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Headline Opening Keynote – The IoT in Your Utilities

Adriana Karaboutis, Group Chief Information & Digital Officer National Grid
Tom Bradicich, PhD, Tom Bradicich, PhD VP & Hewlett Packard Fellow, Global Head, IoT and Edge CoE & Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Tom Bradicich, PhD VP & Hewlett Packard Fellow Global Head, IoT and Edge Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Chairman of IoT Community Advisory Board
19 Aug 2021
08:45 - 09:15
Keynote Room

Headline Opening Keynote – The IoT in Your Utilities


Assets, equipment, and end users of utilities span across vast geographic areas. These “Things” in utilities infrastructures are becoming more and more connected, creating highly distributed IoT overlay infrastructures. The role of sensors, data acquisition, edge compute, and management networks can greatly increase customer satisfaction and lower costs — but also increase the vulnerability of utilities, homes, and businesses to various risks. Dr. Tom will discuss several IoT solutions trends for the utilities industry and their related business value. In addition, a special guest from the utilities industry, Adriana Karaboutis, Chief Information and Digital Officer, National Grid, will share insights into the real world benefits of employing IoT solutions in mass electricity and gas distribution.


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.
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.
Tom is active in marketing and external messaging, creating and driving technical marketing events, and conceived the trademarks HPE Edgeline™ Systems, IBM xArchitecture™ Systems, IBM MXT™ Memory, and National Instruments Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He frequently consults with marketing and sales, and develops and delivers sales content and training.
With many customer collaboration successes, Tom incepted and led projects pioneering cloud computing, open source virtulization, Linux on x86, converged systems, and VDI. He co-founded seven industry standards, and served as a director or executive sponsor for industry trade associations such as:
The GreenGrid.org, Open Virtualization, Industrial Internet Consortium ,Blade.org, the PCI SIG, VESA Net2Display, the RDMA Consortium, DMTF/SMASH, IPMI, InfiniBand, 1394, PICMG, HyperTransport Consortium, Ethernet Alliance, ATCA, OASIS, STAC Benchmark Council.
Tom received the Telly Award for his video on IT infrastructure, the Intel Embedded Innovator Article Award, and the IEEE TestCon Best Paper Award. Regularly sought by the media, Tom has interviewed with major technical and business publications. He has delivered numerous keynotes for customer, investor and analyst events, IT trade associations, and industry and university conferences. Tom blogs and authors articles on business, sustainability, people management, and technology trends and directions.
Tom holds several U.S. patents in computer architecture and converged systems design, and the BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees. He is a sought after keynote speaker and lecturer on leadership, business innovation, and technology trends, and has served on adjunct faculties at several universities.
Active in mentoring, Tom served as the executive sponsor for the IBM Women Inventors Network, is an advisor to WomenInCloud.com, and an executive sponsor for the HPE Young Employees Network.
Tom founded the charities Soc (sockrelief.com), helping the homeless, addicted, and children in need, and is HPE’s executive sponsor for the Salvation Army partnership.
He is currently writing the book, The 1st Mover, advising and sharing his experiences in business leadership, creating new product categories, and first-of-a-kind technical innovation, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcA75RmbrZs&t=12s

Adriana (Andi) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Wayne State University in Detroit, and was a Merit Scholar. Additionally, she has also completed an accelerated marketing strategy program at Duke University. Andi is recognised for her success as an innovative technology executive and a business leader across a range of sectors. These include companies such as Biogen, Dell, Ford and General Motors. Prior to joining Biogen in 2014, Andi was Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Dell, Inc. She previously spent more than 20 years at General Motors and Ford Motor Company in various international leadership positions, including computer-integrated manufacturing, supply chain operations, and information technology. Andi was appointed Group Chief Information & Digital Officer for National Grid in August 2017. She brings to the Executive Committee her strong track record driving innovation in customer engagement and business operations. Andi is responsible for the development of a group wide digital strategy, delivery of information systems and services, digital security and risk, as well as overall security.

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