IBM BusinessConnect 2014

A New Era of Smart

16 Sep 2014 | Four Seasons Hotel, Doha, Qatar

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At IBM BusinessConnect 2014, you will have the opportunity to attend many hot topics designed to help you understand how the changing market can improve your business.

Live presentations, Q&A’s and discussions from industry and IT leaders offer insight into the best practices around the biggest trends in IT today. You’ll learn how the convergence of Cloud, Social, Mobile, Big Data & Analytics with business networks that connect employees, customers and partners is forcing businesses to respond and anticipate with uber-dexterity and supersonic speed–or be left behind.

Timing Agenda
09:00 - 10:00 Registration & Morning Coffee
10:00 - 10:20 Welcome Address
10:20 - 10:50 IBM Strategy
Main Plenary Breakout Room
11:00 - 11:30 Fueling A New Era of Competitive Advantage Through Big Data & Analytics
The increasing importance of cloud, mobile and social technologies has opened the floodgates for data generation and analysis, resulting in a wellspring of potential insights. Attend this session to hear how organizations are leveraging all these new resources to gain a better insight into their business, ultimately driving competitive advantage through informed business decision making.
IBM Smart Cities Agenda: The Solutions for More Competitive, Effective and Efficient Cities
Drawing on the experience of over 2,000 engagements with cities around the world, IBM has develop the city operations center to integrate, and analyze information, and provide decision makers with the tools they need to pro-actively manage complex city infrastructure to deliver the demanding targets that City Officials are set. The IBM Smarter Cities portfolio of products underpins the delivery of Smarter Cities and covers public safety and security solutions, intelligence transportation, city planning and management capabilities, and the delivery of Smarter Care and Citizen services. During this session we will look at how this technology can help city officials manage and protect the city infrastructure and improve the effectiveness of Public Administration - all with the aim of making cities smarter, more competitive, and better places to live and work.
11:30 - 12:00 Reinventing your Business with IBM Cloud
Today, cloud is everywhere. And whether it’s mobile, social or big data and analytics, the common connecting thread is cloud—a strategic enabler that belongs at the heart of every business strategy.
No matter where you are in the cloud journey, and whether your objective is speeding time-to-market or using analytics to drive better decision-making, cloud can help get you there and deliver real business outcomes. Explore how you can put cloud to work as a growth engine for your business (SaaS).
Achieve a Faster, More Accurate Financial Closure
Attend this session to learn how you can accelerate your financial closing and consolidation processes while ensuring timely and accurate filing of global statutory and compliance business reports. Streamline the assembly of management reporting, performance reporting and reporting for regulatory compliance. Transform the way you collect, manage and report the financial data.
12:00 - 12:15 Coffee Break
12:15 - 12:45 Set your Business in Motion: IBM Mobile First
How do you plan, integrate, optimize and manage IT and communications infrastructures to securely deploy mobile? In a world where everyone is connected to everything your organization’s infrastructure has no boundaries. Successful companies are doing business in motion. The challenge is managing and securing an infrastructure that connects an endless array of intelligent devices and sensors that are outside your control.
Exceptional Web and Employee Experience
Session dedicated to CIO, Marketing and HR leaders, will give deep dive on how to manage the increasing demand on your web presence and how it is seen today as the engine to generate more revenue and more satisfied customers for your organization. It will dive deep into how leading organizations have attracted the best people, developed employee skills, cultivated leaders and capitalised on collective intelligence and analytics. Your employees! Your most valuable asset! HR Analytics: Enable organizations to use their wealth of employee data to make better decisions about their workforces and improve operational performance. From attracting top talent, to accurately forecasting future staffing needs or improving employee satisfaction, HR analytics tools empower organizations to align HR metrics with strategic business goals.
12:45 - 13:15 A New Era of Security for a New Era of Computing
Sophisticated attackers break through conventional safeguards every day. Organized criminals, hacktivists, governments and adversaries are compelled by financial gain, politics and notoriety to attack your most valuable assets. Their operations are well-funded and business-like attackers patiently evaluate targets based on potential effort and reward. Their methods are extremely targeted ‒ they use social media and other entry points to track down people with access, take advantage of trust, and exploit them as vulnerabilities. How well equipped are you to safeguard your important assets?
Infrastructure Matters: The Future of Systems
Big data requires once unimaginable speed. Cloud comes with new workloads and an unprecedented need for flexible scaling. And new ways of engaging through mobile and social platforms are exponentially expanding the number of transactions executed, many of which need to bridge systems of engagement and systems of record, and all of which must be secure. Suddenly it is easy to see why infrastructure matters now more than ever.
13:15 - 13:45 Manage B2B IT Complexity without draining your IT resources
How can organizations manage the increased level of IT complexity within their business community with a multitude different system and protocols. IBM has recently acquired ASPERA, a leading provider of eXtreme File Transfer (XFT) that can significantly reduce the cross-organizational IT barriers. Aspera technology speeds the collection, distribution and synchronization of big data sets to allow analytics to deliver more complete insights faster, whether the data is a collection of small files or a large single file. This presentation will be cross-linked and integrated with the Big Data and Security messages.
13:45 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 Networking & Exhibition

The event agenda is subject to change