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.

Who will actually monetize the value of your IoT-generated data?

Nigel Upton is Worldwide Director & General Manager, IoT/GCP for Communications & Media Solutions, Communications Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Nigel’s responsibilities include architecture, development, implementation, marketing, sales and support of CMS IoT and GCP solutions. The platforms and vertical solutions target the needs of large Enterprise and Telco customers with global requirements for IoT solutions who seek a single supplier for all connectivity. Nigel’s leadership spans management of the IoT partner ecosystem for the IoT platform and for the GCP connectivity relationships globally.

The transformative power of industrial connectivity

Eric Schaeffer is a senior managing director at Accenture. He is 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. Schaeffer’s primary industry background is automotive and industrial equipment manufacturers, his secondary industry focus is freight and logistics and transportation and travel. His project track record covers business transformation programs encompassing complex business and technology changes and he has led such programs for large and multinational companies.

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 foundation of the Industrial IoT

Kalle Ward has more than 10 years of experience in IOT and has been active within sales, strategy, management and business development. He started his career in IOT with Wireless Maingate, a pioneer in IOT founded in 2009, which successfully was acquired by Sierra Wireless. He also served as board member in Telematics Valley, a pan European organization with focus on drive innovation across the Fleet Management and automotive eco system.

Kalle served 4 years as responsible for Vodafone M2M Nordics and was member of the Northern European leadership team. During his time Vodafone M2M established the business in the Nordics and grow the business 100% YoY.

In 2004 he joined Jasper as Regional Managing Director for EMEA and have been instrumental to grow the business and footprint successfully across the region.

Kalle Ward currently serves as Managing Director EMEAR Cisco IOT Cloud, Cisco IOT Cloud Division and is member of the global Cisco IOT Cloud Sales Leadership Team.

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.

Unlocking True Business Potential with 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.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is burgeoning all around us, in everything from vehicles and robotics to coffeemakers and fashion accessories, creating new market opportunities and offering first mover advantage to companies able to seize the opportunities it presents.

With opportunities come challenges. Given the influx of IoT devices on the market, businesses are encountering unexpected roadblocks as designs are turned into market-ready solutions. Challenges can range from technology know-how that goes beyond the core competency of the company to more traditional issues such as connectivity, security, privacy, safety, and the difficulty of managing disparate devices with customized use cases.

Join this session to find out how to prepare your business to overcome the complexities of IoT and reap the benefits of this great new technology, on both your bottom and top lines.

Urgency of Doing – Staying connected with IoT

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

Lothar Baum joined Corporate Research of Robert Bosch GmbH in 2006, and lately led a Bosch-wide strategic project on Data Mining. Since 2017, he’s member of the newly established Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, leading the global AI Enablement activities within Bosch.

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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