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Summit - 2019

Data Strategies for Digital Transformation

Your DataOps Advantage with Data Science for Digital Transformation

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Sandeep Patel, Director Data Science & Presales Manager Midwest, Hitachi

With more than 17+ years of experience, Sandeep brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical leadership. Sandeep was an Enterprise Solutions Architect Manager at Microsoft, and has been recently leading solution development with Hitachi’s GSI partners globally. He is a public speaker in various Data Science communities, Strata Hadoop conferences and customer executive briefings on topics such as IoT, AI/ML and Digital Transformation, where he helps clarify what’s realistic and what Hitachi can deliver today. He  directs Hitachi Global  GSI partners in understanding the Big Data- Machine learning and IoT solutions available from Hitachi and how they enable mutual customers to derive the business and technology value needed to compete in today's market. As Director -Solution Development ,he led the solution development with Hitachi  Social Innovation &GSI partners around niche vertical areas like Energy, Healthcare, BFSI and Retail verticals. Previously, he have worked with majors like Microsoft, Cisco ,HP ,Oracle  in leadership roles thereby holds double master’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science. Sandeep currently holds 40+ certifications in areas of Big Data, Cloud, Data Science and IoT also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Data Science & NLP/Text Analytics.

A Single Global Privacy Framework for Risk Reduction & Value Creation

 With enterprises collecting more data than ever before, even data that doesn’t appear to be sensitive at face value could be combined with other pieces of data and lead to privacy concerns. This can create massive business issues in regards to loss of trust, brand damage as well as penalties associated to privacy regulations. In this session, we will explore how organizations can apply a framework that will address privacy concerns on a global scale now, while also being flexible in order to evolve with the continuous addition of new privacy regulations impacting your business.

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Rob Aragao, Chief Security Strategist, Micro Focus

Rob Aragao is Chief Security Strategist for the Americas within the Security, Risk & Governance business unit of Micro Focus (merger of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software). In this role, Mr. Aragao is responsible for working with organizations collaboratively to drive strategic initiatives around cyber security and alignment with business objectives and desired outcomes. He also provides thought leadership and insight regarding the ever changing global threat landscape. Prior to joining Micro Focus, Mr. Aragao served as VP of Security Strategy at ReliaQuest with responsibilities for driving strategy, innovation and execution of a portfolio of security service offerings focused on the Fortune 1000. Mr. Aragao’s experience has provided him with key insights into the challenges and approaches to combat today’s cyber threats. He is a frequent speaker and panel member and has presented at security conferences such as the International Conference on Cyber Security, FBI InfraGuard, SC Congress, Cloud Expo, Harvard IT Summit and other national and regional security events. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Management from Bryant University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Keynote Panel  Data Protection, Data Privacy and Security

Protect your data. Learn from your peers their strategies for data protection, compliance and privacy strategies

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Diana Salazar, Director Data Protections & Privacy, Follet

At Follett, Diana is responsible for Developing and maintaining strategic and enterprise-wide programs, frameworks, and governance structures for privacy and compliance. As well as managing ongoing compliance-monitoring activities and manage breach notifications required by federal, state and international law, serving as liaison with regulatory agencies as needed.
Her focus is a proactive approach for key areas, which can provide increased security, privacy and resiliency. Focusing on specific control areas provides scalability and integration for broader information security deployment within organizations.

Patrick Rafferty, VP Information Technology, Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

Patrick Rafferty joins us from Société Générale, a global banking entity with approximately 150 thousand staff in 67 countries. Patrick comes from a dual background spanning 10 years each in accounting and IT management. He has been in the trenches for almost 20 years, with big data a part of his DNA since the first BI tools came into vogue in the early 2000’s. More recently, he is driving change at SG and in the industry through finding common sense solutions to complex data, cyber security, and personnel challenges.

Kelly Diekvoss, Director Enterprise Architecture, US Venture   

Kelly has a passion for data. Having over 20 years IT experience, with 15+ years serving in the data space from DBA, Business Intelligence, Advances Analytics, to Data Science and Data Architecture. Experience crosses multiple industries, including trucking, heath care, insurance, energy/oil, education and ecommerce. As a data Evangelist, enjoys educating the business on the value of data and what it can do for them, resulting in companies saving millions of dollars by utilizing data to improve and support their gut instinct, identify where to gain operational efficiencies, and provide a clear path as to where to go to find new ventures. By partnering with the business and educating all units on the art of the possible, been able to collaborate on ways to best make data work for the specified business. In all cases you need to be passionate about data quality, curation, and securing data properly, and believes that keeping up with regulations is critical, whether it is for internal projects or Intellectual Property sales.

Biff L. Myre, Director, OnX Managed IT Services & Cloud Solutions (formerly Worknet Inc. now a CBTS company)Moderator: Biff L. Myre, Director, CBTS

Biff is a thought leader in managing and mitigating Enterprise and IT risk across Hybrid IT Cloud environments. A consummate professional, he partners with organizations to help them develop or optimize their solutions for availability, resiliency, security, data protection and disaster recovery/business continuity. He is experienced with many regulated industries including financial, insurance, transportation, utilities, and healthcare.

Data and Digital Transformation

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Henry Oyuela, VP of Engineering, Solstice   

Henry Oyuela is an empathetic technical leader and the VP of Engineering at Solstice.    Henry’s role involves serving and inspiring technical personnel, technical strategy, technical leadership and program management of engineering execution. Henry lead the design of Solstice’s Network vs Hierarchical organizational structure in late 2017, defined the Solstice’s engineering delivery model within CXDD, lead the scaling of the engineering workforce by 40% since 2017 globally and evolved the engineering workforce to being full-stack capable to 70% of the workforce. Currently, he is looking to continue to evolve the delivery model to include DevOps as part of Solstice’s Delivery Model, scale the Data and AI talent capability while finding ways to make social impact through events hosted by the organization’s. Henry is a leader who strongly believes in the value of hard work, humility, empathy, continuous learning, and growing those around him. Learning often and fast is his mantra, and he realizes that we learn mostly when we fail. His ultimate motivation is the impact he gets to make in helping create the best place to work at Solstice while helping the organization adopt and scale innovated capabilities

Keynote Panel: Case Studies in Data Driven Success.

Learn why and how a variety of companies chose to change their data strategies and the resulting payoffs from making the change. Whether it's just better decision making process to a more data driven company to monetizing your companies data as an asset, in this important panel you'll learn how area companies achieved success and the challenges they had to overcome along the way.

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Robert Blackwell, EKI Digital Manish Rege, Global Business Partner, Divisional Head of Technology, Stryker

Manish Rege has recognized expertise in digital strategy, marketing technology, management consulting and large scale business transformation through building digital capabilities. Currently he serves as Group Information Officer responsible for all technology, digital transformation, and innovation for the MedSurg Group, a $6 billion part of Stryker. Mr. Rege pioneered an “outside in” approach to capability development and technology investments in eCommerce and Digital Health product development by brings consumer centricity to a traditional sales & manufacturing enterprise. Prior to Stryker he was the Global Head of Marketing Technology and Innovation at Kimberly Clark.

Mohan Putcha, VP, Chief Architect & Digital Strategy, Aon

Mohan Putcha is VP, Enterprise Architecture & Technology Strategy at Aon. In this role he leads our efforts in enabling sustainable solutions that drive our digital transformation with a focus on Cloud, DevOps, Big Data Analytics, Intelligent Automation (AI/ML/RPA) and Service Strategy. Mohan comes to Aon with global experience delivering groundbreaking business results that leverage analytics, mobile and highly scalable ecommerce solutions. Over the course of his 20-year career, Mohan has spearheaded the vision, strategy and road mapping for numerous transformational, enterprise-wide projects in the pharma, medical and risk industries. He is credited with pioneering several real-time predictive analytics technologies for the University of Chicago Medical Center—including development of the world’s first real-time big data- and event-driven solution for predicting cardiac arrest up to 36 hours in advance. 

Ravi Prasad, Global Head Digital Products & Customer Innovation, The AES Corporation

Ravi Prasad is a technology executive and digital transformation leader who believes in data-driven business re-invention.  Throughout his career, Ravi has relied on his passionate entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to spearhead change via focused collaboration across some of the world’s most well-known organizations. In last 5 years, Ravi is focused on renewable energy and cleantech investments and mentors’ startups on product strategy, market growth and raising capital.

Ravi holds a management degree from Kellogg School of Management and engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Greg Woodard, Principal, Solve

Greg is a Principal with Solve, and is based in Chicago, IL. He architects solutions to provide data warehouses, dashboards and visualizations. The goal is data discovery, predictive analytics and reporting across the full breadth of functions within organizations. For the past 25 years, Greg has worked on BI and custom application solutions for Manufacturing, Supply Chain / Distribution, Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services, Telecom, and a variety of other industries.


Summit - 2018

How to Transform to the New Agile & Data Driven Enterprise

Data: The Real Vehicle to Digital Transformation

We all know that digital transformation is required to stay relevant and not get left behind in your industry or to expand into other industries but how do you do it, where do you start? What is the core to successfully transforming your organization? Data, data is the one constant. Leveraging your data is what will ultimately make the difference between successfully navigating the road ahead and determining if you come out the other end unscathed or battered and bruised. In this talk we will discuss how to do better rather than more to exploit all the opportunities that data can uncover within your organization.



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Shawn Rosemarin, SVP & CTO – Global Field and Industry, Hitachi Vantara

Geoff Marsh, Global Vice President and CTO, Analytics at Hitachi Vantara

Geoff is Global Vice President and CTO, Analytics at Hitachi Vantara responsible for the leading analytical evangelism, client executive ‘art of the possible’, and external delivery of the Hitachi vision and strategy especially related to analytics, AI, and machine learning. Additionally, Geoff is responsible and frequently contributes to industry publications and events. The topics that he primarily covers are best practices in analytics, big data, IoT, artificial and the role of the CDO. In his role of trusted advisor to the CDO and analytics community, Geoff’s goals is to ensure that clients maximize the value that their data can bring. Prior to joining Hitachi, and for the past 18+ years in the industry, Geoff worked in various industries such as banking, insurance, retail and telco. After leaving industry Geoff moved to the world of consulting where he was the practice leader for multiple large GSI’s working with some of the biggest organizations in the world to truly drive real value from their data. Geoff is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges throughout North Americas.

Keynote Panel: Case Studies in Data Driven Success.

Learn why and how a variety of companies chose to change their data strategies and the resulting payoffs from making the change. Whether it's just better decision making process to a more data driven company to monetizing your companies data as an asset, in this important panel you'll learn how area companies achieved success and the challenges they had to overcome along the way.

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Jim Petrassi, Divisional Sr VP & Chief Technology Officer, Health Care Service Corporation

Jim Petrassi is the Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Health Care Service Corporation, responsible for developing a technology agenda to address market and IT capability demands. He leads the development of business value-focused technology strategies, methods, practices and standards within the organization.


Anoop Verma, Director Analytics & Innovation, The Joint Commission

Anoop Verma leads Technical Product Management and Enterprise Applications for a not for profit global leader in healthcare dedicated to patient safety and healthcare quality. Prior to this, he led strategy, planning, architecture and delivery function in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He has led as well as advised on major organizational transformations from Waterfall to Agile project portfolio delivery, from cost center to change catalyst, and tactical service provider to innovation partner.


Krishna Iyer, Chief Data Officer, State of Illinois

Krishna Iyer is the first Chief Data Scientist of State of Illinois and has been serving in that role since 2016.  He was recently appointed as the interim Chief Data Officer for the State and has been entrusted with additional responsibilities of overseeing all Data initiatives. He has a PhD in engineering sciences from University of Connecticut and Masters’ and Bachelors’ degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has been creatively extracting value from data for more than 17 years and has applied insights from innovating in a research and development environment through to improving yield in manufacturing.


Russell Moore, Former Director, Business Intelligence & Customer Engagement,  Sears Holding

Russ is the Former director of Business Intelligence and Customer Engagement for Sears Auto Centers.  His passion for technology and data started well before professional career, his auto career, anyone remember the Atari computers? His team focuses on ensuring ‘technology is a tool that supports customer interactions not the focus.’  This led to an automotive industry award for connecting hardware, software and data in real-time across different platforms. 


Moderator: Greg Woodard, Principal, Solve

Greg is a Principal with Solve, and is based in Chicago, IL. He architects solutions to provide data warehouses, dashboards and visualizations. The goal is data discovery, predictive analytics and reporting across the full breadth of functions within organizations. For the past 25 years, Greg has worked on BI and custom application solutions for Manufacturing, Supply Chain / Distribution, Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services, Telecom, and a variety of other industries.


Accelerating Data Flow with DataOps

To become a successful data company, we know that we must provide innovators easy access to data, anywhere it’s needed, without compromising compliance or privacy. But most companies aren’t built around information flow, with legacy systems and processes constantly impeding the ability to get data to those that need it. In this talk, we’ll discuss the emerging trend of DataOps that promises to accelerate the flow of data, and provide practical starting points across people, process, and technology to forge a vibrant DataOps culture.

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Eric Schrock, Chief Technology Officer, Delphix

Eric is CTO at Delphix, where he drives technology strategy and thought  leadership around the future of enterprise data. He joined Delphix in 2010  Delphix, Eric was a founding member of the team at Sun that built the ZFS  Storage Appliance product. He started his career as a Solaris kernel  developer after earning a CS degree from Brown. 


The Evolution and Future of Machine Learning

Data Science tools, from open source libraries to commercial  automated machine learning platforms, are evolving fast.  Current technologies make it easier than ever to prepare data, train and tune predictive models, and put those models into production.  In this talk we will review the evolution of tools in this space and explore how recent developments automate much of the traditional data science work flow. We will discuss what the future of practical data science looks like in the face of these changes and automation.

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Jorge Zuloaga, Senior Director of Data Sciences, Big Squid Inc.

Jorge Zuloaga got his masters in mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada and his PhD in computational physics from Rice University in Houston, TX. His work in computational mathematics and physics has spanned several fields, from particle physics to quantum plasmonics. He has been a visiting researcher at DESY in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institute of Physics, CSIS, in Madrid, Spain. Following his graduate work, he joined the faculty at Rice University where he taught and conducted research. Since leaving academia for a career in tech he has worked for Alliance Health and for Health Catalyst, where he focused on Machine Learning applications in healthcare. He is currently the Senior Director of Data Science at Big Squid, where he develops software to automate Machine Learning and helps companies make smarter business decisions using predictive> analytics.


How to achieve an “Extensible IT” environment

Extensibility is Enabling IT Systems & Architectures to take current and future growth needs into consideration when designing environments: Flexible – Freedom of choice and ease of use, Consumable – Across Geographical & virtual boundaries, Future-ready – Enabling innovation & Digital Transformation

Topics to be covered: 

  • Industry Vertical Approach to Embracing a Data-First Strategy
  • How to Negotiate the Complex Ecosystem of Solutions Providers for Digital Transformation
  • Introduction to the ExtensibleIT Framework – Enabling: Freedom of Choice, Consumption On-Demand, and Future-Readiness

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    Nirmeet Gohil, Director Partnerships & Alliances, Logicalis

    Nirmeet came on board Logicalis to support the ongoing transformation of the organization. In his capacity, he is responsible for one of our longest and deepest partnerships with IBM and developing the mutual GTM with IBM leveraging Logicalis services and skills. Nirmeet brings with him, experience in developing Channel Ecosystems that deliver on the promises of IoT and Data Analytics to address financially impactful business needs. He brings key skills and knowledge of business processes from Sales, Finance, Operations, and Backoffice through his many years of experience in developing and implementing global supply chain solutions for the High-Tech and Manufacturing industry.



Case Study/Blueprint: Transitioning to a data driven decision making enterprise.

Given ALDI’s commitment to growth in the US, and the availability of modern tools that turn raw data into business information, decision making processes used internationally for decades suddenly depend on an organizational ability to consistently interpret and utilize this new information.  All easier said than done, and heavily dependent on IT’s ability to work closely with their business partners!

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Paul Maras, Dir IT North America, ALDI

Paul Maras currently serves as a Director of National IT at ALDI Inc.  He has enjoyed a diverse career over the last 32 years that includes experience as a H.S. mathematics teacher, professional student, Big 5 technology consultant, executive director of a Christian not-for-profit organization, and technology executive in the retail industry.  He holds a BA from Augustana College in Mathematics & Computer Science, and an MS in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University.  Paul is married and the father of five.


Keynote Panel: Changing your "Stack" and processes to match your Data Strategy

So you've decided to become a more data driven company or even monitize your data to drive new revenue streams. Now what? Learn how executives changed their processes, technology and applications on their journey.

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Mohammed Owais Nasir,  Sr. Director - IT Strategy & Architecture , Aon Corporation

Mohammed Owais Nasir is an accomplished Technology Strategy leader with core skills in Data Analytics, Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy. He is currently working as a Sr. Architect Director in the Enterprise Architecture function for Aon Corporation where he also leads Aon's Technology Architecture Board. Most recently, he has been leading the strategy for Aon's Enterprise Analytics Platform that was stood up this year for Aon business units globally and being expanded further.


Narendra Lingegowda, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Shire Pharmaceuticals

Narendra Lingegowda is the Head of Enterprise Architecture at Shire Pharmaceuticals, a global leader in treating rare diseases & special conditions.  Narendra brings more than 20 years of experience in information technology working with Fortune 500 companies in pharmaceuticals, financial, aviation and retail organizations. 
Currently, he leads the group responsible for architecture decisions and technology roadmaps across the global organization that includes enterprise data management, application integration, digital and Cloud services adoption.


Jay Hakim, Director Data Engineering, Raise Marketplace

Jay is the Director of Data at Raise Marketplace, a gift card exchange company based in downtown Chicago. The group is responsible for the transactional, analytics and streaming systems; and in addition the data science of KPIs, profit and loss, shopping behavior, recommendation engines, and user modeling. Jay has worked at various e-commerce companies as Orbitz, Paytrust and brick and mortar institutions such as State Street Bank.


Hans Otharsson Chief Success Officer OpenLegacy
As Chief Success Officer, Hans is responsible for the successful global deployment of OpenLegacy and ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Hans brings over 30 years of experience in legacy modernization to OpenLegacy. For much of this time, he has held senior, executive roles in large multinational organizations, mid-size companies, and several successful startups. This experience includes spearheading large legacy modernization projects and setting up and heading an offshore Global Delivery Center, including operations, sales, marketing, and partner development.




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