On November 9, 2017, during the exhibition “RIGA COMM 2017” in Ķīpsala, “Executive Forum” will be held. It is the only platform for discussion organized by Latvian IT professionals, which brings together the most knowledgeable IT experts, business people and other industry representatives for the fourth year. This year, the forum will discuss the latest cloud computing and cyber security solutions, artificial intelligence, and the development of the financial technology sector – the most significant current industry developments in the world.

 

“Many technologies are still at an early stage, but their potential is beyond doubt. Increasingly, mergers and convergence of technologies are being observed, which are continuing to create new industry platforms. Only those who will adapt to change and learn to identify in a timely manner the potential of new technologies will be able to compete. Therefore, the forum aims to build a knowledgeable and powerful Latvian IT community, which, following the world’s trends, could implement them in management processes of Latvian enterprises, organizations and institutions,” says Dmitrijs Šarafutdinovs, CEO of Proact IT Latvia.

 

The forum will cover seven topics that will be discussed by experts from both foreign countries and Latvia. One of the central topics of the forum is related to the financial sector and the changes brought about by information technology. Sanda Liepiņa, the Chairman of the Board of the Association of Latvian Commercial Banks, Eduards Bezprozvanovs, the Chief Technology Officer at the peer-to-peer lending platform TWINO, and representatives of leading leasing and insurance companies will discuss the future of the financial industry.

 

Robin Crohns, the Senior Sales Engineer for cybersecurity at Splunk, will present cyber security operations centres and capabilities to analyse and automate security in real time. He has more than 15 years of experience in identity and access management, security information management, data loss prevention and encryption, as well as in other security related areas. Splunk is one of the leading cyber security companies that helps companies detect and combat cyber security in real time.

 

Agnis Jakubovičs, the Founder and CEO of the local technology company Apply, will talk about today’s reality – artificial intelligence and company’s benefits of using, for example, artificial vision. “Artificial vision is not a distant future dream, it’s available today. Robots are able to determine where the TV commercials start and end, and what has been advertised, as well as to recognize objects and their structure, but very soon they will be able to count not only the number of visitors to a supermarket but determine their gender, age and race,” reveals Jakubovičs. He has been in the IT industry for 20 years and has worked as a programmer, analyst and project manager before setting up his company.

 

The forum will also discuss current issues in cloud computing, trends in social engineering and cyber security, as well as blockchain technology.

 

“Executive Forum” is a discussion platform for business people, IT and other industry executives created by IT executives on the growing role of information technology in management processes of any organization. The content of the platform for the fourth year has been developed by IT executives who have analysed the industry’s most important development trends in advance. Executive forum is organized by Proact IT Latvia. Register to the forum by October 27 on http://exe4um.lv/registracija-exe4um-2017. Entry to the forum is free of charge to all “RIGA COMM 2017” visitors.

 

Proact is Europe’s leading independent data centre and cloud service provider. The state-of-the-art data storage, virtualization, networking and security solutions offered by the company help organizations around the world reduce operational risks and costs, while fostering flexibility, productivity and efficiency. Proact Company has provided services to 3,500 customers, implemented more than 5,000 projects worldwide, and currently holds 100 petabytes of data in the cloud. The company was founded in 1994 and employs 800 employees in 15 countries in Europe and North America.

 

 

“EXECUTIVE FORUM” AGENDA

10:00 Registration
10:30 Opening of the Forum
10:35 PANEL DISCUSSION | My data centre in the cloud or the cloud in my data centre? (EN)
12:00 Online analytics tools for a cyber security team (EN)
12:30 Artificial intelligence – today’s reality and future vision (LV)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break/exhibition
14:00 Who wins what? Cyber security trends in the fight with social engineering (EN *tbc)
14:30 Blockchain technology – a digital paradigm shift? (EN/RU *tbc)
15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION | The future of the financial sector in the digital context (LV/EN *tbc)
16:30 Closing
17:00 Evening programme