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Diamond Member Panel: The Food Edge

Diamond Member Panel: The Food Edge

Session Abstract:

After it’s grown and harvested, the majority of food is distributed to us through wholesale and retail channels, grocery stores, and restaurants – but it has to get to out to these Edges first. This panel of IT and industry experts will discuss the modern dynamics in the retail and distribution industries, and how advances in IT and IoT technologies are helping solve supply chain, product expiration, and cost control challenges.

Speakers:

Dr. Tom Bradicich is VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow. Beginning his career at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, VP, Distinguished Engineer, and Server CTO. Prior to HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Tom was an NI Fellow at National Instruments, an Operational Technologies (OT) company. HP / Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE): Tom is currently Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at HPE. He and his team develop and commercialize advanced as-a-Service (aaS) software and technologies, focusing on cloud managed remote infrastructure, edge-as-a-service, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom incepted and directs the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute partner program, and leads company-wide strategies and venture/M&A assessments. Most recently Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Servers and Edge Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, achieving revenue growth of over $250M, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy. His sales teams were noted for exceeding sales quotas, and delivering first-of-a-kind products that greatly enhance customer business outcomes. At HP, Tom was VP, Server Engineering, developing and launching servers, storage, and software. Tom is named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters in 2016, 2017, and 2019, inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the IBM Chairman’s Award, and elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. He currently serves on: Board of Directors of Aspen Technology (AZPN), a publicly traded OT and AI software company
Chair, IoT Community industry body (iotcommunity.net) Board of Advisors and Diversity Committee, University of Florida Throughout his career, Tom has led teams to develop, launch, and manage dozens of software and hardware products. And, the creation of several new product categories such as notebook computers, smartphones (IBM Simon™), Converged Systems (IBM BladeCenter™), Converged Edge Systems & Sofware (HPE Edgeline™), and OT and edge management software and platforms (HPE OTLink). Tom’s teams designed and launched the first 64 bit enterprise ARM server, the first x86 server with on-chip graphics, and IBM’s first prototype notebook computer. Tom’s products have won many industry recognitions such as: InfoWorld Technology of the Year, Network World Product of the Year, CRN Product of the Year, CRN Coolest IoT Hardware, Frost & Sullivan Best Practice, ARM TechCon Best of Show, IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution, IT Brand Pulse Leader, Gartner Modular Server Magic Quadrant Leader, Mobile World Congress Top Edge Infrastructure, 451 Research Firestarter Award, and Automation World Edge Compute Leadership Award. Tom led the team to incept HPE’s first corporate IoT Strategy, and launched the GL™ and Edgeline™ hardware and software product lines as HPE’s first line of rugged systems expressly designed for the IoT and Intelligent Edge. And, the OTLink product line, entering HPE for the first time in the Operational Technology (OT) and Edge Platform software businesses. He serves as an advisor to his companies’ corporate legal teams on acquisitions, IP, and business contracts. IBM: During Tom’s tenure at IBM, the x86 systems business grew from several hundred $M to a multi-$B business, and he received the IBM Chairman’s Award for new product category creation. Tom managed teams developing systems management software, the world wide VGA™ graphics and PCTV™ businesses, and embedded server virtualization. He and his team led IBM’s xArchitecture™ strategy, conceived the IBM BladeCenter™ which created the multi-billion dollar Converged Systems new product category, and conceived the IBM PureFlex™ / PureSystem™ systems.
Tom led cross company corporate strategies reporting to IBM’s CEO, on Virtualizations software, Home Networking, Product Usability, Data Center Networking, and Power™ Servers. Tom was elected to the IBM Academy of Technolgy, and co-founded the IBM Personal Systems Institute, a management systems for rapid commercialization from IBM Research Labs to the market. Tom served as a lead technical advisor on legal agreements for the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo, and the IBM executive sponsor for the Financial Services industry and IBM Labs in India and China. National Instruments:
As an NI Fellow, Tom conceived and led NI’s big data strategy, Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He led teams developing end-to-end solutions for the IoT and Industrial Internet, pioneering the convergence of OT and IT. Tom conceived and led the NI corporate strategy for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability) for test, embedded control, and data acquisition products.

Dr. Wolff has over 25 years of experience in the health and life science industries as a scientist and analyst working in the U.S. and Europe. Mark joined SAS in 2005 and is an Advisory Industry Consultant and Chief Health and Life Science Analytics Strategist for the SAS Global IoT Division. Mark’s areas of expertise include the development and application of advanced and predictive analytics in healthcare and life sciences with a particular interest in outcomes and safety. Current work focuses on methods and application of Machine Learning to real time sensor/IoT data in support of outcomes and safety research, visualization and development of intelligent, decision support systems. Prior to joining SAS Mark held a variety of research and leadership positions in academia, government and industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola College in Maryland, a Master of Science in Entomology and a Doctorate in Toxicology from North Carolina State University.

As an MBA qualified IT professional, Iain’s progressive and extensive career has been based upon a platform of technical training and experience over a number of years. He has a long and proven track record of communicating the value and capabilities of enteprise middleware to various clients around the world. As a Red Hat Solution Architect, Iain is able to draw upon his extensive middleware and infrastructure experience to design and deliver Red Hat solutions to numerous clients throughout Europe. Iain has a passion for ensuring customer’s achieve their full potential through the appropriate adoption of Red Hat technology and services. Iain’s progressive and extensive career has been able to draw upon his extensive middleware and infrastructure experience to design and deliver Red Hat solutions to numerous clients throughout Europe. Iain has a passion for the retail industries and helping customers to achieve the full power and potential of open source technologies for their retail solutions.

As senior director of supply chain for Oracle Retail, David Fleischer is responsible for the strategic decisions and product development of Oracle Retail’s supply chain management solutions. Prior to joining Oracle, David spent 20+ years in retail planning and allocation roles for companies including Carters, Gap, Gymboree, and Payless Shoes. During those years, he led multi-tiered, highly skilled teams in the development and delivery of supply chain management tools across the organizations and IT. He is also recognized as a leader in planning and allocation, presenting at numerous industry events. In addition to his direct retail experience, as a consultant, David has participated in and led strategic supply chain transformations on projects with major pet care, grocery, paint manufacturers, and other major retailers.

ZebraBill Inzeo is the Global Retail Technology Strategist for Zebra Technologies, responsible for identifying the most impactful technology solutions that align to the top challenges facing Zebra’s retail customers today, and in the future. Prior to joining Zebra, Bill was the Senior Director of Strategic Analytics, Systems and Support for Walgreens Asset Protection Solutions. In his role at Walgreens, he was responsible for maximizing the profitability of 9,000+ retail locations and was one of the company’s Subject Matter Experts for Total Retail Loss, leveraging technology and analytics to optimize Walgreens inventory performance, enable the Walgreens associate team and deliver a differentiating customer experience.