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Data Strategies for Digital Transformation Summit 2019

Data is your biggest asset.  Leverage it for digital transformation.

The key to successful digital transformation is treating your data as an asset and leveraging it for success. 

In this key summit, we’ll discuss the four pillars of leveraging data for transformation:

  • Pillar One: Evolving to the The Data Driven Enterprise. Evolve to a Data Ops environment, retool both your Data Tech Stack and your culture of data usage to make better decisions and prepare for the future.

  • Pillar Two: Become Predictive. With the integration of Predictive Analytics, next generation A-I and cognitive computing, and RPA, leading edge executives are leading their companies into growth through both better decision making and an integration of predictive analytics into the product and service offering!

  • Pillar Three: Protect your Data.  All effective data strategies must include effective data protection, compliance and privacy strategies

  • Pillar Four:  Data Driven Business Models - Leverage your data and create real assets - create new lines of business and drive real growth by monetizing data as an asset.

Faculty & Agenda:

Kelly Diekvoss, Director Enterprise Architecture, US Venture   

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

Robert Blackwell, EKI Digital

Manish Rege, Global Business Partner, Divisional Head of Technology, Stryker


Patrick Rafferty, VP Information Technology, Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking
Diana Salazar, Director Data Protections & Privacy, Follett

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

Greg Woodard, Principal, Solve

Rob Aragao, Chief Security Strategist, Micro Focus 

Sandeep Patel, Director Data Science & Presales Manager Midwest, Hitachi
Biff L. Myre, Director, OnX Managed IT Services & Cloud Solutions (formerly Worknet Inc. now a CBTS company)

Biff L. Myre, Director, CBTS

Henry Oyuela, VP of Engineering, Solstice   


Session: 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.

    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).

Session: 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.

    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 where he had direct accountability for driving digital strategy, shared service adoption and innovation, through thought leadership, driving the vision, strategy and build out of the “Marketing Machinery” (Digital Marketing, eCommerce and Omni Channel capabilities) that powers KC's marketing & sales across the Consumer and the Professional businesses. This includes eCommerce & omni-channel strategies, personalized consumer experiences, big data & analytics, media, content, CRM, social, as well as driving innovation across product, and consumer experience. He has also held leadership roles in Management consulting and other Multi National Fortune 500 enterprises with a focus on eCommerce, strategy and business transformation

    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. Mohan has served in various leadership roles, including Chief Architect / Managing Director of Infrastructure & Innovation Services (Allstate Insurance); Chief Technology Officer / Chief Architect (University of Chicago Medicine); and Chief Architect / Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy (CNA Insurance). Most recently, Mohan was Chief Technology Officer / Global Head of IT Transition & Enterprise Architecture at Baxalta.


    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.

Session: Your DataOps Advantage with Data Science for Digital Transformation

    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.

Session: Data and Digital Transformation

    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

Session: Keynote Panel  Data Protection, Data Privacy and Security

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

    Diana Salazar, Director Data Protections & Privacy, Follett

    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.

    She has led and managed implementations for organizations in a wide variety of industries, Global 2000, Fortune 1000, small and medium organizations. The information security frameworks applications have received multi-year certifications.  She has participated as an invited speaker at Chicago-area business organizations and universities providing thought leadership on the state of cyber security, technology risk, IT management leadership, and digital careers of the future


    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.




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26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045
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