Are You Digitally Ready? featuring IDC Research

Are You Digitally Ready? featuring IDC Research
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22 March 2018
Mondrian Hotel
Scott Carey, Editor, Computerworld UK
Free to attend



According to IDC, by 2019, digitally transformed organisations will generate at least 45% of their revenues from “Future of Commerce” business models – innovative ways of doing business that will transform how organisations deliver products and services to customers.

However, the ability to create new business models is one of the top three challenges IT and business leaders face today. Businesses need to navigate their external environments and consider how local governments are supporting digital transformation (DX) with ICT infrastructure, open data, and cyber security. 

In the UK the fast-approaching GDPR compliance deadline brings both the threat of fines but also the opportunity to better leverage data. The question is how to leverage these opportunities to transform your business whilst keeping operations on track, remaining compliant and staying safe from an ever-increasing range of security threats.

At this Computerworld UK half-day summit co-hosted with IDC and Telstra, you will learn what it takes to lead your organisation to digital transformation success. Key discussion points include:

  • The current and future state of the DX economy.
  • Examples of organisations that are getting it right in their DX journey.
  • The steps required to accelerate DX and adapt to change.
  • How you can drive digital technologies within your organisation for success.
  • How you can create new digital KPIs and establish the right digital organisational structure that supports long-term digital road-maps with near-term milestones.
  • How you can develop digital capabilities, and build a digital platform.

Why attend?

  • Listen to insights from IDC Research including future predictions of the DX economy presented by IDC Analyst Philip Carter.
  • Learn from experts on how to overcome challenges hindering your organisation from achieving your digital transformation goals and become a truly digitally native company.
  • Work with your senior IT peers in interactive sessions to tackle the key hurdles standing between IT leaders like yourself and digital transformation success.
  • Engage in Q&A sessions with key speakers and take away key lessons to help you drive your organisation digitally.
  • Network with your senior IT peers from across the UK and share your experiences and best practices around driving your organisation to digital transformation success.
  • Free to attend event with a 5-star networking breakfast and lunch provided to all attendees.


James Whyte, Head of IT, TH Real Estate

James Whyte is Head of IT for TH Real Estate. TH Real Estate is one of the largest real estate investment managers in the world managing a suite of funds and mandates across diverse geographies, sectors, investment styles and vehicle types. James has 20 years of experience as a senior IT director in the financial sector working with large asset managers to introduce new IT technologies, solutions and change. James is an advocate of innovation and is responsible for supporting the business to realise its global ambitions.

Scott Carey, Editor, Computerworld UK

Editor of Computerworld UK, Scott is an experienced enterprise technology journalist, as comfortable writing analysis as he is hosting industry events and appearing on broadcast media. He has a keen interest in big IT and cloud vendors, deep knowledge of the SaaS market and digital transformation at some of the UK's biggest companies, and a contacts book that covers the industry from top to bottom.

Tom Homer, Managing Director EMEA, Telstra

Tom Homer is Managing Director for EMEA at Telstra, a leading telecommunications and technology company with a $28.2 billion revenue. Based in London, Tom is responsible for developing and driving the business strategy across EMEA, along with Telstra’s relationship with multinational corporations in the region. With more than 10 years’ experience managing relationships with multinational enterprises at AT&T and Cable & Wireless, Tom is considered a leader in the field of enterprise innovation and is regularly sought after to present at leading industry and analyst events around the world.

Philip Carter, Chief Analyst, IDC Europe

Philip Carter is Chief Analyst for the European region. This new role has been created specifically to drive innovation in new research topics and deliverables, to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing, and to increase customer satisfaction. Specifically, Carter will identify new topics and themes and drive thought leadership, working with the broader team to continuously inject innovation into IDC's regional deliverables, events, and CXO Summits.


8:30am - 9:30am    - Registration and networking breakfast

9:30am - 9:35am     - Welcome by Scott Carey, Editor, Computerworld UK

9:35am - 10:20am  - Keynote presentations

Opening keynote : How to Become Digitally Native

Philip Carter, Chief Analyst, IDC Europe
IDC predicts that by 2019, all digitally transformed organisations will generate at least 45% of their revenues from “Future of Commerce” business models. However, there are still hurdles which business and IT leaders need to overcome. IDC Research has identified the five leading challenges standing between leaders and DX success. In this keynote, Philip Carter will share the current state and future predictions of the DX economy and how we can address internal business challenges to thrive in the future of commerce.

Keynote: Better Ways to Thrive in the Future of Commerce

Tom Homer, Managing Director EMEA, Telstra
To thrive in a digitally disrupted world, organisations need to have access to the right technology and tools that enable them to keep pace with changing industry, business and customer trends. In this keynote, Tom Homer from Telstra will share the latest digital transformation trends along with Telstra’s expertise in shaping organisations’ transformation. Get insights from Telstra’s research in partnership with The Economist Intelligence Unit, to find out how organisations can influence their digital transformation success.

10:20am - 10:40am   - Coffee break and networking

10:40am - 11:00am   - End user perspective

James Whyte, Head of IT, TH Real Estate
What is the reality that is relevant and commercially viable? How can you translate what is hyped in the industry to business outcomes that are relevant and profitable? James will share his experience of IT innovative implementations to support a global financial services businesses that need to deliver performance to their clients. Focused on delivering user experience, productivity and agility it’s vital to understand potentially disruptive technologies but with a healthy dose of scepticism to separate the valuable from wasted effort.

11:00am - 12:30pm   - Working sessions on Four better ways to work

In order to address the key challenges standing in the way of your business thriving in the future of commerce, we present the four better ways to work.

  1. I want to… Liberate my workforce
  2. I want to… Create transformative innovation
  3. I want to… Optimise my IT
  4. I want to… Secure my business

This will be followed by a panel session discussing summary of findings from the working sessions and concludes with a Q&A moderated by Scott Carey.

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Networking lunch and close

Who should attend

This event is for senior IT professionals only including:

  • Senior IT Manager
  • Head of IT
  • Head of Information Systems
  • Head of Infrastructure
  • Head of Cyber Security
  • Head of Digital Transformation
  • Director of IT/ICT/Technology/Digital Transformation
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Data Officer

Please note, by registering for this event, we cannot guarantee your attendance. Once registered, we will try to confirm your attendance at the earliest opportunity.

Also note that this event is not open to consultants, consulting companies or recruitment agencies.


For further information email: [email protected]