January 26-28, 2021 | Virtual Event 

The Year Ahead

What Now? After the incredible disruptions of 2020, 2021 is shaping up to be a decade-defining year for global business. The Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating economic consequences profoundly changed the ways in which we live and work. With the vaccine roll out now beginning in some countries, contemplating the end of the pandemic at least seems possible. Now, business leaders, policy makers and thought leaders from around the world must chart a new path forward into a future that is both bright and uncertain. This January, Bloomberg convenes our eighth iteration of The Year Ahead Summit, our category-defining event that offers a 360-degree view of the most urgent topics facing every executive in the coming year. What will be the ultimate cost of the past year, and what lessons from 2020 will we carry into the new year to create a stronger, more resilient society? Can we rebuild our economies to be fairer, more inclusive? Join us as we explore these questions and more at The Year Ahead 2021.


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Financial institutions around the world trust that IBM will be there for them. In fact, IBM works with 97 of the world’s top 100 banks. IBM Cloud is trusted by 47 of the Fortune 50 and has the highest overall customer rating among leading cloud providers (Gartner Peer Insights, 1Q2020). In 2020, IBM launched the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. Built on the IBM Public Cloud, it is the first such platform to meet the rigorous requirements of banks and financial markets. Anchor clients include Bank of America, BNP Paribas, and Japan’s MUFG. IBM Cloud with Hyper Protect Services is powered by the same industry-leading security found in IBM Z. “Keep Your Own Key” encryption backed by the highest level of commercially available security, Red Hat’s leadership in open source, and the regulatory expertise of IBM Promontory make IBM Cloud the industry’s most secure and open public cloud for business.