CDO National Virtual Summit

January 28, 2021

CDO National Virtual Summit

In today’s digital landscape, the role of the CIO/ CDO has become the most dynamic amongst their peers. CIOs are focused on finding the most transformative technologies that enable them to bring value to their enterprise and customers.

Adopting an enterprise wide transformation strategy is driven by fundamental shifts in internal and external forces that impact the business and how it operates. Disruptive technologies are being introduced to the market faster than ever and executives must have the ability to align and address the enterprise-wide transformation challenges. These changes will ultimately influence strategic planning, business operations and the overall trajectory of the operating model moving forward. With unceasing demands, technology has become more complex and solution providers more difficult to decipher.

Apex Assembly will unite visionary leaders and industry experts for a half day of content and discussion, where we will examine the challenges of 2020 and concentrate on the most pressing issues of 2021 in the information technology sector.

Through collaboration with our executive community, we have discovered key industry challenges and trends. These topics form the foundation of the Summit and will be addressed through Panels, Disrupter sessions, and Fireside chats.

Hosted using video conferencing technology, our Virtual Summit gives executives and service providers the opportunity to engage with like-minded executives and industry leaders without having to leave their office or home.

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Opening Remarks


Keynote Panel: “Data Trends & Challenges for CDOs in 2020

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Keynote Presenter: “Scale and Govern AI Initiatives with ModelOps

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According to Gartner, ModelOps lies at the center of any organizations’ enterprise AI strategy. Hear from Stu Bailey, co-founder and Chief Enterprise AI Architect, how ModelOp, leader in the ModelOps category, is helping its customers to operationalize all models across the enterprise in a world with models of all types, regulations and the need for explainability and visibility.
Scale AI, while staying compliant and achieving your business goals.

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Thought Leadership: “The Evolving Role of Data Governance in an AI and Data Ops World

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Traditional data governance had a principle aim of protecting the integrity of key business data for reporting, be it regulatory, financial or other strategic KPIs. This meant that focus was generally around data quality and lineage of critical data elements that could be found on strategic reports. But in the age of modern analytics, there is more urgency to use increasingly rawer data, creating an overwhelming task of managing and protecting potentially hundreds or even thousands of sources and fields to unlock value. This session will outline how modern data discovery and catalog techniques can be used to shift data governance further up the data funnel and how these techniques can accelerate the production of high value predictive models at speed in a Data Ops methodology.

  • The role of the CDO is expanding from a defensive posture to a value driver
  • Data Governance for AI and predictive modeling requires a new method of data governance anchored around easy but secure access to data in addition to aspects such as lineage and quality
  • Data Ops methodology changes are key to delivering demonstrable value

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Fireside Chat: “Data Governance is Killing Your Business — Time to Fix It

Jon Loyens
Chief Product Officer

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Enterprises waste millions of dollars on failed data initiatives because they apply outdated thinking to new data problems. Trying to fix these issues with technology just makes it worse. Deploying new self-service BI and data science tools and adding a layer of governance over the top typically results in overly complex, rigid processes that benefit the few and make everyone else less productive. Agile data governance is a new practice that applies the best of agile, DevOps, and open software development to data and analytics. It iteratively captures knowledge as data producers and consumers work together so that everyone can benefit.

Attendees will learn:
• How to build a data-driven culture by embracing data literacy and inclusion
• How to use agile and open methodologies to identify business problems and assemble the teams and data to help solve them
• How DataOps rescues your data infrastructure and operations from the endless waterfall cycle

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Fireside Chat: “Changing the Rules on MDM: Data Mastering at Scale

Michael Stonebraker
Turing Award Winner, Adjust Professor at MIT, Co-Founder at Tamr

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Organizations are pursuing predictive analytics to deliver greater value to customers, differentiate from their competitors, optimize business operations, and much more. Yet an overwhelming majority of machine learning & AI models fail to make it into production. During this session we’ll discuss:

  • Best practices for deploying Machine Learning & AI models in production
  • How companies are accelerating their predictive analytics projects
  • The future of data warehouse architectures

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CXO Panel: “Governing, Integrating and Implementing Model, Data, AI & ML Initiatives


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Closing Keynote Panel: “Aligning, Moving and Prioritizing Data Analytics Workloads to the Cloud for Performance Optimization

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Why should I attend?

Your time is valuable and we make sure to make the most of it! We take the time to figure out your challenges and customize your experience to meet your needs. Our agendas are tailored to your feedback and we pride ourselves in covering the most cutting-edge content delivered by renowned industry experts. Look forward to building enduring partnerships and together we’ll go straight to the top.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is by invitation-only. The location will be released to all attendees once your registration has been confirmed. 

What is the dress code?

We recommend business attire. Most attendees wear suits or comparable attire. Ties are optional.

Can I bring a colleague with me?

Yes! We always urge our members to refer their colleagues! We love adding new members to the community, especially if they come highly recommended by a current member. Either have them reach out to your Apex POC or have them fill out the Member Registration Form.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

No problem! Please let your Apex POC know as soon as possible in order for us to work with the venue on providing alternate options for you at the event.

What if I want to speak at an assembly?

Apex is always looking for speakers that can contribute their valuable insight. If you would like to speak, please contact your Apex POC or fill out the Speaker Registration Form on the Assemblies page. Please keep in mind that we receive many inquiries for speaking and sessions are available on a first come first served basis. But no need to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available at future assemblies.

I plan on being in attendance, but what if something comes up and I have to cancel?

We understand that something may come up on your calendar! Before canceling with us, please know that we will have a separate room for attendees to step out for work-related activities (meetings, emails, conference calls, etc.). If you must cancel, we just ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can open up the waitlist for another member.


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