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The Rise of Platform-Centric Business Models


Businesses are entering an era of transformative business models enabled by new technologies that empowers them to operate in new ways. This revolutionary shift will lead enterprises to new platform models they can own, lead or participate in. By adopting new platforms that support data and AI infused workflows, businesses can transform the way employees add value and keep their edge. What will the journey look like and what are the factors for success?

Join this session for a view of how business leaders can explore and quickly deploy these new business models to become cognitive enterprises, gaining a significant competitive advantage both within their industries, and by entering entirely new markets.

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Keynote Theater, Mandalay Bay Ballroom
Tue (March 20), 1:30PM PT


Bridget van Kralingen

Senior Vice President, IBM Global Industry Platforms, IBM

Bridget van Kralingen leads IBM Global Industry Platforms, delivering disruptive cloud-based solutions that advance key industries and establish IBM as leader in blockchain. Industry Platforms has Financial Services offerings that help Banks and Financial Markets firms contend with rising regulation and reduce spend on risk and compliance processes. It has established a core Insurance processing platform with MetLife and Majesco. These capabilities are on the IBM Financial Services cloud, complemented by industry specific APIs, data and analytical models. Bridget’s team has contributed to the open source HyperLedger Fabric, created a high security IBM Blockchain Platform for clients to build and operate blockchains, and have more than 400 enterprise blockchain engagements.

Todd White

COO - Chief Operating Officer, Goldcorp

Mark Foster

Senior Vice President, Global Business Services, IBM

Mark Foster is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services, responsible for the strategy, client value and business performance of IBM’s consulting, systems integration, digital agency, business process outsourcing and application management services businesses across all industries. GBS’s 125,000 consultants partner with leading clients around the world to set digital strategy, reinvent business processes with AI and modernize core applications and systems on the cloud.

Bob Wolpert

Corporate Senior Vice President and President, Logistics, Golden State Foods

Bob Wolpert is a senior executive at Golden State Foods – a $7B global, private company – where he is responsible for US and international supply chain services for leading food industry customers. Bob has also been the GSF executive champion for IT Technology, Corporate Strategy & Innovation.

Prior to joining GSF, Bob was Global Innovation Champion for ITT Corporation (later Xylem Corporation), President of an ITT Corporation global division and concurrently CEO of ITT’s businesses in China and India.

Bob began his career in IT systems integration and then held a progression of general management leadership roles in several industries, each time using IT solutions to benefit customers and deliver differentiated services.

Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Denver and earned an MBA from Harvard University. He serves as board member and executive committee member for two non-profits, LeadersUp and Second Harvest Food Bank of OC.