To a new one! 2018

As Germany’s largest congress on digitisation, 2018 offers strategies, exchange and solutions for companies undergoing digital change. In several hundred lectures, workshops and networking events with top-class speakers and participants, you will experience digitization in its thematic breadth and depth of content.

Strategy Day on 12.09.2018: mgm hosts the main track

Digital change is shaking business models, forcing companies to leave comfort zones that have been maintained for decades, and at the same time creating new, innovative business ideas. Above all, however, technological progress calls familiar patterns of thought into question. Where traditional hierarchical structures are at issue and established systems turn out to be too slow, new ideas and solutions must be found!

At the start of, on 12 September 2018, mgm will therefore look at the real challenges of digitisation with the theme track “Embracing Digital Transformation” and discuss concrete approaches to solutions from everyday project life, including with Professor Ulrich Weinberg, head of the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute, who will hold the keynote this year. In addition, numerous high-ranking representatives of many German companies will report on their experiences. Hannah Klose will accompany this day as a presenter.



Speaker and Program

Keynote: Digitisation is a team sport
Ulrich Weinberg – Hasso Plattner Institute

In an increasingly digitized world, the pressure for change in companies and organizations is growing almost exponentially. Traditional, individual-oriented models of thought make it increasingly difficult to counter this pressure. We need a new, networked, team-oriented practice.


Innovation: against powerlessness
Karel Golta – Indeed Innovation

Automation and AI are changing the reality of the company. So what do we have to do to remain able to act as a society in the future? What is the key for companies to actively shape the digital transformation in the interests of their employees?


Will distribution die out as a result of digitization?
Jens Kocab / Dr. Florian Heydenreich – Linde

The sale of “classic” capital goods is essential for customer proximity and excellent product knowledge in order to be able to offer the customer tailor-made solutions in sales and service on site. How will digitization change classic sales and business models in the coming years?


AMS Sourcing as a pioneer for the new strategic IT orientation
Klaus Lichtenauer – E.ON

Digital transformation is a strong driver for E.ON’s realignment. The IT function must lay the foundations for this. One of the key measures supporting the implementation of the new business and IT strategy is the Europe-wide application sourcing program. Key objectives: more flexibility, speed and better resource management.


Ship ahoy! Digitisation in the cruise industry
David Mertin – Holiday check

Cruises are booming. In 2017, over 2.7 million Germans booked a cruise and spend almost €4 billion. But over 73% are still doing this offline – but the market and sales are also digitalizing. More and more young, digitally affine vacationers want to go on a cruise. This lecture offers opportunities, risks and funny anecdotes from the “digital” world of shipping and why it will still be a great challenge in 2018.


It takes two to tango – Established companies and their labs
Tim Rudolph – HERMES Digital Lab

Many companies have founded very different labs in recent years. Time for a cash check: Why do you need Labs? And what is necessary for Labs to be successful?




How can tradition and digitization be combined?
Frank Roth – Klosterfrau

A clear strategy is needed to position a traditional company in times of digitization. Frank Roth talks about the challenges for management and employees, how important communication and change management are on this path and what experiences he has made.


Lidl moves – agile mindshifting within LIDL Digital IT
Tim Döppner – LIDL

Lidl is on its way to becoming the largest online discounter in Europe and strives to push further digital business areas parallel to its core business. How does Lidl Digital meet these challenges? An exciting journey through agile mindshifting within LIDL Digital IT.


Coca-Cola (CCEP): Digital transformation at the heart of IT strategy
Marcus Franke – Coca-Cola

Digitization is creating a paradigm shift in buyer and customer behavior, which is why Coca-Cola European Partners is anchoring it in its business strategy. A Business Capability Program not only defines the IT strategy, but also addresses the transformation of the business holistically.


How to ride the Digital Wave
Steffen Schairer – E.ON

Like many other companies, E.ON is facing a growing demand for digital solutions. At the same time, the customer expects ever greater flexibility and responsiveness. How to manage this wave of digital initiatives to achieve the greatest possible impact? Steffen Schairer provides answers.


The meaning of the disruptive
Dr. Ruth Betz – OWNR

Digitization is not an end in itself, but serves to scale the customer focus. It catches people and aged markets and rolls them around. Dr. Ruth Betz shows concrete options for action in the brave new digital world.



Change Projekt – SAP: From a change of system to a change of culture
Natalie Hauser – mgm consulting partners

The introduction of new systems such as S/4HANA means much more to many employees than just new product numbers and click paths. Changes often penetrate deeply into the working methods of the company and thus also change the daily interaction. The big challenge until 2025.


Complexity is the enemy?! Sometimes, sometimes not
Marcus Warncke – mgm consulting partners

Is everything really getting faster, more complex, less secure? Or does everything actually stay as it is? Anyone who has a clear idea of how completely new things can be combined with the optimisation of the old can certainly navigate through the turbulences of digitalisation. Marcus Warnke shows simple tools that provide orientation.


The customer-oriented revolution in process management
Sophie Stender / Afra Gloria Müller – mgm consulting partners

Have you spent the last few years optimizing your internal processes but hardly generated any added value for yourself or your (internal) customers? We show you our favourite tool to coordinate your processes and customer interactions more effectively.


Agile Nonsense?!
Benedikt Jost – mgm consulting partners

The journey to an agile organization has its pitfalls – and often ends with mumbling and ineffective transformations. This is sometimes also due to completely misconceptions about the future target status of the organisation. We clear up!



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Highlights of 2017

Unbox your IT – Eight strategies for an unleashed organization

The IT frees itself from organizational shackles and moves into new areas and processes. After all, IT is everywhere, IT is a competitive advantage, IT is an asset – even outside the control of the CIO. But how can the CIO counteract the loss of control? We deliver 8 strategies for modern IT organizations

Olaf Terhorst | Partner | mgm cp

How to bring IT home to the Business and start a digitization journey

The energy industry is undergoing dramatic change. Traditional business models are increasingly under pressure to change. Dr. Klaus Herbst reports how Uniper wants to meet these challenges and how a digitalization strategy can be successfully initiated.

Dr Carsten Mielke | Digitization Lead | Uniper

Agile development of digital customer solutions – Digital Delivery Network

E.ON operates in a rapidly changing market environment that requires increasingly greater flexibility and faster responsiveness in the development of new digital customer solutions. Carsten Klingels provides answers on how E.ON reacts to these challenges with the “DDN”.

Carsten Klingels | Head of Digital Solutions | E.ON Business Services

Interview with Carsten Klingels: “Digitization is not just the use of technology”

How do you win the America’s Cup with the Gorch Fock?

To give the answer straight away: Probably not at all! How the flagship of the German insurance industry reinvents and conditions itself for digital challenges and what experiences managers and employees make at it can be discovered in this session.

Bettina Stoob | Head of Global Innovation | AGCS

Interview with Bettina Stoob: “Dealing with digitization is like learning a new language”

Be the change you want for this world – Successful IT

After the hype is before the hype. Hardly any other industry agilizes more mind-blowing, challenging chances through their digital villages, where mostly the resistance to change is at home. You will find out which constants count how and where change takes effect

Uwe Kolk | CIO | Jungheinrich

Interview with Uwe Kolk: “IT and business form a unit. This must be felt and wanted”

Venture capital rethought: Investing to learn from startups

Ramelow Ventures and FASHION CLOUD discuss an investor relationship of the other kind: How to digitize fashion trade together, how to transform a traditional company and why a Silicon Valley Trip has never hurt anyone.

Marc Ramelow | CEO | Ramelow Ventures
Martin Brücher | CEO | FASHION CLOUD

Potential Uses of the Blockchain in Industry

Blockchain technology is the basis of today’s cryptocurrancies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, different application scenarios also exist in cross-organizational processes in industry, which should be illustrated by the example of energy-economic projects.

Dr Michael Merz | CEO | PONTON

Interview with Dr Michael Merz: “Blockchain Application Thinking Comes Mostly Through the Back Door”

mgm cp – “fresh up”: Pecha Kuchas and Impulse Presentations

Here, there is lunch for the brain. In Pecha Kuchas and short introductory lectures we offer you substantive theses and views on topics such as Agile Management, Process Mining, the Review Canvas Methodology and the guidelines of modern IT organizations.

Benedikt Jost | Principal Consultant | mgm consulting partners
Anne Sendatzki | Communications Consultant | mgm consulting partners
Stephanie Fischer | Senior Consultant | mgm consulting partners
Tim Bodenstab | Consultant | mgm consulting partners

Interview with Stephanie Fischer: Data-driven decisions – comfort or loss of control?

Survival Guide: Augmented Reality, Wearables and IoT in the industry

Everyone is talking about AR, IoT or Wearables and it is suggested that this is the only future. However, many companies, especially SMEs, are not able to make use of it. A startup shows using the example of the assembly, how to manage the digitization with much less and to profit nevertheless.

Dr Fedor Titov | CEO | attenio

Working agile in the Corporation – Complex and successful with “Watergile”

“Agile work is in line with the trend and just substitutes good planning with chaos”. Thus, self-responsibility and self-organization of the employees are often misunderstood. But you will learn in this session, what makes agile projects really successful and what a “serving project management” does.

Herwig Fölster | Manager Digital Services | Jungheinrich

Interview with Herwig Fölster: “It’s the people that make the difference”

Audience (R)Evolution – How a publisher became an audience pioneer

Dr Ruth Betz gives insights from the development of a user-centered content ecosystem. She shows smart hacks based on a selected example and explains how standardization, personalization and diversification of traffic sources enable a successful Audience Development.

Dr Ruth Betz | Director Audience Development Management | Bauer Xcel

Driving Digital Transformation – What’s next?

After a day full of how-to’s, approaches for solutions, strategies and new perspectives, we would like to discuss with you where we are at present and where the journey could go.

Ariane Hager | Manager | mgm consulting partners
Frank Kneschke | CEO | mgm consulting partners
Uwe Kolk | CIO | Jungheinrich
Carsten Klingels | Head of Digital Solutions | E.ON Business Services
Dr Carsten Mielke | Digitization Lead | Uniper
Dr Ruth Betz | Director Audience Development Management | Bauer Xcel

Blockchain – Roundtable

Discuss with the experts Dr. Michael Merz (PONTON) and Frank Bolten (CHAINSTEP) the potential applications, opportunities and risks of blockchain technology. If you are interested, please send us a short mail to and secure one of the 10 desirable seats at the table.

Michael Kreuzburg | mgm consulting partners
Frank Bolten | Managing Partner | CHAINSTEP
Dr Michael Merz | CEO | PONTON


Interview with Frank Kneschke: “There is no such thing as a one and only digitization project”

With a view to the mgm track “Driving Digital Transformation”, the mgm editorial team has discussed with Frank Kneschke, founder and managing director of mgm consulting partners, his personal view of digital change.

Read the interview

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Strategy Day

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Kampnagel, Hamburg


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12. - 14. 09. 2018, Kampnagel


Wed, 12.09.
Strategy Day
Curated lectures and workshops for decision-makers, strategists and project participants.


Thu, 13.09.
Collaboration day
Focus on people: cooperation, culture and agility.


Fri, 14.09.
Technology day
Get to know and understand technology trends. From a business and IT perspective.


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