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Headline Keynote by IBM – Regulatory Reality Check: Improve trust, compliance and visibility with IoT and Blockchain

Michael Rowe - IBM Watson IoT Director of Strategy & Portfolio
09 Apr 2019
09:50 - 10:25
Virtual Keynote Room

Headline Keynote by IBM – Regulatory Reality Check: Improve trust, compliance and visibility with IoT and Blockchain

Session Abstract:

Today, asset management activities are carried out based on trust, and manual tracking, but what happens in mission critical situations when guarantees and audit trails are required? How do interrelated business networks get the transparency they need to collaborate and communicate across the life cycle of an asset that could span years, and could be in many different geographies over its life? Join Michael Rowe, IBM Watson IoT Director of Strategy & Portfolio, to find out how IBM helps customers manage critical regulated assets with expanded visibility and improved compliance using IBM Maximo Network on Blockchain to complement the industry leading asset management capabilities already offered by IBM Maximo. With the Maximo workflow driving necessary maintenance and inspections in a shared and trusted Blockchain based Business Network, leading companies are transforming their process, roles, authorizations and audits while improving trust, compliance and visibility with their partners.


Michael Rowe – IBM Watson IoT Director of Strategy & Portfolio – 

Mr. Rowe drives business unit strategy for Watson IoT with a focus on Maximo, Blockchain and IoT Platform. He also works with strategic partnerships identifying new and innovative opportunities to work together on cognitive technology for the internet of things. Previously he working in IBM Research identifying mature research offerings which can help IBM’s customers accelerate new technologies, with a focus on the Internet of Things and the cloud. Prior to this, he was a program director in IBM Software Group (Rational) defining and driving Connected Vehicle and Internet of Things offerings for IBM. He focused on the market and customer needs for building Internet of Things offerings, bridging the product engineering teams and line of business needs to ensure companies are able to deliver new and exciting connected products. As a former brand strategist for IBM Rational, his primary areas of focus were those aspects of the Rational portfolio that bridge across the brand and the rest of IBM, including DevOps, Mobile, Cloud, Internet of Things/M2M and business models such as Software as a Service. He enjoys the challenge of understanding how to build businesses and new products within the constraints of uncertainty and risk.

Michael has 30 years of Engineering, operations, Integration, development, consulting, and global project management experience. His experience includes a wide range of business areas including Accounts Receivables, Fulfillment, Human Resources, and Payroll, as well as multiple industries including, Computer Technology, Healthcare, Automotive, Manufacturing, and Distribution. His projects have been global in nature, with technical and management responsibility for teams in North America and Europe. He has successfully implemented the consolidation of the Entitled Software and Systems Technology Group’s fulfillment SAP systems into one Cross Brand Solutions system, laying the foundation for IBM’s future Multi-Brand Enablement. He has held both technical and business roles across various divisions in IBM including Global Services and the Integrated Supply Chain. He has managed significant projects in manufacturing, logistics, and fulfillment. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Rowe was responsible for designing and developing field data collection devices for home health care nurses.

Prior to joining IBM, Michael has been a radio disc jockey, semiprofessional light opera singer, and the leader singer of a Blues Band. He graduated from the Grady School of Journalism with a degree in Telecommunications, focused on video Journalism and production, and a minor in computer programming. He received his master’s in business from the Fuqua school of Business at Duke University. He spent 10 years working in healthcare, designing field data collection devices for home health nurses. He spent 7 years reengineering IBM’s supply chain. He records a podcast on utilizing gaming techniques and technology in business called Games At Work dot BIZ (available on iTunes).


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