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The real reason we use technology to drive innovation: to drive new revenue and avoid getting fired!

11th September 2019, London

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Location: London


What keeps CIOs awake at night? Of course, there are the usual availability, connectivity and security concerns. How to keep up with the pace of change. The threat of the unknown. But what is it that really motivates them?

If they’re being honest, it is how to be successful: how to make a name for themselves in the organisation – and avoid getting fired.

The mark of a truly successful leader is their ability to deliver growth, not just cost savings and efficiencies. To be an outstanding leader, it is not enough to simply follow the market. Delivering transformative growth means harnessing your data and that of your partners to drive new revenue and deploy new business models to stay ahead of the competition and disrupt the market.

Increasingly, CIOs want to be recognised as an engine of growth, innovation and revenue. Yet for that to happen, they need to reconcile existing systems, processes and datasets with the new wave of innovation-enhancing technologies coming over the horizon – things like IoT, machine learning, APIs and data science. Having a successful integration strategy – tied to innovation – will be an increasingly critical differentiator. And one that might just help keep them in a job.

So how do you expose the potential insights that exist across various company siloes or different databases? How do you join up your processes, data, devices and apps to unlock both efficiencies and new innovations? And how do you bring new technologies into the organisation to help accelerate change and drive new revenue opportunities? Join this Meet the Boss event to find out.


6:30 – 7:00 pm – Welcome Drinks Reception
7:00 – 7:10 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
7:10 – 7:30 pm – Keynote Speaker
7:30 – 9:30 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:30 – 10:00 pm – Wrap up and closing remarks

Discussion Points

  • What are the technology developments that you see as being most helpful to you in terms of driving real business transformation at your organisation?
  • How do you innovate when dealing with an existing IT estate? How do you integrate new technologies and tools into that legacy environment?
  • How are you using APIs to help unlock the hidden value in your data, apps and processes? How can they create new revenue opportunities for your business?

Keynote Speaker:


Joanne Taylor – Director of Digital Innovation & Strategy, Software AG

Joanne is currently a member of the UK Executive Management Team of Software AG UK&I. Responsible for leading the UK go to market, heading a team covering business development, solution consulting and Alliances covering the breadth of the Software AG Portfolio. Joanne has specialisms in AI, IoT and Digital Transformation.

Having worked in the Software Industry for 20 years Joanne brings a wealth of experience in strategy and Innovation. Her role is to improve outcomes for customers, enable them to digitize and innovate and to ensure they are future proofed to not only match, but lead digital disruption. Joanne’s Technical background in Analytics and Digital Transformation has resulted in numerous innovative solutions designed to meet complex customer needs.

Prior to joining Software AG, Joanne led the Solution Consulting business for Opentext UK&I and prior to that spent 10 years at SAS leading the transformation into the age of Big Data. Spending her last 5 years there setting up and leading SAS Public Security Business Unit across EMEA and AP.

Joanne studied at City University attaining a B.Sc. in Psychology and then attended Bristol University where she studied for a PhD in Forensic Psychology. Whilst studying Joanne also lectured undergraduate classes in Forensic and Neurological Psychology and Advanced Multivariate Statistics.

Joanne has published work in multiple press and academic publications including Huffington Post, The Journal of Experimental Psychology and The Journal and Legal and Criminological Psychology.


About Software AG

Software AG helps companies with their digital transformation. With Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, companies can better interact with their customers and bring them on new ‘digital’ journeys, promote unique value propositions, and create new business opportunities. In the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Software AG enables enterprises to integrate, connect and manage IoT components as well as analyze data and predict future events based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Digital Business Platform is built on decades of uncompromising software development, IT experience and technological leadership. Software AG has more than 4,500 employees, is active in 70 countries and had revenues of €879 million in 2017.

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