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The Artist Formerly Known As The IT Organization - Evolving IT to Support 21st Century Businesses

As businesses and public sector agencies evolve to win in the 21st century, the IT organization needs to adapt to become the digital engine of the enterprise. This includes exploiting cloud and supporting distributed cloud consumption models, evolving the IT/digital talent pool, dealing with the challenge of cyber-risk, embedding machine intelligence and absorbing the Internet of Things into the enterprise architecture. 

At this flagship European Executive Forum, we will share and discuss LEF’s latest research in these areas.

Attending this event will help you:

  • Understand where your organization is strong and weak as a 21st Century Organization.
  • Think through the main business and technology drivers causing IT organizations to change.
  • Frame your future IT operating model and your exploitation of the Matrix.
  • Consider the implications for talent, breakthrough talent practices, and the imperative for your team to evolve into 21st Century Humans.
  • Evaluate your approach to cyber-risk at the board level, and how it can be improved.
  • Expand your network of peers and associates.


Because we think our Forums are a great learning experience, but don't just take our word for it, watch this playlist to hear what previous attendees have said about the LEF and our events:

Pete Goss

Sailor, Adventurer and former Royal Marine

Pete Goss is the ultimate competitor. He is a sailor, adventurer and former Royal Marine, who has had numerous seafaring adventures. He has competed in seven transatlantic and two round-the-world races. 

Paul Clarke

Chief Technology Officer

 Paul Clarke is Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer. Paul heads up Ocado Technology who are in the midst of re-platforming their complete solution to create the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) - a combination of scalable modular hardware for building automated warehouses and their end to end e-commerce and fulfilment solution running in the cloud. They will use OSP to offer large bricks & mortar grocery retailers around the world a shortcut to moving online using Ocado's disruptive business model.

Dave Aron

Global Research Director
Leading Edge Forum

Dave Aron, based in the UK, is Global Research Director for Leading Edge Forum.  In this position, he guides a series of global research initiatives aimed at helping CIOs and other Business/ IT leaders reimagine their organizations and leadership for a tech-driven future. Dave is the author of our 2017 reports, Unleashing Digital Talent for Fun and Profit and Winning in the 21st Century - A User's Guide.

Dave’s key areas of research include digital business, strategy and new business models.  Previously, Dave spent more than 12 years at Gartner, as a Gartner Fellow, focusing on strategy and CIO leadership issues.  Dave has more than 30 years’ experience in the IT business, and has been writing, speaking and teaching on digital business, IT strategy and other topics around the world for more than a decade.

Dave holds a BSc in Computer Science from Queen Mary College, and an MBA from London Business School.

Dave's alter ego is Mu, The 21st Century Anti-Strategist, which comprises Dave's distilled thoughts about what doesn't make sense as 20th century organizations sleepwalk into the 21st century.

Simon Wardley

Leading Edge Forum

Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum and the lead practitioner for Wardley Maps advisory service helping clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments.

Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and he is the author of multiple reports including Clash of the Titans – Will China Dethrone Silicon Valley?  where he assesses the hi-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including Of Wonders and Disruption,  The Future is More Predictable Than You Think - A Workbook for Value Chain MappingBeware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open EconomyLearning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing.

Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries.  From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 Cloud operating system.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies.  He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and has been voted as one of the UK's top 50 most influential people in IT in Computer Weekly's 2012 and 2011 polls.



Richard Davies

VP, Strategic Advisory, DXC Technology and Managing Director, Leading Edge Forum
Leading Edge Forum

Richard is VP Strategic Advisory, DXC Technology and Managing Director of Leading Edge Forum (LEF).

At LEF, Richard leads and manages a global cross-industry think tank dedicated to helping large organizations reimagine their organizations and leadership for a technology-driven future.  He is also responsible in DXC Technology for helping major global clients transform to take advantage of future state business platforms. 

Lewis Richards

Leading Edge Forum

Lewis Richards, based in the UK, is a researcher and self-styled Digital Chef for Leading Edge Forum.  He is responsible for research into Pro-active, Haptic Sensing and bringing additional value to clients as Head of our 21st Century Human Upgrade Programme Advisory practice, enabling clients to build hands-on digital skills. 

Lewis’ most recent publications are the Technology Trends and Me video series; AI & Me,  Automation & Me and VR & Me which provide insights on today's emerging trends as we try to make sense of the world around us. Prior to this, Lewis authored the report The Field Engineer of the Future – An LEF Xperience Lab Case Study.

Lewis is a seasoned IT leader having spent 16 years working for CSC where he performed a number of UK and International roles within Financial Service and the Corporate Office of Innovation.  Lewis managed the European Innovation Centre for CSC and worked with clients and partners to showcase Next Gen technologies whilst articulating how IT can address the needs of current business problems.

In his previous post, Lewis was responsible for Global Portfolio Management for CSC's Application Business.  This role involved the management of a diverse workforce and the reengineering of the applications business, including the adoption of a globalized portfolio management process and the implementation of product and technology roadmaps.

Lewis is passionate about collaboration and the cultural changes required to enhance business functions.

Lewis has a BSc from the University of Surrey and an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University.

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.

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.  

21 Nov 2017

A chance to network.

Richard Davies, Managing Director, Leading Edge Forum
Dave Aron, Research Director, Leading Edge Forum

Bill Murray and Glen Robinson, Researchers and Advisors, Leading Edge Forum.

In this session Bill and Glen will facilitate a discussion of how ‘the artist formerly known as the IT organization’ is evolving and needs to evolve in the face of platform business models, an increasingly sophisticated matrix of capabilities that organizations can tap into, including cloud, internet of things, talent networks, and the need to turn data into insight.

Paul Clarke, CTO, OCADO.

Paul, who has made significant steps in evolving their IT Organization will discuss their approach, outcomes and experiences.

A chance to network.

Pete Goss, Sailor, Adventurer and former Royal Marine.

'Dare to Dream’ an interesting and motivating talk that opens up Leadership and Teamwork in the real world through the tapestry of two fascinating projects. The first an entry in the Vendee Globe non stop single handed round the world yacht race. The second, Team Philips which was a project that ended in the loss of a huge catamaran in a huge N.Atlantic storm. As the story unfolds so the lessons that relate to any business unfold leaving one uplifted and with a lot to reflect on back the work place.

A chance to network.

Dave Aron, Global Research Director, Leading Edge Forum.

In this session, we will share research findings, including examples of advanced practices being used to win the talent war, to attract, engage and unleash great digital talent.  The session will include a discussion of what practices you are using/could use to move the talent capability forward in your organization.

Simon Wardley, Advisor, Leading Edge Forum.

Facebook talks in 3s – the product development triathlon with explore, expand, extract. AirBnB talks in 3s – pioneer, settlers and town planners within elastic product teams.  Even GCHQ talks in 3s – research, specialist and commodity in a hybrid dynamic model.  But is 3 the right answer? In this session, Simon will discuss one aspect of doctrine – the way in which we organize.  We will look at the issue of constraints, the use of small teams and the importance of aptitude (the skills we have) and attitude (the way we use those skills) in organization. 

A chance to network.

Lewis Richards, Researcher, Leading Edge Forum.

What does a day in the life of a 21st Century Human really look like?  In this session, we will explore the concept of the Matrix and move from the Abstract to the Real.  Join us as we offer delegates the choice of the red pill or the blue pill through a series of hands-on learning experiences.

Dave Aron, Research Director, Leading Edge Forum.

How savvy are boards about cyber-risk?  How engaged are they with the topic?  Are the tools and approaches they are using to make decisions about cyber-risk adequate?  What steps can we take to improve the situation?  In this session, Mike will share our research findings and case studies, and we will discuss applicability in your organization.

Richard Davies, Managing Director, and Dave Aron, Global Research Director, Leading Edge Forum.

A chance to network.

Start: 21 Nov 2017 09:00
Finish: 21 Nov 2017 17:15

Andaz London Liverpool Street
40 Liverpool Street


Attendance at this event is open to CIOs and Senior Business Leaders only from large end-user organizations.  Attendance for LEF Clients is complimentary.  For non-clients, the fee is £1,450.00 plus VAT (where appropriate).

Should you have any questions about the event, please contact Jane Kingston by telephone on +44 (0)7768 643936, or by email at

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