I’m working with the Business Ecology Initiative (BEI) on a new Optimization for Innovation Conference series. The inaugural conference is “Optimization for Innovation: Reset; Joint Business & Technology Actions for the New Normal”:
As the world economy emerges from a painful recession, organizations are confronted with the challenge of retaining bottom-line diligence, while pursuing market sustaining and gaining innovation, in an environment riddled with uncertainty, increased regulation, consumer reluctance and tighter credit. This is the “new normal.” To execute in the “new normal,” organizations are seeking new ideas and techniques to optimize business operations and foster business innovation.
At the inaugural Optimization for Innovation conference, executives, senior-level practitioners, experts and thought leaders will share real-world experiences and pragmatic 90-day action items to harvest savings and trapped value from existing processes, resources and capabilities. The conference will consist of a combination of invited guest speakers, keynotes, case studies, presentations and tutorials.
By attending this conference, direct reports and senior staff of the COO, CFO and CIO will learn:
- How leading organizations are optimizing for innovation
- Business Optimization Techniques and Practices
- Business & Technology Partnership Models
- Business Performance Analysis and Measurement Practices
- Business Risk Identification & Mitigation in a Connected World
- Business-Technology Enablers
The conference is December 6 – 8, 2010, in Santa Clara, CA USA. December 6 is tutorials. December 7 & 8 are full conference days.
This morning, we issued a call for participation. We are seeking proposals for presentations including (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Optimization for Innovation Success Stories
- Business-Technology Reset: Optimization for Innovation
- Governance Models for the New Normal
- Business Analytics as Optimization Foundation
- New Normal Linchpins: Business-Tech Savvy Professionals
- Business-IT Alignment is a Dead-End
- Business Optimization Techniques
- Instituting a Business Performance Measurement Framework
- Cyber Risk Analysis: Assessment, Policy, & Economics
- Business Process Modeling and Business Instrumentation
- Lean / Six Sigma in the New Normal
Presentations and tutorials proposed should be geared toward an audience comprising direct reports and senior staff of the COO, CFO and CIO. All presentations and tutorials must include a 90-day action plan for attendees to pursue post-conference.
The submission deadline is August 13, 2010. Please note, submissions that are direct pitches for product or services will not be considered. Submissions should be prepared in English, containing the following information:
- Presenter name, title and affiliation
- Presenter Bio
- Session Title
- 2 – 3 paragraph description of proposed session
- 3 – 5 bullets on what attendees will learn
- Target audience characteristics: role, skill and industry
- 90-day action plan items
Submit abstracts as described above to Program Chair Brenda M. Michelson (me) via e-mail.
[Disclosure: The Business Ecology Initiative is a client of my firm, Elemental Links.]