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Digital Disruption - Is it business as usual?

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This will NOT be another Digital event about a technology overhaul with the coming of robots and the ‘Uberfication’ of everything.

NO, at this event, with the help of Professor Julian Birkinshaw, one of the world’s foremost experts of digitisation and change, we want to explore whether digital ‘disruption’ is just another organisational issue or a business change that needs to be managed. We want to challenge the hype about this topic and suggest that technology is a means of transforming, not an end in itself. Think about it, by its very nature a digital transformation has no firm endpoint; as an organisation nears its future vision the process keeps evolving: is it just ongoing change?

We will be proposing that disruption can take many years – the digital camera was invented in the 1970s but Kodak did not enter bankruptcy until 2011. Digital change like any other change should focus on setting a clear goal for the future with customers and employees continuing to be central to everything. As we are now discovering, Cyber security, smarter cities and enhancing Customer experience is about human behaviours not just technology.

The event will close with networking drinks and canapés.


Event Speakers:

Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School


Julian Birkinshaw ranked 43rd in the 2015 Thinkers 50 list of the top global management thinkers. Julian will share the latest insights into digital transformation, strategic agility and innovation and contest some of the ‘myths of disruption’.

He is the author of thirteen books, including Fast/Forward, published this year, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management and Giant Steps in Management, and over ninety articles in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, the Harvard Business Review and the Sloan Management Review.

Marcus Thornley, Founder of Play Consulting

Marcus Thornley is the founder of Play Consulting – a London tech start-up spun out of the mobile gaming industry. His team of designers and software engineers work with large international corporates, conceiving and building digital products that drive engagement, habit formation and behavioural change.

Play’s purpose is to make the mandated and dull… fun and compelling and focus on Employee Engagement – offering a platform solution called Totem that has been rolled out with Bupa, Vodafone, Pizza Hut and PwC.

Shamus Rae, Partner, Head of Innovation and Investments at KPMG

Shamus Rae is the lead partner for Innovation and Investments at KPMG in the UK. He is leading on Digital Labour (transformation/ automation through the use of Artificial Intelligence) for KPMG both transforming the firm’s services in Audit and Tax but also taking this experience in to the market place to help client’s embrace this new transformative technology.

Shamus has led several client projects focusing on Artificial Intelligence strategy and implementation.

Shamus has spent the last 20 years working on major transformation programmes and was one of the founders of the Offshoring Industry in the late 1980’s. Shamus founded WNS, now one of the largest Offshore BPO providers. He helped build IBM’s offshore BPO centres including acquisitions and was previously a partner at PWC.

Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens

Martin Powell has global responsibility for the Urban Development practice in the Siemens Centre of Competence for Cities. This involves working with Mayors in over 100 cities providing technology advice and as they strive to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets and looking at technical models of delivering solutions at scale. He is currently leading the go-to-market approach for digitalization in cities and the concept of an operating model for cities that will allow cities to remain competitive in a time of game-changing trends.

Prior to this, he was The Mayor’s Environmental Advisor to the former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. As Executive Director of Environment he also had responsibility for delivery of London’s Environmental Projects and Programmes.

He is published on the topic of Project Management and in the current role with two key publications – “Better Cities, Better Life” – and the most recent publication – “Smart Cities – Cities in the Digital Age.”

Nick Wilding, General Manager, Axelos Resilia

Nick is General Manager of Cyber Resilience at AXELOS Global Best Practice, a joint venture between UK Government and Capita plc. His team is responsible for RESILIA – a cyber resilience best practice portfolio that includes certified training, all staff awareness learning, leadership engagement and a cyber maturity assessment tool. RESILIA has been designed to put people at the centre of an organisation’s cyber resilience strategy, enabling them to effectively recognize, respond to and recover from cyber-attacks.

Nick has spent the last 25 years in senior business development and marketing roles. Before joining AXELOS in March 2014 he spent 11 years at Detica and BAE Systems where he helped set up their Cyber Security business and led their Cyber Security market engagement, marketing and thought leadership.

Tony Maile, Vice President, Enterprise Accounts, Quid

Quid is a software that reads millions of documents and delivers immediate insight by organising that content visually. CNBC put Quid on a list of the 50 most disruptive startups in the world and named them “the ultimate trendspotter”.

Tony’s focus is to work with the senior leadership of clients to help use Quid in their organisations to significantly improve business outcomes.

Prior to Quid he was an executive leader in IBM’s Watson and cognitive solutions division and was also responsible for IBM’s financial payment portfolio across Europe. Other roles have included European consultative sales leader for IBM Commerce and Executive Partner for IBM Global Business Services, focussing on digital transformation.

Tony will be speaking about how Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing is improving leading companies decision making.


What is digitalisation?

Digitalisation is the integration of digital technologies into everyday life through automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industry 4.0 (automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies) Big Data, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) Virtual Reality (VR) and the opportunities are extensive. Benefits include increased speed of service, reduced environmental impact, global connectivity, more efficient processes and simplified everyday life all of which can result in higher levels of customer and colleague engagement if managed effectively.

At the same time, digitalisation presents us with many new challenges. Sustainable progress requires capable, and careful, handling of concerns relating to privacy, security, energy consumption, human experience and authenticity, as well as transitional concerns around the psychological impact, future workforce trends and potential skill gaps. The news is littered with examples of what happens when we do not manage digitalisation well.


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