Thanks for Attending the IBM Chief Data Officer Summit, Spring

The IBM Chief Data Officer Summit is an exclusive, bi-annual gathering for data executives. It is free to attend, to all who qualify to take part.

This Spring's event took place May 1-2 in San Francisco and saw over 140 senior attendees gather to share the latest innovations, best practices, challenges and use cases, as well as facilitate conversations and connections.

Taking place over two days, the event provided a meeting point for Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, Chief Data Scientists, and other C-suite and VP-Level data leaders to learn, develop, and network.

Be sure to join us again for the next summit, taking place in the Fall in Boston. Contact us to register your interest.

What Should I Expect from the IBM CDO Summit?

What is it?


The IBM CDO Summit is hosted by IBM to bring together the community of senior data & analytics executives.

Open exclusively to those leading data & analytics programs, the event is complimentary to all who qualify to attend.

There are no sales pitches, and through our highly interactive formats (panel discussions & break out ‘self-help groups’) you will benefit from unique conversations with, and insights from, speakers and attendees alike.

Who will I meet?


Quite simply, over the last 5 years, the summits have been the who’s who of the data and analytics leadership world.

Here’s the proof - the last event’s attendee breakdown was:

  • 64 named or acting Chief Data Officers
  • 55 MDs, AVPs, VPs and SVPs of Data, Analytics, Data Science, Insights and Digital Innovation
  • 10 CEOs, CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, & CAIOs
  • 8 named or acting Chief Analytics Officers
  • 5 acting Chief Data Scientists

What will I learn?

Discussion group

Key themes include:

  • Designing a Data Roadmap e.g. Architecture, Governance, Privacy, Security, GDPR
  • Honing your Strategy as a CDO e.g. Proving Value, Securing Investment, Talent, Agile Approach
  • Utilizing Tech to Transform Business e.g. AI, ML, Cloud, Blockchain, Digital Transformation
  • Applying Data to Business Issues e.g. Marketing, Products, Monetization, Customer Service

With 16 break-out discussions you can tailor the agenda to suit your needs.

Spring 2018 Speakers Included:

What our CDOs say

“Great combination of general sessions, breakouts and networking opportunities. There's some IBM-specific content, but it's limited and value add”

Andrew Salesky, SVP & Global Data Officer, Charles Schwab

“This is a niche, small group event of Data Officers and Data Leaders with all relevant content and networking opportunities. Must attend for all Data leaders”

Srinivasan Sankar, Data Leader, Hanover Insurance

“Great networking and practical support PLUS visionary discussions”

Gloria Kupferman, Chief Data Strategy Officer, American Hospital Association

A taste of the event

Interview with Inderpal Bhandari &
James Kavanaugh

At the IBM CDO Strategy Summit, Fall 2017 delegates heard from IBM's Global Chief Data Officer, Inderpal Bhandari, and James Kavanaugh, SVP for Transformation and Operations at IBM. Check out their interview with theCUBE, recorded on-site at the event, to get a taste of the insights shared, and what to expect from the Spring edition in San Francisco.

Cognitive Enterprise Blueprint

Also last Fall's event, Inderpal unveiled the Cognitive Enterprise Blueprint.

The blueprint was put together based on Inderpal’s experience not only as IBM’s first Global Chief Data Officer, but also from his past experience as CDO for Cambia Health, Express Scripts, and Medco.

It has also been further supplemented by submissions from other leading CDOs that he has worked closely with in their journey to becoming a Cognitive Enterprise.

The blueprint is a vital resource for all CDOs, CAOs and other data execs looking to ensure their technology, business processes, and organizational approaches are ready to take their organization to the next level.

Register your Interest

The IBM CDO Summits are invitation-only events for VP and C level data executives.

If you would like to be considered for the Fall edition of the event taking place in Boston, please contact us to note your interest.

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