The Future of IT: the Next 20 Years

The Future of IT: the Next 20 Years

A look at the future of IT, in which IT will be an innovation-enabler and a game-changer

12 September 2012 (14-21)
Location: Golden Tulip Brussels Airport (Diegem)
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Price: 640 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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Full Programme:
13.30h - 14.00h
Registration and welcome of the participants with coffee/tea and croissants
14.00h - 14.50h
20 Years of IT Trends - What have we learned ?
(Rick van der Lans, Manager of R20/Consultancy)
  • The hype-sensitivity of IT
  • Predicting the future of IT is hard
  • A critical study of the past
  • How to estimate the impact of new trends such as cloud computing, social media and mobile devices ?
  • Will it be a battle between megavendors or is there still room for best-of-breed solutions ?
14.50h - 15.30h
What your business can learn from young successful Flemish entrepreneurs
(Frederic De Meyer, Futurist, Institute for Future Insights (i4fi))
  • A few young Flemish entrepreneurs: what they do and how they are doing it: e.g. Engagor, Shallibuy, Tapcrowd, Carambla, YouBridge, TwitSpark, ...
  • What is the state of mind of GenY entrepreneurs? What can we learn from them ?
  • How to integrate the rules of the 'lean startup' into established companies
  • How to keep a spirit of entrepreneurship in established companies to ensure constant innovation
  • Lessons learned from young entrepreneurs, do they apply to all businesses ?
15.30h - 15.50h
RealITy Check 1: What are the most important business/IT challenges of IT decision makers today ?
(Luc Verbist, CIO of De Persgroep)
15.50h - 16.20h
Coffee/Tea and Refreshments
16.20h - 17.10h
IT in "The New Normal": Information is the New Oil
(Peter Hinssen, Across Technology)
  • From technology-centric to information-centric "information technology"
  • Information is the new oil, and digital has become "normal"
  • How "The New Normal" is forcing IT to shift drastically towards innovation
  • Now that everybody is in the information business, the role of IT departments and CIO's changes
  • How to turn your current IT department into an agile, information-driven "business function formerly known as IT" ?
17.10h - 17.50h
Business Model Innovation: Connecting Strategy with Implementation
(Remco Blom, Senior Consultant, BiZZdesign)
  • What is a business model and how to represent this ?
  • How business models help to bring Business and IT around the (same) table in an early stage
  • Your innovation toolbox
  • Your business model
  • How does Business Model Innovation help in the innovation process ?
17.50h - 18.15h
RealITy Check 2: What are the most important innovation challenges of IT decision makers today ?
Prof. Dr. Bart Van den Bosch (CIO, UZ Leuven)
18.15u - 19.30u
Walking Dinner Buffet & Giant Networking Opportunity
19.30h - 20.15h
The Once and Future King the transformation of business analysis over the past and the next 20 years
(Suzanne Robertson, Atlantic Systems Guild)
  • The traditional role of business analysis and users' requirements
  • Tailored software to meet users' requirements
  • Tailored users to meet software requirements
  • Users' growing sophistication and awareness of their work
  • The effect of the portable workplace and the App Store
  • The new role of the business analyst
20.15h - 20.45h
RealITy Check 3: What are the most important business analysis challenges of IT decision makers today ?
(Carl Tilkin-Franssens, CIO of Acerta group)
Conclusions & Summary
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