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Vodafone CIO Speaks Up for Process Reform

“Business processes must now modify to keep us competitive" says Albert Hitchcock

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Change isn't new, but the pace of change in the next ten years in Europe is going to be breathtaking. Following 18 months full of dramatic re-alignment we're seeing normality return, but it's a new normal.

The balance of power is shifting away from Europe and the West; emerging markets are becoming leading markets. For growth to really take hold there must be room to improve.

Technology that was hype is now fast becoming business as usual. Business models are changing, and companies are relying more than ever on the expertise and resources of a broad ecosystem, requiring new management techniques. Europe is struggling to stay on top.

So a unique meeting has been called in Bremen, Germany, chaired by Albert Hitchcock Group CIO Vodafone, the aptly named CIO EU summit (held by GDS International) is set to unify and educate some of the most illustrious IT professionals in the region. Albert is joined by Sabine Everaet CIO Coca-Cola Europe and Jeremy Vincent CIO Jaguar Landrover who have already confirmed their attendance and will be sharing their expertise to the fifty strong consortiums.

“Business processes must now modify to keep us competitive, ensuring that internal costs are minimised whilst retaining speed and flexibility of implementation and critically releasing money to invest in innovative new services”. Albert Hitchcock – Group CIO- Vodafone.

This vision is one that would keep Europe above water, but has it come too late? Has the East made too much ground in the recession, or has the economic downturn given European business the opportunity to create a leaner and more creative economy?

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.

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