A new era of computing dawned this decade, first with IBM Watson winning at Jeopardy and more recently with Google DeepMind winning at Go, the Chinese game of strategy. These breakthroughs have been enabled by the availability of massive volumes of data, new computing architectures, and new algorithms for human-like speech recognition, conversation, vision, and emotion detection. Along with robotic process automation (RPA), AI and ML will transform industries and massively augment human expertise. Demystify the technology. Cut through the hype. Hear what world experts have to say about bringing these tools into your professional toolkit on a workable basis, and using them to build new business capability.
In a business context of ever-faster change, creative approaches to business analysis are critical. Design thinking, gamification, and product management techniques increasingly reflect a more customer-focused approach. Join this Track to learn about emerging methods, as well as about emerging improvements to existing approaches. Learn how you can leverage what others have learned to model and design more effective and innovative business solutions.
Collaboration is about intentionally and purposefully cooperating with others to achieve a desired outcome collectively. When teamwork is carefully cultivated and supported, surprising creativity often occurs. Unforeseen risks can be exposed early and unexpected win-win’s discovered. Effective collaboration is not easy, especially when participation nowadays is often virtual. Success requires leadership, empathy and forethought. No matter what your target for collaboration – partnering in business innovation, eliminating silos, working through requirements, or engaging with IT on agile projects – come to these sessions for deep insight and fresh ideas.
Innovation has been defined as bringing to market those products, services and design features that everyone realizes they needed but only after they saw them. Our challenge in becoming innovative is not simply to ask what markets, customers and users would like to have, but to generate new insights, then quickly filter them to those worthy of being pursued further. Rather than just gathering known requirements, professionals should play a proactive role in ideation, whether for new policies, organizations, roles, system features, or complete business solutions. This Track shares the experience of leaders who have mastered critical aspects of innovation
Various forms of Enterprise Architecture (EA) have been with us for decades. Applied properly, thought leaders in the space have always seen EA as a strategic weapon. Unfortunately, in many organizations EA is treated as a means to sort out technology strategies and designs in isolation from business needs. These shortcomings are being corrected by Business Architecture, value streams, business capabilities, and flexible design approaches enabling a more aligned business IT approach. New technologies are emerging rapidly creating new business possibilities. How can you keep everything aligned and build potent, adaptable business platforms? This Track highlights what world-class experts and practitioners have learned about applied EA practices.
Are you wrestling with how to (re)design your business or business capabilities? Looking for fresh ideas about how to coordinate human-centric service design, information management, and enterprise architecture – all at scale? Exploring how you can be truly customer-centric across the board? Design thinking, with its emphasis on empathy, ideation, prototyping, and iteration, can assist, but it needs to fit effectively in the bigger picture. And what about the imperative for spontaneous at-time-of-delivery configuration in service design? Today you face seemingly intractable business and professional challenges. Big challenges require fresh solutions. This Track explores them.
Leadership is about influencing a group of people to share in the reach for some common goal(s). Strong, effective leaders are required at all levels of an organization not only to articulate the goals to be accomplished, but to encourage and lead the group to success. Much of what we do in our professional careers is built on the interpersonal skills and relationships we forge. In this Track, industry experts and seasoned practitioners reveal tricks and tips for mastering and applying the leadership and interpersonal skills you need for success.
To meet today’s imperative for building better business capability you must draw from a deep, innovative toolbox – the best tools and techniques the industry has to offer. Some items in the toolbox will be methodological, some purely software, but many will be clever hybrids. What they all have in common is the drive for more creative and innovative solutions – to push the envelope of what is possible and to empower their users with fresh, pragmatic solutions to common-place challenges. Hear what world-class professionals have achieved using special items in their own toolbox and explore how you can leverage them for your organization.
The world around us continues to change at an ever-increasing pace. It demands a new set of competencies at a more strategic level, as well as specialized skills in new and evolving niches. Today’s practitioners are expected to be more nimble, to work within shorter and faster delivery cycles, and to possess higher cognitive capabilities and social intelligence – all the while staying abreast of fast-paced changes in technology. In this Track learn how you can best shape and achieve your aspirations by forging a professional path you’ll find fulfilling and always in-demand