The technological landscape is on the cusp of a significant transformation, driven by the burgeoning potential of artificial intelligence. Roles, companies, and entire industries are shifting as new technologies disrupt the status quo. This presents a pivotal moment for technology and data leaders to chart a path that capitalizes on new and emerging technology to achieve high performance and drive meaningful business results.

Despite the excitement generated by new technological advances, some business and technology leaders have tempered their enthusiasm because of ongoing economic uncertainty and geopolitical tensions. Additionally, customer expectations are evolving at an ever-increasing pace, demanding constant adaptation. These times call for a cautious yet resolute course of action by business and technology leaders.

This means ensuring that your technology strategy and roadmap align closely with your business strategy. It means harnessing the power of AI effectively to meet business goals. It means prioritizing the recruitment and retention of the right tech talent to maximize the potential of your new technology investments while integrating them with the established technologies in your tech stack without accruing additional technical debt. And it means ensuring that your technology strategy is building and maintaining trust with customers and employees. In an age of both enthusiasm and skepticism around technology, CIOs need to embrace robust security measures, an unwavering commitment to data privacy, and the ability to adapt to unforeseen challenges.

If it feels like an overwhelming task, you’re right — it is. It’s not a solo ride, though. Achieving this kind of next-level performance is a team sport. It’s about syncing with peers, forging alliances with partners, and rallying the ecosystem.

To help you succeed, Forrester invites you to join us at our annual Technology & Innovation Summit North America, September 9–12 in Austin, Texas. This year’s event boasts an expanded format that promises a comprehensive exploration of the tools and strategies that technology and data leaders need to know about today.

This year’s event will feature nine keynote sessions and six dedicated tracks focusing on a wide range of technology topics, including:

  • AI.
  • Technology strategy and enterprise architecture.
  • Data and analytics.
  • Infrastructure and operations.
  • Leadership and talent.
  • Business applications and development.

If you’re the type that likes to roll up your sleeves up with, be sure to get to the Bold Starts on Monday and check out the AI Innovation Lab event. This is a live sequel to our well-received hack-a-thon at last year’s event. In this year’s iteration, you’ll be able to test-drive new generative AI technologies to solve a unique challenge. We’ll also debate the implications of these technologies on work and society.

Check out the full agenda here to learn more about the Summit. And if you’re not able to make our Austin event, we host Technology & Innovation Summits in both London (October 9–11) and Sydney (October 29) with unique region-specific presentations and events.

I look forward to seeing you in Austin!