CIO Edge 2021 | Sydney

Becoming Data Driven & Digitally Savvy

WHEN: 25th February 2021. Strictly by invitation only and Chatham House Rule all day.
WHERE: COVID Safe and fully compliant at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency.
WHO: 130 top CIOs and IT leaders from NSW enterprise and government organisations.
WHAT: A day of private peer networking, fact-based insights, structured collaboration, subject matter expertise and practical outcomes to build digital resilience and enable organisational agility.


After a year facing their biggest challenges, our community of CIOs enter 2021 with improved reputations and the biggest opportunity yet to deliver on organisational priorities 

Technology has proven its value. Transformations and digitisation have accelerated. People have adopted new tools.  

Digital and IT leaders are now empowered to execute a progressive technology strategy 

It is time to leverage the publicity to partner with business heads, and to create new models and revenues by building an efficient, integrated, re-platformed, digitised and data driven organisation. 


Barriers to delivery

However, we still live in challenging times with a newly distributed workforce needing help to maintain efficiency, wellbeing and productive collaboration.

We still have projects that fail and fall over at the execution layer. We still need to focus on the perception of IT, the publicity of your successes and derived value – and your partnership with the C-suite and Board.

Conflicting priorities, legacy ways, budget challenges and silos still impede progress.

Digital literacy on the value of technology and how to work with the CIO and IT teams is key.

We must continue to respond with resilience and agility to swing out of the crises of 2020 – to learn and emerge stronger – to capitalise on the silver linings – innovate our way forwards – all whilst reducing risk.


Attend the region’s safest and best structured major gatherings since the lockdown.

Many have been too inwardly focused. Now hear from the experts, draw upon the collective intelligence of our region’s top CIOs, and learn the next steps from others on similar journeys.

With complete health and safety compliance, we can meet again face-to-face to share war stories, validate and compare post lockdown strategies.

Delivering for 9 years, ADAPT are always proud to connect our business community and technology leaders. Well known for delivering beyond expectation, join us to celebrate one of our most anticipated events yet.

Confirm your seat for a powerful day of fact-based insights, peer networking and strategic partner 1-1s while you can.


Access is by invitation only – contact us to qualify to attend.

Special Guest: Dr. Peter Weill – Chairman & Senior Research Scientist, MIT CISR

As Chair of CISR at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Peter’s work centres on the role, value, and governance of digitisation in enterprises. Peter was ranked by Ziff Davis as the 24th most influential person in IT and the highest ranking academic. MIT CISR undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from digital.

ADAPT has worked with MIT to help gather data from the A/NZ region on the effectiveness of local transformation programs. Peter will draw on this fresh research, with local perspective and global comparison for CIOs to assess, reflect and write their next rounds of digital strategy for the post lockdown world.



WORKSHOP: What is “Digitally Savvy Leadership” and how to enable it?

“Digital savviness” – meaning both digital awareness and enterprise expertise – is an understanding, developed through experience and education, of the impact that emerging technologies will have on organisational success over the next decade.

It means challenging existing assumptions, understanding the financial impact of business and technology decisions, and ensuring the right prioritisation and roadmaps. This skillset will be critical to outperformance in the 2020s, to enabling digital innovation and implementing the right digital foundations for an unpredictable world.

Recent MIT research shows that most boards are not digitally savvy, and among larger global companies with sales over $3 billion, only 7% have more than half of the top talent management teams that are digitally savvy. Yet these few firms are shown to outperform the other 93% by 30% or more on most hard performance measures.

Most interestingly MIT research shows they do 10 things very differently.

What are they? How do their companies outperform the rest? And how do you compare?


Special Live Interview: Dr. Mark Esposito – Harvard University, Dept of Continuing Education

Mark Esposito, PhD, is recognised internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the changes and opportunities that technology will bring to a variety of industries.

He was inducted in 2016 in the radar of  Thinkers50 as one of the 30 most prominent rising business thinkers in the world. He is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and advisor to national governments.

Live from Europe, Mark will share thoughts on:
“Building resilience and advantage through the FLP IT framework”

  • How to improve workflows and the efficient placement of facilities to drive business performance
  • Moving away from the K-shape recovery
  • And the use of technology to navigate and address the post pandemic issues

In his academic career, Mark has held academic appointments for some of the world’s leading institutions such as Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, Hult International Business School and IE Business School.

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Why Attend

Practical Insights Global speakers and contemporary thinkers ahead of you on the journey equip you with their learned experience, giving you the competence and tools you need.
Personalised Agenda Self-select your path through your choice of keynotes, panels, roundtables and workshops, perfectly aligning our content with your tactical and strategic needs.
Peer Introductions Increase your own ability via a network of trusted connections by meeting with expert stakeholders and calibre peers. Every ADAPT delegate must qualify to join our community.

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