With C-level management and consulting experience from companies such as Salesforce, Oracle, IBM, Deutsche Bank and Telecoms, they know what it takes to be a strong leader, capitalize on opportunities and build successful growth strategies for digital enterprises.
SIGHTS ’17 SPEAKERS
We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for SIGHTS´17
Working with the world’s largest banks, telcos and other enterprises, each of our customers tells a unique digital transformation story. Share best practices during interactive workshops and keynotes.
Dr. oec. Patrick Stahler
Dr. Patrick Stähler is founder and partner of fluidminds, a consultancy and think tank on disruptive and strategic innovation based in Zurich.
fluidminds’ job is to rethink and rebuild the business model of its customers. Until 2012, Patrick was managing director of Experteer (Switzerland), an online career service for executives, which business model he co-created. His blog.business-model-innovation had so far more than 371.000 visitors.
Besides his consulting work, he is lecturer at universities like University of St. Gallen and Zeppelin. He trains executives of large corporations like OTTO, Deutsche Telekom, Die Post, RUAG or Evonik in strategic innovation management and entrepreneurial design. With the support of the Wolfsburg AG, the innovation agency of VW and the city of Wolfsburg, he developed the toolbox for entrepreneurs “Das Richtige gründen: Werkzeugkasten für Unternehmer”.
He started his professional career initially in banking at Deutsche Bank and later at Lazard Frères where he was a member of the high-tech Mergers & Acquisition team. From 2002 to 2008 he was manager at Swisscom IT Services AG.
Patrick holds a Ph.D. in management from the University of St. Gallen. In his thesis on “Business Model Innovation in the Digital Age” (2001) he coined the business model innovation concept and laid the foundation of the Business Model Canvas.
Patrick believes that there is a good reason why god gave human beings two brain hemispheres and that we should use both halves in business. Business and particularly innovation is an analytical and creative art. With pure analytics we just get MOTS, More Of The Same.
Big corporations love the idea that they can sell more to customers by using data science. They believe with big data, they will understand exactly what customers want and thereby can sell more to customers. That is a convincing logic and therefore we see huge investment in big data. However, it is a fallacy to believe that with better data analytics, you will find the holy grail of survival.
The core question is: Will your customers still buy from you in the future or from some company that uses digital technology to create a new and WOW customer experience?
Or let’s reframe the question: Would you build the same business model you have today if you had already had the digital tools of today? Probably not. Most business models are a construct of the past and need an drastical overhaul. Digital technology is enabling totally new business models and not just the optimization of business models that were originally based on the ‘human’ as the only active agent to process information and paper to store that information.
In the keynote, Patrick will show you that digital transformation is more than merely using digital technologies to optimize the present but to dream up new business models that your customers will love.
In the workshop, Patrick will elaborate on the tools needed to handle the digital transformation process in corporations. He will introduce the 3-horizon framework, new ways to strategize and show you how digital projects have to be managed differently depending on the degree of innovation.
Since 2013, Ariel is investing in and coaching innovative Swiss and European IT start-up’s. His group of Portfolio companies is named after his estate: The Hammer Team. Previously he was the CEO of hybris software, the global omnichannel commerce leader. Ariel was instrumental in growing the company and driving the successful exit of the company with the sale to SAP in August 2013 for more than 1B USD.
Prior to joining hybris, Ariel held senior positions at Salesforce.com and Oracle. He entered the realm of e-commerce in 1996 as SVP Europe at BroadVision. Ariel studied Physics at ETH in Zurich
Dr. Dorian Selz
Dr. Dorian Selz is co-founder and CEO of Squirro. Before that he founded the Swiss search platform local.ch and made it the market leader in four years. Previously he was a partner and COO at Namics, the largest e-business consultancy in Switzerland & Germany.
He holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen and a Master in Economics from the University of Geneva.
Dorian’s keynote will discuss the core challenge of the information age: Simply Do more with Data. With the advent of an area of clever algorithms and abundant computing power entirely novel ways to work with data become feasible.
Dorian will outline his vision of how to translate this opportunity into tangible business benefits. And he will outline how Squirro will contribute to this challenge.
Dr. Matthias Gräber
Dr. Matthias Gräber is a physicist by education and holds a Master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo /USA and a PhD from the University of Basel in Switzerland. After his PhD 2006 he joined Huntsman Advanced Materials, a specialty chemicals company in Basel, as a Technology Scout in their innovation department, helping the company to target their R&D efforts effectively. In 2010 Matthias joined Bühler as expert for online sensors, responsible for the development of new sensors and intelligent process control strategies. From 2013-2016 he was setting up a small innovation unit at Bühler SORTEX in London, driving next generation concepts for optical sorting as well as new complementary digital service models. Last year Matthias moved back to Switzerland and is now responsible for setting up and managing the data analytics activities to boost Bühler’s digital business development. Matthias is married, has three sons (0, 3 and 7 years) and is passionate about football and tennis.
Brian Millrine is Strategy Director of Brookson Limited. Since 1995 Brookson has been providing accountancy service to over 90,000 contractors, freelancers and self-employed professionals. Brookson offers an online SaaS accountancy, legal and taxation platform to its customers combined with day to day professional advice and service support through its Warrington based contact centre. Brookson is a high growth private equity backed business.
The talk discusses Squirro within Brookson’s data strategy: how data is helping Brookson transform the way services are provided to its customers in order to improve customer experience and drive efficiencies; the application of technology in order to become an algorithmic business; harnessing the value within unstructured data; and scaling up data resource by empowering the citizen data analyst.
Alain Badoux has 20 years experience in Software solutions for Business
Intelligence, Financial Planning and Reporting, Big Data Analytics, Business Process Management, CRM, ERP and HR, working for companies like Hyperion, Oracle, beqom and Software AG.
Since 2016 he is the Country Leader for ServiceNow, the leading Enterprise Service Management company.
Christian is looking back at 20 years of hands-on experience in shaping digital experiences and digital brands. His munich-based design agency SNK is helping brands to translate strategies into living digital experiences, since over a decade, long before Customer Engagement and the Digital Transformation became megatrends. While the world is talking about the Consumerization of B2B, Flaccus (how people prefer to call him) loves to talk about the Humanization of B2B Communication and plausible stories.
That‘s why he also acts as a Brand Advisor for the Hammer Team.
Prior to that – in a time before Google – he co-founded Hybris, a global leader in E-Commerce and Customer Engagement, and developed and managed the brand and it‘s internationalization and growth until the acquisiton by SAP for more than 1B Euro. Today – 4 years later – the brand is a key brand for the SAP front-office strategy and has significantly influenced the SAP brand in a kind of reverse takeover.
Christian, studied Visual Communications in Krefeld and Munich and spent most of his 90‘s youth on digital projects, pioneering today‘s connected world.