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Tuesday November 29, 2016

The African Digital Summit
Casablanca, Morocco

This week CDO Club Founder David Mathison will be speaking at The African Digital Summit on Thursday December 1, 2016.  

This will be the second year in a row that Mathison was invited to keynote at this summit, which attracts more than 1,000 participants from four continents.  

This two day event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Casablanca.  

Mathison will keynote on “CDOs, CAOs, and the Rise of the Citizen Analyst,” based on The IBM Watson Data Platform and the Rise of the Citizen Analyst blog post.

NOTE: Early Bird Pricing for CDO Summit Sydney ends on November 30th Register Now! 

The IBM Watson Data Platform:
The Rise of the Citizen Analyst

As discussed in our recent update, Watson and the Rise of the Citizen Analyst, IBM Watson’s mission is to make data simple and accessible to all.  

Watson wants to make data analytics as simple to execute as a Google search.

The Watson Data Platform is an AI-based cognitive system capable of answering questions posed in natural language.

By eliminating the need to communicate via icons and drop-down menus, the level of technical expertise required to interact with Watson drops to zero, dismantling a huge technical barrier between humans and machines.

No need for years of schooling in engineering, math, or statistics. No menus. No command lines. No search language. No boolean operators. No confusion. No complexity.

Watson’s natural language processing enables “citizen analysts” to run queries and discover insights previously owned and operated by professional business analysts, Chief Analytics Officers (CAOs), data scientists, marketing technologists, and statisticians.

The Watson Data Platform is the world’s first cloud-based data and analytics platform to support cognitive businesses.

“Cognitive businesses” use cognitive systems like Watson to turn raw data into intelligence and advantage by extracting new insights, and then applying those insights to outperform their competitors.

We believe the IBM Watson Data Platform is the leading AI and cognitive platform, and that it has the power to disrupt entire industries.

Watson will enable the rise of CITIZEN ANALYSTS at COGNITIVE ORGANIZATIONS in both the public and private sectors, and we believe these developments are very positive – not only for industry, but also for humanity.

Simply put, 
Watson helps #MakeDataSimple.

Find out more here
We are excited to announce the expansion of our relationship with IBM!

In 2017, IBM will sponsor two of our CDO Summits, including our flagship 
New York City CDO Summit on April 26–27, 2017.

We’re celebrating our 5th anniversary, and have very special guests and speakers planned.

Our NYC event sells out. Register now to reserve your spot and lock in
 Early Bird discounts.

As CDO Club members may recall, we’ve been following the IBM Watson trajectory for a while:
  • Our 2015 NYC CDO Summit featured IBM Watson Vice President Steve Abrams on How CDOs Can Profit from the Data Revolution, featuring panelists from the Harvard Business Review, IBM, the CDM Group, Bayer, and Elsevier.
  • Our 2016 NYC CDO Summit featured Kevin Eagan, IBM’s Chief Digital Experience Officer and GM of Digital Platforms on Success Principles for Digital Transformation, with Object Frontier Software, Healthgrades, the City of Boston, IBM, SAP, and Centric Digital.
Steve Abrams: Vice President at IBM Watson Kevin Eagan: Chief Digital Experience Officer at IBM
“How CDOs Can Profit from the Data Revolution”
NYC CDO Summit 2015
“Success Principles for Digital Transformation”
NYC CDO Summit 2016


All 2017 CDO Summits are TWO-DAY events!

Due to popular demand, our 2017 CDO Summits will be TWO-DAY events, starting with our Sydney CDO Summit on 1-2 March 2017. The format will be:
Day 2 covers DATA and ANALYTICS.

Come for one day, or even better, both days, to maximize your investment. As usual, we’ve stacked the agenda with the BEST digital and data leaders in the public and private sector.

REGISTER NOW for the Sydney CDO Summit for single day registration, or the 2-day package.

NOTE: Early Bird Pricing for CDO Summit Sydney ends on November 30th Register Now! 

Join us at our upcoming CDO Summits

*Discounts Available for a Limited Time*
Early Bird Price:
Ends November 30, 2016
Early Bird Price:
Ends December 31, 2016


Good news: Sponsor opportunities are now available for our upcoming events in Sydney, New York City (our 5th year), Washington D.C., and London (our 3rd year).

Sponsors love our events: We have a 5-year history of bringing together some of the most important digital and data leaders on earth, in intimate settings designed for networking.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out the brief 2-minute video below from our recent NYC CDO Summit to hear what our sponsors and speakers had to say, in their own words:


“Congratulations and thanks to David Mathison for spotting the need for community and collaboration in the growing Chief Digital Officer space, and for having the wherewithal, network, and organizational talent to put together such a top-notch event in its inaugural year. Next year’s summit should be even more of a must-do for anyone working digital at senior levels in all kinds of businesses.”

Teddy Goff: Chief Digital Strategist for the Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 US Presidential Campaign. Former Digital Director for President Barack Obama, 2008 and 2012

“David, here’s a handy C^3 test for conference value: Did I learn at least three new perspectives? Check. Did I meet at least three interesting people? Check. Did I take back at least three relevant pieces of news I can use? Check. Flying colors for the Chief Digital Officer Summit 2013! Thank you so much, and yes, I’d be very pleased to participate next year!”

– Perry Hewitt: Former Chief Digital Officer at Harvard University

About the CDO Summit:

The CDO Summit addresses the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media.  Our gatherings include the best digital strategists and practitioners on earth, in intimate, collegial, and supportive environments designed to encourage networking, learning, and knowledge-sharing. Visit the website.

About the CDO Club:

The CDO Club is the world’s first, largest, and most powerful network of C-suite digital leaders.  Our 2,000+ members receive access to breaking news, original research, career development support, networking opportunities, and inspirational events such as the CDO Summit.  Visit the website.

Contact Information:

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@CDOSummit.com or call +1 516 488-1143.
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