Vancouver IT & Security Leaders Forum

Thursday, October 8

Meet the SINC team, receive all your registration collateral and receive a demonstration on how to best utilize the Forum mobile application during your attendance.

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, kicks things off and sets the tone for the day with insight in to the various sessions taking place and how to take full advantage of your participation.

Leaders driving transformation programs today are investing in customer experience, automation, agile practices, DevOps, and analytics to ensure competitiveness as industries transform. These are the table stakes for IT leaders, and they must drive smarter, faster, and innovative transformation programs to drive growth and profitability. Success will require IT leaders to empower their organizations with self service technologies, succeed with change management programs, and enable differentiating capabilities with a combination of artificial intelligence and IoT.

How must IT and Security leaders steer their transformation programs to succeed digital’s second wave?

As businesses and organizations embrace their own digital transformation (DX) journey, change management becomes a critical success factor. However, success heavily depends on the people using the technology. Change management goes beyond acquiring an executive sponsor or providing staff training, it is about changing the mindset of the employees, impacts to their daily routine and how to operationalize it. The promise of rapid deployment and time to value hinge on having a strong change management program in place. How do we can change adopted across all levels of the company?

From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside. There are question marks over the sufficiency of legacy approaches to cyber security, which rely on knowledge of past attacks, to combat new, evolving attacks. A new approach to cyber defense is being deployed to detect and respond to these threats before they turn into a full- blown crisis.

In this session, we will discuss why autonomous response and machine learning is being seen as the future of defense and how the ‘immune system’ approach to cyber security can provide complete network visibility and the ability to prioritize threats in order to better allocate time and resources.

A hybrid cloud strategy enhances business flexibility by allowing them to address their needs using a combination of public cloud, software as a service (SaaS) and in-house IT resources. This hybrid strategy is the new operating model for IT, proven to boost innovation, ensure compliance in the public cloud, while reducing overall complexity and keeping costs under control.

During this session, we will be discussing the reasoning behind a hybrid cloud strategy, its impact on operations, process, compliance and most importantly, your people.

Businesses have high expectations of their technical investment. New technologies must reduce costs, increase security, enhance productivity or improve workflows and communications. But despite the major role technology strategy plays, the relationship between the three pillars of IT, Security and the Business remains a challenge for many.

Enterprises have hordes of data and many opportunities to integrate other data sources. AI and advanced Machine Learning is providing the platform for making use of this data, but it is costly and requires an iterative approach.

This session will focus on finding the best opportunities to experiment with AI and on applying agile practices in machine learning initiatives.

In the debate over an all-in-one cyber security platform versus best of breed solutions, the overwhelming majority lean towards best of breed in order to leverage the most impactful technology. However, does true best of breed exist?

This session will look to explore this debate and how to implement a best of breed strategy when tech doesn’t necessarily integrate with other tech.

Blockchain has emerged as a foundational technology, but there is still groundwork to be done on standards development and the governance of change — and doing that work is critical to enterprise strategy.

According to Gartner, the RPA market grew over 63% last year, making it the fastest growing enterprise software category. The beauty of RPA is that it enables customers to bring a level of automation to legacy processes without having to rip and replace legacy systems. But when, where and how should it be applied to ensure effective use?

As data storage grows at rapid and unpredictable rates, enterprises need tools that can help plan for this growth. Dependency on data is increasing, but the threat and risk of data loss is growing in both variety and volume. Regardless of the size or data storage requirements of your organization, whether on prem, in the cloud or a hybrid of both, this session will explore options for specific enterprise needs and the solutions to match.

Technology and operations have never been closer. As technology continues to drive the business and organizations of all sizes become ‘technology first’, the CIO has found a natural evolution into the world of operations. But how far does this journey go? Will the CIOs of today be the CEOs of tomorrow?

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, concludes the Forum by providing an overview of some of the key discussion points raised during an event packed full of content and conversations.

After a day packed with content, the Evening Reception provides attendees with the ability to down tools, cement relationships built during the day.