• Where: The Vatican
  • When:   28-29th September 2017

An Exclusive Event

Select customers joined us from the morning of 28th September and shared in an experience like no other. Surrounded by like-minded business leaders, we visited the Vatican on an exclusive-use basis, enjoying 5* hospitality, inspiring talks from our key speakers and a unique journey through the Vatican.

Together, we looked at the future of innovation and transformation, based on great partnerships.


Available for your download, the six presentations shared with you during our incredible event. Take the opportunity to reabsorb the key insights of our speakers and be inspired by their thought leadership.

Adrian McDonald

President EMEA, Dell EMC Enterprise Business

Mr. McDonald is the President, EMEA at Dell EMC and is responsible for the company’s overall revenue generation, management and business strategy in the region.

In the 1990s, Mr. McDonald helped establish and then ran many of EMC’s international subsidiaries. After successfully running individual country operations, in 2000 he was appointed as Vice President and took control of EMC’s Germany, East Europe, Middle East and Africa region. After a long and successful European tour, he then moved to EMC’s headquarters in Boston to take up a further challenge – that of establishing and managing the successful global partnership between EMC and Dell.

Thanks to his extensive experience within Dell EMC, Mr. McDonald is perfectly positioned to share his take on the ‘Connected CEO’ and how innovative digital transformation can revolutionise the business world.

Aongus Hegarty

President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dell EMC

Mr. Hegarty serves as President of Dell for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is responsible for leading the recently privatised company across the EMEA region, with the aim to deliver innovative, efficient technology solutions to its customers.

In this role, Mr. Hegarty is driving the on-going evolution of Dell’s go-to-market strategy, building EMEA’s end-to-end solutions capability, integrating acquired companies and strengthening the omni-channel approach across direct, partners and online routes-to-market; providing customers with greater choice and delivering greater value for their organisations.

With his years of experience at Dell Dell, Mr. Hegarty is passionate about the drive of human progress through technology and our emerging role as ‘Digital Conductors’.

Andrew Moore

General Manager, Digital Transformation Office, Industry Sales Group Intel Corporation

Andrew Moore is the General Manager of the Digital Transformation Office in Intel’s Industry Sales Group. The role involves developing a set of progressive but actionable approaches to helping key customers define and start executing meaningful transformation strategies. The goal in doing this is ultimately to forge strategic and symbiotic relationships with the some of the worlds leading organizations and in doing so raising Intel’s profile and role as a true thought leader in the world of digitization. Prior to this role Andrew was the General Manager of Strategic Accounts and acted as the organizations Chief of Staff.

Andrew joined Intel in 2004 with 20 years of experience in enterprise resource planning and business process development and design for companies including IBM, PeopleSoft, and J.D. Edwards, where he drove strategy, sales and consulting for areas ranging from infrastructure and integration to customer relationship management and supply chain management applications.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Andrew now lives in Portland, OR. He holds a BEng Hons degree in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Mons. Carlo Maria Polvani

Mons. Carlo Maria Polvani was born in Milan on July 28th 1965. Educated in the Istituto Leone XIII and then in the Collège Stanislas, he earned a Baccalauréat Français Section Scientifique avec mention in 1982. Enrolled in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University (Montréal, Canada), he received in 1985 a B.Sc. with honours and in 1990 a Ph.D. Dean’s honour list, for his research on the enzymatic mechanism of the Sodium Potassium ATPase.

After a Master of Divinity with distinction, in 1993 at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he received from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a License summa cum laude in Canon Law in 1995 and a Specialization summa cum laude in Jurisprudence and Forensic Psychology in 1996.

Admitted in the Pontifical Lombard Seminary in Rome, he was ordained a presbyter for the Archdiocese of Milan by His Eminence Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini on February 14th 1998 and completed his Doctorate in Canon Law summa cum laude in 1999 with the examination of a distinctively canonical institution: the authentic interpretation of laws. Enrolled in the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, he was destined to the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See, on July 1st 1999, to serve as Secretary in the Apostolic Nunciature in México.

He was then called to the Secretariat of State and, since 2007, he is in charge of the Information and Documentation Office in the Section for General Affairs, as well as being the Representative of the Holy See in the Government Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He collaborates with the L’Osservatore Romano with articles on mathematics, science and technology.

The Location

This prestigious event began upon touching down in Rome, where our guests were escorted to a 5* hotel by one of our dedicated hospitality team and welcomed with cocktails on one of the terraces overlooking the centre of Rome.
After settling in, we embarked upon an unprecedented journey through the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo, starting with a conference led by key speakers in the Auditorium Augustinianum.

This was followed by a private tour through Fabbrica di San Pietro and Basilica San Pietro, giving the opportunity to experience these historic settings away from the usual crowds.

Castel Sant’Angelo opened exclusively for Dell EMC and our guests, where we visited the Museum and ancient prisons, before enjoying the sunset with cocktails on the Terrazza dell’Angelo and dinner in the Giretto Pio IV to end the day.

The Agenda

Thursday 28th September


Welcome to the Grand Hotel Plaza Roma

Cocktail and finger buffet at Zuma, the award-winning restaurant, on the rooftop of the Palazzo Fendi

Transfer to Vatican City

14.00 – 14.05
Benvenuti a Roma, benvenuti al Vaticano

By Philippe Gosseye

14.05 – 14.15
Is the technology sky really the limit?
To technology and beyond
By Philippe Gosseye


Introduction of the speakers & program of the afternoon

With technological developments happening at virtually the speed of light, there are no more certainties in this world. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and even less what will happen the Day after Tomorrow. The boundaries that used to bring structure and guidance have disappeared. Humans are replaced by machines. Machines are learning to think and make decisions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is turning objects into living things. Art is becoming science and vice versa. Everything and everyone is connected. This demands extreme flexibility from everyone, and especially from business leaders: if we want to keep up and keep differentiating ourselves, we need to architect for change. The secret to success in the digital transformation? Agility

14.15 – 14.35
The Vatican: Connecting history and technology

“The Holy See and the new ICT challenges”
By Monsignor Carlo Maria Polvani, Information and Media
Secretariat of State, Vatican

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No organization is immune to the outside pressures for change.

The Vatican is also becoming a modern, digital environment, thinking about the best way to move forward in its digital transformation ventures.

Based on his experience in the Committee for the reform of the Vatican Media, Monsignor Polvani provides strategic advice on digital transformation within the Holy See, while not losing sight of its important Cultural Heritage. In this role, he focuses on guiding the Holy See media through these changing trends and expectations. Furthermore, since 2007, he is in charge of the Information and Documentation Office in the Section for General Affairs.

14.35 – 15.00
Winning with the Connected CEO

By Adrian McDonald, President EMEA, Dell EMC Enterprise Business

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Times of change bring about challenges and opportunities. We live in disruptive times where not the smartest or biggest companies will survive and keep winning, but the companies that can best adapt to rapidly evolving market conditions. Business leaders need to navigate their company so that it can catch the next wave, or so that it can prevent itself from being disrupted by the next one.

This is a complex task. Modern-day CEOs require in-depth knowledge about their market and their competitors if they want to stand out and embark on a successful Digital Transformation journey.

But there’s more. Connected CEOs will understand how digital technologies can help them win. They will have to come up with answers to help overcome the contradiction between the certainties that they used to have and what they need to do today in order to make their company future-proof.

15.00 – 15.25
Digital trust: from CxO to CSO
By Andrew Moore, General Manager, Digital Transformation Office, Industry Sales Group Intel Corporation, driver of the Vortex of Change programme


Intel Corporation, driver of the Vortex of Change programme

The fourth industrial revolution has had a major economic, ecological and social impact. Companies need to accept, embrace and be at the forefront of change. As every department is evolving into a digital department with its own budget and decision-making power, there is an increasing risk that an organization neglects its governance procedures and security measures.

Next to that, companies need to start acting upon all the data that they have. Data analytics is no longer about hindsight, it is about insight. But how do you protect your most valuable asset while the number of security threats from both outside and inside the organization continues to grow? Every CxO is becoming a Chief Digital Officer but, at the same time, they also need to become a Chief Security Officer, contributing their piece in the Security Transformation challenge.


15.25 – 16.00
Translating the 4 zones of transformation to your own company
By Elliott Young, Director of Transformation Consulting EMEA at Dell EMC

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As the Director of Transformation Consulting, Elliott Young has consultants in each country working in areas including strategy and planning for Big Data, predictive pre-Analytics, ITaaS, IaaS, operating organisational model redesign and enterprise architecture.

Elliott has utilized the Transformational Model designed by Geoffrey Moore and translated this to his own company (Dell EMC) – focusing on four zones:

• Performance Zone – Current year revenue performance
• Productivity Zone – Productivity initiatives to foster and fuel performance
• Incubation Zone – Incubation of future innovations
• Transformation Zone – Taking innovations to scale

Geoffrey Moore is a visionary, thought leader, author of the infamous playbook Crossing the Chasm and one of the world’s most respected thinkers when it comes to identifying new market opportunities to attack, core market positions to defend, and new technological frontiers to consider as digital boundaries become both limitless and blurred.

16.00 – 16.25
Hybrid is the new normal

By Aongus Hegarty, President EMEA, Dell EMC Commercial Business

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Breaking silos with the Connected CIO: The CIO and CEO need to connect the dots when guiding their company through this transformation at all levels: IT, Workforce and Security.

It is only by joining forces and learning to truly understand each other’s points of view, and by acquiring savviness in each other’s fields of play, that the Connected CEO and the Connected CIO will be able to provide their company with a stable environment that gives everybody in it enough breathing space to help drive innovation forward.

Savoir-faire is not enough, the hybrid CIO also demonstrates soft skills to steer people and the organization through a transformation, and above all, he or she needs a large dose of courage to lead the company into uncharted territory. Making matters even more complicated, the democratization of information technology has given business departments more purchasing power, forcing the CIO to cover all bases and prevent Shadow IT to compromise the overall IT Architecture.

16.25 – 16.30
Closing remarks

By Philippe Gosseye

16.30 – 17.00

17.00 – 19.30
Exclusive private tour of Fabbrica di San Pietro and Basilica San Pietro

19.30 – 20.30
Transfer to Castel Sant’Angelo to visit the Museum and ancient prisons

20.30 – 23.00
Cocktails at the Terrazza dell’Angelo and dinner in the Giretto Pio IV

23.00 – 23.15
Transfer back to the Hotel