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Announcing IBM Watson Studio

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If you’re on a mission to build a data-driven culture, where evidence-based decisions support bottom-line business objectives and AI is embedded into workflows across your organization, this session is for you.You’ll hear firsthand from IBM clients who have solved the same problems you’re facing. Learn how they make their data live up to its promise, ensure their data is secure and accessible, wherever it lives, andget insights from data and turn them into competitive advantage.Perhaps even more important, you’ll learn how these industry leaders use the entire spectrum of data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning to lay a foundation for a fast-approaching future where AI isn’t just an advantage, it’s essential.

Featured Sessions Keynotes
Cloud and Data Campus Theater A
Tue (March 20), 4:30PM PT


Beth Smith

General Manager, Watson Data and AI, IBM

As the GM of Watson, Beth Smith is responsible for the the overall success of
IBM Watson’s data and AI strategy and execution. She leads the engineering and
delivery of the Watson technology, the tooling that allow for a seamless data
experience, and the global ecosystem of Watson partners and developers. Fueled
by scientific innovations born out of IBM’s research and engineering teams,
Watson is IBM’s flagship AI system that runs natively on the cloud.
More broadly across IBM, Beth contributes to technical and business strategy as a
member of several senior leadership teams responsible for shaping key strategic
initiatives across the corporation.

Rob Thomas

General Manager, IBM Analytics, IBM

Rob Thomas is General Manager, IBM Analytics. He brings extensive experience in management, business development, and consulting in the high technology and financial services industries. He has worked extensively with global businesses, and his background includes experience in business and operational strategy, acquisitions and divestitures, manufacturing operations, and product design and development. He has published numerous articles and his writing can be found on his blog:

Ferd Scheepers

Chief Information Architect, ING Group

“Ferd Scheepers is the global Chief Information Architect of ING. Ferd has been driving ING’s journey to becoming a data driven company for the last 5 years. As part of this journey, he has defined ING’s architecture for Information management, best known as the ING Data Lake, and has implemented this architecture across the globe. He has published (with IBM) on Data Lakes, and is a frequent speaker on both major vendor conferences, and on open source summits. Currently he is championing the Apache Atlas & ODPi open metadata initiative. Passionate about data and information, both on the opportunities and the risks, Ferd loves to share his vision and ideas on what data will mean for both companies, and for individuals.”

Masahiro Takeuchi

Chief Information Officer, Forum Engineering

Mr. Takeuchi got involved in human resource industry on late twenties, has lead BPR, SFA, MA, and recommend engine project. Joined Forum Engineering Inc. on 2012.
As Chief Information Officer, has been driving ICT innovation and strategy.

Arin Bhowmick

VP, Design, Hybrid Cloud, IBM