Think Summit Nordic October 13 – 14

#ThinkNordic Join and learn to lead in the era of hybrid cloud

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Think Summit Nordic October 13 – 14

#ThinkNordic Join and learn to lead in the era of hybrid cloud

  1. Register now
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New data is being created at an astonishing and ever-accelerating rate. At the same time sustainability is bringing new challenges in focus for individuals, businesses and governments alike. The only way to harness this data and use it to drive digital transformation, as well as to solve the complex challenge the world faces today is through the agility of hybrid cloud and the the insights provided by AI.

Join IBM for Think Summit Nordic and see how our open approach to cloud computing and our extensive AI capabilities can help you meet the challenges of today´s world — no matter where your data lives.

Mosaic with Mervi Airaksinen, Henrik Bodskov, Vahid Zohali, and Think logo

Mervi Airaksinen, Country General Manager of Finland, Henrik Bodskov, Country General Manager of Denmark, and Vahid Zohali, Country General Manager of Sweden

Meet the thinkers and doers who are changing the world

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.


Time (+1 hour for Finland)
Sustainability, Resilience & Transformation
Accelerate New Ways of Working
08:30 Platform opens
9:00 - 9:30 Country Openings (in parallel for Denmark, Finland and Sweden)
Denmark (the session is in Danish)
We look forward to welcoming our clients and partners to the Danish opening session at IBM think 2021.
Henrik Bodskov (Country General Manager, IBM Denmark) Benedicte Strøm (External Communications Manager, IBM) Kasper Hjulmand (Head Coach for the Danish National Football team) We are extremely proud to welcome our special guest, Kasper Hjulmand, head coach for the Danish National Football team, for a discussions on how an advanced Data & AI solution based on IBM Cloud technology, helps Kasper and the national team prepare for their matches and build a competitive advantage. We will also get unique insights in, what it takes to build a high-performance team with a winning culture in the world of elite football, and which leadership principles Kasper builds his success on. Your hosts for the session will be IBM Country General Manager Henrik Bodskov and Benedicte Strøm, External Communications Manager
Finland (the session is in Finnish)
We look forward to welcoming our clients and partners to the Finnish opening session at IBM think 2021.
Mervi Airaksinen (Country General Manager, IBM Finland) Mika Nykänen (CEO, HSL) Tomi Pienimäki (Chief Digital Officer, Finnair Oyj) Juha Sihvonen (General Manager, Atea) Welcome to the Finnish session on sustainability, digitalization and transportation, hosted by Mervi Airaksinen, IBM Country General Manager with her quests
Sweden (the session is in Swedish)
We look forward to welcoming our clients and partners to the Swedish opening session at IBM think 2021.
Vahid Zohali (Country General Manager, IBM Sweden) Louise Gunsjo (Nordic Business Unit Executive, IBM Storage) Desmond A Wright (Digitalisation Lead, WSP Advisory, WSP) Åsa Zetterberg (General Director, IT&Telekomföretagen) Kaveh Djavaherian (Head of Global Cloud & Data Center services, Electrolux) Welcome to the Swedish opening hosted by Louise Gunsjö, Nordic Business Unit Executive, Storage, and Vahid Zohali, Country General Manager at IBM Sweden. A session where we share the vision and strategy of IBM, and together with inspiring speakers from WSP and Electrolux, among others, elaborate and demonstrate how digitalization help companies become resilient, competitive, and sustainable, and how we all play a part in helping Sweden capture the opportunity of becoming a global leader within sustainability. We are ready to put all our gathered knowledge, innovation and experience into work. Are you? Welcome to join us.
9:30 - 9:55 Building a Sustainable Enterprise Speakers: Paul Polman (Co-Author, Net Positive; former CEO, Unilever) Elisabeth Goos, Executive Partner (Head of Green2Grow Sustainability DACH & Public Sector Strategy DACH, IBM)
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?
9:55 - 10:20 Pushing boundaries: From outer space to the middle of the ocean with astronaut Major Tim Peake CMG Speakers: Major Tim Peake (CMG, Astronaut) Brett Phaneuf (Director, Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project) Rosie Lickorish (Software Engineer & Emerging Technology Specialist, IBM Research Laboratory)
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
10:20 - 10:40 The virtual enterprise: Six considerations for modern businesses Speakers: Kristi Sweitzer (Senior Product Owner - Strategy and Business Planning Analytics, IKEA) Jon O'Donnell (Managing Partner, Business Transformation Services EMEA, IBM) Main ingredient: Transparency - for the world's food & drink supply Speakers: Jacob Morén, COO, Skira Guillermo Renancio (Director of Technology, Expansion and Strategic Partnership, Grupo Pescanova) Susara Van den Heever (Director, C&CS Expert Labs Sales EMEA, IBM)
Technology is transforming business models across the globe, creating new opportunities for growth and fresh benchmarks of cost and efficienc y. 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 organisations 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.
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.
10:40 - 11:00 AI-powered automation: Emerge stronger and more resilient Speakers: Lorenzo Rossi (CEO, MOVYON, Autostrade per l’Italia Group) Selina Ünal (Mobile Subscription Solutions Manager Turkcell) Emmanuel Treny (Automation Sales Leader EMEA, IBM) Be Open. Be Secure. Be Fearless. Build Trust with Security Everywhere Speakers: Tommi Hippeläinen (CEO & CTO, Hypercell) Shatssy Hassan (she) (Chief Security Office, Commercial International Bank) Kaja Narum (Head of Security, Nordics, IBM)
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.
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 authorised 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
11:00 – 11:30The advance of the sustainable enterprise Speakers: Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi, Co-Founder, Rebase Energy Alejandro Blaas, CEO and CTO, Plataforma Tierra AS, an initiative by Cajamar Sibusisiwe Makhanya, Research Manager at IBM Research Africa, IBM Partnerships that deliver even better together – Cloud and AI Speakers: Tigran Sarkisov, CDO, X5 Retail Rizwan Khaliq, CEO, Assima Barbora Paulovič Deckerová, Ecosystem Director for CEE Technology Sales, IBM
From young tech start-ups to long-established banking institutions, sustainability is more than just a watch-word for 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.
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.
11:20 - 11:30Becoming Kyndryl Speaker: James Rutledge, General Manager GTS EMEA, IBM
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.
11:30 - 12:00 Deep dive session : Using IBM Analytics to improve the Danish National Football team Speakers: Henrik Toft (Chief Architect - Partner Ecosystem IBM Denmark) Rikke Jacobsen (CEO & Partner, CogniTech A/S)
Data insight was one of the contributing factors for the Danish National Football team to reach this year’s semi-finals at the EURO2020. Like most industries and business today, football is also drowning in data. In this session we will explain how IBM and a local Danish IBM Partner, CogniTech, helped the Danish National Football team turn data into strategic insight, that the coaches could convert to game strategy. A data driven game strategy that the players then executed on the field.
11:30 - 12:15 Round Table (in Swedish): Distributed cloud: Hur bygger du en säker molnstrategi med hjälp av digital infrastruktur med fokus på säkerhet och legala krav? Speakers: Raghda Hussein (Country Manager, IBM Cloud and Automation) Douglas Burgman (Public Cloud Architect, IBM) Dinuke Abeysekera (Global Solution Architect, Equinix)
I denna rundabordsdiskussion, ledd av IBM och Equinix, kommer du att ta del av vår gemensamma lösning med “IBM Satellite on Platform Equinix” och lära dig: - Hur du kan underlätta och accelerera flytten till molnet utan att kompromissa med vare sig säkerhet eller compliance-krav. - Vinna nya insikter och möjligheter från data där den befinner sig. - Diskutera och dela erfarenheter med kollegor i branschen om molnets möjligheter och utmaningar.
11:30 - 12:30 Round Table: Join our mini-experience to increase your cyber awareness and test your security readiness Speaker: Dr. Saritha Arunkumar (Executive Security Advisor, IBM)
Join our breakout session for a mini-experience to increase your cyber awareness and test your security readiness.
12:15 - 13:00 Round Table: Why Infrastructure (still) matters Speaker: Pekko Paivarinta (CTO & Technical Community Leader at IBM Finland)
Selection of underlying infrastructure can significantly impact outcome and cost of ie. SAP Hana projects. What is the best suited deployment model? Public, Private og Hybrid Cloud model. Discuss lessons learned from IBM Subject Matter Experts and client cases
13:00 - 13:45 Round Table: Quantum computing - state of the union Speaker: Jan B Lillelund (CTO, Executive Architect, IBM)
Whats the latest developments in (IBM) quantum computing, roadmap, use-cases