A whole different experience: our Business Forecasting and Analytics Forum. Absent from the forum are exhibit halls and pushy sales people selling their products. This is a knowledge sharing, dialogue forming and networking forum which provides the most comprehensive forecasting and analytics curriculum on the market today. Attendees enjoy the relaxed environment that is truly attendee focused.
This 2 day forum is comprised of three focused tracks with multiple knowledge sharing session topics. Each session is led by a top practitioner in his/her industry. Attend this forum and walk away with real, concrete and actionable solutions while expanding your professional skill sets. Attendees from a wide range of industries and functional backgrounds make it a goal to attend every year. This broad makeup provides exceptional networking opportunities to enhance attendees’ experience at the event, as well as building lasting relationships for continued learning well into the future. The high level of attendee/speaker collaboration and engagement at the forum truly makes this a unique and favorable offering.
Kshitij Kumar – Vice President, Strategy and Tech, Head of Big Data Analytics Practice at EricssonKshitij is the VP Strategy and Tech consulting, heading up the Big Data Analytics practice for North America at Ericsson. Working with major Telecommunication Service Providers in the US and Canada, his team has built multiple Big Data projects from infrastructure to predictive analytics and beyond. Using cutting edge open-source technologies, he helps Enterprises solve their Data Science and Machine Learning challenges. A serial entrepreneur, Kshitij has built multiple Silicon Valley startups and been in the executive leadership for Concurrent, TellyTopia, Lantern communications after starting his career at Nortel.
Jonathan Morgan – Director, Operations Planning at Palo Alto NetworksResults-driven, dedicated, and highly accomplished Manager with 12+ years of successful experience. Versatile strategist, recognized for having superior leadership skills, exceptional planning abilities, and superlative business acumen. Dedicated to maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and uncompromising ethics.
Suneet Sudan – Demand Planning Manager at Palo Alto NetworksSuneet Sudan has over 15 years of experience in supply chain management, with a focus on planning. He is currently working as a Demand Planning Manager at Palo Alto Networks, a leading cyber security company. His prior experience spans a wide range of industries – he has prior experience at Boston Scientific, Better Place, 3PAR and several other companies.
Piyanka Jain – Bestselling Author and CEO of Aryng
Piyanka Jain is President and CEO of Aryng – an analytics consulting company focused on analytics training, consulting and recruiting. As a highly regarded industry thought leader in analytics, she writes for publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review, InsideHR. She has been a featured speaker at American Marketing Association conferences, Predictive Analytics World, Growth Hacker TV, GigaOm, Google Analytics User Conference, Modern Workplace. In 15+ years as an analytics leader, she has had 180M+ demonstrated impact on business. As a gifted problem solver, she seeks out patterns and insights to drive change in her client’s organizations and impact top levers of business. She considers customer satisfaction, empowerment and positive engagement as the highest rewards, and dollar impact as a natural consequence of it. Her best seller book ‘Behind Every Good Decision’
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Shashi Kiran – Senior Manager, Data Science & Business Analytics at Veritas TechnologiesHands-on leader with close to 10+ years of Management Experience in leading Business Analytics, Data Warehouse & Master Data Management eco-systems for large to medium enterprises. Experienced executive presenter, passion for customer and partner data & building metrics driven approach, influencing stakeholders, risk takers, & providing thought leadership on data governance are my key strengths in 20+ years of professional experience. I consider myself as blended Data Artist & Data Scientist who has successfully monetized several data scientific results by closing the loop and validating hypothesis.
Dan Liu – Global Insights Associate Director, Analytics Insights – Marketing Measurement at CloroxDan Liu is the Global Insights Associate Director, Analytics Insights - Marketing Measurement, at The Clorox Company. In this role, Dan leads a cross-functional team and works with media agencies to design, set up media and in store experiments, and measure effectiveness and ROIs.
She is also responsible for building and embedding marketing measurement capabilities across the company, with a focus on Digital. A 13-year veteran of Clorox, Dan has experience leading Analytics Insights teams across various business units, enabling analytics-based decision making in the areas of advertising, pricing and promotion, forecasting and LRP planning. Dan holds an MBA in Marketing Research from University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Steve Perelli – Senior Manager – Data Architecture at LogitechSteve has directed the analytics journey at Silicon Valley companies (National SemiConductor, Hitachi, APL, Measurex, Silicon Valley Bank and Logitech) for several decades, taking them through the journey from decision support systems systems to advanced analytics and data science today. A data architect at core, Steve is researching the use of dimensional modelling to integrate the traditional data warehouse with the evolving data lake to better support data science.
Ashish Joshi – Senior Director, Global Data, Analytics & Data Science at The Clorox CompanyAshish Joshi, heads the Data, Analytics & Data Science group at Clorox as the Senior Director, Syndicated Data, Analytic Insights & Data Science. He leads a team of analysts and data scientists, for domestic and international businesses that works across various disciplines and practice areas across Marketing Analytics, Sales Analytics, Business Forecasting and Data Science. He holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Ahmedabad and an MS in Marketing research from University of Georgia.
Jesse Gross – Chief Analytics Officer at Digital MortarJesse is a 10 year veteran of the Digital Analytics space having previously served as the Vice Presiden of Analytics at Semphonic and a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young's Digital Analytics practice. In 2016 he co-founded Digital Mortar, a SaaS provider that enables full path customer journey analytics to power the reinvention of physical retail.
Allan Gray – Partner and Co-Founder at End-to-End AnalyticsAllan is a Partner and Co-Founder at End-to-End Analytics, a firm that brings the right balance of consulting, analytics and technology to solve complex business problems. At End-to-End, his clients include several Fortune 500 companies in the consumer goods and retail sectors, where his work focuses on price & promotion optimization, forecasting, inventory optimization, and supply chain planning. Allan is the author several patents in both the supply chain and pricing fields. He earned an MEng from Oxford University, studied as a Kennedy Scholar at MIT, and holds an MBA from Stanford University.
Russell Halper – Principal at End-to-End AnalyticsRussell Halper has devoted his career to developing cutting-edge analytics for problems in supply chain, manufacturing, and marketing. He is passionate about developing actionable, pragmatic solutions that align closely with business processes to generate first-rate results. Russell has worked with companies of all sizes in industries including consumer packaged goods, retail, silicon manufacturing, and consumer electronics and has authored several publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland.
Ganesh Ramakrishna – Co-Founder of Opex AnalyticsGanesh is a co-founder of Opex Analytics an Advanced Analytics startup with offices in Chicago and Palo Alto. Prior to Opex, Ganesh worked for LogicTools, ILOG and IBM (through the two acquisitions) in various Analytics roles. Ganesh is a subject matter expert in analytics and supply chain optimization. Ganesh is passionate about bringing the smartest ideas from the valley to the supply chain community.
Flora Chan – Director of Supply Chain at Lytro Inc.Supply Chain & Operations Management Professional in high-tech and hard tech start-up environment for 20 years. Prior to working at Lytro, Flora was the senior Global Supply Chain Manger at Pure Digital technology (flip camcorder) acquired by Cisco Systems. Always exciting to take challenges building hard tech products from NPI to FG. Manage overall company Operations, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Document Control, Global Strategic Suppliers and Contract Manufacturers/JDMs, Materials Planning, Master Scheduling, Inventory, Forecasting, Fulfillment and Logistics. Holds a Bachelor Degree majoring in Finance and Operations Management from California State University in Hayward.
Daniel Morse – Global S&OP and Analytics – Director at LogitechDaniel is an Operations, Planning and Analytics leader and member of the Global Supply Chain Leadership team at Logitech. Previously he led the Planning and Analytics function within the EMEA Sales & Marketing organization again with Logitech. He has a consumer orientated background with global cross functional experience focused on successful leadership of high-performance multi-site, multinational teams. Direct working knowledge within the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan and China. Currently focused on operational risk management, organisational efficiency and the application of next generation advanced analytics tools and processes in global business environments.
Bhushan Lengade – Director of Analytics at Ten-XBhushan Lengade has 12+ years of hands on experience in product, marketing and customer data analytics and business intelligence. Currently, he is working as Director of Analytics at Ten-X (formerly Auction.com), a leading transactional platform in the Real Estate industry. He has previously led analytics at various companies such as Walmart eCommerce, Intuit, Apple and KeyBank.
Dorothea Grimes-Farrow – Operations Consultant at Maine PointeDorothea Grimes-Farrow is an operations and product development leader who has held senior level supply chain, NPI, PLM, and solutions design accountability in a broad range of businesses for divisions of Cisco Systems, Avaya Communications, Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Laboratories.
Dorothea began her career at Bell Laboratories doing research in learning and cognition applicable to machine learning, User Interface and Human Factors design. With a keen interest in product development and fulfillment, Dorothea transitioned into challenging leadership roles in engineering and supply chain.
At Cisco Systems, she managed NPI and PLM for a $4B product portfolio that included the most successful product of its type in the company's history. Among other successes, she grew product revenue from zero to $1B run rate in record time, and created supply chain frameworks for fulfilling software offerings and integrated product solutions.
Bill Gadala – Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at Innovative InterfacesBill Gadala is the VP of Financial Planning and Analysis at Innovative Interfaces, a software company servicing the needs of Public and Academic libraries. Bill has domain knowledge transforming finance departments at mid-sized multi-national technology companies. During a twelve year tenure at IBM, he led the integration of the finance function at Softek, a storage migration company, and the integration of the FP&A function at Internet Security Systems, an acquisition in the threat-mitigation space. Most recently, he led the FP&A team through the IPO of FXalliance, a FinTech software company that owns a currency exchange platform, and the subsequent sale of the company to a third party. Bill holds his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Matt Armstrong – Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Hotwire.comMatt Armstrong is the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Hotwire.com, a subsidiary of Expedia Inc. Matt has spent over 4 years leading the FP&A for various points of sale and brands within Expedia, specifically Expedia Canada, Expedia Australia, Expedia Latin America, CarRentals.com and Hotwire.com. He has also built up his ecommerce FP&A experience at the eBay Classifieds Group and Workopolis, and strategic planning at Bell Canada. Early in his career, Matt was a software engineer at a start-up bought by AOL/Time-Warner and a lecturer in SE at the University of Waterloo. Matt holds his Bachelor and Master of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, and is a licensed CPA in the province of Ontario.
James Myers – Finance Consultant, FP&A at Hewlett-PackardJames brings over 15 years’ of international controllership, FP&A and sales operations experience in high tech to HP. A thought leader with a track record of leveraging technology to solve problems, James has a strong methodology he employs for driving business value to develop high performing finance teams in multi-cultural, cross functional organizations, his insights benefit the organization. With an emphasis on value creation, his expertise spans the core facets of finance and operations, insight generation, strategic alignment, go-to market strategies, sales operations, project management and change management. Motivating and leading high performance finance teams while attracting, recruiting and retaining talent, James believes in culture competency. In his spare time, he mentors and advises early stage startups and is a program organizer for the Silicon Valley Startup Leadership Program. James is a certified Chartered Accountant and earned his Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Dan Root – VP and Head of People Analytics at Bank of the WestDan Root is a Senior Manager at Bank of the West, leading the organization’s Workforce Analytics Program and projects to improve team effectiveness. He is formerly a manager at Deloitte Consulting, where he managed finance transformation and organizational effectiveness projects. His prior technology industry experience is in FP&A, where he built and managed teams, implemented FP&A processes, and coached team members to improve the level of business advisory and strategic financial support for corporate, sales, and functional executives.
Eric Garland – Managing Director at Competitive Futures
For nearly two decades, Eric Garland has been trusted for his unique insight and analysis on economic trends, geopolitics, and society. He personally consults executives on market growth strategy, leads transformative educational sessions for organizations, and specializes in keynotes that spark conversations.
Mr. Garland is the founder and Director of Competitive Futures, a competitive analysis firm that provides insight and expert guidance to corporate clients and government agencies. A brief list of notable clients includes Energizer, Coca-Cola, Siemens, the country of France, the City of Charlotte, the state of South Dakota, and the Principality of Monaco, to name a select few.
Sean Naismith – Head of Analytics Services at Enova Decisions
Sean joined Enova as Head of Analytics Services for Enova Decisions in 2016. Prior to working at Enova, Sean served as an Advanced Analytics Consultant and Senior Director of Business Analytics for Leapfrog where he led the development of the company's predictive analytics capabilities. Before Leapfrog,Naismith served as director of strategic intelligence for TrendPointers, LLC, and director of research for Global Currency Group. He also currently serves as managing director and chief compliance officer of Naismith Wealth Management, LLC, which he founded in 2015. Naismith holds his bachelors in finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Juan Porter – President and Founder at TopDown ConsultingJuan Porter has over 25 years combined client, vendor, and consultant experience with Oracle Hyperion. He is a member of the Oracle Hyperion Partner Advisory Council, he is actively involved in various Hyperion user groups, he has served as the chair of Hyperion’s National Steering Committee, and he has led many Hyperion enhancement committees.
Juan is the president and founder of a leading nationwide consulting firm, which serves over 400 of the Global 2000’s largest and best performing companies. Industry analysts, editors, and authors frequently seek his expertise on the future direction of EPM, current Hyperion releases, as well as insight into strategic and practical ways to solve business problems. Juan has authored articles for publications such as SearchOracle.com, CIO Insight, and Enterprise Applications. He is the Chairman of the OAUG Hyperion SIG and is also a regular presenter for OAUG, ODTUG and other industry groups.
Jesper Hybholt Sorensen – Senior Finance Director at OracleJesper Hybholt Sorensen is the Senior Finance Director at Oracle leading the global business finance organization for the Managed Cloud Services Business. He oversees strategic planning, forecasting, reporting and financial analytics. He is formerly of Dupont where he led the global finance teams for the Biotech Division responsible for Performance Management including being the financial lead and owner of the Forecast, Budget & Strategy Process, Competitive Intelligence Financial owner and Lead Analyst. Jesper has extensive experience as a Financial Business Partner supporting a large number of Executive Vice Presidents with optimizing financial performance. During his carrier Jesper has also worked in China and Denmark, has studied in Denmark and Belgium and holds a Master Degree in Economics.
Gary Angel – CEO at Digital MortarWidely considered one of the leading digital measurement experts in the world, Gary recently launched a new venture focusing on digital analytics tracking and strategies in the physical retail space. He previously led EY’s Digital Analytics Practice from 2013-2016. EY acquired Gary’s previous company – Semphonic – in March of 2013. As Semphonic’s President and co-Founder, Gary led Semphonic’s growth over a 15 year period from a 2-person practice to the one of the leading digital analytics practices in the United States. Voted the most Influential Industry Contributor by the Digital Analytics Association in 2012, Gary writes an influential blog (http://semphonic.blogs.com/semangel), has published more than twenty whitepapers on advanced digital analytics practice and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Ryan Withop – Product Analytics Lead at ChosenFormerly the Sr. Mgr. of Strategy & Analytics for Electronic Arts (EA), Sr. Predictive Analytics Analyst at YouSendit and current Analytics Lead for music competition startup, Chosen, Ryan uses his experiences from organizations large and small to identify the metrics that matter and tell effective stories about the data that lead to enhanced, habitual customer experiences. Melding Product Design with Analytics, he uniquely leads organizations towards continual positive change through this data-informed approach.
Arik Johnson – Founder and Chairman at Aurora WDCArik Johnson is Chairman of Aurora WDC, the intelligence advisory firm he founded in 1995. After stepping aside as CEO in late 2009, today Arik serves as Managing Director and lead architect at Aurora’s R&D lab, think tank network and intelligence policy institute, the Center for Organizational Reconnaissance (COR). Arik is a Fellow of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals society and has chaired SCIP’s annual international conference (2006), served on SCIP’s board of directors (2004 – 2006), won SCIP’s Catalyst award (2005), and served as a chapter coordinator, as well as, trustee and development committee chair of the CI Foundation.