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6924: The Cognitive Enterprise: A New Model for Competitive Advantage

Smarter Business
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How do you design your business for growth? Being "digital" at the edges is no longer enough. To succeed companies need to truly align the data they own towards purposeful innovation. This is the story of an insurance company who is now a risk management expert. Of a car manufacturer who found their competitive advantage in mobility. It is about an apparel retailer who is a fashion expert. But where do you start? Smarter businesses differentiate themselves from within. They have a culture of agile innovation that leverages AI and cloud on their journey to become a smart, secure and sustainable business. This is a new era for business - defined by incumbent disruptors - where companies who have a past, have the most promising future.

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Think Theater
Wed (February 13), 3:30PM PT


Mark Foster

Senior Vice President of 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.
Prior to joining IBM in 2016, Mark built a distinctive record of achievement as a global business leader, a consultant to businesses and governments around the world, and a creative thinker of broad knowledge and wide interests. After 27 years with Accenture, Mark retired as Group Chief Executive, Global Markets and Management Consulting, leading a team of 15,000 consultants. While at Accenture, Mark chaired the World Economic Forum Global Health Initiative Against AIDS, TB and Malaria and was Vice Chair of the Mayor of Seoul's International Business Advisory Council.
Mark has served on multiple business Boards and graduated with a masters of art in classics from University College Oxford.

Kelly Chambliss

Managing Partner, Global Business Services North America, IBM

Kelly Chambliss is the Managing Partner of IBM Global Business Services (GBS) North America (NA). She leads a business unit that provides consulting, systems integration, business process outsourcing, and application management services across the United States and Canada. She previously led the Distribution and Industrial Markets in GBS NA. Prior to that, she served as the Global Chief Technology Officer for IBM GBS, with a focus on the development, marketing, sales, and delivery of cloud-based solutions.

Kelly joined IBM in late 2002 through the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting. She serves as an Independent Director on the CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR) Board of Directors and resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two young children. Beyond business and technology, Kelly’s interests include running, drawing, and writing.

Claire Dickson

BP Downstream CIO, BP

Accountable for provision of IT to Downstream businesses in 70 countries including pipelines, 8 refineries, manufacturing & movement of products to customers & airports, the Castrol business & operations for 18000 retail sites. A transformational CIO preparing for a resilient future, accelerating digital to enable speed to market of customer offers & enabling intelligent operations in Refineries.

Sorabh Saxena

President - A&T& Business Global Operations & Services, AT&T

Sorabh Saxena was appointed President, Global Operations & Services, AT&T Business in October 2017. His organization is responsible for end-to-end operations supporting AT&T's more than 3 million enterprise customers worldwide. In this role, Sorabh uses his vast executive leadership experience across technology and business to deliver solutions that provide a competitive edge to our customers. Sorabh is credited with imprinting technology in all aspects of operations and delivering a best-in-class transformation program across an organization that allows continual incorporation of new capabilities and delivering at scale. The transformation has helped reduce cycle time, increase productivity, improve customer experience while continually bringing new products to the market. In 2018, through the collective efforts of AT&T Business associates, our customers recognized us with J.D. Power's 2018 U.S. Business Wireline Satisfaction awards for both large enterprise and very small business.