Sogeti Executive Summit 2017
Theme: In Pursuit of Digital Happiness
Over the last decade digital technology has pervaded every aspect of our lives. Whether it is shopping, following world events, forming an opinion, organizing our financial affairs and even helping us find our life partner; the internet with all its magical apps enhances our lives in every imaginable way. The whole world seems just a swipe away. But with all these apparent benefits, most have not stopped to ask: does technology make people happier?
“In Pursuit of Digital Happiness”
Tremendous achievements in the field of artificial intelligence are quickly transforming organizations towards algorithmic businesses that mine every bit of data for valuable insights regarding our lives to anticipate our next move. These businesses are putting more and more emphasis on the customer journey with the intent to amplify the digital comfort of their clients. But we must realize that beyond the technological marvels and behind the digital enterprise there is always a human being, simply in pursuit of his or her desires.
Customers are taking control of their own Digital Happiness Ecosystem. Yes, buying on-line has become leisure, staying in touch with friends without social media would be a nightmare and life without a physical wallet has become so much easier. But using these services also subjects us to constant surveillance and analysis which can easily become uncomfortable and could alienate us from the modern businesses that try to serve our every need. Since the possibilities of digital are so overwhelming, people face challenges and must make difficult trade-offs.
In this arena, full of paradoxes, the happiness of the individual must be the guiding principle. Many questions arise when we think of the algorithmic enterprise becoming the guardian of their customers’ digital happiness:
- Why should you take your customers digital happiness moments as the core of your corporate strategy?
- How does your organization remain part of the digital happiness ecosystem of your customer?
- How do you guide your algorithmic business through the paradoxes of the overwhelming technological possibilities?
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 ‘digital happiness’.
It is with great pleasure that Sogeti’s Executive Management cordially invites you to attend the Twelfth Annual Sogeti Executive Summit that will take place in Brussels, Belgium on November 9-10, 2017.
The Sogeti Executive Summit will start with a lunch on Thursday, November 9, and will end after lunchtime on Friday, November 10.
- Michiel BoreelChief Technology Officer
+31 347 22 10 02
Michiel BoreelChief Technology Officer
+31 347 22 10 02
Michiel Boreel has worked in the IT Industry for over 21 years and since 2007 has held the role of Chief Technology Officer with Sogeti. Michiel started his IT career at a company now owned by Sogeti advising about the reverse engineering of legacy information systems and migration estimation methods.
In 1994, Sogeti asked Michiel to lead a new initiative, called the Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT), a small research and trend spotting group with the goal of inspiring customers to apply new technology in business processes. A constant theme in all of the VINT research is the question what role IT will play in the future society and how technology can be applied to create meaningful business innovation.
In December 2011 VINT was complemented by SogetiLabs, also headed by Michiel Boreel.
Available for download:
- Summit 2014 report
- Summit 2014 iBook (open on an iOS device only)
- VINT Design to Disrupt, an Executive Introduction report
Available for download:
- Report of the 2013 Summit (PDF).
- iBook of the 2013 Summit (on iOS devices only).
- VINT Report #1 Things - Internet of Business Opportunities.
- VINT Report #2 Empathic Things - Intimate Computing, from Wearables to Biohacking.
- VINT Report #3 The 4th Industrial Revolution - Things to Tighten the link between IT and OT.