This event is co-located with: Agile Methods: The Business Evolution

As a result of the growing number and variety of connected devices, it is now evident that most work, play and commerce has a digital dimension. So the time has come for those organisations willing to take advantage of technology to add a digital dimension to customer experiences, and enhance engagement across any device. They can also turn the data generated by these devices into meaningful insights and quickly and effectively use this data for competitive advantage. The ability to master this feedback will be a key differentiator in enabling enterprises on the digital transformation journey, to reshape and gain a leading market position.

To support the enterprise’s transformation, organisations will need to develop agile and innovative capabilities as well as further industrialising IT by exploiting emerging cloud services, automation and building on the foundation of established methods, processes and services.

The thought leaders, experts and speakers at this event will provide valuable insights into how an organisation approaches and manages a complex and transformative project like digital transformation. Including the key question of how to remain focused on balancing cost and value. Find out how drive digital innovation across your organisation, how to adapt, engage, disrupt and survive.


  • Transformation of IT capability
  • Adopting next generation collaboration and productivity tools
  • Delivery models
  • Dilemmas and Challenges
  • Digital leadership for disruptive times
  • New markets and new challenges
  • Creating a new spirit of innovation
  • Implementing disruptive technologies in a traditional organisation
  • Transforming business to create growth
  • The human capital and disruptive technology

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We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of Digital Technology and its applications.

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Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

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  • Joint morning session with Agile Methods: The Business Evolution -

  • Conference Chair: Stefan Lucas, FinTech Digital Executive, investor, mentor and lecturer -

  • 09:00 -

    Registration and coffee

  • 09:30 -

    UNICOM’s welcome

  • 09:35 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:45 -

    Keynote: The growing pains of Digital Leadership

    Margarete McGrath, Chief Digital Officer for Dell EmC Enterprises

    Digital leadership requires a bold approach to leadership. Many leading organisations have struggled to really transform how to become leading digital businesses. Many are still struggling with digital front ends but antiquated analog middle and back office structures and decaying work practices. Some enlightened businesses who are not disruptors but have a legacy infrastructure and aging workforce are trying new and novel ways to transform their culture to embrace the digital age.

    This session will touch on some of the highlights and low lights experienced by leading businesses and how they have responded to become leaders in a digital age.


    Margarete McGrath

  • 10:30 -

    Digital Business means Agile Business

    Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd

    ♦ Today's growth businesses are Digital. And in Digital things chance fast, technology, competitors, markets and even capabilities.
    ♦ How are businesses to respond? And how can digital business structure itself for efficient operations?
    ♦ Fortunately there is a template from which to learn: Agile.


    Allan Kelly

  • 11:00 -

    Introduction to sponsors and coffee break

  • 11:30 -

    Round Table session

    Round Table sessions are discussion groups held jointly with the two co-located events. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. Please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to digital transformation and the business evolution with Agile.

    Does Agile produce more value than waterfall (and how do you measure it)? 
    Steve Kitching, UK Managing Director, PREMIOS

    Agile Clinic: Your chance to ask about any problems you have with adopting Agile 
    Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd

    Robotic Process Automation. 
    Jonathon Wright, CTO & Co-Founder, Digital Assured

    Maturing DevOps Pipeline for Enterprises 
    Hiten Khambhadia, Head of Technology for Banking and Insurance in Europe, TCS, Amsterdam

    Digital Transformation: Turning rhetoric to reality with Automation, Performance and DevOps 
    Ian Molyneaux, Infuse

  • 12:15 -

    Change to separate tracks: Adopting New Technologies for Digital Transformation’s track

  • Chair for The Digital Transformation Track: Stefan Lucas, FinTech Digital Executive and Lecturer -

  • 12:20 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 12:30 -

    Maintaining application performance as part of digital transformation

    Ian Molyneaux, Senior Performance Architect, Infuse

    Digital transformation adoption is everywhere however can you be sure that your transformed applications will continue to scale and perform? This short talk looks at common performance pitfalls and how to avoid them.


    Ian Molyneaux

  • 13:00 -


  • 14:00 -

    Adopting disruptive technologies in a traditional organization

    Steven ten Napel, CEO, coMakeIT, Netherlands

    Handling disruption and technology transformation is a difficult exercise, in any circumstances. When this transformation also calls for a fundamental redesign of existing solutions with new architectural paradigms, and from a data-centric perspective, it becomes even more challenging. This presentation will cover:
    ♦ How to transform to data driven and data centric architectures
    ♦ Safeguarding existing technology investments
    ♦ What does it mean from Data breach perspective


    Steven ten Napel

  • 14:30 -

    Digital Evolution – Cognitive Adoption of Intelligent Process Automation & AI Bots

    Jonathon Wright, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Assured

    In the digital reality, technology is no longer just the enabler and it is what it is to be human, the ability to continuously learn and evolve. The approaches and techniques that worked yesterday, may no longer be the optimum approach for the future. Historically, human processes have been based on linear, sequential activities highly suitable to be replaced by digital engineering practices such as Intelligent Process Automation (IPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning (DL). However, robots are no longer mimicking human behaviours, but far surpassing our greatest expectations, traditional hardware and software are now becoming independent selfaware intelligent entities as they continue to journey towards the Singularity.

    Organisations are investing in adopting cognitive services, these intelligent algorithms to understand and interpret your business needs through natural languages are help drive omni-channel delivery that are extremely responsive to customer sentiment. Blurring the boundaries with Virtual Personal Assistants (VPA) and Enterprise Bots adoption becoming ever more prevalent and resilient in the face of unpredictable failure modes, whilst still being able to process huge amounts of unstructured data, embarking onto this third wave of artificial intelligence and the art of abstract thinking.


    Jonathon Wright

  • 15:00 -

    Human Capital – the ultimate differentiator in the Age of Disruption & Exponential Change

    Rooven Pakkiri, People Analytics and Social KM Consultant

    From Driverless cars to Drones and 3D Printing – we are in the age of Exponential Change. With five generations in work to digital transformation and the rise of the gig economy – the nature of work and the workplace is approaching a disruptive peak. (In this talk we will see how) The ability to understand Human Capital and harness it in radical and creative ways has become a business imperative.


    Rooven Pakkiri

  • 15:30 -

    Tea & Coffee break

  • 15:45 -

    Platform Thinking: Disrupt rather than be disrupted !

    Hiten Khambhadia, Head of Technology for Banking and Insurance in Europe, TCS, Amsterdam

    The likes of Uber and Airbnb have been able to successfully disrupt the market with platform setup. This session touches upon the fundamentals of platform thinking with some examples/concepts from industry.

    The key take away for the audience is the understanding of key considerations in platform thinking.


    Hiten Khambhadia

  • 16:15 -

    Re-writing the FinTech Ecosystem in the Blockchain Era

    Stefan Lucas, FinTech Digital Executive and Lecturer

    ♦ Re-writing FinTech
    ♦ Transforming Ecosystems
    ♦ DLT Beyond FinTech


    Stefan Lucas

  • 16:45 -

    Chair’s summing up and close of day


Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd

Hiten Khambhadia

Head of Technology for Banking and Insurance in Europe, TCS, Amsterdam

Stefan Lucas

FinTech Digital Executive and Lecturer

Margarete McGrath

Dell EMC Enterprise

Ian Molyneaux


Rooven Pakkiri

People Analytics and Social KM Consultant

Steven ten Napel

CEO, coMakeIT, Netherlands

Jonathon Wright

Chief Technology Officer, Digital Assured

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David Chan

Cass Business School

Mark Fewster

Grove Software Testing Ltd

Tony Grout

Global Lead for Digital Transformations, Atlassian

Marcin Kierdelewicz

Founder @BIAMI.IO – Business Process Automation Framework

Stefan Lucas

FinTech Digital Executive, investor, mentor and lecturer

Tom Raftery

Global VP, Futurist, & Internet of Things Evangelist, SAP

Neil Walker

Chief Architect, Mastek

Charles Weir

Researcher Security Lancaster Group, Lancaster University

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