CIO National Virtual Summit

May 18, 2021

CIO National Virtual Summit

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Opening Remarks


Keynote Panel: “What are the Top Trends & Challenges for CIOs & CTOs going into 2021?



Keynote Presenter: “How Cloud is Enabling & Accelerating Digital Transformation and the Business

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As businesses from across all industries contemplate how to get back to in-person engagements, one trend that is becoming clear is that the office is going to become a place to collaborate and meet with others, otherwise work can be completed from home offices. The number and variety of collaboration spaces in offices is going to explode and the need for a flexible solution is more apparent than ever. Join our presenter, Brian Cockrell, as he discusses how to choose a solution in this new era of collaborative spaces.

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Fireside Chat: “Accelerating Digital Growth in 2021

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Data-driven enterprises use data and insights to fundamentally change the value proposition they offer to customers. The best among them catalyze a virtuous cycle in which more customers generate more data that is used to further enrich products and services, creating a sustainable competitive advantage. This requires orchestrating process, culture, and technology around making the most of data’s distinctive–and disruptive–economics.

Attend this session to:
– Explore the key concepts that inspire data-driven enterprises
– See how your organization compares with benchmark data
– Learn how Apache Cassandra can accelerate your progress

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Disrupter Presenter: “Secret to a Data Driven Enterprise

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What to Know and What to Do About It

Digital interactions between customers and vendors during the pandemic and redesigned supply chains, along with a massive—and unexpected—shift to remote work, have made implementing digital transformation more urgent than ever before. In this webinar, we’ll build on insights from a recent Lawless Research survey of managers and executives both inside and outside corporate IT departments to discuss companies focus on digital transformation, the emergence of no-code platforms, and the latest trends in remote work.

  • Research study and industry insights when it comes to digital transformation
  • Digital transformation trends in the era of remote work

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Disrupter Presenter: “Unlocking the Power of AIOps for Real-time Work

Heath Newburn
Solutions Specialist – AIOps & Digital Operations


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The future is cloud, and mastering data management in the cloud holds the key to game-changing speed and agility. But bridging the data gap between on-premises systems and the latest as-a-service cloud applications means dealing with more complexity than ever before.

Join ibi, AWS, Horizon Global, and UN World Food Programme as we explore how data in the cloud can accelerate wins, ways to support moving data to the cloud, and pitfalls to avoid when supporting data diversity across multi-cloud and hybrid platforms.

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Disrupter Presenter: “Liberate your data with logical data fabric

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The best of breed big data fabrics should deliver actionable insights to the business users with minimal effort, provide end-to-end security to the entire enterprise data platform and provide real-time data integration, while delivering self-service data platform to business users.

While big data initiatives have become necessary for any business to generate actionable insights, big data fabric has become a necessity for any successful big data initiative. The best of breed big data fabrics should deliver actionable insights to the business users with minimal effort, provide end-to-end security to the entire enterprise data platform and provide real-time data integration, while delivering self-service data platform to business users.

Attend this session to learn how big data fabric enabled by data virtualization:

  • Provides lightning fast self-service data access to business users
  • Centralizes data security, governance and data privacy
  • Fulfills the promise of data lakes to provide actionable insights

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Disrupter Presenter: “”

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The global pandemic has completely disrupted the course of normal business. CIOs are facing the greatest challenge of our careers. We have had to make significant investments in technology to ensure business continuity and build new ways of working, while also making cuts to keep our organizations resilient. However, the rapid-fire decisions we’re making to ensure survival are exposing us to greater risks – some of which we have no way of anticipating. In this session, we will discuss how CIOs can avoid ending up in a game of chance like Rock, Paper, Scissors with our technology investments by considering:

How to better weigh risk versus reward when making decisions about technology spend vs. cuts
Creating business continuity plans built on an assumption of longer-term uncertainty
Ensuring today’s highly responsive digital transformation isn’t paving the way for tomorrows unaffordable legacy

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Fireside Chat: “Cloud & Collaboration: Bridging the data gap between on-premises systems and the latest as-a-service cloud applications“

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The future of work remains unpredictable and uncertain. More than ever before, business leaders need to remain confident that their operations can continue securely in the face of global or even regional crises, and while sections of the economy are slowly re-opening, cyber-attackers are ramping up their campaigns.

As businesses look set to rely on cloud and SaaS tools for the long term, our digital environments are going to be more dynamic than ever. Yet organizations are finding themselves undergoing a delicate balancing act—each new work practice and technology that is introduced also brings unforeseen risk. Static, legacy approaches have become redundant, both unintelligent and ill-equipped to adapt.

Organizations must rethink their approach to security, and rely on new technologies like AI to achieve much-needed adaptability and resilience. Darktrace is the world leader in Cyber AI technology, and leverages unsupervised machine learning to seamlessly adapt and integrate into changing environments, and to detect and respond to attacks in the earliest moments.

In the face of an uncertain present and future, Cyber AI enables businesses to continue communicating, operating, and innovating.

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Closing Keynote Fireside Chat : “The Future Enterprise AI: Data Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning

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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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