Come May, Infosys Confluence 2017 will bring an enriching assortment of transformational experiences for business leaders. In fact, the conversations, the collaboration, the teaching-learning has already begun. Champions who’ve embraced automation, innovation and lifelong learning, to make progress, prepare to share their understanding and experiences in an open platform, so your own journey on the path to unlimiting your potential is accelerated. Here’s a preview of the excitement to come.

* These featured videos are only a representation of the thought leadership that you will experience at Confluence 2017. The speakers in these featured videos are not necessarily part of the event.

Automation made purposeful

Since humanity’s earliest days, technology has been a great enabling force that amplifies and empowers people, improving our quality of life, unlocking new opportunities, enhancing our creativity and equalizing the playing field for all.. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technologies are taking this to a whole new level, enabling us to do more than routine and imagine new ways of working. Now businesses are learning how AI and automation can save time and resources, by taking routine tasks off human hands, and people – the most valuable resource for any business – can then be deployed more purposefully. When we leave our mundane, repeatable tasks to automation, we free ourselves to pursue new ways of finding and solving challenges – the things that can only be achieved with human imagination.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, swap notes with leaders who are working with AI and automation to transform their businesses and see what exciting new opportunities you spot to drive your agenda.

Learning for our times

We have always been able to adapt to dramatic changes in our world because we have evolved the way we learn alongside our increasingly powerful technologies. It’s time we think beyond how we’ve been approaching our education, to recast it as a holistic, continuous and lifelong process of learning — one in which problem-finding is as important as problem-solving, and digital literacy is taken as seriously as language literacy. We also need to help people around us develop skills that can enable them to become creators and not just consumers of technology. As leaders we have a great responsibility to steer our organizations purposefully through these extraordinary times.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, let’s hear from the leaders how their organizations are encouraging continuous learning, up-skilling, and education to prepare their workforce for a better future.

Start-up style innovation

Why are so many of us fascinated by startups? We admire their agility and audacity. Unburdened by corporate boundaries of “the way we’ve always done it,” they push, challenge and disrupt. They understand and solve an important problem well — or perish. But how can large organizations maintain that startup audacity and entrepreneurial drive? Maybe the answer lies in a ground-up, grassroots approach, based on Design thinking principles, to ensure that everyone in the development lifecycle is at “zero distance” to the end user, to the underlying technology and therefore to the value. Design Thinking helps you abandon your fear of failure and criticism, and open yourself up to fail fast, learn fast. And innovate for the real-world needs of your customers.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, there’s no way to escape the innovation bug. It’s rampant in the startup village, the design thinking workshops, the several showcases, the very ambience! Just look, learn, improve and invent.

Vishal Sikka

Purposeful AI™

Purposeful AI™, when applied to the enterprise, can unlock human potential and amplify people’s ability to do more. To realize this, organizations need to be able to do three things: manage organizational knowledge, apply it to automate enterprise processes, and utilize the massive intelligence hidden away in systems, machines and people. The biggest opportunity that lies before every business today is to launch a human revolution, where we are all able to achieve much higher productivity, to bring much more innovation, and create a future limited only by our aspirations. And that can be made possible by technology - especially automation and AI.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, talk to the leaders who know what the AI journey really entails – because they are on one themselves. Share, collaborate and learn how AI can amplify human potential for your enterprise.

Being Digital

While traditional focus areas such as customer experience, supply chain, and knowledge management continue to undergo rapid digital transformation; new entrants are disrupting traditional business models by leveraging technology in unexampled ways, enabling them to manufacture cars and watches and invent new kinds of transportation, hospitality, banking, and more. The rules of the game are becoming dynamic with economic value being created through enhanced and unprecedented services that are based on the tenets of sharing and subscription, rather than of ownership. This shift towards a services economy is another powerful manifestation of being digital.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, get a close-up perspective of how all things around us — products, solutions, and even technologies themselves — are becoming services. And how your business can make the most of the opportunity.

The Making of Real Leaders

The leaders’ challenge extends beyond the walls of the enterprise. It also calls for them to look beyond narrow interests, towards making a larger positive impact on the world around us. To grow in trust and confidence to share space rather than polarize it. The zero-sum game model of competitive success is quite outmoded. Today, our competition is with ourselves and with our ability to deliver what customers demand. The challenge is not to best one’s closest rival but to be better than the threshold of relevance to the customer. Again, technology is the prime mover of this shift by democratizing information to ensure no one enjoys a monopolistic advantage for very long, and by giving us the tools to share and collaborate.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, we can find the inspiration to rise a little above where we are, and look beyond the quarterly rhythms of our own little ventures to do something bigger, based on our combined creativity to bring out the best in each other, and to move us all forward.

Innovation Demystified

We still live in times where innovation is somehow viewed as this near-mystical thing. We think of it as something that belongs in the turf of all-time greats like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. But the reality is that innovation is no more than the ability to see something that is not there. And to bring it to life. To find the things around us that can be shaped, that can be changed. To then look at the experiences they create as continuously imperfect, and see if something could be done that makes it better. Innovation means to not be satisfied with the way things are and seeing if there is some way to improve it.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, let’s look together to find the things that can be improved, to share the knowledge that strengthens our belief in good ideas, and the conviction  and passion to make it happen, to make it real.

Tapping the power of us all

It is something fundamental to enterprises –ensuring that we nurture the best talent. Down the ages, we’ve always known this and Design Thinking reinforces it - that great solutions come where there is a synthesis of many different points of view. Teams composed of multiple perspectives, from diverse backgrounds, produce outcomes that are much richer. When we are diverse, we create more opportunities for a richer synthesis of perspectives. That’s why diversity - including gender diversity - is deeply important to the success of companies. And we lost leverage of such a huge part of humanity - what a massive and shameful loss of collective imagination, creativity and intellect! And conversely, what an amazing opportunity to help us improve ourselves!

At Infosys Confluence 2017, let’s together find ways to build diversity into our teams not because it is the benchmark, or the best-practice, or checks off some "in" list. But because - just look around - it is the right thing to do. And it makes us all better, richer, and moves us all forward.

Nurturing Learnability

Emerging technologies in artificial intelligence, deep neural networking, and machine learning enable us to reimagine the possibilities of human creativity, innovation and productivity. But none of these incredible capabilities would be possible without our fundamental ability to understand and to learn. It is this ability that transforms all of the waves of raw data and information that wash over our world into true knowledge. As technology continues its rise, absorbing our mundane and routine tasks, we must understand our calling to something greater – to be better, something more. This is the promise of our great human potential — that we are more than the sum of our knowledge of the past. It is precisely our ability to learn that will open a new future for all of us.

At Infosys Confluence 2017, you’ll find your own space to learn, a platform to share your unique experiences and absorb from others the things that challenge you at an individual level. You’ll see how this balance – of learning and teaching makes our potential truly limitless.