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International Online Conference "Global CIO Insights: Digital Transformation with AI"

On November 30, the professional IT community GlobalCIO hosted a large-scaled international conference "Global CIO Insights: Digital Transformation with AI". During the event, leading experts shared their practical experience in launching projects utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and highlighted approaches that helped elevate their companies to new heights. More than 1100 individuals from 95 countries registered for the conference, which took place on Zoom and LinkedIn Live platforms.

The conference commenced with Igor Kotenkov, Head of AI at Unleashing.AI, delivering an overview presentation "Opportunities in AI for Practitioners". He provided insights into current and future technologies, emphasizing long-term perspectives. Igor Kotenkov also discussed the evolving role of IT executives in leveraging advanced technologies.

Then the event transitioned into a plenary discussion titled "AI Implementation: Value for Business". Skillfully moderated by Oleg Aksenov, CTO & co-founder of Nomad Digital and Unlock.Auto, the discussion featured esteemed experts such as Professor Jean-Pierre Auffret, Ph.D., Co-founder and Vice President at International Academy of CIO; Sudin Baraokar, Global AI & Digital Transformation Advisor, formerly with SBI, Barclays, IBM; Ravishankar Ramakrishnan, Vice President & Head of IT at Exela Technologies; and Chubak Temirov, Deputy CEO at High Technology Park of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Within the discussion, the experts covered topics such as measures to maintain competitiveness and strategic steps, employee perceptions of AI implementation in companies, the economic impact of AI utilization, threats associated with its use, lessons learned from implementing cutting-edge technologies, and future plans.

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Following the plenary discussion, the conference smoothly transitioned into the analysis of real cases showing successful implementation of advanced technologies.

Ziya Asgarov, CIO at Pasha Insurance, was the first to present his case. He emphasized the importance of using AI in digital transformation, exploring The AI-Powered Organization approach and opportunities for AI implementation in specific processes, expanding business capabilities through bots and generative AI.

Dmitrii Krikunov, Head of the production automation and optimization office at SEG ENERA, discussed "Practical experience of AI applications development in oil & gas upstream and downstream." He shared cases, failures, and achievements in implementing AI solutions for predictive equipment maintenance, virtual sensors, and production optimization from his own practice. Dmitrii also provided recommendations to conference participants for assessing their businesses' readiness for AI solution implementation.

Srinivasan Shridharan, Vice President Analytics at Una Brands, presented the case "Solving the AI powered for Decision Making Conundrum." He outlined the key benefits of AI-driven decision-making, strategies to enhance trust in decision-making models, the rationale behind each forecast, and ways to teach models to communicate in the language of business.

Artem Kalivanov, CIO at Unitel, concluded the conference by discussing how to build a culture of innovation and continuous learning within the IT department, using Unitel example as a case study. Artem Kalivanov divided the implementation process into four directions: upcoming years' strategy, tools or methods for implementing innovation culture, employer value proposition, and employees.
According to him, to effectively implement an innovation culture, attention and development across all four directions are essential. However, the most crucial aspect is developing employees, particularly leadership teams, who will spearhead the movement and contribute to the development of innovation culture and continuous learning among their colleagues.

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The conference "Global CIO Insights: Digital Transformation with AI" received good feedback: despite the online format, participants highly appreciated the quality and liveliness of the discussion. Throughout the meeting, listeners asked questions and shared opinions about the cases. Participants note the high expertise and deep knowledge of the speakers. Without a doubt, the guests of the meeting managed to discover something new and inspiring, useful materials and practical recommendations on the use of AI.

The Global CIO community expresses our thanks to all the experts who shared their knowledge not only during the presentations but also by answering participants' questions in the chat. We hope that this conference has indeed provided valuable insights to those who attended. Supporting IT experts in sharing their experiences and granting CIOs access to new knowledge is an important value for us, and we hope to see conference participants at future events as well. 
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