Upcoming Event


2018 LEF Spring Study Tour: Building the Digital Platform

In the world of the matrix, everything is increasingly connected via the cloud, the edge and the Internet of Things (IoT).  IoT creates massive potential flows of data (one plane journey can throw off one Terabyte of data, for example), different types and levels of real-time activity, and the need for anti-fragility.  Smart companies, government agencies, ecosystems, cities and nations will be powered by big data.  New threat surfaces and vectors are emerging.  Vendors are jostling for position in the IoT, cloud and edge platform space.  New economic and business models are emerging.  Our organizations need to become intelligent clients of, and players in, this evolving matrix. We have tuned this study tour from Autumn 2017 to make it even more relevant and exciting.

On this tour, we will look at a wide array of small and large players who are helping reshape the fabric of the matrix, and helping organizations exploit it for advantage.  We hope to have a complete list of firms to be visited in the Spring, and we welcome any suggestions you might have.

Our tours are designed to help you and your organization improve your understanding of emerging technologies, not just in terms of their capabilities and likely impact, but also the skills, experience, and digital leadership you will need to take advantage of these developments.

We hope you can join us on what we think will be one of our most important tours ever.

Review the full agenda listed and register early to avoid disappointment!


“Amazon Microsoft “Madrona Swim“A16z” “GE”


Because we think our Study Tours are a unique learning experience (view the video clip). But don’t just take our word for it – see what attendees have said after previous Tours:


  • “I would like to thank you and your colleagues for providing such a stimulating and exciting vision for us to engage with.  The time I spend with LEF is the time I feel most alive at work and it gives me renewed hope and enthusiasm to go back and fight the hard won inches.”

  • “We send two people each year on the LEF Study Tour and it consistently serves to both stoke the innovative flames already burning in some and ignite sparks of new possibilities in others.  We enjoy the challenge of keeping up with the participants upon their return to an industry environment in significant need of innovation and disruptive thought.”  

  • “The LEF Study Tour is always for me and my organization a great source of inspiration to think (and once home, act) differently about developments, products and services in the IT market.  The discussions and interactions with the host companies, LEF staff, and last but not least, the 30+ group members, provide a deeper insight in the forces acting in the IT market.”

  • “As ever, the highlight of the work year.  Informative and great fun.  Excellent networking and great to be able to spend a week in the company of so many like minds.”

  • “Superb event.  A week with peers from different industries provides unique insight and value far beyond what would be achieved reading and alone.”

  • “Great tour!  Seeing the difference between the large incumbents and smaller more nimble firms.”

  • “Overall, an excellent tour – very well organized.  I felt very welcome and the standard of client service (from LEF) was very high.  The tour itself was thought-provoking, and networking with fellow attendees was also good.”


To register, or for more information, please contact Jane Kingston at jane.kingston@leadingedgeforum.com or call Jane on +44 (0)7768 643936.

Glen Robinson

Emerging Technology Advisor
Leading Edge Forum

Glen Robinson, based in the UK, is an Emerging Technology Advisor for Leading Edge Forum. 

Glen’s main focus of research is leading edge Enterprise technology solutions that will power the 21st century businessHe is the co-author of our research publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. The cloud has unlocked innovation that is now allowing the next wave of disruptive technology solutions to come to market, and whilst businesses are still working out how best to maximize the value from cloud services, they are now aware of ‘the Matrix’, this advanced sensing, deciding, all-seeing, global force that will be a significant threat to some.  But others will learn to understand it, to harness its power, giving them and those around them super-powers.  Put simply, we are moving into a time where our own capabilities will be augmented by that of powerful, intelligent robots.  A lot of the tasks we do today won’t exist tomorrow as they will be fully automated but also watched over and governed by advance cognitive intelligence.  The interface into this world is moving away from the screen on our device, to the world around us becoming an interactive physical and digital experience, which will be responsive to our needs.  

As consumer expectations leapt forward with the adoption of the internet, so too is it about to leap forward once more now the Matrix is upon us.  This will change the way we service our customers, deal with our employees and live and do business in the 21st century.  

Bill Murray

Senior Researcher and Advisor

Bill Murray, based in the UK, is a Senior Researcher and Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Bill is the author of our report entitled, Rethink Risk Through the Lens of Antifragility, co-author of our paper WT* is a Platform and co-author for our publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization.

Bill’s IT career spans over 30 years, with 16 years as a Founder and Partner of Differentis, providing strategic IT consulting services to many industry sectors.  Bill has experience of developing Digital and business technology strategies, business cases and change programmes involving technology disruptions such as consumerization, analytics and cloud based services.  Most recently, Bill has been helping clients develop IoT enabled business propositions and services in Connected Health, Connected Insurance, FMCG and supply chains, and advising on IoT platforms.

Bill’s experience also includes setting up/running business and IT innovation projects; shaping and growing analytics groups; IT organisation reviews; development of strategic IT initiatives and business cases; development of business and IT architectures; IT strategy definition; mobilization, delivery and turnaround of major programmes and business process reengineering.

Prior to Differentis, Bill was Vice President of Management Consulting and Strategic Development for CSC where he consulted to clients on IT strategy, programme management and business/IT innovation projects.  Prior to CSC, Bill held various strategy roles with KPMG Nolan Norton and Accenture. 

Bill is a chartered engineer by background, and started his career with Arup in high energy impact analysis in the the nuclear and automotive industries.

Start: 22 Apr 2018 09:00
Finish: 27 Apr 2018 17:00

Fairmont, Seattle and Grand Hyatt, San Francisco


The fee for participating in the tour is £5,300 plus VAT (or $6,800) for clients and £7,750 plus VAT (or $9,900) for non-clients of the Leading Edge Forum. This fee covers:

  • Accommodation (room and breakfast) for six nights, from Saturday 21 to Thursday 26 April inclusive
  • Reception and social events on Sunday
  • Travel between Seattle and San Francisco
  • Travel to all host companies during the week
  • Reception and dinner on Wednesday evening
  • All costs incurred by us in organizing the tour


Based on our experience of previous study tours, we expect that most delegates will wish to arrange their own travel to and from the United States.


In the event of you cancelling either your own or your partner’s registration, you will be liable for any cancellation costs that may be incurred by Leading Edge Forum.  If you cancel your registration and your place on the tour cannot be allocated to another delegate, please understand no refund may be payable.