TechFire June 2018…


Aviva Stadium | 19 June | 8-10am 


We have moved to a new venue, the Aviva Stadium, for this briefing

This briefing in the TechFire series focused on Digital Transformation. It took place in the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday 19 June.

As the digital transformation era matures, IT’s role within it is changing.

Having helped organisations embark on the transformation journey, IT leaders must now help manage the continuous cycle of innovation, implementation and refinement, while ensuring that regulatory requirements and cyber-security concerns are properly addressed. Amid an unprecedented pace of technological change, the challenges are numerous and varied.

TechFire, in association with ManageEngine, will help CIOs and IT leaders understand their evolving role in this process, ensuring they can harness digital disruption, rather than struggle with it.

With a focus on helping the business cope with the change cycle, and its potential impact for customer engagement, business models and processes, this event for IT’s leadership helped organisations to identify their individual transformation needs in vital areas, including the importance of providing a supportive digital culture.

Practical insights from expert speakers and an end user experience helped  guide IT leaders to a greater understanding of their evolving, yet pivotal, role.

Moderator Paul Hearns led the discussion. Click the PDF links to view/download the presentations:


P.Hearns, Moderator, TechFire 


J.Carolan, National Director for Health Business Services, HSE


M.Beeson, Digital Business Strategy Analyst, Forrester


J.McIntyre, Head of Analytics and Cognitive Services, Capgemini Sogeti Ireland


A.Cunningham, CIO, Ervia


S.Iyengar, Head of European Operations, Zoho Corporation

TechFire regulars: note different venue Aviva Stadium


Jane Carolan,
National Director for Health Business Services at HSE

Our Customer interview will see Jane talk us through her organisation’s experience and how they begun their digital transformation journey.
Jane Carolan is National Director for Health Business Services, the shared services entity which provides back office support business services to the Health Service Executive. This includes Procurement, Estates, Finance and HR shared services. She is a member of the HSE Leadership Team and winner of the Tech Excellence Award for IT Professional of the Year in 2018.

Michelle Beeson,
Analyst, Forrester

Michelle serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals and is based in Forrester’s UK office. Her research covers digital commerce and how changing consumer behaviour and technology affect the way that organisations engage with customers.

John McIntyre
Head of Analytics and Cognitive Services for Capgemini Sogeti Ireland

John is responsible for designing cutting edge solutions in the digital arena for a wide variety of clients in Finance, Pharma, Government, Health, Retail and Technology. John’s area of expertise focuses on the theoretical and practical challenges of Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence. His work has shaped machine learning, perception, image recognition, natural language understanding, decision making, and human-AI collaboration and led to fielded systems in countless industries.

Ashling Cunningham,
CIO Ervia

Ashling is the Chief Information Officer at Ervia, with responsibility across all areas of ICT, as well as a member of the ICS CIO Council.
Ashling is a highly able Business and IT Executive with an IT and Finance background. She holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College, Dublin and before joining Ervia worked as an independent consultant specialising in the implementation of financial software systems. Having held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies she will provide a valuable insight into the key challenges faced by IT leaders today.

Sridhar Iyengar
Head of European Operations, Zoho Corporation

Sridhar talked about culture change as it a key catalyst for Digital Transformation. As businesses focus on transforming themselves in the new age of AI and digitalisation, the focus is often on external factors such as customers and technology. Often times the internal cultural aspects of the organisation are forgotten, but since people are the key to any transformative changes this is a key factor to success in any digital transformation project.