International Forum Creating Data Economy for European Countries and Industries

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Part of the International CIO Forum Open data, information security, latest technologies for smart societies and industries

This unique event is part of the Public-Private Sector CIO Forum taking place on 13th - 15th Mai and starting with a high-level strategic Digital Leadership Day. Join the community of leading IT experts from the public and private sector and discuss future digitalisation trends, current implementation challenges, and learn from existing solutions and best practice cases. Participate in inspiring debates, exchange experiences and meet successful IT Leaders.

Learn more on the Public-Private CIO Forum here: CIO Forum.

Event:Creating Data Economy for European Countries and Industries
Period:14.05.2020 - 15.05.2020
Venue:Hotel Palace Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Price:1243.00* till 28.02.2020 2 Days Price for public institutions (Seminar)
1489.00* till 28.02.2020 3 Days Price for public institutions (Digital Leadership Day + Seminar)
1789.00* till 28.02.2020 2 Days Price for private companies (Seminar)
1989.00* till 28.02.2020 3 Days Price for private companies (Digital Leadership Day + Seminar)
Booking number:K-281
Customer contact:Serkan Okyay
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Creating Data Economy at a Glance

Digital transformation enters a new phase in Europe. Governments and industries are working hard to unlock the unprecedented potential the latest technological developments offer. The challenges cover multiple aspects and levels: technological, legal and cultural. Governments not only need to accelerate the digital transformation of public services but also to open to closer cooperation with the private sector to address issues such as data protection and information security. The private sector needs to receive better access to public data to realise its economic potential and to get more legal certainty while using open data.

  • Digital transformation strategies and initiatives in the private and public sector
  • The implementation of digitization projects
  • Social and environmental impact of digital transformation
  • IT Security and data protection as severe challenges for the implementation of disruptive technologies
  • Intelligent automation and AI beyond the "proof of concept"

Meet and exchange with following experts from leading private and public organisations:

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Data Officers
  • Director, Digital Services
  • Director, Digital Transformation
  • Director eGovernment
  • Head, IT, Cyber, Data Security & Governance
  • Head of Applications
  • Head of Products
  • Head of IT Projects
  • Head of Digital ID
  • Director, E-Learning & IT Services
  • General Managers IT
  • IT Directors
  • Assistant Directors
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Meet our international experts' team: CIOs, CDO´s, CTO´s Researchers, Decision Makers and Solution Providers from the leading European companies and public sector institutions
Already confirmed:

Elijus Civilis
Elijus CivilisVice-Minister, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania
George Drivas
George DrivasHead of National Cyber Security Authority,, Ministry of Digital Governance, Greece
Tomas Jucha
Tomas JuchaDirector, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization
Florian Marcus
Florian MarcusPresenter-Analyst, e-Estonia
Ana Cristina Neves
Ana Cristina NevesAdvisor to the Minister, Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education Portugal
Miikka Saarteinen
Miikka SaarteinenDeputy Director, State Treasury, Finland
Andreas Schmidt
Andreas SchmidtHead of IT, Office of the Federal President, Germany
Martin Wimmer
Martin WimmerChief Digital Officer, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Topics and use cases of the CIO Digital Leadership Day

Digital transformation strategies and initiatives in private and public sector: What can we learn and expect from each other?

Europe needs more efforts towards the successful digitization in both the private and public sectors to keep pace with global developments. Demographic change and its effects are one of the main reasons for this, particularly in the German administration, but also in many other administrations in Europe. Nearly all European governments are currently developing and implementing digitization strategies.

The private sector in Europe is more advanced in digital transformation. There is a lot of expertise in the implementation of digitization projects among various industries. But although European private companies have a great deal of technical know-how, they do not receive the necessary political backup (e.g., in fast track legal initiatives) from their governments in their digital pursuit of American or Chinese companies.

The introductory panel discussion will bring together CIOs of leading European companies, the critical infrastructure, and representatives of the European and German administration to exchange on what both sectors can learn from each other.

The implementation of digitization projects in Germany, Europe and beyond

A sound technology strategy is only one of the key challenges when implementing and scaling digitization projects. The other two are processes, and, last but not least, people.When it comes to implementing any future-oriented strategy, one of the biggest obstacles to its adoption is misaligned teams. Whereas SME´s and start-ups have a clear size advantage, regarding internal communication of needs and goals of different teams within a given organization, big companies, and public institutions hiring hundreds or thousands of employees often fail to put all perspectives and existing know-how together to break the silos and provide systemic solutions. How to ensure the digital strategy aligns with the business goals? How to avoid the typical constraints and errors from the very beginning?

Panel discussion: Strategic empowerment of the CIO as a prerequisite for the success of the digital transformation? The cultural organizational readiness for change.

Nowadays, technology shapes public and private organizations to a much greater extent than it was possible even recently. The knowledge of current and future technological trends and limits is, therefore, critical for the long-term development of any organization. But digitalization is not only about the technology or agile project management but foremost about culture and readiness to embrace the change.

Yet, the number of organizations regarding their CIO´s as advisors or as project managers, rather than as the motor of organizational innovation, is still very high. The CIO´s struggle with lacking decision competences when it comes to pushing the transformation processes forwards.

Private companies have already learned this lesson: they empower their IT leaders, and, at the same time, demand an additional set of leadership skills. Public organizations are only now entering the discussion about the role of the CIO in the transformation process and can capitalize on experience made in the private sector.

Social impact and Green IT in times of accelerated digitalization

On the one hand, deployment of lean digital processes, intelligent automation, and AI tools can significantly increase efficiency of companies and public institutions. Still, on the other, they cause massive fears among societies and employees in regards to job loss. Both private companies and public administration must develop intelligent change management and digital leadership. IT skills are lacking in the job markets, and the same is true for holistic digital skills development concepts for employees. Due to the different demographic developments in Europe and the world, the socio-economic effects of digitization are very different in many countries (and thus also companies and institutions): What can we learn from these various experiences concerning change management and digital leadership?

Extensive use of IT infrastructure opens questions on environmental aspects of digitization and responsibility laying upon private and public entities to reduce their carbon footprint. Green IT solutions are not a fancy trend but a necessity and further opportunity to achieve cost-efficiency.

Digitization in times of increased hacker attacks and data protection issues: IT security and data protection
The European path to digitization must be different from that in Silicon Valley or China. In the course of the introduction of the DGSVO, it cannot be otherwise. All digitization projects (and especially those from the critical infrastructure) must comply with IT security standards and the DGSVO. Nevertheless (or precisely because of this?), not only in Germany and Europe a considerable shadow IT has emerged in both the public and private sectors. Sometimes, the constraints caused by the obligatory regulations are so high that they hinder the further deployment of innovative solutions and technologies. The question arises whether introducing additional legal obligations, e.g., regarding IT security, is, in result, more effective than a voluntary commitment approach. The keynote speech will discuss possible solutions.
Intelligent Automation and AI
For many private companies in Europe, AI technologies are a kind of playground: Many AI projects do not go beyond the "proof of concept" milestone. However, part of the critical infrastructure in Europe and Germany (e.g., Europol or the Bundeswehr) is already actively using advanced AI technologies. In contrast, private companies are very advanced in intelligent automation. Both sectors can benefit from each other's experience and thus shorten the path to implementation: Which recommendations for action can the private sector give here, and which can the public?