Looking Back at European TBM Summit 2017

By TBM Council posted 06-27-2017 14:44


On June 15, 2017, the TBM Council hosted the 4th annual European TBM Summit. This day-long Summit brought together 300+ leading IT and finance professionals from around Europe to learn from and collaborate with their peers. The day was filled with great conversations and inspiring presentations. Attendees left with a stronger understanding of the state of TBM throughout Europe and the insight needed to better communicate value to their business partners.


Imagination Technology - European TBM Summit 2017 


The European TBM Summit was one for the history books. Here are some of my top highlights from the ground-breaking day.


Imagination Technology and TBM

This year’s Summit was built around the theme of Imagination Technology. This concept could be felt throughout every aspect of the day, specifically in the diverse line-up of speakers and TBM experiences shared. The sessions highlighted the need for IT and finance leaders to be innovative and agile in a world where disruptive technology and evolving customer needs rule the day. Summit emcee and CIO of Nationwide Building Society, Debra Bailey, said it best when she explained how TBM helps her organization imagine and prepare for the future:


 “Our TBM journey helps us make future choices. We use the intel, the cost and the transparency to help us make those choices.” – Debra Bailey, CIO, Nationwide Building Society




The day consisted of 18 speakers, each with a unique viewpoint and TBM story to tell. Topics ranged from exploring how to simplify the Business of IT and Driving Performance, Agility and Strategic Business Change, to dealing with the often complicated and ever-changing world of hybrid IT. We heard from CIOs, CTOs, Heads of Finance and Controlling, and TBM Leaders from organizations across all industries including Uber, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Maersk Oil & Gas, Danske Bank, Shell, Unilever and Amadeus Data Processing. Each session proved the transformative impact of TBM, as well as how it is changing the way IT departments create and communicate value to their business partners.


Don’t worry if you were not able to attend the Summit or missed a particular session, all TBM Council members can access the presentations from the Summit via TBM Connect.


Creating a TBM Connection

I left the Summit with a significant appreciation for the TBM community in Europe. The Summit was launched in 2014 with 95 attendees. This year, the group grew to 300+ leaders from the top organizations and institutions around the region. There was a constant buzz of conversation throughout the day. Attendees were eager to collaborate and learn from their peers and Summit sponsors. The community is growing at a rapid rate and members are relying on one another to provide insight, share lessons learned, and advance the discipline of TBM. 




The conversation and collaboration does not have to stop at the Summit. IT and Finance professionals are invited to join the TBM Council as a way to grow the community and stay connected throughout the year.


Taking TBM Knowledge to the Next Level

Though this did not technically take place on the day of the Summit, the TBM Council hosted its first European TBM Executive Foundation Certification Course on June 13 and 14. This was the perfect way to kick-off Summit. Members of the community gathered for a two day class taught by Todd Tucker, VP and Research & Standards with the TBM Council and author of Technology Business Management: The Four Value Conversations CIOs Must Have With Their Businesses.



The certification course is designed for TBM program leaders (and aspiring program leaders!) and expands on how TBM is about more than just checking a box, and even more than transparency and compliance: TBM is about becoming a change agent that transforms your organization’s accountability model. The course covered TBM essentials including:


  • How to communicate the need for TBM
  • Identifying key tools of TBM
  • How to implement key TBM disciplines
  • How to drive continuous improvement


Attendees of the class ranged from TBM practitioners, to partners, to industry analysts. The variety of roles allowed for rich discussions and unique perspectives around TBM and the fact that it is a journey of continuous improvement. Don’t worry if you missed out on the June course. Additional courses will be held throughout the year. You can register for upcoming certification classes by visiting


The impact of European TBM Summit 2017 will continue to influence the way business is done in Europe and beyond for the foreseeable future. Members of the community are invited to further their TBM know-how by attending TBM Conference 2017 in Las Vegas, November 6 – 9. Register today for $1,995.


Do you have a favorite moment from the TBM European Summit? Let us know if the comment section below.


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