn how the Commercial International Bank of Egypt revamped its management of users’ identities and how Hypercell have secured the digital transformation in the public sector in Finland.

Speaker
Kaja Narum, Business Unit Leader Security – Nordics | Hypercell, Tommi Hippeläinen CEO and CTO | CIB, Shatssy Hassan (she), CISO
11:20The Advance of the Sustainable EnterprisePartnerships that deliver even better together – Cloud and AI
Abstract
From young tech start-ups to long-established banking institutions, sustainability is more than just a watch-wordfor forward-thinking enterprises in the 21st century –it’s a business imperative. A truly sustainable enterprise will anticipate future client needs using innovative business strategies whilst addressing positive social change and enhancing business performance. And exponential technology innovations unavailable to previous generations -AI, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, blockchain and others —are accelerating progress. Join senior leaders from Plataforma Tierra AS, an initiative by Cajamar, and Rebase Energy to hear how themes of trust and transparency, openness and security, speed and scale sit at the core of decision-making in the sustainable enterprise.

Speaker
Sibusisiwe Makhanya, Research Scientist, IBM Research Rebase Energy, Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi  Plataforma Tierra AS, an initiative by Cajamar, Alejandro Blaas, General Manager
Abstract
Cloud and AI make a truly compelling technology combination –organisations who embrace it can be laser focused on initiatives that will really deliver business results. Whether it’s data analytics to gain a competitive edge in a client-centric retail environment or giving customer service teams super-powers to do their best work, Cloud and AI are the accelerators and enablers. Hear from X5 Retail and Assima who are reaping the benefits of technology partnerships that deliver.

Speaker
Barbora Deckerova, Director, Ecosystem, IBM Technology Sales CEE | X5 Retail Group, Tigran Sarkisov, CDO | Assima, Riz Khaliq, CEO
11:40Becoming Kyndryl
Abstract
Kyndryl will be a spin-off of IBM IT infrastructure services creating a new, independent and market leading company. Jamie Rutledge will explain what the creation of Kyndryl means for you, our customers. As a focused, independent company, we’re building on our foundation of excellence by creating systems in new ways. Bringing in the right partners, investing in our business, and working side-by-side with our customers to unlock potential. We’re raising the bar and advancing the critical infrastructure that powers human progress.
Speaker
James Rutledge, General Manager GTS EMEA