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Forum Opening


Keynote: The Rise of the Disruptive CIO

Peter Ilosvai,
Consulting Director, Director, IT Executive Programs (IEP), CEE region

Every organization is being challenged to transform its business digitally. CIOs face the challenges of acquiring much-needed talent, transforming IT organizations, and accelerating the delivery of digital capabilities. With digital transformation (DX) accelerating globally, the best organizations are pulling away from their competitors. Today we will look at how successful CIOs are tackling leadership issues related to digital transformation.


Bi-Modal is not Enough: The Challenge of supporting Your Company’s Digital Transformation

David White,
Manager for Strategic Business Alignment, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co, Bulgaria

If your company was born as a digital native, then there is no digital transformation. But most companies had a pre-digital life: an existing IT function creating and managing a set of systems, with established ways of working to support the Business’ needs.

This session considers some of the key challenges that you will encounter as your business undertakes its DX journey – and provides guidance based on lessons already being learned.



Accelerate Digital Transformation through Business Process Reinvention

Alexander Madzhirov,
Process Transformation Leader, IBM Hybrid Cloud CEE, IBM Bulgaria

Business process management (BPM) software tends to be adopted from the top down for major changes that align with strategic initiatives and provide a way for enterprises to differentiate themselves. BPM also continues to play an important role in supporting day-to-day worker productivity, ranging from small teams to cross-enterprise horizontal processes. In this case, BPM software is adopted from the bottom up to improve productivity, automate, deliver more consistency, and drive efficiency improvements.



Discussion: Who leads in Digital Transformation: IT vs. Business

Vasil Panchev,
Head of IT Department, Societe Generale Expressbank
Svetoslav Marinov,
CIO, Geotechmin AD
Iassen Bojilov,
CIO, CashCredit
Elena Drecheva,
Managing Director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Bulgaria
Vladimir Dimitrov,
Head of IT Department, Credissimo

Coffee Break & 1-2-1 Meetings


Revealing Current and Future Challenges of IoT

Iravan Hira,
Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Bulgaria

The potential of IoT is a generational opportunity grounded in near-term gains through productivity and long-term value creation through new business model development. The global IoT market continues to evolve, however the needs of enterprises vary across regions and technologies when considering IoT deployments. IoT Budget holders vary and have different perspectives on the IoT's impact on their organization, leading drivers and inhibitors to IoT deployments.


Big Data - Our Insights to drive Better Customer Experience

Luboslava Uram,
Management Board Member, Head of Global Banking Services Division at UniCredit Bulbank

Following our digital strategy we have implemented big data technology and implemented several use cases of its usage, however technology is just part of the story, and journey which we are following at UniCredit Bulbank in order to bring new and better customer experience to our customer across different channels. Despite the fact that we have learnt a lot already we still have just build basis for our future, when we will be able to enhance our big data with additional data sources provided by our customers under PSD2 or form different social network. Presentation will highlight our big data basic use cases and their benefit for creating better customer experience as well what is the future for further enhancement


Digital Transformation Discussion: Process Optimization via Industry 4.0 in Alcomet and Sensata Technologies

George Apostolov,
Production Planning Director & IT Manager, ALCOMET
Chavdar Kamenov,
Operations Manager, Sensata Technologies

Discussion: Sourcing of IT - Established Vendors vs Startups

Luboslava Uram,
Management Board Member, Head of Global Banking Services Division at UniCredit Bulbank
Boyan Krosnov,
Chief Product Officer, StorPool

Lunch & Networking


DevOps: CIOs' Critical Issues
Transformation of the IT Organization

Peter Ilosvai,
Consulting Director, Director, IT Executive Programs (IEP), CEE region

DevOps practices are a necessary tool for every CIOs tool kit. CIOs and their teams should seriously consider driving DevOps transformation across their application development and IT operations teams to deliver business outcomes faster and deliver agility that enables sustainable competitive advantages.


Discussion: Unlock the Power of Blockchain Technologies

Why the blockchain technology is considered so promising and revolutionary?

What is the technology impact in Financial Services and which other industries will be impacted?

Which are the main challenges in regards of blockchain?

Which are the most significant blockchain projects?

Ivaylo Lambrev,
Chief Information Officer, Postbank
Koen Vierendeels,
Business Unit Manager Group Trade Finance, KBC
Denitza Tyufekchieva,
Co-Founder and Business Development Manager, Propy Inc.

Digital Trade Chain - International Trade at Your Finger Tips

Koen Vierendeels,
Business Unit Manager Group Trade Finance, KBC

DTC is a ground-breaking shared platform that aims to make domestic and cross-border commerce easier for European small and medium-size (SME) businesses by harnessing the power of distributed ledger technology. DTC is developed by a consortium of 7 major European banks and expects to be live by the end of 2017. During this session, you will get to know more about the value proposition of DTC and the ambitions for the future.


Refreshment & 1-2-1 Meetings
Wine Tasting


The New IT Professions - are Some Already There? What is Next?

Marina Naykova,
Operations Delivery Manager, Easy Consult

If you conduct an intensive examination of the IT employment market, it will uncovere demand for jobs whose titles would have been meaningless only a year or two ago: augmented reality designer, Internet of things architect, container developers.
What the latest trends are telling us?


IDC View on forthcoming Disruptive Technologies: Robotics, Virtual Reality, AI

Neli Vacheva,
Country Manager

Event Closing and Summary
Raffle Draw



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