October 11, 2019
Brussels

Speakers

icon-expand-white Sarah Bernuit

Sarah Bernuit

Sarah Bernuit

Sarah Bernuit

Digital Strategy & iX Growth Platform Leader for Europe

A Mum of 3 children, Sarah has over 20 years of experience mixing IT, Consulting and General Management, living in the UK, France and Germany. From managing significant P&L, building digital teams across Europe, delivering to clients from Warsaw to Lisbon, she steers IBM digital boat (iX) by relating to the hearts and minds of clients and employees leveraging Design, Technology & Strategy. A passion of hers is developing young talent and increasing the diversity in IBM’s business.

icon-expand-white Alex Bausch

Alex Bausch

Alex Bausch

Alex Bausch

Experienced business leader in the Blockchain and Cybersecurity space

Charismatic, energetic and results focused entrepreneur with broad experience in all aspects of international sales and business development. A dynamic achiever with an outstanding record of success in profitable sales and new business development. Analytical, lateral thinker with excellent negotiating and consultative selling skills. A proven track record in building successful companies and scaling them globally. Firm believer in partner ecosystems which aim to inspire and spawn new innovations. Substantial people management and P & L responsibility.

Specialties: International Business Development, Enterprise Sales, Building Teams, Identity & Authentication, Cyber Security, Identity Security, Enterprise Managed Mobility, Decentralized Ledger Technology, Blockchain as a Service.

icon-expand-white Louis De Bruin

Louis De Bruin

Louis De Bruin

Louis De Bruin

Blockchain Thought Leader Europe at IBM Global Business Services

Experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Business Planning, IT Strategy, Management, Business Development, and Telecommunications. Strong business development professional with a Master of Science focused in Industrial Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology.

icon-expand-white Pierre-Paul Mouchet

Pierre-Paul Mouchet

Pierre-Paul Mouchet

Pierre-Paul Mouchet

Software Engineer, N-SIDE

Pierre-Paul has been working as a software engineer at N-SIDE for about two years, developing solutions for the energy market. Being involved in the application and market rules design, he is well aware of the challenges inherent to large integrated electricity markets.
Previously, he worked on banking applications where he learned of the importance of reliability and resiliency.
He has strong interest for operation research and is convinced by the benefits of optimization for business and society. He believes optimization should be further leveraged in data analysis.

icon-expand-white Nicolas Draguez de Hault

Nicolas Draguez de Hault

Nicolas Draguez de Hault

Nicolas Draguez de Hault

IBM Server Solutions Executive

During his professional life, Nicolas always aimed at delivering business values to clients as Industry Experts for Retail and CPG, as Analytics, Consultant or Global Client Executives for large accounts. In his current role, Nicolas is advising clients on how to leverage IBM Systems to create value on longer term. He has a strong focus on client satisfaction.

icon-expand-white Jonathan Berte

Jonathan Berte

Jonathan Berte

Jonathan Berte

founder at Robovision.ai

The founder and CEO of Robovision, Jonathan Berte is specialized in applying deep learning algorithms in image processing, robotics programming and automation. He studied engineering applied Physics, magna cum laude (Ghent 2002) and specialized in neuroscience at the ETH Zurich. At Robovision, Jonathan and his team of machine learning experts have developed a fully scalable engine for the deployment of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) in applications as diverse as manufacturing, media, security and agriculture. With this solution, Robovision seeks to help enact the paradigm shift needed to embrace the transformative potential of today’s new oil: data. When he’s not in the lab, Jonathan is spending time with his three children, developing AI and blockchain-based solutions to societal challenges such as the refugee crisis or producing music in his home studio

icon-expand-white Deevid De Meyer

Deevid De Meyer

Deevid De Meyer

Deevid De Meyer

Co-founder/Sales Manager, Brainjar

Deevid De Meyer is the technical sales manager and co-founder of a machine learning “as a service” company called Brainjar. At Brainjar, Deevid is responsible for transforming customer processes into technical solutions and determining software architecture. Frequently, Deevid also doubles as “AI evangelist”, haven given over a hundred well received presentations on various subjects regarding AI, ranging from inspirational sessions to technical deep dives. Recently, Deevid has also founded a company called QNTM, focusing on helping companies navigate the quantum computing landscape.

icon-expand-white Kim Castro

Kim Castro

Kim Castro

Kim Castro

Media Manager, Infrabel

Experienced crisis communication manager with a strong focus on the fast moving digital world. Built an extensive know-how of social and digital media, while working for both public and private companies, such as NMBS, BMW, Antwerp Police and Infrabel. Strong believer of cocreation. Natural connector. Passionate about making people grow. Taking my experience to a higher level by developing Blue Kangaroo, a collaborative knowledge database.

icon-expand-white Emmanuel Stockbroekx and Sander Stockbroekx

Emmanuel Stockbroekx and Sander Stockbroekx

Emmanuel Stockbroekx and Sander Stockbroekx

Emmanuel Stockbroekx

Red Lion Hockey player

World Champion, European Champion and Vice Olympian | Author | Speaker | Transformational Coach Emmanuel has been a professional hockey player since the age of 15. Ever since a young age Emmanuel was highly ambitious, feeling he wanted to commit himself towards the best potential of himself. Emmanuel does not compromise and wants to combine his professional hockey career with a professional business career. Inspiring, motivating and coaching organisations, teams and individuals is what he feels passionate about.

Sander Stockbroekx

Serial Entrepreneur | Author | Speaker

Sander is an ambitious and motivated person who is eager to learn and to develop his entrepreneurial spirit. With substantial experience in managerial teamwork, leadership, strategic planning and creativity and a background in economy, entrepreneurship, Enterprise & IT architecture, Sander is always looking to inspire and motivate extraordinary people and extraordinary organisations.

icon-expand-white Stef Schampaert

Stef Schampaert

Stef Schampaert

Stef Schampaert

BeLux Country & Sales Lead, Red Hat

Stef Schampaert, BeLux Country & Sales Lead, Red Hat, has been in the IT industry for almost 30 years. He started his career at Dell as a Business Development Manager and served as Sales Manager and Country Manager for over 11 years at NetApp. Since 2015, Stef leads the fast-growing Red Hat team in Belgium and Luxembourg

icon-expand-white Wouter Denayer

Wouter Denayer

Wouter Denayer

Wouter Denayer

Architect Profession Lead, IBM

Wouter is passionate about technology. That's why he feels great at IBM where he helps companies understand and implement new innovations where they matter. This with one eye on the business, another on the tech, and a third on the impact on society. Wouter is CTO for IBM Belgium and member of IBM's Academy of Technology. His four patent applications are making their way through the process.

icon-expand-white Joachim Schäfer, PhD

Joachim Schäfer, PhD

Joachim Schäfer, PhD

Joachim Schäfer, PhD

Managing Security Consultant & IBM Q Ambassador, IBM

Joachim is a security consultant within IBM's European Data and Application Security team with a focus on cryptography. Before joining IBM he worked for a Big 4 delivering security transformation projects for the financial industry and the telecommunication sector. He has done a PhD in Quantum Communication which is why he is passionate about all topics surrounding Quantum, such Quantum Computing, (Post-)Quantum Cryptography, and Quantum Risks.

icon-expand-white John Rofrano

John Rofrano

John Rofrano

John Rofrano

Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Watson Research, IBM

John Rofrano is a Senior Technical Staff Member and DevOps Champion at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he leads a variety of research projects exploring the use of AI and Machine Learning for accelerating Cloud Migration, automating DevSecOps. He also teaches a masters course on DevOps and Agile Methodologies at New York University Courant Institute, and has authored numerous patents, papers, and books.

icon-expand-white Yves Mulkers

Yves Mulkers

Yves Mulkers

Yves Mulkers

7wData

Yves is an industry thought leader, analyst and practicing BI and analytics consultant, with a focus on data management and architecture.
He runs a digital publication platform 7wData, where he shares stories on what you can do with data and how you should do it.
7wData works together with major brands worldwide, on their B2B marketing strategy, online visibility and go to market strategy.
Yves is also an explorer of new technologies, and keeps his finger on what's happening with Bigdata, Blockchain, Cloud solutions, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, future of work and smart cities, from an architecture point of view, helping businesses build value from their data.

icon-expand-white Philippe Bovy

Philippe Bovy

Philippe Bovy

Philippe Bovy

Associate Partner IT Advisory, KPMG

During his professional experience, Philippe worked closely with Client organizations at Cx0 level to evangelize, solution design, build and enable large-scale Outsourcing initiatives, covering the whole IT value chain and ranging from workplace and mobile device management to Datacentre and Cloud services. More recently, Philippe helped enterprises in their digitalization journey, bringing expertise in IT enterprise architecture, cloud transformation and IA initiatives. In addition, Philippe is leading the IBM Watson alliance for KPMG Luxembourg.

icon-expand-white Dennis Lauwers

Dennis Lauwers

Dennis Lauwers

Dennis Lauwers

Distinguished Engineer Hybrid Cloud Europe, IBM

Dennis has been bringing new technologies to the market, making Europe the leading geography within IBM for IBM Cloud Private and IBM PureApplication. His impact stems from his keen ability to position and explain complex solutions clearly at all levels of a client's organization - business strategy discussions down to hands-on demonstrations. At the same time, he is a vocal advocate for customers, sharing his insights to influence product roadmaps and go-to-market strategies. He has built a strong reputation with the IBM technical community through the creation of solution point of views, architectural assets, enablement material and a community of practice for IBM Cloud Private across business units.

icon-expand-white Colin Thompson

Colin Thompson

Colin Thompson

Colin Thompson

EMEA leader – Cloud Provider Partner & Programs, VMWare

Colin has over 8 years’ experience within VMware, focused on VMware’sCloud Provider business. For the last 3 years he was appointed Northern EMEA leader, Cloud Provider Partners and Programs, managing a team responsible for over 1,500 Cloud Providers across the Region.
Prior to joining VMware Colin has over 20 years’ experience in sales and management working for Service Providers and Enterprise Software businesses, including collaborating with Service Providers to develop new service offerings and supporting the “go to market” of these new services.

icon-expand-white Davor Brajanoski

Davor Brajanoski

Davor Brajanoski

Davor Brajanoski

Cognitive Process Automation BeNeLux, IBM

Automation - provided revenue generating or cost reduction results via automation enterprise grade solutions spanning from Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Run Book Automation (RBA) to various forms of noise control in Event Management and automaton of IT System Administrations. Achieved collaboration with over 250 clients and delivered yearly savings in range of 50M$.

Data Driven Enterprise - Built up enterprise level information systems supporting delivery/operations, service excellence and automation from Business Intelligence Suits to scale and unstructured formats of Big Data.

15+ years of developing and delivering automation solutions and savings to operations leadership and client representatives.

icon-expand-white Anne-Sophie Verdonck

Anne-Sophie Verdonck

Anne-Sophie Verdonck

Anne-Sophie Verdonck

IBM Blockchain Food Trust Sales, IBM

In her role as IBM Blockchain Food Trust Sales for Europe and Middle East and Africa, Anne Sophie Verdonck is working with Food producers, suppliers, retailers and regulators in Europe and Middle East and Africa to unlock the potential of Blockchain technology in Food industry. Prior to this role, she acquired extensive experience in building ecosystems between companies collaborating cross segments and countries as Public Sector and Heathcare Client Executive and International Channel Program manager in China and Middle East and Africa.

icon-expand-white Dave Braines

Dave Braines

Dave Braines

Dave Braines

CTO emerging technology, IBM research (Hursley lab)

Dave Braines is the Chief Technology Officer for Emerging Technology, IBM Research UK, and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. As a member of IBM Research he is an active researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence and is currently focused on Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Network Motif analysis. He has published over 100 conference and journal papers and is currently the industry technical leader for a 10-year research consortium comprised of 17 academic, industry and government organisations from the UK and US. Dave is passionate about human-machine cognitive interfaces and has developed a number of techniques to support deep interactions between human users and machine agents.

Since 2017 Dave has been pursuing a part-time PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Cardiff University, and in his spare time he likes to get outdoors for camping, walking, kayaking, cycling or anything else that gets him away from desks and screens!

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Philippe Hoge

Philippe Hoge

Philippe Hoge

Bailiff, INTERVENTUS

Bailiff since 1999, member of the Order Council of the Chamber of Bailiffs of Liège from 2004 to 2017, Treasurer of the Chamber of Bailiffs of Liège from 2013 to 2017, reporter of the Chamber of Bailiffs of Liège since 2017 Member representing the bailiffs of Liège at the National Chamber. Co founder of Interventus in 2015.

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Pierre-Paul Fares

Pierre-Paul Fares

Pierre-Paul Fares

Chief Sales Officer, I-PULSES

With more than 25 years of experience specifically in the field of Business Intelligence and Analytics, Pierre-Paul Fares has accumulated strong experience in transforming Data into information to meet Business needs.
He also focused on Business Consulting, particularly for projects in which he participated for major international companies.
The projects he was involved in have allowed him to develop end-to-end business solutions, thus covering the whole value chain around "the data".
During his previous position, he was BI Competence Center Manager.
He is used with several cloud tools around Watson (Watson Analytics for Social Media, Watson Customer Experience Analytics).
He is currently Chief Sales Officer at I-PULSES.

icon-expand-white Abdoul Gadiri Diallo

Abdoul Gadiri Diallo

Abdoul Gadiri Diallo

Abdoul Gadiri Diallo

Technical sales Hybrid Cloud infrastructure, IBM

Abdoul Gadiri Diallo is an IT Specialist within the Hybrid Cloud Integration Software unit at IBM.
He graduated from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles as an engineer in computer sciences.
His main focus areas include cloud platforms and application integration middleware.

icon-expand-white Niko Tambuyser

Niko Tambuyser

Niko Tambuyser

Niko Tambuyser

Software Client Architect, IBM Belgium

Niko Tambuyser has more than 20 years experience in the IT Industry. His main focus is on data, analytics and AI. Passionate about data he loves to interact with clients and design architectures that support their ambitions. He has a lot of experience implementing software solutions with customers, ranging from data sourcing, ingestion, data transformations and integrations, master data management, data warehousing, analytic and AI.

Currently he is a Software Architect within the IBM Cloud unit, where he is helping customers on their journey to cloud with and emphasis on data and AI. He helps clients selecting the right software tooling to build solutions that enable optimal usage of their data which results in new business models and revenue streams.

icon-expand-white Ferdinand Casier

Ferdinand Casier

Ferdinand Casier

Ferdinand Casier

Business Group Leader Digital Industries at Agoria & Expert from AI4Belgium coalition

Ferdinand Casier holds an Executive Master in Management from the Solvay Business School and has more than 18 years of experience in the ICT sector. In March 2013 he joined Agoria, the Belgian Federation for the technology industry, as Business Group Leader for the Digital Industries. He has spurred innovation in the data field through the EluciDATA project in collaboration with Sirris and DTAI (2014-2018), has developed several projects in the areas of IoT, cybersecurity and information management and is now actively involved in the implementation of regional and national strategies to encourage the adoption of AI by companies and organizations.

icon-expand-white Smitha Soman

Smitha Soman

Smitha Soman

Smitha Soman

Blockchain Business Research

Smitha Soman has spent the last 4 years immersed in blockchain and has created more than 18 pieces of research and thought leadership charting the evolution of blockchain, as part of the IBM Institute for Business Value. She is a passionate advocate for blockchain’s potential to transform business and uses every opportunity to share her expertise at various IBM and external business conferences.

Pre-blockchain, Smitha Soman has over 10 years of experience as a strategist in Business & Technology Transformation, Organizational Change Management, Project Management and IT Services Management. She’s a computer engineer, a trained IBM Design Thinking practitioner and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Smitha believes that ‘a small group of committed people can change the world’, and serves her community and company as an executive speaker, volunteer, mentor and recruiter.

icon-expand-white Kevin Dubois

Kevin Dubois

Kevin Dubois

Kevin Dubois

Senior Solution Architect

Kevin is a highly experienced Application Development and Middleware Architect. He spent about 15 years in the US working for a variety of technology organisations ranging from small startups to large corporations such as Target and has recently returned to his native Belgium. After a short stint working for Sopra Steria servicing the Belgian Ministry of Finance and Smals, he now works at Red Hat as a Senior Solution Architect.

icon-expand-white Jos Kuijer

Jos Kuijer

Jos Kuijer

Jos Kuijer

Solution Architect, Bluewolf, an IBM company

Jos Kuijer is an Engagement Manager /Solution architect who helps customers transform their service, sales and marketing organizations using the Salesforce platform. Before joining IBM – Bluewolf Jos has worked for leading technology Companies including Siebel Systems (Oracle) , SAP, Business Objects and CGI. Jos uniquely combines industry business knowledge with cutting edge technology innovation. Jos has deep industry experience working with clients such as Nespresso, Adidas, ABB, Philips/TPV, UCB Pharma, Rabobank and Proximus in the Analytics and Digital/CRM domain.

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Filip Stoop

Filip Stoop

Filip Stoop

Engagement Manager, Bluewolf, an IBM company

Filip is the engagement manager for Bluewolf Belgium, with +8 years of experience in Salesforce consulting in various industries and multiple geographies. He has worked as a Functional Lead, project manager a Solution Lead. He has a degree in Applied Communications and Marketing.
Filip is passionate about Customer Relationship Management and more specifically about the Salesforce Platform. He was involved in several Salesforce projects at local companies, as well as multinationals. His goal is to add customer centricity to the maximum level. Turning the customer journey into great customers experiences is a standard process he applies every time. Among the projects he worked on are EDF Luminus, Janssen Pharma/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca, Corona Direct, AB InBev and Digipolis/City of Antwerp.

icon-expand-white Hugo van der Weijden

Hugo van der Weijden

Hugo van der Weijden

Hugo van der Weijden

Executive Partner

As Cloud Application Innovation leader, I help our clients to migrate to the cloud successfully, to benefit from automation and NextGen Enterprise Applications such as SAP, Workday and Oracle. Bringing the power of IBM in play for our clients is my daily mantra.

icon-expand-white Jolien Jans

Jolien Jans

Jolien Jans

Jolien Jans

API Platform Manager, FedNot

Jolien is the API Platform manager with the Koniklijke Federatie van het Belgisch Notariaat (FEDNOT). After her studies as commercial engineer Jolien started her career as integration analyst for a large retailer where she developed a strong interest and expertise in application integration. In her current role Jolien is responsible for the setup and implementation of the API platform in support of the digital transformation program at FEDNOT.

icon-expand-white Dirk Maes

Dirk Maes

Dirk Maes

Dirk Maes

Integration Designer, FedNot

Dirk currently leads the IBM integration competence center of the Cronos Group and spent over 20 years in consulting and presales, mainly focusing on middleware solutions. He guides customers to find the right solution for their integration challenges. Over the past years he helped more than 10 Belgian customers to architect and implement API Management solutions.

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Pierre Mijnsbergen

Pierre Mijnsbergen

Pierre Mijnsbergen

Client Solution Professional – IBM Watson Customer Engagement Europe – Watson Supply Chain

Starting his career in the Shipping and Logistics business with holding jobs in Liner Agency and Container Management and then into more IT related functions mainly around logistics and supply chain connectivity and communications from where his transition into IBM was made.

At IBM he started out continuing his work within Integration and Connectivity/Communications working with IBM's major customers, Europe and World Wide within, mainly, the Distribution, Logistics Retail and to some extend the Banking industries. Currently he works as Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the IBM Watson Supply Chain, Order Management & Fulfilment organisation helping IBM customers/client to optimise their Available to Promise and fulfilment as well as modernising their connectivity and communications capabilities in support of these optimisation efforts.

icon-expand-white Nathanael Ackerman

Nathanael Ackerman

Nathanael Ackerman

Nathanael Ackerman

General Manager – AI4Belgium

Nathanael Ackerman is the current lead of the AI4Belgium Coalition, he is also appointed as AI Expert @ Federal Public Service “Policy and Support” – Dept Digital Transformation. He was the former advisor for AI of the French Governement, and the past Managing Director of the Hub France Intelligence Artificielle.

icon-expand-white Eric Michiels

Eric Michiels

Eric Michiels

Eric Michiels

Executive Architect, IBM

Eric Michiels is Executive Architect at IBM, covering the Computer Services Industry sector in Belgium and Luxembourg. As Architect, Eric translates business challenges into IT solutions, using traditional and the most recent technologies. Eric has a broad knowledge of multiple Information Technologies, and he has a deep expertise in the area of Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. Permanent curiosity and innovative thinking are essential characteristics of Eric, and that’s why he is excellently positioned to lecture a “Trends” type of session.

icon-expand-white Peter Vanbuel

Peter Vanbuel

Peter Vanbuel

Peter Vanbuel

Executive Partner - Cloud Application Innovation, IBM

Peter has 30+ years of management consulting experience at PwC and IBM, he sold and delivered performance improvement, cost reduction, ERP and complex systems integration projects to clients, he sold and managed long term application management contracts. Peter worked for European as well as Belgian organizations in multiple industries. He worked on complex bids across Europe such as Portugal Telecom, SNCF, Alstom, DHL, Novartis and others. Currently he is working as Executive Partner in the Distribution Sector and the Cloud Application Innovation unit at IBM Global Business Services in the Benelux, he works for clients such as D'Ieteren and NIKE.

icon-expand-white Tias Guns

Tias Guns

Tias Guns

Tias Guns

Assistant professor and member of the cross-faculty Artificial Intelligence lab at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Tias Guns is Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. He co-leads the data lab and is member of the cross-facultary AI research center. His research lies at the intersection of machine learning and constraint optimisation, and the hybredisation of reasoning and learning. His PhD was awarded with both the constraint programming dissertation award and the ECCAI artificial intelligence dissertation award, and he publishes in the main AI conferences and journals. He is an active member of the community and has organized a number of workshops and a special issue on the topic of combining constraint reasoning with mining and learning. He likes to use Waze as an example of the great benefits but also potential concerns of AI.

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Jean-Louis Counet

Jean-Louis Counet

Jean-Louis Counet

Managing Director, P4A

Jean-Louis Counet is managing director of P4A. He is still working at Maintenance Partners as BU director and had in the past an international career first as project engineer and then as CEO.

icon-expand-white Geert de Smedt

Geert de Smedt

Geert de Smedt

Geert de Smedt

Arcadis

Geert De Smedt is project manager with Arcadis Belgium, and BIM manager for the infrastructure team. He has been involved in various integral infrastructure projects where he is responsible for the spatial and traffic design aspects and general project coordination.
Geert is the coordinator of the project team that supports the Flemish Government (AWV) in the development of the Antwerp Mobility Master Plan 2020.

icon-expand-white Jacob Dencik

Jacob Dencik

Jacob Dencik

Jacob Dencik

IBM Watson IoT Consulting CoC

I'm a Senior Managing Consultant with IBM Watson IoT Consulting and advise cities, regions and countries on their economic, social and urban development. I also advise companies on their global supply chains, operations and location strategies. Within IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative, I've been extensively involved in our Smarter Cities thought leadership and led the development of some of IBM's Smarter Cities and Infrastructure consulting offerings and their subsequent implementation around the world. More recently, I've been involved in a number of Smarter and Cognitive Cities and Infrastructure business development initiatives and projects and I often work as a global Subject Matter Expert on Smarter and Cognitive Cities. In a broader sense, I am very interested in how Big Data, Analytics and IoT can help transform operations, services and societies for the better.

icon-expand-white Renaud Demarneffe

Renaud Demarneffe

Renaud Demarneffe

Renaud Demarneffe

Chief Technology Officer, I-PULSES

Renaud Demarneffe is a computer science engineer.
Specialist in process improvement, data management and more specifically in the value transformation of these data (Data Analytics), he has a great experience (more than 15 years) in the implementation of complex architectures to meet business challenges.
In particular, he focused on managing both high-volume and real-time data (IoT).

He is currently Chief Technology Officer at I-PULSES

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