The New Business Battleground: Digital Technologies

May 9, 2017
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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The buzz: “It’s no longer the big beating the small, but the fast beating the slow” (Eric Pearson, CIO, International Hotel Group IHG). Reality check: Digital technologies are already an integral part of our businesses and our daily lives. If your company isn’t paying attention, it’s time to wake up to the facts. As technology erodes traditional product-based advantages, a new competitive battleground is emerging. Who will survive and thrive? You, if you transform your finance, supply chain, and HR systems into an agile digital core that connects employees, inventory, supply chains and customers across your entire enterprise. Ready? The experts speak. Bill Briggs, Deloitte: “We don’t go on because we’re ready. We go on because it’s 11:30” (Lorne Michaels, Saturday Night Live). Mike Brinker, Deloitte: “I have come to see that the key to long-term survival for a company is adaptability” (Dr. An Wang, Wang Laboratories). Join us for The New Business Battleground: Digital Technologies.

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Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham has been producing and hosting live talk radio since 1998. She is the creator, producer and host of more than 25 weekly business thought leadership talk series presented by SAP under the banner of Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio, which debuted in 2011. In a uniquely lively, unscripted roundtable discussion format, Game-Changers offers a broad range of expert business and technology insights to a global business audience.

SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device, SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. We do this by extending the availability of software across on-premise installations, on-demand deployments, and mobile devices.

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Allan Adler is the Managing Partner of Digital Bridge Partners where he develops and executes digital business innovation, digital ecosystem, and go-to-market strategies for leading industrial and technology companies. Allan’s work and thought leadership helps clients refine their innovation cultures and practices, build profitable business ecosystems, and develop winning go-to-market strategies. Over the last 12 mo, Allan’s firm has helped SAP refine its digital transformation message and have published Digital Business Innovation thought leadership now appearing in the Guardian and the Digitalist magazines. Previously, Allan founded and ran (as CEO) MSI Consulting Group; a 100-person sales and marketing strategy firm focused on the high tech industry. He also worked as a CPA with Deloitte and management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and received his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business where he was honored as a Baker Scholar. View Guest page

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Ira Berk


Ira Berk is Vice President of Digital Transformation Solutions within SAP’s HANA Global Center of Excellence, focusing on innovations in the telecommunications industry. Ira joined SAP in 2008 with the acquisition of Business Objects, where he led the creation of the SAP BusinessObjects Edge series of Business Intelligence products for mid-market companies. He brings over 25 years of industry experience in commercial software and internal applications with industry leaders Intuit, UBS, Morgan Stanley, and Pfizer. Ira graduated from MIT with a BS in computer science & engineering, and a Master's degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has lived in North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, England, and now in Connecticut. View Guest page

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Bill Briggs


Bill Briggs’ 18+ years with Deloitte have been spent delivering complex transformation programs for clients in a variety of industries—including Financial Services, Healthcare, Consumer Products, Telecommunications, Energy, and Public Sector. As CTO, Bill is responsible for research, eminence, and innovation—helping to define and execute the vision for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s technology practice, identifying and communicating those technology trends affecting clients’ businesses, and driving the strategy for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s evolving technology services and offerings. As the founding global leader of Deloitte Digital, Bill was responsible for the launch and growth of a new global practice redefining the vision of a digital consulting agency. Deloitte Digital offers a mix of creative, strategy, user experience, engineering talent, and technology services to help clients harness disruptive digital technologies to imagine, deliver, and run the future. View Guest page

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Mike Brinker


Mike Brinker is the Global Leader for Deloitte Digital. In this capacity he has responsibility across geographies for the Digital Strategy, eCommerce, Mobile, Social, Digital Marketing, Creative Design, Customer, and Content services within Deloitte. Deloitte Digital is a digital consulting agency that helps companies transform through strategy, ideation, design, execution, operations, and support. Mike is also the global sponsor for Deloitte’s partnership with Apple, helping organizations transform their enterprise with iOS. Mike has enjoyed over 21 years with Deloitte Consulting. In the past he has served in roles leading a full service digital agency (joint venture with WPP), an international practice in India and has overseen major technology acquisitions. He has driven digital transformation strategy for dozens of clients across industries including retail, high tech, telecom, media, healthcare, and financial services. View Guest page

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Ruthbea Yesner Clarke


Ruthbea Yesner Clarke founded the Smart Cities research program at IDC in 2011 and serves as its global research director. The program researches the strategies and execution of Smart City technologies and non-technology best practice areas, such as governance, innovation, partnerships and business models essential for Smart City development. Her research includes the Internet of Things, Big Data and Analytics, cloud computing, mobility in public works, transportation, public safety, and citizen engagement. Ruthbea contributes to consulting engagements to support state and local governments' Smart City strategies and IT vendors’ overall Smart City market strategies. She joined IDC following work as a product manager in Internet start-ups in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, she worked in state social services as a director of programs. In 2016, she was presented with IDC's highest analyst award, the James Peacock Award, for her outstanding contributions in research. View Guest page

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Frank Diana

Frank Diana is Principal, Future of Business, at TCS. He has served in various executive roles throughout his career, bringing over 30 years of leadership experience. He is currently leading efforts to define and enable the evolution of business (Enterprise of 2020) for TCS Global Consulting. Prior to TCS, Frank was Executive Vice President of enherent Corp., where he led a business analytics growth initiative focused on leveraging advanced forms of analytics to deliver business outcomes. For Aelera Corporation, as Chief Product Officer, he managed the development of a market facing social computing and advanced analytics platform. He served as CEO of Traxian, Inc., a Silicon Valley software start-up focused on the B2B enablement, and as Chief Technology Officer of Fujitsu Consulting, he developed the company’s extended enterprise vision, serving as the face to the market and analyst community. Frank began his career at AT&T, serving as CIO for their international finance operation. View Guest page

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Chris Dinkel


Chris Dinkel has over 18 years of experience managing, developing and implementing large-scale complex information systems. His prior background; includes project management, ETL, business analysis, design, development, and administration of Data Warehouses supporting SAP, PeopleSoft, relational databases, SAP BW/BusinessObjects systems, QlikView, Tableau, and iOS. Recently, he has helped large, medium, and small enterprise customers to understand the business value of SAP HANA, and to develop plans to leverage Suite on HANA, S/4HANA Enterprise Management, and Enterprise HANA platforms. Chris is currently a Managing Director Co-Leading the SAP HANA Analytics Capability which focuses on the delivery of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics to customers of Deloitte Consulting, LLP. He acts as a strategic technical advisor in the areas of SAP HANA, SAP BW, S/4HANA, Simple Finance, SAP BusinessObjects, QlikView, and Tableau to the Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu Limited Global Member Firms. View Guest page

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John Elliott


John Elliott is Managing Director of Product & Offering Development for Accenture Digital. He directs, manages and drives growth of Accenture’s Mobility and IoT offerings and assets globally. Focus areas include advanced platforms, edge analytics, digital identity, mobile commerce and secure managed mobility. He manages a product team and is focused on innovation through partnering, a cornerstone of Accenture Digital’s strategy to foster open ecosystems in the digital space. John joined Accenture in 2011 with 20+ years of wireless, software and Internet industry experience including product development and management leadership at Qualcomm, Openwave and Verizon. He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He has been granted patents in social, mobile and advertising. John is a member of Accenture’s Technology Leadership Council and IoT Steering Committee, the Board of Directors for technology incubator EvoNexus, and an advisor to start-ups. View Guest page

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Timo Elliott

Timo Elliott is a senior director and global innovation evangelist for SAP. He has presented to IT and business audiences in over 40 countries around the world, explaining the business impacts of new technology, and sharing the lessons learned from leading-edge deployments. He blogs on Forbes, ZDNet, and his site at timoelliott.com, tracking innovation in business analytics and Big Data. He joined SAP through the acquisition of BusinessObjects, where he was the eighth employee, 23 years ago. View Guest page

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José Fernandez

José Fernandez is the Director of Programs of The Global Good Fund, where he identifies high-potential young social entrepreneurs around the world and accelerates their success through proven and proprietary development methods. He is a former Consular Officer of the Consulate General of Spain in New York where he unearthed his passion for reclaiming the word "business" until it embodies sustainability and positive social impact by uniting public, private and nonprofit sectors into a new way forward. As a Trade Officer for the Embassy of Spain, he helped entrepreneurs move into foreign markets using best practices from his time at L’Oréal and ING. A certified chartered economist and founding member of Citizens, Spain’s fourth political power, José was the party's Speaker and candidate to the European Parliament and local elections until 2012. He co-founded and governed three non-profits and a business venture in Spain. José holds an MBA from Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. View Guest page

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Tom Foley


Tom Foley, the Global Health Solutions Strategy Manager for Lenovo Health, is focused on coupling technology with workflows and the different stakeholders across the continuum of care. He has over 30 years of experience in information technology across many industries. His career started as the lead system programmer in the national automation of the UPS telephone center from paper to electronic format, and was involved in other innovative initiatives at UPS including the prototyping of the first Package Confirmation device. As well, Tom served as the Data Network Design Manager during the initial deployment of one of the first national wireless data networks,. For the last 15 years, he has held leadership roles with leading EHR vendors. He has been involved in several strategic initiatives such as migrating EHR platforms from client server to cloud-based models, rollout of Health Information, Patient Portals/Patient Engagement, and rollout of Direct Messaging to 43,000 subscribers. View Guest page

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JR Fuller


JR Fuller joined HP in 2015 and works on IoT solutions in the Edgeline / Moonshot BU. He has over 25 years experience in IT and over 14 years in business development roles. Early in JR’s IT career he joined EDS, progressing from computer operator to Director on the NMCI program. JR joined Cisco in 2002 as an Alliance Manager, as part of the Global Defense and Space Group, driving business development in Latin America. There, he was influential in closing significant business opportunities in Safety and Security markets. JR became Regional VP for Latin America for a small cyber security firm in 2014; his team was on its way to a 400% increase in sales when he joined HP in Feb 2015. JR holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, and a Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University. View Guest page

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Sara Gardner


Sara Gardner is Chief Technology Officer for Hitachi Insight Group – Hitachi’s global IoT business unit that combines IT and OT expertise from across its broad portfolio of companies. She collaborates with engineering, research, strategy and business teams across the Hitachi group of companies to drive both Internet of Things and Big Data technology strategy. She was formally a founding executive of the US IoT business unit and has been with Hitachi for 5 years. Sara has close to 30 years of experience overall in the data management industry working primarily in data management and analytics. Her expertise includes Big Data, IoT, Data Warehousing, Analytics, Storage and Cloud. Prior to HDS she held Product Management, Strategy and Product Marketing leadership positions at Oracle, HP and Ingres. She holds a Computer Science degree and is passionate about data of all shapes and sizes and the undoubtedly transformative impact of the Internet of Things. View Guest page

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Sébastien Gibier

Sébastien Gibier worked for over 15 years mainly for software editors as presales (Vignette, Fast Search and Kronos) launching their business in the South Europe Market. His taste for entrepreneurship has also led him to launch a chain of stores, "Rue de la plage" and a start-up, bepleez.com in the eCommerce and VRM space. He is the meeting point for SAP customers and Start-ups on the French market who want to innovate together, embrace the Digital Transformation and do things in a different way. On a personal level, Sébastien loves the island of Noirmoutier (French West Coast), Designers and Modern Art Museum. View Guest page

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Rob Glickman


Rob Glickman is Vice President of Audience Marketing at SAP, where he leads a team chartered with the articulation of SAP’s point of view of the business value of Cloud computing both internally within SAP, as well as externally to customers, partners and influencers. He brings 20 years of marketing experience ranging from lean startups to large enterprises, including running Product Marketing for Symantec and 7 years at eBay where he had various marketing leadership roles globally. A dual EU and US citizen with extensive international work and life experience, Rob has a BA from Skidmore College and an International MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School. View Guest page

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Kai Goerlich


Kai Goerlich, SAP SE, Research Director and Digital Futures, SAP Marketing. Kai analyzes trends and creates future scenarios to develop thought leadership around society, economy, business and technology. He joined SAP in 1997 and worked several years as a competitive and market analyst for SAP‘s consulting unit. Before SAP Kai worked as a public relations consultant in international PR agencies and as a biologist at universities. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Corporate Foresight Certification Program at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. View Guest page

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Daniel J Gwynn


Daniel J Gwynn, Partner, Digital Transformation, Consulting and Enterprise Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services, has over 23 years of experience assisting global organizations with their most challenging business transformation programs. Dan has advised Fortune 500 companies to drive operational and financial improvements through the implementation of ERP systems, the outsourcing of non-core capabilities, the migration of back office functions to a shared services business model, and the enablement of new technology innovations such as cloud, mobility, and big data. Some of the clients Dan has worked with include well-known organizations such as General Electric, Hewlett Packard, International Paper, Georgia Pacific, Nestle, PepsiCo, Cargill, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and Green Mountain Coffee. Currently Dan is leading a team within TCS focused on assisting clients with their digital transformation programs. View Guest page

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Kenny Hawk


Mojio is Kenny Hawk’s sixth outing as CEO, indulging his passion for using technology to solve real world problems. He previously led teams at Various Inc., BrandBoards, Ubidyne, NemeriX, and iGo. His achievements include winning the GSMA Innovator of the Year Award; setting the world record for low power, smartphone GPS chipsets; and selling over $1 billion in mobile power accessories. At Mojio, Kenny is responsible for leading our high performance team with a focus on building a fast-paced, fun culture. Kenny holds an MBA from Stanford, where he now guest lectures for the engineering entrepreneurship program. Not to be underestimated on the board --- as well as in the boardroom --- he was a semi-pro skateboarder as a teenager and can still do a handstand while riding. Kenny is also big rugby fan, and travels back to Michigan each year to play in the Alumni/Student match. View Guest page

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Dr. Shuki Idan


Dr. Shuki Idan is the Head of Technology and Solutions Management at the SAP Labs Israel, overlooking the functionality and adoption of SAP Decision Management and Prescriptive Analytics technologies for Big Data and IoT solutions. Shuki globally owns the SAP HANA Rules Framework (HRF) and SAP Data Services Management (DSM) solutions. Prior to SAP, Shuki worked at Amdocs, Radvision, and the Israeli Defense Forces, as well as being involved in starting several companies and ventures. He is three times winner of the ACM KDD Cup for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, is the author of few dozen publications on harnessing predictive analytics to deliver optimal business solutions, and was one of the main contributors to the ITU standards that are foundation to the Multimedia and VoIP applications we use today. View Guest page

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Karan Kirby


Karan Kirby is an Associate Partner in the IBM Global SAP SuccessFactors practice at IBM. Karan has 20 years of experience in HR and 9 years assisting clients in transforming their HR function globally. The IBM Global SAP SuccessFactors organization is responsible for thought leadership, the development of offerings and solutions and delivery support. View Guest page

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Krishna Kumar


Krishna Kumar, founder and CEO of AppOrchid, is an entrepreneur, innovator, visionary and architect with proven expertise in taking a concept to a market-leading industry-recognized commercial product. Within a short period, he has commercialized the product, secured beachhead customers and made the company profitable with 300% quarter-over-quarter growth. Prior to AppOrchid, Krishna was founder and CEO of Space Time Insight and later CTO, a company with over 52M in VC financing. Under his leadership, Space Time Insight created a market called Situational Intelligence. Krishna has extensive experience in building management teams, acquiring marquee customers and securing multiple multi-million dollar deals. He has successfully envisioned and implemented product roadmaps. Krishna holds two patents on Big Data and has filed for seven patents in the field of Cognitive Computing and 'Internet of Things'. Previously, he was the Vice President of Ness, a Nasdaq listed company. View Guest page

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Jayne Landry

Jayne Landry is the Global Vice President and General Manager for Business Intelligence at SAP. Ms. Landry has been with the company for 14 years, joining Crystal Decisions in 2002 and coming into SAP through the Business Objects acquisition in 2007. A seasoned executive with 20+ years of experience in the technology sector Jayne has held leadership roles in high-tech companies in the CRM, mobility and the cloud applications space. Ms. Landry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland, and has continued executive development with Queen’s University, Ontario, and through work with the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Jayne was nominated to CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel and has been interviewed by a variety of publications including TechTarget, CIO Review, SAP Insider and CMS Wire. View Guest page

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Paul Lewis


Paul Lewis is the Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Canada responsible for the country’s Technology, Architecture, Advisory and Economic practices. Additionally, Paul leads technology advocacy of the Hitachi vision and strategy, heads field enablement of Analytics for the Americas, evangelizes complex technology trends including Cloud, Mobility and Analytics across the Americas; and represents Americas in the Global Technology Office, the Hitachi LTD R&D division. Prior to Hitachi, and for the past 20 years as a client, Paul has focused on technology R&D and innovation, IT/business strategic plans and governance, security and risk management, software and infrastructure architecture as the CTO and Senior Executive Technologist of several financial services organizations from start-ups to large business services providers. He is a frequent speaker at technology and industry events and higher educational institutions on topics from IT leadership to Big Data/Internet of Things. View Guest page

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Dr. Holly Miller


Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, is the Chief Medical Officer and clinician lead for MedAllies healthcare transformation consulting services. She was formerly a VP and the CMIO of University Hospitals and Health Systems, where she was the senior clinical executive for information systems and technology. Prior to UH, she worked as an HIT Managing Director for the Cleveland Clinic. She has been active in healthcare informatics research and has been a co-investigator on multiple grants. Dr. Miller is a past Vice Chair of the HIMSS Board and a past inaugural member of the HIMSS World Wide Board. She is the lead author on a book about PHRs, published in 2009 titled “Personal Health Records, The Essential Missing Element in 21st Century Healthcare.” She is the co-chair of the Direct Trust Clinician’s Steering Group, a member of the IHE 360X Group, and a member of the NCQA Care Coordination Workgroup. She previously co-chaired and participated in a variety of S&I ONC, state and government com View Guest page

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Tim O’Malley


Tim O’Malley, President of EarlySense Inc. for two years, has steered the company into commercialization of the innovative EarlySense Sensor based, Contact Free Patient Monitoring System, designed to assist healthcare professionals in avoiding adverse events with patients. His career started at Siemens Medical Systems, where he spent 16 years and held positions in Technical Support, Technical Management, Sales, Marketing and General Management. He has been privileged to work with innovative technologies dedicated to helping clinicians improve patient care. Tim has also been CEO of a public sensor-based NIBP Company, and has successfully led commercial teams. Through his career, he has worked with clinicians and healthcare systems to develop intersections of care between patients, caregivers and technology, which when applied through proper process management has proven to produce incredible results in patient care, outcome improvements, patient well-being and favorable cost positions. View Guest page

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Bryan Pearce

Bryan Pearce is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP and the EY Global Leader of Entrepreneurship. Bryan oversees the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program®, which operates in 60 countries and 150 cities representing more than 90% of the world’s GDP. He also manages the Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni network and the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Program in Monaco. Bryan is actively involved with EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women and the EY Junior Academy program. He is actively involved in the start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystem , assisting entrepreneurs to successfully address 7 drivers of growth in their business including customer, people, funding & finance, transactions and alliances, digital technology & analytics, etc. Bryan is involved as Chair of the NFTE New England and is a member of the Advisory Board at the Ivey Business School in London, Canada. View Guest page

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Gil Perez


Gil Perez is SAP Senior Vice President IoT & Digital Supply Chain. Gil is a member of the SAP SE Product & Innovations executive team. He is responsible for developing and commercializing a range of SAP solutions enabling digital transformation, which span across extended supply chain and IoT. The solutions comprise of SAP Vehicles Networks, SAP Connected Parking, SAP IoT Security, Robotics, SAP Distributed Manufacturing and Blockchain. Gil has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software while working at SAP and numerous startups. Gil brings a rich and diverse background as a co-founder, investor and senior executive in five companies which were acquired. Three of the five companies were acquired by SAP AG. Gil is based in Palo Alto, CA and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. View Guest page

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Bruce H. Rogers

Bruce H. Rogers is the Chief Insights Officer for Forbes Media managing the Insights division, which creates and distributes thought-leadership content and research. He also manages the company’s CMO Practice overseeing the group’s creation of content through the Forbes CMO Network section of Forbes.com (forbes.com/cmo-network) and events such as the annual Forbes CMO Summit. He writes a column for Forbes where he profiles Thought Leaders changing the business landscape (www.forbes.com/sites/brucerogers). He is the co-author of "Profitable Brilliance: How Professional Services Firms Become Thought Leaders" now available on Amazon as well as the previously published "In the Line of Money: Branding Yourself Strategically to the Financial Elite.” View Guest page

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Gray Scott

Gray Scott is a New York based futurist, techno philosopher and emerging technology experts. He is the founder and CEO of SeriousWonder.com. Gray is frequently interviewed about the future of emerging technologies by major media outlets including the Discovery Channel, CBS News, Al Jazeera America, FOX News, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, and the New York Post. He is a contributing author of the book THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS, published on June 11, 2015 by Fast Future Publishing. View Guest page

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Edmund Song


Edmund “Eddie” Song is the Vice President of Corporate development at splitsecnd, where he is responsible for global strategic partnerships, strategy, IP, and investor relations. With a 20+ year career in Information Technology and Finance, past companies include American Express, McKinsey & Company, Samsung, and Johnson & Johnson. Edmund holds a BS in Finance & Information Systems from New York University Stern School of Business, and an MBA in Computer Information Systems from Baruch's Zicklin School of Business. He currently is listed as inventor on three of the provisional patents for splitsecnd, which strives to drive the future of connected cars and vehicles while saving the lives of people. View Guest page

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Puneet Suppal


Puneet Suppal is a seasoned solution strategist with 20-plus years of experience in a variety of industries and in leading global teams. He is an active evangelist for reinventing business models and propagating solutions that recognize the impact of in-memory computing, enterprise mobility, and enterprise cloud solutions. From his nuanced viewpoint on business technology and innovation, Puneet publishes on these topics regularly, and is a frequent presenter at SAP events worldwide. Currently, as a member of the IoT & Innovation team at SAP, he is driving adoption of the SAP platform through co-innovation efforts leveraging the Internet of Things and addressing data problems. View Guest page

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Dr. Clemens Suter-Crazzolara


Dr. Clemens Suter-Crazzolara is VP Product Management for Health and Precision Medicine at SAP. A business leader and evangelist in innovation and technology, Clemens has a strong understanding of digitalization, big data analytics and cloud computing. He is responsible for defining SAP’s product portfolio in the health arena, as well as business development. Clemens has a PhD in cell-biology from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and a biology degree from the University of Amsterdam. As a research leader on the intersection of the human genome project and neurodegenerative diseases, Clemens contributed to 25+ publications. View Guest page

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Manish Tandon


Manish Tandon is the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Healthcare Insurance, Life Sciences and High-tech at Infosys, responsible for crafting and delivering business and technology solutions while working with a globally distributed set of associates. He is a Member of the Boards of Infosys Lodestone and Infosys Public Services. Previously, Manish was Global Delivery Head of IT services for the Financial Services and Insurance (FSI) unit, responsible for nearly 35 percent of Infosys revenues. Prior to working in FSI, he reinforced the testing business for Infosys, doubling revenues in three years. Since joining Infosys in 1996, he has performed multiple roles in business unit management, delivery management, sales and client relationship management. Manish’s 22 years of industry experience, including three years as an entrepreneur. He has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a postgraduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. View Guest page

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Saj Usman

Saj Usman is EY’s America’s Advisory Analytics Leader. He leads EY’s Data and Analytics Practice for the Americas, focusing on helping clients generate value from their information assets. Saj has a long history helping large enterprises leverage technology to accelerate their growth agendas, specializing in bringing together CIOs and their business counterparts to understand, and effectively harness, emerging and disruptive technologies to enable meaningful transformation programs. In his role, Saj is responsible for our technology strategy, delivery capabilities, and go-to-market solutions for Data and Analytics. His team works with the EY leadership and our clients to support insight-based initiatives on an Enterprise scale, and bring innovation to the space. Saj also works directly with clients on their transformation journeys leveraging Data, Analytics and Digital Customer Technology capabilities. View Guest page

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Josh Waddell


Josh Waddell is Global Vice President for SAP’s Internet of Things Business Innovation team. In this role, he works with SAP customers, partners, and prospects to test and prove out new IoT applications in the market, and then implement these in standard SAP IoT offerings. Josh and his team work across SAP’s worldwide technology and solution portfolio, helping SAP customers and partners to become better-run mobile enterprises. Josh joined SAP in 2003, as a mobile technology consultant, and has since held key positions with SAP in pre-sales, operations, and mobile Ecosystem and Channels. During his tenure, Josh established SAP¹s first three co-innovation partnerships with BlackBerry, Sybase, and Syclo. Prior to joining SAP, Josh worked for several mobile start-ups, where he led an impressive series of successful product launches, acquisitions, and integrations. View Guest page

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Bernd Welz


Bernd Welz, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Scale, Enablement & Transformation (SET) in SAP SE, is responsible for providing high-quality product learning offerings, including the leading cloud learning services openSAP and SAP Learning Hub for SAP professionals and end-users at customer and partner organizations and communities. He is responsible for the SAP University Alliances and Next-Gen Program, connecting students and academia with customers, partners, start-ups, and SAP in an innovation network. A recognized thought leader in knowledge management, digital learning, and skills for digital transformation, Bernd is a mentor for students focusing on innovation, technology, and social entrepreneurship. Previously, he was a strategy consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He holds an MS in Computer Science and Machine Learning from the University of Massachusetts, and a Doctoral Degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. View Guest page

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Marlyn Zelkowitz


Marlyn Zelkowitz is an evangelist for Internet of Things, Cloud, and Mobility to drive public sector outcomes. She leads the SAP Future Cities team in North America, leveraging more than 20 years’ public services experience, including implementing major technology and policy initiatives for public organizations in Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining SAP in August 2008, Marlyn served as the Public Sector Value Creation Lead for IBM Global Business Services, focused on delivering tangible business value to government organizations through people, process, and technology changes. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, she holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School of Management, and MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Lauder Fellow. View Guest page

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