Today’s Internet of Everything

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16:30 - 22:00


Microsoft Executive Briefing Center, Brussels

16.30 Registration and welcome at Microsoft Executive Briefing Center

17.00 Introduction by Bruno Schroder, Technology Officer Microsoft

17.20 Guided demo tour at Microsoft Executive Briefing Center

18.00 Registration and welcome the Global CIO Perspectives

18.30 Opening CIOforum

by Freddy Van den Wyngaert, Chairman CIOforum

18.35 Welcome

by Hans Vets, CEO CGI Belgium & Magret Delord, Enterprise Director Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg

18.45 Changing times

by Wouter Van Driessche, Journalist De Tijd / l’Echo

Times are changing fast. Yesterday smartphones, today self driving cars, tomorrow intelligent robots. The digital revolution is heating up and rushing us to a New Age. What are the promises? Where are the pitfalls? What does this mean for you and your organization? Wouter Van Driessche, writer at De Tijd, will take you through his view on technological acceleration.

19.10 The Internet of Things Landscape

by Sharieff Mansour, Director Product Management IoT Solutions & Ecosystems Microsoft

The Internet of Things (IoT) has moved from Science Fiction to Science Fact as sensors are being imbedded in everything, and ubiquitous wireless networks are enabling constant communications. Value driven use cases are being made, and so CIO’s evaluating this paradigm shift are left to define a strategy that enables innovation for their company. Sharieff will guide us through the Internet of Things ecosystem and the real-world solutions that these partnership have enabled.

19.40 The Internet of Things into Practice

by John Hicklin, Principal Consultant at CGI (UK) and Commercial Lead for the ThyssenKrupp IoT Project

John has led CGI IT UK’s Internet of Things programme, the success of which has been recognized with the award of Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Intelligent Systems Service for 2014. He will share the lessons learned out of the ThyssenKrupp Elevator project, the methodology & how to get started.

 20.20 Closing

by Peter Vermeylen, European IT Director Graphic Packaging International

20.30 Networking opportunity accompanied by food and drinks

Hosted by CGI & Microsoft


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