CIO Connect – LEF briefing breakfast forum – 22nd Nov 2018

Presentations from Mohammed Khalid and David Moschella , Leading Edge Forum

CIO Connect and Leading Edge Forum (LEF) held a breakfast briefing at the HK Yacht Club on Thursday 22nd November. London-based Leading Edge Forum is a cross-industry think tank that helps C-level leaders and their organizations win in the 21st Century by re-imagining their digital agenda through a combination of thought leadership, context-specific advice and facilitated interventions. Working in partnership to deliver research and advisory services in the Greater Bay Area, CIO Connect & LEF hosted their first breakfast briefing earlier this year in June.
This briefing will highlight the key findings in a new book, Seeing Digital, which describes the digital ecosystem in the post-cloud era. Authored by LEF Research Fellow, David Moschella, Seeing Digital uses simple illustrations and jargon-free language to show how today’s ever-more powerful digital capabilities will reshape the way businesses innovate, operate, and compete — and what this ongoing transformation will mean to both organizational leadership and individual careers.

8.00 am Registration

8.30 am Welcome – Les Hales, Managing Partner, CIO Connect

Breakfast served

9.00 am Leadership in an increasingly uncertain world – Mohammed Khalid, Commercial Director, Leading Edge Forum
Khal will provide a brief introduction to Leading Edge Forum, and the LEF research agenda for 2019.

He will also share observations on the leadership challenge that organisations face in a world where uncertainty is becoming the new norm, and where “over 50% of companies fail in the 1st phase of digital transformation”. People won’t embrace change if they don’t understand it, so it important to tackle the management of change as well as the technology. Making the shift requires leaders to develop their humility, curiosity, vulnerability, and other key human traits.

9.30 am Seeing Digital – David Moschella, Research Fellow , Leading Edge Forum
In June 2018, Leading Edge Forum published Dave’s latest book, Seeing Digital, which envisions the coming Post-Cloud era, characterized by an increasingly intelligent, aware, autonomous and self-healing digital infrastructure. What we call the post-cloud era has already begun, as a powerful new wave of technology — including machine learning, smart products, software agents, wearables, blockchains, speech/facial recognition, robotics, augmented realities, algorithms, and 5G wireless bandwidth — gains momentum. Like the great technology waves of the past, this important phase of innovation will generate exciting new marketplaces, but also significant industry restructuring.

Seeing Digital explores how this powerful matrix of capabilities will reshape the way business innovates, operates and competes in the 2020s, and result in what we call the Triple Transformation of Industries, Organizations, and Careers. It forecasts the wide-ranging impact of these technologies and assesses the myths and realities of industry disruption; the necessity of machine intelligence; the importance of platform business models; the nature of the outside-in organization; the challenges of digital transformation, leadership and risk; the future of the IT organization; the coming focus on the Human Platform; and the outlook for today’s increasingly high-stakes global technology competition.

These dynamics will result in an ongoing “triple transformation” — of industries, organizations, and careers —that will challenge today’s entire business and technology ecosystem.

10.30am – Meeting ends

About David Moschella

David Moschella, based in the United States, is a Research Fellow for Leading Edge Forum. David’s focus is on industry disruptions, machine intelligence and related business model strategies. David was previously Global Research Director of the programme.

David’s key areas of expertise include globalization, industry restructuring, disruptive technologies, and the co-evolution of business and IT. He is the author of multiple research reports, including Disrupting the Professions through Machine Learning and Digital Trust, 2016 Study Tour Report: Applying Machine Intelligence, There is Now a Formula for Machine Intelligence Innovation, Embracing ‘the Matrix’ and the Machine Intelligence Era and The Myths and Realities of Digital Disruption
An author and columnist, David’s second book, Customer-Driven IT, How Users Are Shaping Technology Industry Growth, was published in 2003 by Harvard Business School Press. The book predicted the shift from a supplier-driven to today’s customer-led IT environment. His 1997 book, Waves of Power, assessed global competition within the IT supplier community. He has written some 200 columns for Computerworld, the IT Industry’s leading publication on Enterprise IT, and has presented at countless industry events all around the world.

David previously spent 15 years with International Data Corporation, where he was IDC’s main spokesperson on global IT industry trends and was responsible for its worldwide technology, industry and market forecasts.

About Mohammed Khalid (Khal)

Mohammed Khalid (Khal) is Commercial Director for Leading Edge Forum based in London. Khal works with clients to bring research to life and resolve their most pressing business issues.

Khal is an experienced leader having spent the last 8 years with Gartner, a leading IT Research & Advisory company, in a variety of roles across Europe. Latterly, Khal was Regional Vice President for Gartner Executive Programs in the Benelux region where he was responsible for service delivery excellence and strategic business development across the region, as well as leading a team of highly experienced former CIOs and IT executives.

Throughout his time at Gartner, Khal has also been a trusted advisor to CIOs across several industries including Financial Services, Telecoms, Logistics, Healthcare, and Public Sector.
Khal holds a BSc in Mathematics and an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from the University of Manchester.


CIO Connect Evening Dinner with Anthony Scriffignano – 7th Sept 2018

Anthony is the Chief Data Scientist of Dun & Bradstreet based in New York. Anthony will share his experiences of leading the data science practice of one of the leading global research firms for many years, and how these lessons can be applied in other enterprise settings.

About Anthony Scriffignano

Anthony Scriffignano is an internationally recognized data scientist with experience spanning over 35 years, in multiple industries and enterprise domains. Dr. Scriffignano has extensive background in linguistics and advanced algorithms, leveraging that background as primary inventor on multiple patents worldwide. He provides thought leadership globally.

Recently, he briefed the US National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and contributed to reports to the President on Big Data Analytics, Emerging Technologies Strategic Vision, and Internet and Communications Resilience. Additionally, Scriffignano provided expert advice on private sector data officers to a group of state Chief Data Officers and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also served as a forum panelist and keynote speaker at the World Internet Conference in China hosted by President Xi Jinping, as well as at the China Development Forum and Big Data Expo in Guiyang. His white paper A Strategy For Inclusive Development In A Big Data Context was delivered to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Scriffignano was recently recognized as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2018 by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders.

He was recently published or quoted in various publications including China Daily, The People’s Daily, Xinhua, China Times,, Taiwan News, Bangkok Post, Mint (India),, PCWeek, Forbes Insights, Huffington Post, Business Insider, InformationWeek, and others.

Scriffignano regularly presents at business, government and academic venues globally.


CIO Connect Evening Briefing at Ciprianis – 23rd August 2018

Our guest for the evening briefing is Gina Smith. Gina is in Hong Kong working on a project with Hanson Robotics.
She is an entrepreneur, author, and journalist who co-wrote Steve Wozniak’s 2006 autobiography iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It.
Gina will share her experiences as an industry insider in Silicon Valley during the heady days of the Dot Com era, together with her time as CEO of the world’s first true Internet appliance company, The New Internet Computer Company, in collaboration with Larry Ellison.

About Gina Smith

Gina Smith, PhD is the NYT bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak’s biography, iWoz: From Geek to Cult Icon (WW Norton, 2006/2014). She is also the author of The Genomics Age (Amacom, 2006), a Barron’s Book of the Year. She is the co-author of The Mountain Within: Leadership Lessons for Your Climb to the Top (McGraw, 2011), 101 Computer Answers You Need To Know (Simon & Schuster, 1995) and Toolbook: Programming for Non Programmers (1992). Smith, an award-winning journalist and former ABC News correspondent, resides in San Francisco.

She is also a co-founder and editorial director of aNewDomain, a technology news site. In 2001, Smith was named one of the 100 most influential people in technology by Upside Magazine.


CIO Connect – LEF Partnership Launch Event breakfast at the Hong Kong Club – 27th June 2018

Presentations from Simon Wardley & Glen Robinson, Leading Edge Forum

CIO Connect and Leading Edge Forum (LEF) invite you to the Hong Kong launch event of LEF’s research services. London-based Leading Edge Forum is a cross-industry think tank that helps C-level leaders and their organizations win in the 21st Century by re-imagining their digital agenda through a combination of thought leadership, context-specific advice and facilitated interventions, to provoke and challenge your thinking with next-practice insight.

Working in partnership to deliver research and insight in the Greater Bay Area, CIO Connect & LEF hosted a breakfast briefing in the Harcourt Room of the Hong Kong Club in Central, on Wednesday 27th June, from 08.00-10.30am.

LEF Researchers Simon Wardley and Glen Robinson shared key findings and insights from recent LEF research, focused on organisational strategy, gameplay, and the fundamental evolution of the IT organisation – which will cease to exist as we know it today.

The Next Best Organisational Structure, Until the Next One – Simon Wardley

Facebook talks in 3s – the product development triathlon with explore, expand, extract. AirBnB talks in 3s – pioneer, settlers and town planners within elastic product teams. Even the UK Intelligence Service has talked in 3s – research, specialist and commodity in a hybrid dynamic model. But is 3 the right answer? The strategy cycle is one of those simple mental devices which hides a world of complexity. On the surface, it’s all about observing the environment (the landscape and climatic patterns which impact it), orientating around it (the doctrine or principles we might use), deciding where to attack (leadership) and then acting. Simon will discuss one aspect of doctrine – the way in which we organize. We will look at the issue of constraints, use of small teams and the importance of aptitude (the skills we have) and attitude (how we use those skills) in organization.

The Renaissance of the IT Organisation – Glen Robinson

IT Organizations of the future will look nothing like those of today. For the next phase of digital technology evolution LEF chose the term Matrix to convey an intelligent societal infrastructure that mirrors and supports the full range of human activity.. It captures the pervasive, aware, embedded, intelligent and autonomous technology landscape that is now emerging. The Matrix is changing not just the way that businesses and society innovate, operate and compete, but even the way we will think about ourselves in the 21st century. Glen will examine how the IT Organization needs to evolve in the face of platform business models and the increasingly sophisticated matrix of capabilities that organizations can tap into, including cloud, internet of things, talent networks and the need to turn data into insight. The LEF predicts the end of the IT Organization as we know it, but anticipates its renaissance in the Matrix era.

About Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum and the lead practitioner for Wardley Maps advisory service helping clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments.

Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries. From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 Cloud operating system.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and has been voted as one of the UK’s top 50 most influential people in IT in recent Computer Weekly polls.

About Glen Robinson

Glen Robinson is an Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer for Leading Edge Forum.

Glen’s main focus of research is leading edge Enterprise technology solutions that will power the 21st century business. He is the co-author of our research publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. The cloud has unlocked innovation that is now allowing the next wave of disruptive technology solutions to come to market, and whilst businesses are still working out how best to maximize the value from cloud services, they are now aware of ‘the Matrix’, this advanced sensing, deciding, all-seeing, global force that will be a significant threat to some. But others will learn to understand it, to harness its power, giving them and those around them super-powers. Put simply, we are moving into a time where our own capabilities will be augmented by that of powerful, intelligent robots. A lot of the tasks we do today won’t exist tomorrow as they will be fully automated but also watched over and governed by advance cognitive intelligence.

As consumer expectations leapt forward with the adoption of the internet, so too is it about to leap forward once more now the Matrix is upon us. This will change the way we service our customers, deal with our employees and live and do business in the 21st century.


CIO Connect evening dinner at the Crown Wine Cellars, Shouson Hill – Tuesday 15th May 2018

The CIO Agenda for 2018: Rewiring the culture for digital transformation

Discussion moderated by Jesko von den Steinen

Innovation and digital transformation within organisations will require different processes and skills than we are currently promoting. Innovation is often associated with technology, but the practice of innovation is human, analogue and non-linear by its nature.
The future success of companies will not just be in the advancing of technologies, but in how well people can creatively collaborate.
We have seen that current business environments are becoming increasingly complex. Paradoxically as businesses scale to meet this complexity, they crave a structured and systematic environment, inversely limiting the ability to adapt.
A rigid plan as strategy that may work today, will likely not work tomorrow given the rapid pace of disruption and our reduced ability to understand or depict future and ideal states. So, what to do?

For organisations, adaptation and innovation continue to be necessary for survival with the increasingly rapid pace of change. In response we need innovation not just in technology, but also with our “idea” technology. Or, in other words: we need to rethink how we work together.
Here is where an agile HR and IT department have the opportunity to be the catalysts of change. They can tactically assign change agents to foster the spread of “communities of practice” eventually changing the entire ecosystem.

During the evening we will discuss four principles from the performing arts and share how they relate to business, innovation. We will also discuss some of the successes and learning failures we have made by adopting Agile practices within our non-IT functions.

About Jesko von den Steinen

Jesko is a speaker, actor, performer, choreographer, filmmaker, designer, and formerly a principal solo artist with Cirque du Soleil, and at “The House Of Dancing Water,” the world’s largest water-based show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group held at the City of Dreams in Macau.

Jesko is currently working with a large integrated resort as an associate director at the organisational innovation and leadership centre. He works specifically with senior executive teams across departments, facilitating the development and execution of company-wide internal strategic initiatives.

In Montréal, he has worked as a creative strategist, experiential designer with advertising luminaries SIDLEE & C2 MTL. He obtained his MBA in Business Strategy from the University of Saint Joseph in Macau. He is a visiting professor at the University, teaching creativity and innovation to graduate students.

He currently volunteers with TEDx Wanchai in Hong Kong, where he’s the director of speaker coaching and presentation literacy. He works privately with executives in Hong Kong and Macau on organisational coaching and presentation literacy.


CIO Connect evening dinner with Dave Snowden on Monday 9th April 2018 at the China Club

Dave , who many of you know, is a thought leader in the field of management science and a polymath.
He has mapped out the shift from the era of scientific management to the world of systems thinking and now what comes next, something he calls the era of cognition and complexity.
Over drinks and dinner, he will facilitate a discussion on a number of themes including:
– The tyranny of social media;
– The strategic management, culture and software development attempts at enabling agility;
– The status of knowledge management;
– The dangers of data analytics; and
– Sentiment analysis and human sensor networks.

About Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, and decision making.

He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year.

Dave previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity. Prior to that, he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.