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#shifthappens Conference 2023: Final Day Wrap-Up

That’s a wrap! We just finished the final day of #shifthappens Conference 2023 with more news from AvePoint including the launch of the AI Trust Foundation. The AI Trust has the goal of advancing beneficial and responsible AI usage across society. The non-profit aims to be a leading voice on AI standards and regulations, addressing issues like frameworks for security and risk management, investment in R&D, protection of civil rights, and intellectual property policies. The organization is advised by experts including former Congressman Jerry McNerney and will be headquartered in Washington D.C. Founding members include AvePoint and Pryor Strategy Group.

Want to catch up on #shifthappens conference 2023 recaps? Check out our Day 1 and Day 2 Morning posts.

The AI Trust seeks to tackle pressing concerns around AI deployment such as developing regulatory frameworks and guidelines, encouraging safety controls for critical infrastructure, promoting liability protections, establishing fair export policies, accelerating investment in R&D, protecting civil rights, shaping procurement best practices, and supporting fair copyright laws. The organization is advised by law firm Pillsbury and its team of AI policy experts. The AI Trust aims to collaborate with tech companies, policymakers, and other stakeholders to shape the safe and productive use of AI across industries and society.

Heard Around #shifthappens Conference Track Sessions

We closed out day two with many sessions focused on the thought leadership, business value, and technical tips needed to advance digital workplace success.

Session at #shifthappens conference 2023

While we couldn’t catch them all, here are some points we overheard during the sessions:

Transforming Content Management: “AvePoint support has been so helpful – if I want them on the phone or a Zoom call, they will be there. We’ve saved time and reduced sprawl, redundancy, and silos.” One of our customers shared this perspective during a session on how close collaboration with AvePoint has enabled their organization to streamline Microsoft 365 governance and content management.

Balancing Security, Privacy and Productivity: “We can have security without privacy, but we can’t have privacy without security. Responsible and ethical use of data is everyone’s responsibility.” AvePoint’s own Dana Simberkoff, Chief Risk, Privacy and Information Security Officer, emphasized the importance of balancing security and productivity as AI becomes more prevalent in the digital workplace.

Measuring the Impact of Digital Investments: “Every measurement has a story behind it, and that story is important – put the explanation on the page. Pinpoint the strategic initiatives and connect them to outcomes that resonate with leadership. Measuring things like customer satisfaction can demonstrate digital progress, which improves our business.” A longtime AvePoint customer explained how they use data-driven insights to measure the true impact of their digital workplace investments.

Governing AI Responsibly: “When it comes to AI, whether it’s a promise or a pitfall, it’s in our hands … You never want to take the human out of the loop – there’s a whole ethics and policy piece around how you deploy.” Industry veterans shared words of wisdom on governing AI ethically during their risk management session.

We want to thank all the attendees and speakers who joined us these last two days. We were excited to have people back together in person to discuss topics we’re all so passionate about – hybrid work, digital workplace transformation, generative AI, machine learning, and more.

Catch more information from the #shifthappens conference and subscribe to our #shifthappens podcast to continue to stay informed on how to adapt and thrive in the rapidly evolving business and technology landscape. See you next year!

Christopher Musico
Christopher Musico
As Senior Director of Content & Communications at AvePoint, Chris is responsible for all external and internal corporate marketing communications. Chris brings more than 15 years of experience to his role at AvePoint, previously holding roles at EisnerAmper, BASF, MetLife and CRM Magazine. Chris received two American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards for feature articles on salesforce.com and generational trends.

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