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Fast Company Innovation Festival 360

My friends at Fast Company asked me to host a few sessions at last week’s Innovation Festival 360. First up was Take the controls: How CIOs can become digital transformation pilots starring George Llado, SVP and head of IT at Alexion; Phil McKoy, CIO of Optum; and Sanjay Srivastava, chief digital officer at Genpact. Screenshot above; description below:

For many organizations, COVID-19 accelerated the pace of digital transformation. But for some CIOs and technology leaders, their roles haven’t evolved to keep up. Once focused on running IT operations, many of today’s CIOs can be described as “co-pilots” – they advise and support fellow leaders on how to shape and deliver transformation. To harness the full potential of digital technologies, CIOs must take the controls, reimagine enterprise architecture, and chart the course through business transformation. In this provocative session, three CIOs will share the secrets behind successfully taking the pilot’s seat.

And next was Destination transformation: A playbook for companies to redefine what’s possible, featuring Shivani Govil, chief product officer, CCC, and David Rogers, professor at Columbia Business School. Screenshot at bottom, description below:

Over the past 18 months, there has been a massive acceleration in the adoption of digital technologies across all business sectors. This transformation is completely disrupting the strategic planning for business leaders. With their customers’ expectations quickly shifting, senior executives can no longer take a “wait and see” attitude toward burgeoning technologies and business models such as AI and connected ecosystems to deliver value to end-users. In this insightful panel discussion, Fast Company hosts top business leaders to share how companies, including leaders in the multi-trillion-dollar insurance economy, are successfully prioritizing investments in digital transformations, are achieving meaningful ROI, and the innovations that will break through in 2022.

With Omicron now running rampant, I get the feeling I’ll be doing more of these…

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