Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:54

CA World 17 opening keynote: the importance of creativity in finding 'pivot' moments

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Digital transformation continues maturing, with machine learning, security, intelligent automation, APIs, collaboration and more helping individuals and organisations to creatively find that pivot point to get to the next level.

CA Technologies chief executive Mike Gregoire opened CA World ’17 in Las Vegas by "encouraging business and IT executives to find the intersection of innovation and execution, and to seek partners like CA, whose software solutions accelerate delivery of business value and help unlock enterprise creativity".

Normally I'd have my own video of the keynote, but CA has professionally recorded the well worth watching keynote, and you can see a replay of it and the two day two keynotes, by CTO Otto Berkes and Chief Product Officer Ayman Sayed here

During the keynote, Gregoire said: "We’ve long passed the point where enterprise software is used merely to drive efficiencies. The focus today is on innovating the next big shift for your company.

"That is the number one priority we are focused on – providing you with solutions that will remove the barriers between your ideas and outcomes."

Naturally, Gregoire "urged executives to develop what he calls a sense of digital intuition: leveraging a myriad of customer data to find patterns, anticipate trends, inform decisions and even manage risk".

As you'd expect, he drew on CA’s "own blueprint for digital transformation and experiences, explaining how the company has reorganised itself as a 'Modern Software Factory' in recent years to leverage agile, automation, insights and security to enable maximum business value for its customers".

He went on to "recognise the investments that attendees had already made in information technology and advised them to leverage their existing strengths to support new innovations".

Gartner notes in its "Market Trends: Providers Must Exploit the Changing Nature of IT Modernisation Services" report that “with digital business change being a top CIO priority, existing IT infrastructure and applications, as well as business processes, must accommodate the ‘new’ quickly and rapidly. If legacy systems fail to support, integrate or enable these new digital initiatives, digital business success will be impaired, or even fail".

To this, Gregoire said "The ability to manage change, respond to new inputs or insights and pivot has never been more important. Our entire portfolio is designed around the pillars of the Modern Software Factory to increase the velocity, security and performance of the solutions and the apps that are critical to our customers’ businesses.”

Gregoire also discussed the expectations on governments around the world to actively seek ways to improve the citizen experience through software. In that vein, CA today announced the CA Smart Government Challenge, (media release here) a contest that invites US-based developers to submit their most innovative ideas for improving the “citizen experience” of federal government services through software.

For this challenge, CA will award up to five finalists a cash prize of US$5000 each and the chance to vie for a grand prize of US$75,000 and access to the CA Accelerator Boot Camp, an immersive course that has never before been open to outside developers.

Gregoire also covered the company’s own innovation engine, the CA Accelerator

With 10 start-ups currently enrolled in the programme, these incubations function like “lean start-ups” within CA. Each one receives support and funding to develop and test new product ideas in the marketplace. One of the program’s success stories, FreshTracks.io today announced the open registration for its beta programme.

Gregoire highlighted customers who have built reputations by executing well on innovative thinking, including:

  • Citi FinTech – The digital arm of Citi Group responsible for delivering a superior mobile app experience to Citi’s xxx retail banking customers, and a customer of CA Agile Requirements Designer. 
  • Eurosport – With CA API Management and CA App Experience Analytics, this pan-European sports network now offers a first-of-its-kind viewer experience that gets fans closer to the action than ever before.
  • Nasdaq – a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services whose technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and a customer of CA Privileged Access Manager cybersecurity solutions.

CA Technologies is showcasing more than 20 innovations and enhancements across the portfolio at CA World ’17. The company says: "These solutions give companies the ability to respond and adapt to change, as well as evolve existing technology investments for future success. From on-premises to the cloud and everything in between, only CA delivers industry-leading products, solutions and expertise that removes the barriers to compete and succeed."

Following his keynote, Gregoire was joined by mountaineer, skier and filmmaker Jimmy Chin for a fascinating discussion on balancing creativity and execution. This was an excellent discussion by both gentlemen, and was well worth watching and learning from.

There was plenty more announced at CA World 2017 - here's my second CA World 17 article entitled: "CA World 2017 Day 1 and 2, 14 VIDEOS: Exec interviews, Q&As, show floor tour and more", with my final wrap of the two-day event which covers all the major announcements with analysis here in an article entitled: "CA World '17: If your business doesn't have a 'Modern Software Factory,' will it survive?".

CA's CEO, Mike Gregoire, in conversation on stage with Jimmy Chin. 

The writer is attending CA World '17 as a guest of CA Technologies. 

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