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17:30 - 22:00


HP Enterprise, Diegem

17.30 Registration and welcome drink

18.00 Welcome by CIOforum

by Erwin Verstraelen, Chairman CIOforum

18.05 Introduction by CGI and HPE

by Ben Vicca, Managing Director CGI Belgium & Luc Opdebeeck, Managing Director Hewlett Packard Enterprises Belux

18.15 State of the Union

by Erwin Verstraelen, CIO Group AVEVE

Our first edition of the State of the Union in 2014 was meant as a wake up call. Exponential technology growth was transforming the world but nobody seemed to notice. Since then digitizaton of society has become a hot topic. In this session we will reflect on what we have heard and read over the past year and what implications it might have for us in our responsibilities and focus as CIOs. As always, we aim to look over the horizon.

18.45 Keeping Up versus Stepping Up: 10 best practices to drive differentiation and growth

by João Baptista, President CGI Eastern, Central and Southern Europe

The role of the CIO is to support a practical, coherent IT roadmap, prioritizing transformation while preventing day-to-day operational platforms from taking over. João Baptista, President of CGI’s Eastern, Central and Southern Europe operations and author of CGI’s “Keeping up” vs. “Stepping up” whitepaper, will take a look at what leading companies are doing to drive market leadership through their IT investment and provide recommendations for those that seek to do the same.


19.20 Case – The HPE business transformation and the enabling role of IT

by Ian Henderson, Chief Technologist and Strategist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise EMEA

Today’s CIO must innovate more than ever and move faster than the speed of business. HPE IT has been through a multi-year transformation of its internal IT to rationalize its core IT operations. In November 2015 Hewlett Packard separated into two companies, this separation was completed in less than 9 months from decision to completion. Ian Henderson, Strategist and Chief Technologist for HPE will discuss the challenges that HPE IT has seen, drivers for the separation, how we simplified core IT and have continued to modernize operations in a rapidly changing market.

19.55 Closing & looking forward to our Masterclass & CIO Speaker’s Café on April 25

by Veerle Lozie, Global Operations & IT Manager Melexis

20.00 Networking opportunity accompanied by food and drinks