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Does Industry Convergence result in a Threat or an Opportunity? Continuous Digital Transformation and Innovation -- Imperative Considerations for Every CXO

17th July 2019, San Jose

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Location: Morton’s Steak House


Shifts in consumer behavior and advances in new technologies mean that for today’s business, change is imperative. Disruptive innovation, digitalization and the era of hyper-connectivity all present different challenges for the modern enterprise. And they have also resulted in a blurring of the lines between previously separate industries. Amazon is eating into both retail and the traditional media space, while technology companies such as Google are threatening incumbent carriers like AT&T, and Uber is disrupting the logistics and distribution sectors as well as the taxi industry.

The continuous evolution of digital innovation is critical to keeping up – and a relentless focus on customer centricity, operational efficiency and faster product innovation is increasingly what separates leaders and laggards. How traditional industries can counter threats and seize opportunities is something every CXO needs to consider.

But change is hard. So how do you harness technology to better engage customers, differentiate your brand, accelerate time to development, and drive profitable growth? How do you nurture a culture that embraces innovation and fosters creative thinking? And what are the technology cornerstones you need to help you on that journey?

Join Meet the Boss and Ness for an evening of dinner and discussion to find out. Share ideas and experiences with your peers. And hear from guest speaker, Dave Blakely, Operating Partner of Mach49, who specializes in helping companies fully embrace digital disruption and become leading corporate innovators.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Drinks Reception
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote Speaker
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up and closing remarks from Ness

Discussion Topics

  • What kind of technology is threatening your business? Is it AI? Cloud? Something else? And how do you identify threats from emerging technology platforms?
  • What path do you need to take towards digital leadership? And what steps do you need to take to be closer to your customers?
  • What is the best starting point? How do you get senior executives/the board to engage in order to evaluate your current standing and make radical change?

Keynote Speaker


Dake Blakely

Dave Blakely helps Mach49’s clients build businesses at the intersection of emerging technologies, business opportunities, and customer needs. He joins Mach49 from IDEO, where he was Director of Technology Strategy.
Dave’s client work involves helping “intrapreneurs” to (1) find new and disruptive ways of doing business, (2) deliver innovative products and services to the market, and (3) foster a culture of innovation to maintain market leadership. Dave helps global companies understand how attributes of Silicon Valley culture can transcend political borders and organizational charts. Of particular value for many of these clients is Dave’s knowledge of emerging technology from Silicon Valley startups. Dave also advises executives at a number of different technology companies, serves on boards for business and academia, conducts innovation workshops, and speaks frequently to media, academic, and business groups.

About Ness

Ness Digital Engineering designs, builds, and integrates digital platforms and enterprise software that help organizations engage customers, differentiate their brands, and drive profitable growth. Our customer experience designers, software engineers, data experts, and business consultants partner with clients to develop roadmaps that identify ongoing opportunities to increase the value of their digital solutions and enterprise systems. Through agile development of minimum viable products (MVPs), our clients can test new ideas in the market and continually adapt to changing business conditions—giving our clients the leverage to lead market disruption in their industries and compete more effectively to grow their business. For more information, visit www.ness.com.

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