2024 Summit Agenda: Mapping the Future of Work

All times listed on the agenda are Eastern Standard Time.

Wednesday, February 7

11:30 - 11:35 AM
Setting the Stage: The New Future of Work

How today’s event will help you navigate the AI pivot, talent gaps, and rising digital expectations.

Moderator
Beth Kormanik Event Content Director Foundry, an IDG Inc. company
11:35 - 12:10 PM
A Futurist’s Guide to Workplace Optimization and the Cyborg Workforce

Just as organizations had settled into new patterns of hybrid work, the generative AI revolution upended everything and created new uncertainties. Join futurist Nikki Greenberg as she delves into the transformative technologies shaping the future of work. In this high-energy talk, Greenberg will identify the trends impacting the way we work both today, and into the future. Here she will provide insights on how to effectively leverage new technologies in line with the needs of the future workforce, customers, and key stakeholders. You’ll learn about how to create a future-ready organization with a focus on effectively leveraging technology to improve productivity, engagement, wellness, and connection – while empowering everyone to do their best and most fulfilling work.

Keynote Speaker
Nikki Greenberg World-Leading Futurist
12:10 - 12:30 PM
Live Discussion with Nikki Greenberg

Now it’s your chance to join the conversation with futurist Nikki Greenberg Bring your big questions about the needs of the generations about to enter the workforce, creating optimal work environments for all, and the technologist’s role helping people do their best work. The focus of this live, moderated discussion will be up to you.

Keynote Speaker
Nikki Greenberg World-Leading Futurist
Moderator
Beth Kormanik Event Content Director Foundry, an IDG Inc. company
12:30 - 12:55 PM
Deploying IT Teams in the Age of AI

As AI takes root across all industries, IT strategy and business strategy are becoming ever more entwined, even indistinguishable. SAS CIO Jay Upchurch discusses this rapid evolution and how the global analytics provider has created and is deploying IT teams under an innovative business partner model in the age of AI.

Speaker
Jay Upchurch EVP & CIO SAS
Interviewer
Julia King Contributing Editor, Computerworld/CIO Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company
12:55 - 1:15 PM
Journey to ITOps Agility

Automox’s 2024 State of IT Operations annual survey uncovered some interesting insights about how an IT organization’s ability to rapidly respond to changing business requirements affects their ability to deliver quality services to users. Join us as we explore our findings.

Speaker
Jason Kikta CISO/SVP of Product Automox
1:15 - 1:45 PM
Leading AI-Enabled Business Transformation at Sunbelt Rentals

With an extensive  business and digital transformation under way since 2020 at Sunbelt Rentals,  this $9 billion global company has steadily expanded its competitive advantage by seamlessly connecting sales operations, equipment inventory, dispatching and service with new levels of customer transparency and omni-channel ecommerce capabilities.  Pivotal to this ongoing work is the role of advanced analytics and AI-enabled changes to the way Sunbelt conducts its business. “We’re lighting up GenAI and every aspect of AI analytics, from predictive to prescriptive,” says JP Saini, Chief Information and Digital Officer at the Charlotte, North Carolina-based firm. In this featured session, JP will discuss several pilot projects now under way using the OpenAI platform and Microsoft’s 365 CoPilot. He’ll also talk about how Sunbelt’s  IT operation is empowering Sunbelt employees with cutting-edge tools, technologies and effective retraining approaches.

Speaker
JP Saini EVP, Chief Digital & Technology Officer Sunbelt Rentals
Interviewer
Maryfran Johnson CEO Maryfran Johnson Media
1:45 - 1:50 PM
Networking Break

Time to network with other attendees or go visit our sponsors at their booths.

1:50 - 2:15 PM
Building a Foundation for Future GenAI Jobs

IDC predicts that by 2027, 40% of current job roles will be redefined or eliminated across G2000 organizations accelerated by GenAI adoption. These include both desk-based and frontline work. This means organizations need to prepare for new ways of working and communicate effectively with employees. Join Amy Loomis as she explores how automation and GenAI are driving organizations to rethink skills development, job roles and leadership roles as we move to a new era of automated work.

Speaker
Amy Loomis Research Vice President, Future of Work IDC
2:15 - 2:30 PM
A Healthier View on Compliance

Too often, we regard compliance as an anchor, not a sail to our goals. We will explore the types of compliance and the root causes of negative attitudes towards it. More importantly, we will discuss strategies around using compliance to your advantage and how you can balance it with security imperatives.

Speaker
Jason Kikta CISO/SVP of Product Automox
2:30 - 2:55 PM
The CIO Career at a Crossroads: How Skills, Remit & Salary Are Changing

Technology becomes more critical to an organization’s success every day. That means the job of CIO is more complex and constantly changing. Find out what digital and technology officers told the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles about their changing remit, what companies are looking for in future CIOs – including AI skills and oversight – and what it all means for compensation.

Speaker
Katie Graham Shannon Global Managing Partner, Digital, Technology Officer Practices Heidrick & Struggles
Moderator
Beth Kormanik Event Content Director Foundry, an IDG Inc. company
2:55 - 3:20 PM
The Great Retraining: How to Upskill IT for the Future

With IT talent in short supply, a wave of reskilling and advancement opportunities are creating new pathways into and within IT while helping organizations shore up gaps in critical technology areas. Learn from leaders who have implemented successful strategies in their organizations.

Speaker
Bess Healy Chief Information Officer Synchrony
Moderator
Beth Stackpole Contributing Writer CIO
Speaker
Mark Yunger Head of Information Technology Servier Pharmaceuticals
3:20 - 3:25 PM
Automox for Endpoint Management

A high level overview on how Automox can save you time, eliminate risks, and automate the patching, configuration, and control of all your Windows, macOS, and Linux endpoints anywhere and anytime.

Speaker
Jason Kikta CISO/SVP of Product Automox
3:25 - 3:55 PM
The Workplace Changes Companies Aren’t Prepared For

With GenAI dominating everyone’s attention, several areas vital to building an innovative digital enterprise may be going untended. Join us to widen your outlook on what’s not on corporate radars right now – but should be.

Speaker
Mike Elgan Contributing Columnist, Computerworld Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company
Speaker
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols Contributing Columnist Computerworld
Moderator
Ken Mingis Executive Editor, Computerworld Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company