Less than three weeks until EY Engage – Malta’s Technology Leaders Forum

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May, 2022 at 9:33 am by Andre Camilleri

EY Engage, an event organised by technology consulting firm EY, in collaboration with Microsoft and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, will bring together Malta’s top CIOs, CTOs and IT management all under one roof on 1 June.

Analysing how tech enables resilience and competitiveness during times of disruption, the event features a tech exhibition, international keynote speakers, panel discussion and interactive roundtables.

Engage will unravel upcoming trends and showcase technology that will help both the private and public sectors to realise their ambitions in further digitalising their operations. 

A keynote speech will be delivered by Pascal Bornet, author of bestselling book ‘Intelligent Automation.’ He is a well-known tech influencer with over 700,000 followers on LinkedIn and a Member of the Forbes Technology Council. A pioneer in his field, he has been published in Forbes, Bloomberg, McKinsey Quarterly and The Times. Pascal has over twenty years of experience leading digital transformations with global companies.

Another Keynote will be delivered EY Associate Partner Mohammad J. Sear, from EY Africa, India, Middle East (AIM) Digital Government & Public Sector Consulting Leader. He will provide fundamental insights on the evolution of technology in business and government.

Technology leaders in both private and public sector organisation phase several challenges and opportunities as the operational environment increases the need for digitalisation to improve customer acquisition, retention, and overall performance:

Digital Channels & Customer Experience: One of the key differentiators to building a successful business is customer experience (CX). With consumers able to access vendors from around the world, differentiating products or services is a challenge. The one key differentiator that can make your business stand out from the crowd is the customer experience you provide.

Technology Management & Enterprise Architecture: The evolution of disruptive digital technology and business models demands improved alignment of technology investments with business strategy and goals. Enterprise Architecture enables alignment of organizational resources (e.g., people, process, information technology and strategy) enabling the business strategic objectives.

Security by Design: Covid-19, relentless cyber-attacks, insufficient budgets and complex regulations are the few reasons cited by Chief Information Security Officers why a robust cybersecurity strategy is more important now than ever before. Additionally, National and Trans-national regulators have warned of a projected increase in cyber-attacks emanating from threat actors, as geopolitical conflict transposes itself to the cyber-space. Concepts like ‘Privacy by design’ and ‘Security by Design’ give security leaders an opportunity to be much more integrated with the go-to-market activities of the business.

Cloud First but a Hybrid IT: Cloud enablement and digital technologies are among the most effective drivers to become an adaptive organization. The current business landscape demands a cloud-first response to become operationally adaptive and deploy new digital experiences in days rather than months. Enterprises that get the cloud operating model right can see dramatic improvements. These include better speed, scale, optimal target-state economics, and lower transition costs.

Data & Artificial Intelligence: Used the right way, data and augmented intelligence can create competitive advantage, re-engineer processes and enhance risk controls. We are entering a new era of data centricity, with over half of senior executives now identifying data and analytics as their top investment priority. This shift is enabled by a sophisticated new tech stack of cloud, AI and the Internet of Things – the top technology priorities for transformation leaders. The most successful technology transformations put humans – committed leadership and empowered employees – at its center.

Adoption of Emerging Technologies: The outlook is bright for enterprises’ adoption of emerging technologies over the next three years. Latest research, namely the EY Reimagining Industry Futures study 2022, reveals that 5G is leading the way in terms of future spending intentions, with businesses keen to explore its relationship to other technologies such as IoT and the Metaverse. In addition, the metaverse has seen an acceleration in interest since mid-2021 and has mostly been led by consumers and companies alike. As it takes shape, it could become a technological revolution, changing the way brands operate and engage with consumers. The metaverse will likely have sweeping consequences for human behaviour and to understand these impacts, we can learn from behavioural economics and recent tech experience.

Roundtable sessions moderated by experts in the field will enable peer discussions on how technology leaders see these challenges and opportunities and learn from each other on best practices and perspectives on how this is changing the role of the IT organisation in enabling a fast-paced transformation whilst ensuring operational resilience.

EY Engage, Malta’s Technology Leaders Forum, will be held at the Westin Dragonara Resort on June 1 at 11.30am.

EY Engage is taking place in collaboration with Microsoft and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, along with event sponsors BMIT Technologies, Newgen Software, SG Solutions, GO Business, UiPath, Exigy, ICT Solutions, Atlas Insurance, AIVHY, Onpoint, MITA, MCA, eSkills Foundation, Tech.mt, MDIA and Invent3D. To register visit  ey.com/en_mt/events/engage 

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