New business models, cutting-edge technologies, a volatile world economy, and bottom-up driven social developments and needs are among the challenges present-day organisations have to cope with to remain relevant. This requires a total transformation and breaking through the traditional frameworks.
This transformation yields numerous opportunities for the company, due to the vast array of digital possibilities, as well as for the CIO, who owes it to the omnipresence of technology that he or she is at the centre of developments. A new form of governance dynamics is gradually emerging, in which the CIO is gaining importance while plotting the course in collaboration with his fellow managers more than ever before. Rigidity is making way for flexibility in terms of operation, business models and management.
If you want to build a business that lasts, there may be no better place to look for inspiration than your own immune system. Join strategist Martin Reeves as he shares startling statistics about shrinking corporate life spans and explains how CIOs can apply six principles from living organisms to build resilient businesses that flourish in the face of change.
Neil Harbisson is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an organisation that promotes the use of cybernetics as a body part to extend human senses and perception. Harbisson has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to perceive colours that are outside human vision such as infrareds and ultraviolets. This talk will explore how taking an active part in our own biological evolution is no longer a theory, but an option. Becoming technology, instead of using or wearing technology, opens up the possibility of having additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species. By merging ourselves with technology we can become the designers of our own body and perception; and we can increase our survival possibilities in earth and in outer space. Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?
In the 1990’s William Binney, who worked as an analyst for the NSA at the time, created the basis for automating signals intelligence analysis. These systems would form the basis for the mass-surveillance tools Edward Snowden would reveal in 2013. As Binney feared, mass-surveillance would not be effective and failed to put readily available data together in time to prevent 9/11. William Binney left the NSA in 2001 in protest over the adoption of mass-surveillance and resulting faillures by the agency. He will speak on strategic info-security and intelligence challenges. One of the main challenges for European business-leaders is the growing problem of digitally-enabled industrial espionage that is costing Europe about 200 billion euro per year in lost economic opportunities.
CIOs must prepare for a rapid evolution of digital business into algorithmic and ultimately more autonomous approaches. In financial services, retail, media, ‘exchanges,’ et cetera, companies are aggressively abstracting business functions and services by utilising sensor data, analytics, smart machines and grid-plex data centers. CIOs must work with business leaders to determine how they can exploit these trends to improve efficiency, agility, quality, growth, et al. This will demand new capabilities and expertise in advanced analytics and algorithms, as well as new supporting infrastructures.
Ron van Kemenade received the award for his crucial role in the trail-blazing digital development of ING. “With his focus on technology he lays the foundation of an entirely new organisation, the contours of which are gradually becoming visible,” chairman of the jury Bernhard van Oranje said when he motivated the choice. “It is wonderful to see how he gets inspired by the big digital global players.”
Van Kemenade turned out to be the best in virtually all criteria of the selection process: the total score of the qualitative and quantitative review by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the intensive leadership assessment of Linqhu, and the final interview with the jury. Although he comes less to the fore in the Dutch CIO community than the other nominees, he is highly appreciated by fellow IT managers. “We have selected a leader who positions IT and technology in the organisation in a fundamentally different way,” Van Oranje explained.
The CIO of the Year Award was presented at the CIODAY in the Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage on Tuesday, 29 November. Over 700 senior IT officials witnessed the occasion. The other nominees for the title were Michel van Hout (Transavia), René van Sandijk (Vanderlande), Hendrik-Jan Smaal (Heijmans), Gerard Spans (Arcadis) and Teun van der Vorm (ANWB).