Luxembourg Internet Days 2017 – the be-there event for SMEs
On November 14 and 15, Luxembourg Internet Days and the ICT sector will be doing everything they can to help businesses – starting with SMEs – initiate or reinforce their digital switchover.
Interested in the possibilities the new technologies are opening up? Wondering how to deal with the challenges raised by digitalizing your small or medium-sized enterprise?
Want training or information about solutions and methods for taking your first steps in the digital age?
Come to Luxembourg Internet Days, on November 14 at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a LU-CIX event, with a pragmatic and practical approach; it offers top-quality talks, round-table discussions and training sessions. The 2016 event was a historic success, attracting more than a thousand attendees (from more than 400 enterprises); the 2017 event is looking just as good. In addition to a huge range of talks, more than 50 stands, parallel sessions organized by LU-CIX’s partners Luxinnovation, Securitymadein.lu and CIRCL, and role-play (Serious Games) with backing from PwC Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Internet Days will be dealing with topical themes. And once attendees have registered on-line on the event’s Internet site free of charge, they will have access to a ‘speed-dating’ tool which will enable them to organize their visit in advance and to make the most of what is on offer.
The challenge posed by digital switchover has rapidly become global, and the 2017 edition of the event will be showcasing Canada and the Province of Quebec, with a view to promoting new economic synergies between the two countries.
Digital switchover – it’s time to speed up
Like it or not, the digital switchover is here to stay. While many enterprises have already made a start, most are still hanging back. Both groups of enterprises need to speed things up, because – in an increasingly globalized world with a faster-moving economy with ever-shorter cycles – it’s crucial to be out there with the pioneers.
To be sure of making a success of the first stages in the switchover, it is often a good idea to be accompanied. That’s why Luxinnovation will be making its expertise and understanding of the subject, together with its arrangements for accompaniment and training, available to enterprises wanting to make the switchover. It’s also necessary to set up a strategy, organize priorities, and decide on clear objectives to be in a position to achieve those objectives in a world that is in constant flux. On the morning of November 14, Thierry Geerts, Country Director at Google, will reveal his pragmatic vision of the subject, in respect of SMEs.
What about life before, during and after the digitalization?
How will digital matters impact your market and your development? What changes will you have to make to your strategy? And – since it’s not about destroying everything – how will you preserve your values and your expertise? These are all questions that you will have to ask, if you have not done so already. You will probably have to rework your business model to incorporate digital aspects in your offer: changing products into services, associating them with connected objects, developing digital offers, adapting your showcase, etc.
These questions, and many more, will be raised at a round-table discussion with the self-evident title “Life before, during and after digitalization – chronical of a craze foretold”; there will be a number of well-known participants, including Monique Bachner, an independent director and member of the board of directors of ILA (Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs), and Michel Landaret, who was involved in the development and deployment of the Minitel in France in the 1980s.
New regulations – constraints or opportunities?
What about our way of working, including teleworking and nomad working, and the way we approach the market and communicate with clients? Digitalization questions our products and our services as we have offered them to date, and indeed questions their concept.
That’s where the GDPR (the famous European regulation on data protection applying as from May 2018) comes into the picture, bringing with it a host of new obligations. While the regulation will not fundamentally change the general framework for data protection, it has a twofold aim: firstly to adapt the rules for the protection of privacy to the new technologies, and secondly to create a large digital market. Enterprises will have to adopt an ‘active’ policy to protect their files and the data they contain and be aware of the importance of managing and protecting their data well. This will be the subject of another round-table discussion with experts from every area concerned.
Security in particular calls for a new approach. Here again, Luxembourg Internet Days will provide access to the skill of the teams at Securitymadein.lu and an opportunity to find out more about what their initiatives can offer your activity and your teams via the CASES and CIRCL entities. You will also be able to test your security procedures with Serious Games, ‘Game of Threats’, organized by PwC Luxembourg. These simulation games will enable you to practice decision-making in real time in the face of cyber-security threats, seen from both sides: from the hacker’s viewpoint as well as that of your enterprise. The idea is to increase awareness of the increasingly complex challenges of cyber-security through an immersive gaming approach.
Make the most of this opportunity: register on-line right now free of charge at http://www.luxembourg-internet-days.com.
Brief practical details
One venue: Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce
7 Rue Alcide de Gasperi, L-2981 Luxembourg City
Two days: November 14 and 15, 2017
Three areas: Digitalization - November 14, 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks - November 15, 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
SMEs and Digitalization - November 14 and 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Full information available on-line at http://www.luxembourg-internet-days.com.