Advisory Board 2017

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Highlights 2017

Making Sense of The Internet of Things

Kevin Ashton is a visionary technologist and an expert in digital transformation. He coined the term “the Internet of Things.” The European Commission, the Chinese government, and the US National Intelligence Council all describe the Internet of Things as one of the major technologies of the 21st Century. In in 2013, the term was added to the Oxford Dictionaries.

What is the Internet of Things really, how will it change the world in our lifetimes, and how can we take advantage of it? This inspiring keynote describes the coming world in concrete detail, explains exactly what the Internet of Things is and why it matters, and looks at on case studies from a variety of industries and applications to show how businesses can succeed—or fail—by adopting it.

Generating the new ecosystem for Industrie 4.0 – Enabling horizontal cross company value chains by new partnerships and business models

Volkhard Bregulla leads HPE’s Global Industries Manufacturing and Distribution (M&D) for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Mr. Bregulla and his organisation are responsible for addressing and solving business and technology issues and as a result delivering significant business outcome for HPE’s clients in the M&D Industry. The responsibility includes the entire HPE portfolio of technology products, services as well as business solutions.

Previously Mr. Bregulla managed the Manufacturing and Automotive Industry in EMEA as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) Program, the Global Accounts Organisation in Germany, Central Eastern Europe, Israel and Russia, and Communications Media and Entertainment Industry Vertical, which represent key customer segments for HPE’s Enterprise Group business.

In his current role, he is responsible for the business relationship and industry specific content HPE develops, sell and delivers as solutions together with a select set of strategic partners and channel organizations to enable the New Style of IT and Business in the Digital economy. Since joining Hewlett Packard in 1985 from Siemens AG, Volkhard Bregulla has held a series of executive management positions in regional and global business units, working for more than a decade out of the US West and East Coast as well as the Networking Division in France andhas served on the Board of several of HP’s equity investments and as Chairman of the Board of a HP subsidiary.

Mr. Bregulla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Business Master’s Degree in Finance and Quantitative Methods. In his spare time he enjoys the family life and his passion for motor biking, rock climbing and skiing.

Mr. Bregulla will cover how to generate the new ecosystem for Industrie 4.0 and enable horizontal cross company value chains by new partnerships and business models. What are the requirements for implementing IoT/Industrie 4.0 scenarios within a running business? What challenges exist in understanding and developing a business case around this? What is the role of alliance partners, start-ups and the new ecosystem that is created? This and much more will be talked about in this keynote session by a senior executive from HPE.

The transformative power of industrial connectivity

Eric Schaeffer is Senior Managing Director at Accenture, leading their Digital Industry X.0 program with the objective of supporting industrial companies in harnessing digital opportunities. Schaeffer also leads one of Accenture's global business services - Accenture Product Lifecycle Services - which provides end-to-end services to unlock value and efficiencies from product data across the entire value chain.

In his keynote presentation Eric will talk about the transformative power of industrial connectivity. He will not only cover how the internet has changed our society, but interestingly not industrial systems (yet). The changes to industrial systems that become connected will change the world and disrupt enormous markets. Available efficiencies from industrial uses of IoT will change the way products and services are currently perceived. Not the one organization, or even small groups of companies, will hold the key; cooperation and collaboration across all platforms needs to be performed in order to succeed.

How IoT, Industrie 4.0 & Digital transformation are driving competitive advantage in the modern industrial economy

Christoph joined OSIsoft in 2012 as a Global Account Manager before assuming his current role in early 2015. Prior to OSIsoft Christoph worked for IBM Cognos for nearly ten years as both the Client Services Director for the West Coast of the U.S.A. and then the Business Unit Executive managing the IBM Cognos Innovation Center for Europe. Prior to Cognos, Christoph worked as a Consulting Manager at Bearingpoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) where he advised global Fortune 500 clients in the areas of Performance Management.

The pace of change in modern industry, enabled by increasing automation and access to data, is forcing established businesses to reconsider how they manage their operations to find new ways to drive efficiency and innovate. The disruptive forces that are being unleashed are affecting almost every industry and will have far reaching consequences for business models, supply chains, the way assets are managed and owned and for business and consumer relationships. In this presentation Christoph will explore some of the factors driving this movement, how industry is responding and will share details of OSIsoft’s vision to support Digital transformation and Industrie 4.0 initiatives to enable our customers to embrace and exploit the opportunities it presents.

The ABCs of Industrial Internet of Things: what does it take to succeed in Industrial IoT

Kalle Ward is Managing Director EMEAR for Cisco's IoT Cloud business unit. A member of the IoT Cloud business unit’s sales leadership team, Kalle joined Jasper as regional managing director for EMEA and has been instrumental in growing the business and Cisco Jasper’s footprint across the region.  He has more than 10 years of  IoT experience in sales, strategy, management and business development. He started his career in IoT with Wireless Maingate, an IoT pioneer, which was acquired by Sierra Wireless. He also served as a board member for Telematics Valley, a pan European organization focused on driving innovation across the fleet management and automotive eco system. Kalle was a member of the Northern European leadership team for Vodafone M2M Nordics for several  years, helping establish and grow the Nordics business 100% year-over-year.
Kalle holds an B.Sc Electrical Engineering and Economics from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a PMI from Washington University.

Production of the Future: How Robotics and AI transform Production and Manufacturing

Frank Kirchner is full professor at the Computer Science Faculty of the University of Bremen, CEO of the Robotics Innovation Center and speaker of the Bremen location of the German Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Prof. Kirchner is also Scientific Director of the Brazilian Institute of Robotics (BIR). He is a leading expert in research on biologically inspired locomotion and behaviour of highly redundant, multifunctional robotic systems. For a number of PhD students he is the principal supervisor and he regularly serves as a reviewer for a series of international scientific journals and conferences. Frank Kirchner also is author of more than 200 publications in the field of Robotics and AI, including space robotics.

In his evening keynote Frank will cover how production of the future will look like: How Robotics and AI transform Production and Manufacturing. In recent years robotics and artificial intelligence has gained a lot of interest also in the area of production and manufacturing. While systems for a long time have been used as tools to implement classical AI approaches in the area of object recognition, environment representation, path and motion planning etc., researchers now begin to understand that the robot itself is part of the question and has to be taken into account when thinking about AI. Robotics and AI in production and manufacturing scenarios ultimately requires for intelligent systems that come with a degree of structural (kinematic) complexity that allows them to perform on the same level as their human counterparts. This talk will survey the state of the art in robotics and outline ways to tackle the question of AI in the light of the systems as an integral part of the approach. Future milestones and key achievements will be discussed and a scenario will be presented on how to integrate modern robotic systems – that provide the above mentioned AI features and electromechanical complexity – into modern production and manufacturing scenarios. Advantages and Bottleneck’s of today’s technology will be discussed and a request is made to carefully integrate these so called disruptive technologies in a human centered way.

Becoming the Factory of the Future: How to prepare now for the Industrial Internet of Things

Wiebe van der Horst is Senior Vice President Global Process & Enterprise Architecture at BASF Supply Chain Operations & Information Services, Chief Information Officer for BASF and Managing Director of BASF Business Services GmbH. Before joining the BASF Group in April 2008, van der Horst worked as Senior Executive at CIBA Specialty Chemicals, Novartis und Ciba-Geigy in Switzerland for over 20 years.

In his function, van der Horst is responsible for the global Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture, Cyber Security, and for Process Audits. His work focuses mainly on the continuous development of the IT strategy and the digital transformation of BASF Group. With the global program “Connected Enterprise”, van der Horst has progressively introduced an integrated workspace including innovative communication tools and modern devices to the company. Additionally, he has managed “Project One”, which has implemented a standardized process and system environment in the business areas Supply Chain, Procurement and Finances of BASF.

For his achievements, in 2014, van der Horst was presented with the “CIO of the year” award by two German magazines, Computerwoche and CIO. Wiebe van der Horst holds a degree Lic.rer.pol (comparable to a Master’s degree) in Economics and Business Management from the University of Basel in Switzerland. He is married and has five children.

Bracing for Impact: How does the industry stack up against IoT?

Keith Shea is vice president and general manager of the Helix Cloud IoT solutions business unit at Wind River, where he is responsible for the company’s SaaS business. His team is chartered with developing and delivering to the market the product portfolio for the IoT, as well as managing key customer relationships across broad markets. Keith is also responsible for the ongoing leadership of the Wind River alliance program. Prior to Wind River, he spent more than a decade at Intel Corporation helping the Wind River parent company grow its revenue through strategic software and hardware ventures.

During his tenure with Intel he held assignments in corporate development, product management, marketing, and sales. Prior to Intel, he worked in the telecommunications software industry with positions in marketing, sales, and product management. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Boston College and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Keith will show us how to brace for impact and how the industry will stack up against IoT. The promise of IoT is tremendous, yet critical pain points exist across the value chain that must be solved for consumers to best generate and capitalize on the potential new revenue streams. The IoT delivers an influx of new connected devices touting better service and a better quality of life for users. How do companies best deal with this new category of device? In this session, learn the winning combinations required for companies to leverage the opportunity IoT presents.

IoT - from “Things” to Business Outcomes

Dr. Tanja Rueckert leads the business unit IoT & Digital Supply Chain. She has end-to-end responsibility for all SAP solutions and Go to Market in the areas of manufacturing, supply chain management, connected logistics, asset management and the Internet of Things (IoT) & Industry 4.0.

Supporting customers to accelerate the digital transformation of their business models, processes and assets is at the core of Tanja’s organizational charter. Responsible for driving a compelling portfolio of innovative solutions (SAP Leonardo) that are aimed at turning connected things into outcomes and creating new business value. She manages a global team with main hubs in US, China, India and Germany. Based in Germany having lived for some time in Silicon Valley, she reports to Bernd Leukert, SAP Executive Board, Head of Products and Innovation.

Dr. Tanja Rueckert joined SAP in 1997, and has worked on many different strategic customer projects, held leadership roles in Industries, quality and program management and was the COO of HR and Products & Innovation board areas.

Dr. Tanja Rueckert also has several roles in Business Affiliations:

  • Vice Chair @IIConsortium. (Industrial Internet Consortium)
  • Board Member Muenchner Kreis
  • Council Member - Karlsruhe University

She holds a doctorate in chemistry from the studies at University of Wuerzburg, Swansea & Regensburg. Dr. Tanja Rueckert splits her time between Silicon Valley and SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, she speaks English, Spanish and German, and is a mother of two children.

Tanja will explore in her session how from “Things” in IoT will generate business outcomes.

Analysts believe the IoT revolution is more significant than the Internet itself. Billions of “Things” connected, insight to new opportunity that is changing the world. SAP is leading the IoT revolution, and partnering with customers to deliver outcomes they never imagined possible. Learn how SAP is helping customers during their digital transformation, and using IoT to redefine their business processes and create new business opportunity.

Deploying AI in Real-World Industrial Settings

Christoph is Global Head of Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI) with locations in Palo Alto, Bangalore and Renningen. Mission of BCAI is to build best-in-class machine learning and AI knowledge at Bosch, across products and divisions to enable design and implementation of smart, connected and learning products.

Prior to joining Robert Bosch GmbH in 2017 he was VP at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin, where he worked in the area of Artificial Intelligence, (Cyber-) Security, Industrie 4.0, and IoT.

Before joining Deutsche Telekom in 2006 he worked in various positions from software engineer to managing director of a software company.
Christoph has studied Computer Science, Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence and acquired his Ph.D. at University of Osnabrück in the field of AI

Christoph will take us on a journey how generating commercial value from AI in highly sophisticated industrial settings is a challenge. Many application areas are big in volume, however small margins prevent large investments. Furthermore, in total quality management based settings with few ppm of deficits an AI system has to be well tuned and highly performing to generate any positive business impact. Nevertheless, AI is a powerful mechanism for reducing production costs and optimizing processes. In this talk examples from real-world deployments of Bosch’s Center for Artificial Intelligence are shared. Important prerequisites are explained and obstacles that have to be removed are discussed.

Winning the Fire Drill: How Not to Lose at The IIOT Adoption Game

Dr. John F. Carrier is a Senior Lecturer in the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has spent over 25 years diagnosing and eliminating hidden factories in the oil & gas, petrochemical, discrete manufacturing, and research laboratory facilities, saving these organizations hundreds of millions of dollars while reducing operating risk. He also works with companies to successfully integrate the technology of the Industrial Internet of Things into their existing organization, with a distinct focus on developing front line leaders in the culture of improvement.

He currently runs a popular MIT Executive Education course on Implementing IIoT through Continuous Improvement Leadership ( He also co-teaches an MBA course with Professor John DC Little (Little’s Law).

Dr. Carrier holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an ScD in Control Systems from MIT, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

In his closing keynote John will win the fire drill and show us how not to lose at the IIOT adoption Game. Although the Industrial Internet of Things is regarded as a trillion dollar opportunity, recent studies from Cisco and the Boston Consulting Group indicate that company leaders are hesitant to invest in IIoT. This reluctance is supported by a lengthy history of problematic technology implementations, industrial incidents, and financial hardships.

Speakers & Moderators 2017

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