Computerworld Summit at SAS Radisson Scandinavia in Copenhagen

posted Apr 15, 2015, 6:09 AM by Niels Jensen   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 12:08 AM ]
This years Computerworld Summit in Copenhagen started with a fantastic keynote on the Future of Mobility by entrepreneur Dietmar Dahmen, in which he among other things presented me with the almost real use cage for an Android or Apple watch. Imagine your are travelling on train at night, and want to wake up about 50 kilometers before arrival. Then you can apparently just set your watch to wake you up based on geolocation. I said "almost real" because given the right app I am certain, that your Android or iPhone can perform the same task. This was the first time I had a change to listen to Dietmar Dahman, and if was 45 very dynamic minutes. I don't think Computerworld could have gotten a better key not speaker to open this years conference.
Most of the rest of the day the conference offered two tracks: Security and IT-trends. I chose to mainly follow the former. It started started with a talk titled "No more technical gizmos: Higher security awareness and better prioritization of management resources" by Niels Peter Knudsen from Siscon. The essence of talk, was that you need to perform a risk assessment and that needs management involvement. During the second half of the talk one of Siscon's customers talked about their experience with the process. Rather convincing. This was followed by a talk titled "Take the temperature on your level of security with Secure Dashboard", which did not enlighten me about what the security dashboard is or how to use it.
Back in plenum Søren Bronnée Sørensen from Devoteam talked about the need for new blood on the IT team in order deal with the needs of the business in the future. The talk focused on the different needs of modern ERP-systems. Thus before lunch Henrik Blas Simonsen from Telia Danmark talked about the part of their business, which is not about phones. 
After lunch Bo Skeel from Bitdefender talked about "What comes after traditional antivirus?", since Bitdefender agree with Symantec, that traditional signature based antivirus is dead. Today Bitdefender have bussiness solution based on cloud technology and with a 20 ms response time. Talking to the people at the Bitdefender stand in the exhibition area, I learned that some kind of appliance is in the works to protect your home network without having to install anything on individual devices. With four grown children, and potentially more than 20 devices using my internet connection device based systems is a maintenance nightmare. So it looks like IT security companies are finally beginning to see, that the complexity of the modern home with family and friends moving ind and out, is not that different from the modern company with customers, consultants and employees moving in and out.
At this point I switched to the IT-trend track. Here I heard Henrik Sølvsteen from Optimero talk about "How IT can become more business-oriented?". I have attended events Computerworld Summit for more than 10 years, and through all those years of the the most used sentences have been "IT and the business". We don't talk about "R&D and the business" or "HR and the business" or "Accounting and the business". Why? I think IT needs to grow-up and become a part of the business both in their own minds and in the minds of their colleagues. The final talk on the IT-trend track was "EU Data Protection Directive reformed - what does this mean for your business?". If your are a major company, then you have to appoint a data protection officer. I think the focus of the directive is on personal data - properly not the largest chunk of data generated every day. With the new regulation EU will also attempt to say, that their rules apply wherever data about European citizen's are stored. This will certainly be challenged, so we will have to wait and see how this pans out.
The day finished with Casper Wakefield talking about "The will to win", and his experiences in preparing for the Yukon Artic Ultra and participating in this event. The event is a run from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the Yukon province of Canada. Dawson City is also known as the gold rush town. The Yokun Artic Ultra is 700 km run through in the month of February through snow and temperatures, which can drop to less than -35 Centigrades. In his day job Casper is a director with insurance broker Willis. For those who want to challenge themselve, and can get the family along on the idea, go for the Ultra.
At the end of the day Paoul Thorlacius-Ussing talked about Denmarks new and first cyber strategy, and the threats, which Danish companies are currently exposed to. Just one word: Scary!

This years Computerworld Summit was a really good event. We left it inspired, and with new things to try out. We learned about new companies, such as SIMPL which allows you to use a single sim card across the world for data and voice based on their network of agreements and with savings on data roaming above 90%, blancco, which erase you old devices so they are certified not to have data on them, Passler, who monitors your network connections, and Telia and Optimero, who are both involved in business process management.