MIT CISR Annual Research Forum 2017

During the MIT CISR Annual Research Forum, the MIT CISR team will be sharing findings from the current list of MIT CISR Research Projects. Sponsors and patrons will have the chance to learn and discuss during traditional presentations, workshops, and breakout sessions, all presented by MIT CISR researchers and other guests.

 

Agenda

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Check-in & Continental Breakfast
    Salon West
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast
    Salon West
    8:30 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Introduction
    Salons I & T (combined)
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    8:45 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Surviving—and Then Thriving—in an Era of Digital Ecosystems
    Salons I & T (combined)
    In the digital world of winner takes most a successful strategy is to become the go-to destination in a particular domain for a subset of customers – we call those companies Ecosystem Drivers (e.g. Amazon, WeChat). We will explore the dimensions of financially successful ecosystem drivers, and the capabilities needed to build that ecosystem.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Morning Break
    10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Designing a Competitive Innovation Portfolio
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Although most companies are spending more money than ever before on a “portfolio” of digital innovation efforts, few have a coherent view of their total spend and even fewer understand its impact. We found that portfolio allocation across four types of digital innovation, rather than total spend, is what differentiates the most competitive firms. We will discuss the key aspects of competitive innovation portfolios.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    11:15 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Breakout Sessions Beginning with Five Minute "Pitches"
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Each presenter for the breakouts below will describe their session in a short elevator "pitch."
    Breakout 1: Leading Enterprises to the Blockchain Promised Land
    Dining Room 2
    Managers new to blockchains will get a 15 minute overview of all they need to know about the state of blockchains today, followed by a rapid-paced master class and discussion on what organizations are doing today to prepare for, and to direct, the future of business services.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    Breakout 2: How Companies Create Competitive Products and Services with Data
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Commoditization pressures and shifting consumer expectations have inspired companies to enrich their offerings with data and analytics, a phenomenon that we call data wrapping. This session will describe a variety of data wrapping opportunities, along with what it takes to make each opportunity pay off.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    Panelist:
    Breakout 3: Digital Culture...Can you build it and will they come?
    Dining Room 6
    Agile, test-and-learn, co-creation, customer experience, MVP, silo-busting—the digital economy demands a new set of skills. Does it demand a different enterprise culture? In this breakout session, we will discuss the changes needed in your company’s cultures and how it is going.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    Breakout 4: Winning the Talent War for Digital
    Dining Room 5
    CIOs seeking to engage the best digital talent are being challenged by a shortage of key digital skills and capabilities, the need for flexibility to grow and retract to meet uncertain demands, and the shifting demands of highly skilled people to work in new ways. In this session we will explore the workplace capabilities needed to effectively recruit and enable talent across a range of engagement models (i.e., FTE , contractors, freelancers) to deliver the speed, agility, and skills needed to add value.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Lunch
    Dining Rooms 3 & 4 (combined)
    1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Cognitive Computing: Secrets to Success
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Despite all the excitement about artificial intelligence, generating business value from cognitive computing applications has proved challenging. Nonetheless, growing numbers of companies can boast successful outcomes by carefully targeting the problems they attack and tending to necessary organizational requirements.  In this session, we will examine critical success factors for making cognitive computing part of your company’s DNA.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Empowering Employees to Build Value in a Digital World
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Digital transformation strategies are often driven without a thought for what they do to your employees. Complex, frustrating, and stressful systems at the employee level lead to poor customer experience, less innovation, and higher costs. Digital capabilities can make a difference to shift the needle, but only if new conversations challenge pre-existing notions—otherwise people become the hindrance on the pathway to transformation.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Afternoon Break
    4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM
    What’s a CIO to Do? Townhall Conversation
    Salons I & T (combined)
    As companies become more digital, CIOs (and the IT unit) have to step up their game. Using polling devices, Peter will get the group’s views on what it takes to be a great CIO and facilitate a conversation with all participants.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    4:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Wrap-up
    Salons I & T (combined)
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    5:15 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Reception
    Salon M
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017
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    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    MIT CISR Liaison Breakfast
    Salon East
    We encourage our key and alternate liaisons to join us for a special breakfast. The MIT CISR team will share ideas on getting the most value from MIT CISR membership, with plenty of time for input from participants.
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Transforming from Digitized to Digital
    Salons I & T (combined)
    For 20 years, established companies have been pursuing efficiencies through digitization. Regardless of the outcomes of their digitization efforts, they must now turn their attention to developing digital offerings and the underlying capabilities that enable rapid innovation. Digital success depends on business componentization, which requires a new system environment and fundamental business redesign. In this session we will review the transformation journeys of BNY Mellon, Schneider Electric, and Philips to provide a template for digital transformations.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    10:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Morning Break
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Connections Matter for Data-Driven Transformation
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Data-driven transformation requires that companies connect data and non-data communities in ways that erase boundaries and create new evidence-based work practices. This session will explore exactly what it takes to create a data-driven company, and it will feature Microsoft’s transformation journey.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Apply the Case...
    Attendees will engage with lessons from two case studies of top performing firms and share their experiences.
    Apply the Case...Microsoft
    Salons I & T (combined)
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    Apply the Case...Spotify
    Dining Rooms 5 & 6 (combined)
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Lunch
    Dining Rooms 3 & 4 (combined)
    MIT CISR's proposed research projects for 2018 will be discussed (via table topics) during a working lunch.
    1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Andy's keynote will focus on his and Erik Brynjolfsson's recent book "Machine, Platform, Crowd," a leader’s guide to success in a rapidly changing economy. What does it take to master this digital-powered shift? We must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. In all three cases, the balance now favors the second element of the pair, with massive implications for how we run our companies and live our lives.
    Keynote Speaker:
    2:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Becoming Future Ready: Four Pathways to Digital Business Transformation
    Salons I & T (combined)
    Virtually every company is working on transforming their business for the digital era. Peter will share a map for digital transformation describing the capabilities, organizational explosions, and financial performance of Future Ready firms. We will then identify the four viable pathways to Future Ready and where over 600 firms in our study are on those pathways. We’ll tell stories of several firms’ transformations and finish with benchmarks of best practice.
    MIT CISR Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  4:10 PM
    Wrap-up
    Salons I & T (combined)
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