Digital Transformation Forum

Disrupt or Be Disrupted

13 September · The Warehouse · London
"With Pivotal we have minimized our innovation cycles and can now respond to changing market demands faster than ever before, both of which allowed us to develop a profound software culture in our transformational journey into a digital company.“

Christoph Hartung, Head of Connected Cars at Mercedes-Benz

Do you understand how to gain or retain market leadership in the new era of digital disruption? How will you drive customer acquisition and retention with superior digital experiences? How will you accelerate the pace of business innovation to stay ahead of your competitors?

If these are some of the challenges you face, join us to learn how digital disruption is affecting businesses in the United Kingdom, why digital disruptors are successful and what modern technology capabilities you need to become a leading digital business.

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8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:10


A warm welcome and brief introduction to what you'll learn from the day.

Alan Coad Vice President EMEA & Digital Transformation Advocate, Pivotal
Robbie Byrne Regional Director UK & Ireland, Pivotal

9:10 - 9:40

Digital Disruption: The Outlook

With all the noise surrounding digital disruption it's difficult to separate hype from reality. Is digital disruption for real and, if so, what kind of companies will be affected? In this session Tim Jennings of leading analyst firm Ovum will discuss how digital disruption is affecting companies in the UK and share his insights on threats and opportunities for your business.

Tim Jennings Chief Research Officer, Ovum

9:40 - 10:10

Digital Disruption at Volkswagen Group—Is It All About Cars?

Herr Bornemann joins us to discuss the threats and opportunities of digital disruption to Volkswagen Group, as well as their strategy to minimise the threats and maximise the opportunities.

Dieter Bornemann Head of Application Platforms and Operational Services, Volkswagen AG

10:10 - 10:45

Software is Reshaping the World, and the World's Largest Companies are Fighting Back by Transforming into Great Software Companies

Pivotal has been credited with shaping the software development cultures of many of Silicon Valley's most influential companies. Today, Pivotal works with the world's largest companies and most admired brands to create modern software that ushers new user experiences, as well as culturally transform their businesses into software companies capable of innovating and moving at startup speeds.

Peter Thiel famously said, "What happened to the future? We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters." At Pivotal, we believe that arming the world's largest companies with cutting edge software development methodologies, and a next-generation cloud platform will allow them to create software as good (or better) as any Silicon Valley-based software company or venture-backed startup. And combined with their decades of industry expertise, the question then becomes—how can Silicon Valley possibly compete with you?

Rob Mee, CEO at Pivotal, will share learnings from Pivotal's early work with Internet giants, and how enterprises such as GE, Ford and Home Depot are working with Pivotal today to transform into great software companies.

Rob Mee CEO, Pivotal

10:45 - 11:15

Panel Discussion

Digital Transformation

11:15 - 11:40


11:40 - 13:00

Strategy Track

Barriers to entry are collapsing as digital startups come out of nowhere to disrupt entire industries. In this track we will discuss the capabilities you need to deliver business innovation through software to market faster than your competitors.

Cloud-Native Track

Successful digital businesses of the future can't be built using legacy approaches or on the technology platforms of the past. In this track we will provide an overview of agile software development practices and modern approaches that will empower IT to meet the agility needs of the business.

Data Track

Data-driven enterprises are able to capture a leading position in their market by using big data and analytics. But what exactly does it mean to be data-driven and how do you get there from where you are now? During this track we'll look at specific examples of real-world data-driven enterprises and what makes them tick. With an understanding of the capabilities needed, we'll discuss a number of horizontal and vertical use cases that will inspire you on your own journey to become a data-driven enterprise.

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:20

Strategy Track

Cloud-Native Track

Data Track

15:20 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:10

Live Demo

Using a Microservices Platform for Performing Closed Loop Analytics in the Cloud

In this session Sufyaan Kazi and Alastair Turner will explain the benefits of implementing a Cloud-Native approach for running closed loop analytics. This talk will show how you can achieve business value from analytics quickly and without downtime on a sophisticated platform such as Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Suf and Alastair will also demo this combined approach to running Data Microservices for a use case like Fraud Analytics and Detection.

Sufyaan Kazi and Alastair Turner, Pivotal

16:10 - 16:30

Lessons Learnt and Best Practices from Digital Transformaton @ Orange

Xavier Perret, Chief Digital Officer at Orange, tells the story of how his most recent digital transformation project was actually inspired by a conversation with his daughter. He describes the journey that Orange went through, culminating in an exciting new offering coming soon from Orange! Along the way Xavier describes lessons learnt from this experience and offers best practices that you can apply in your own digital transformation project.

Xavier Perret Chief Digital Officer, Orange

16:30 - 16:50

What Next? Crossing The River By Feeling The Stones

This session brings together all the lessons learnt throughout the day and shares with you practical advice on how to get started with, or accelerate, your journey to become a digital business.

Simon Wardley Leading Edge Forum

16:50 - 17:00

Wrap Up and Prize Draw

17:00 - 18:00

Drinks Reception

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