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Sogeti Executive Summit 2016

Theme: Unorganized

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October 6th and 7th, 2016
Hotel Okura, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Start: Thursday, October 6th, 12 pm
Meeting close: Friday, October 7th, 1:30 pm

Look through the lens of modern technology and you see an exciting range of opportunities. This creates a huge appetite for experimentation and change. Innovation has never been so hot. But more often than not, tradition, habits, organizational structures and beliefs stand in the way of success. Many people sense that the way organizations are run today has been stretched to its limits. To leverage the wave of technological innovation, a radically different perspective on organizations and management is required.


Applied Innovation for the Unorganization

Logic dictates that changing technologies can only truly flourish in reinvented organizations. But the innovation of management itself proves to be surprisingly difficult and often painful. Organizations still follow a ‘command and control’ doctrine that has not changed much in the last 100 years. However ‘born-in-the-cloud’ enterprises are emerging, teaching us the first imperatives of ‘Being Digital’, free of the constraints of tradition, building new capabilities and disrupting industries. Can the successful start-ups of today teach us how to think in ecosystems and value-networks as opposed to hierarchies? Can we learn from them how to consciously remove or avoid layers of management and bureaucracy and operate with the minimum of formal structure? Are these the design principles of the ‘unorganization’ of the future?

One thing already seems clear: Management as you know it is dead. Many questions arise when we think of the future of organizations that are built from the bottom up to leverage all the opportunities that new technologies make possible: 

  • What are the characteristics of the cloud-enabled, digital enterprise in the API-economy?
  • How do you invent an organization where innovation leads to change?
  • How do you cultivate a mindset for innovation with engaged and empowered people?
  • What is the role of management in the Unorganization?

These are the questions that we will explore at this year’s Executive Summit. We will bring together a group of visionary thought leaders and executives from many different industries for a strategic dialogue to develop a perspective on the ‘unorganization’.

We hope you can join us in Amsterdam and we are looking forward to two intense days of inspiring presentations and thought provoking discussions.

Program / Speakers

Day 1

State-of-the-Art sessions

Just before the start of the summit, there is an opportunity to catch up with some of the trends in the industry, discussed by our global technology leaders. In these intimate sessions you can hear the state of the art and discuss specific questions you may have on each topic. The topics presented are: 'Business Intelligence & Analytics’, 'Cyber Security', 'DevOps', ‘Digital’ and 'Testing'. If you’d like to take part in these sessions, please indicate your preferences on the confirmation details form.

  • First slot from 10:30 am till 11:10 am
  • Second slot from 11:20 am till 12:00 am

12.00 Welcome Lunch

13.20 Welcome and Opening

Hans van Waayenburg, Chief Executive Officer Sogeti Group
Michiel Boreel, CTO Sogeti Group 

Menno van Doorn, "Setting the stage", director VINT

Henry Peyret, "Would you trust an unorganization?", is a Principal Analist with Forrester serving Enterprise Architecture (EA) Professionals. His research focuses on the concepts, techniques, and tools required to bring business agility within enterprises. He publishes research on key agility indicators and agile governance and applies these principles to change EA practices to help build a sustainable business agility.

Annabelle Gawer, "Platforms for Innovation :  New form of Un-organization for the digital age", Professor of Digital Economy, is an award-winning researcher and educator, Annabelle Gawer is an expert on digital platforms such as Google or Facebook, and innovative business ecosystems. Annabelle's research on platforms has been featured in The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

15.20 Break

15.45 Can We Fix the Future?

Bill Fischer, "Reinventing Giants", offers in his presentation a compelling profile of the most ambitious of emerging Chinese competitors, the Haier Corporation (the world's largest manufacturer of home appliances), and shares his insights on how one organization has repeatedly reinvented its business model and corporate culture in an effort to sustain its success.

Jan Hoogervorst, "Fighting Organizational Quackery", is a Dutch organizational theorist, business executive, management consultant, and Professor Enterprise Governance and Enterprise Engineering at the University of Antwerp, known for his work in the field of enterprise engineering.

Rik Vera, "Extreme Customer Centricity", partner and CEO of nexxworks, is a renowned thought leader, advisor and keynote speaker on customer centricity, change management, and sales and marketing in a digital age. Rik mixes years of business experience at C-level with humour and passion to inspire companies to develop customer-centric strategies fit for a connected world. 

Andrew Keen, "How to Fix the Future?", is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe.

18:30 End Program Day 1

20:00 Dinner at Okura Sazanka and Yamazato restaurant 

Day 2

08.30 The Unorganization Defined

Alan Moore, "The Beautiful Unorganization", points out that many of the institutions, organisations and systems that we still use were designed and built for a less complex world. The increase in the complexity of our world is placing an unsustainable load upon those institutions, organisations and systems. One could argue our industrial world has reached the edge of its adaptive range. Consequently, faultlines are running through our society which present a trilemma based around interlocking social, economic and organisational tensions and questions. The design challenge involved in resolving these questions comes because the non-linearity is causing a comprehensive restructuring of society at large, breaking old models of organisation, and the trilemma heralds the coming of the age of uncertainty. All three tensions are in flux, and cannot be addressed without considering the other two.

Saskia van den Muijsenberg, "Biomimicry: Learning from Nature", co-founder of biomimicryNL, has  a background in marketing, change management and strategic innovation. She is a Biomimicry Professional Candidate and currently involved in developing biomimicry curricula and innovation consultancy, acting as a catalyst for innovation, enabling others to explore and develop new ideas then helping to shape and develop real business opportunities.

John McLean, "Making Blockchain Real for Business", VP Global Blockchain Labs Engagement at IBM, outlines in his presentation the potential benefits of blockchain for financial institutions, what opportunities an open source approach allows, and what 2016 may hold for industrial blockchain development.

10.45 Break

11.10 Applied Innovation for the Unorganization

Lanny Cohen, "Applied Innovation for the Unorganization", Global Chief Technology Officer Capgemini. As head of the Group’s Global Chief Technology Officer network, he acts across all Capgemini businesses to help integrate new technology trends, respond to client needs and is ultimately responsible for strengthening the relationship with partners on technology matters. Mr. Cohen brings more than 30 years of experience in strategy consulting across various industries.

Wiemer Kuik, "A New IT Operating Model for the Unorganization", is the lead IT transformation strategist for HPE and responsible for a team of consultants that focus on IT operating model Transformation: the How to get from A to B. Wiemer is the author of the Unified Transformation Framework: the key IP used by HPE to assist their customers with business drive IT Transformations. Before joining HPE Wiemer had various international roles focusing on the all the non-technical elements like management of change, unlearning and IT finance that make IT technology work. Wiemer holds a master in Business Economics.

Nell Watson, "Unorganized Symbiosis and Intelligent Machines", is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging social trends. She lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving as Associate Faculty at Singularity University.

13:00 End of the Summit Program
13:00 Lunch

  • Michiel Boreel
    Michiel Boreel
    Group Chief Technology Officer of Sogeti
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