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Conversations About AI

Conference producers organize conversations for a living, and one of the joys of the job is watching an idea whose time has come explode into the public consciousness after years of quietly doing important work out of the limelight.

OpenAI launched ChatGPT on November 30, 2022. Within two months it already had over 100 million active users, making it the fastest growing consumer application ever to date. As an interactive tool and toy, it has captured people’s imaginations and made Artificial Intelligence a topic of everyday conversation from boardroom tables to breakfast tables.

As unlikely as it would have sounded two years ago, just about everyone nowadays has at least a passing understanding of how Large Language Models work, and most people have asked with varying degrees of trepidation or excitement, “But what does AI mean for me?”

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The Must-Dos of Institutional Knowledge Retention

2024 is going to be a year like any other for senior executives, only more so. The trends we have been talking about for years are only accelerating. What was once a trickle is becoming a flood. Where we used to talk about future trends, now we are seeing things really happening every day, and each day sees more of it than the last. Now I could use those first four sentences to start a blog post about any number of topics right now, but I’m going to put two specific thoughts out there and then talk about them for…

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The Top-of-Mind Issues Chief Information Security Officers are Thinking About Right Now

This June 16th and 17th in Denver, Colorado, Executive Platforms is organizing the North American Information Security Summit, a focused follow-up to last year’s broader North American Technology Executive Summit that will devote its entire agenda to the challenges and opportunities that are most important to Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Data Officers, and other senior executives responsible for cybersecurity and maintaining secure IT operations in large organizations. As you can imagine, a lot goes into putting together an event of this scale on this topic for such a senior audience. Above everything else, content is king….

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EP’s Next Series: North American Food Manufacturing Summit

We have mentioned in a recent blog post that by most ways you want to measure it, the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit series (NAMES) is our longest-running and remains among our most popular. If it was the first, then our North American Food Safety & Quality series (NAFS) was the fourth, and both have grown and grown over the years to the point where we have moved venues and even cities to better meet the needs of the senior executives who attend year after year. In all that time across all those events, we have always had a gap…

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Interview Worth Your Time

We have mentioned before that 2023 is the year The bluEPrint podcast moved from an intermittent thing to a regular weekly piece of content, and we are excited to add our YouTube Channel as one more way to highlight some of the great conversations we are having both at our events and through virtual interviews in between summits. Just before last Christmas we put together, ‘Our Favorite Interviews of 2022’ to showcase some of the discussions we were most proud of in the run-up to this year’s expansion, and then in early April we did another collection, “Showcasing the Interviews…

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Beyond Resiliency: The New Supply Chain Trends from NASCES23

At the beginning of 2023 we started a new reoccurring series on this blog where we try to summarize what happened at each of our events: NASRS23 in a Nutshell, NAMES23 in a Nutshell, PMWS23 in a Nutshell, EUSCES23 in a Nutshell, NASCES23 in a Nutshell, and NAFS23 in a Nutshell all do a fine job of walking through what happened hour by hour and day by day, but the trouble with summaries is they do not leave a lot of extra room for notes about conversations I had on site, or themes and moods I picked up on that…

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FAQs About Executive Platforms’ Events

As of the writing of this week’s blog post Executive Platforms runs ten annual events, and we have plans to launch five new series in the next two years. There are questions that we are asked over and over at each summit. This feels like as good a time as any to start putting our most frequently asked questions together in one place and answering them as concisely as possible. For ease of use, we will list the questions from broadest and most general, narrowing down into specifics as we go. Questions will appear in BOLD CAPS so you can…

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NAFS23 in a Nutshell

The 2023 edition of the long-running and successful North American Food Safety & Quality series ran September 25th through the 29th at the Westin Chicago Northshore in Wheeling, Illinois, just north of Chicago. It was attended by 405 delegates, speakers, sponsor representatives, and guests from more than 200 different companies and organizations. The agenda included more than 50 keynotes, case studies, workshops, roundtable discussions, focus groups, interactive think tanks, and more. Early feedback has been universally positive, and work is already underway to build upon this success and make next year’s summit event bigger and better.That is the shortest overview…

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NASCES23 in a Nutshell

The 2023 edition of the long-running and successful North American Supply Chain Executive Summit series ran September 11th through the 13th at the historic Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Phoenix, Arizona. It was attended by 640 delegates, speakers, sponsor representatives, and guests from more than 400 different companies and organizations. The agenda included more than 65 keynotes, case studies, workshops, roundtable discussions, focus groups, interactive think tanks, and more. Early feedback has been universally positive, and work is already underway to build upon this success and make next year’s summit event bigger and better. That is the shortest…

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Another Book from the Author of Lean-Driven Innovation. This Time It’s Business Fiction?— A Conversation with Norbert Majerus

— Geoff Micks Head of Content & Research Executive Platforms Geoff joined the industry events business as a conference producer in 2010 after four years working in print media. He has researched, planned, organized, run, and contributed to more than a hundred events across North America and Europe for senior leaders, with special emphasis on the energy, mining, manufacturing, maintenance, supply chain, human resources, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, finance, and sustainability sectors. As part of his role as Head of Content & Research, Geoff hosts Executive Platforms’ bluEPrint Podcast series as well as a weekly blog focusing on issues relevant…

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Questions to Ask About Your Digital Transformation Journey

For something we talk about all the time and build heavily into every one of Executive Platforms’ ten annual events (with more on the way), I was surprised when I spotted the last time I wrote a blog post specifically about the Digital Revolution was all the way back in the beginning of May, and the last time we got into real ‘How to Get This Right’ content was all the way back in January. Let me correct that lapse right now. One of the things I love most about this subject matter is that while everyone’s Digital Transformation Journey…

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Amir Ghannad, Author of The Transformative Leader and Host of The Transformative Leader Podcast

          — Geoff MicksHead of Content & ResearchExecutive Platforms Geoff joined the industry events business as a conference producer in 2010 after four years working in print media. He has researched, planned, organized, run, and contributed to more than a hundred events across North America and Europe for senior leaders, with special emphasis on the energy, mining, manufacturing, maintenance, supply chain, human resources, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, finance, and sustainability sectors. As part of his role as Head of Content & Research, Geoff hosts Executive Platforms’ bluEPrint Podcast series as well as a weekly blog focusing…

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Cybersecurity Trends We Are Following

Executive Platforms will be starting a new event series next year! The first North American Information Security Summit will run June 16-18, 2024, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center near Denver, Colorado. We plan to gather together the top Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Information Officers, and other senior executives working in data and information security from across North America to share their experiences and expertise with one another at a peer-to-peer level. Cybersecurity is going to be a big part of that event’s agenda, and so we thought it was probably…

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Superconductors: What They Are, the Latest News, and What Might Happen Next

Author’s Note Added October 19, 2023: The following blog post makes specific references to a promising announcement about a substance known as LK-99. It was said at the time that third-party verification should come quickly. It seems LK-99 was not, in fact, a room temperature super-conductor. We will keep this blog post up, as it contains a lot of other good content, but we want to clarify at the top that this was written when enthusiasm was still high that a major breakthrough had been made. As a matter of policy, this is not a blog that covers breaking news…

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Vichyssoise: A Sad Story with Lessons Learned for Food Safety & Quality Professionals

I attend a lot of conferences and summits. I know I’ve contributed to more than a hundred during my working life, to say nothing of events I attended as a delegate rather than as one of the organizers. There was an amazing presentation I saw many years ago that I probably think about and reference in conversation more often than the next several best presentations I have ever seen put together. It has been a little while since the last time I wrote about FSQ issues on this blog, and so I think it is high time to repeat some…

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Time Management and Professional Development in the Age of Distraction

Attention spans are shrinking. That is not one of those anecdotal facts that you think is probably true. Researchers have documented the average attention span for focus on a single piece of stimulus in the year 2000 was 12 seconds, and by 2015 that had fallen to 8.25 seconds, and there is every expectation that the 2025 update on this ongoing study will see a further reduction in how long anyone will give something their full attention. Another study on how long the average person will devote their uninterrupted focus to a piece of content on a screen began in…

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