Two Keynotes Added to DSI 2018 Conference

Subodha Kumar, Temple University, Program Chair

Dell Global Operations Senior Vice President, Guy Schweppe and SAP’s Christian Thisgaard have been added to the lineup of keynote speakers for the DSI 2018 Annual Conference taking place in Chicago, IL this November. Both join previously scheduled presenters Professor David Simchi-Levi and the DSI mystery guest entertainer who will perform during the Fellows Luncheon.

Understanding procurement excellence requires influence and collaboration at all stages of the product life cycle, Schweppe’s program, titled Procurement Excellence, will discuss the journey Dell has been on to advance its procurement practices over the last decade.  He will outline Dell’s approach to procurement excellence and perform a deep dive into the critical elements of its strategy, including:

  1. Tailored talent management to unleash growth potentials of procurement professionals.
  2. Established processes and tools to increase procurement influence early in product life cycle.
  3. Using advanced market analytics to predict industry dynamics and strategize sourcing.
  4. Leveraging sourcing tools to drive value and cost efficiency for the company.
  5. Establishing trustful and mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers.

Guy Schweppe, Dell Global Operations, Senior VP

As Senior VP, Schweppe is responsible for Dell’s Production Procurement and Global Materials organizations.  He serves on the National Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors and is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Purchasing Council and the Texas A&M University Supply Chain Consortium.

In his presentation, Practical Examples of ML Deployment in Customer, Materials and Asset Management, Thisgaard will present three customer cases on how advanced machine learning has helped them radically improve and simplify critical parts of their business:

Case 1: Digital Twin. What is the problem space needed to be addressed in order to successfully have the required variables for achieving a statistical model with sufficient accuracy and confidence to be able to fit a highly automated production line, where false positives would easily become detrimental to success.

Case 2: Predictive Maintenance. How to rethink maintenance by using ML on streaming data that allows for uncovering unfavorable events early enough to pre-empt unplanned down-time and secondly to eliminate fixed time-based preventive maintenance in favor of actual wear and tear based maintenance.

Case 3: Customer Segmentation / Churn.  How to successfully determine the 1000’s of customer segments that make up a company’s customer base and then actively utilize the knowledge to provide personalized and consent based (GPDR compliance) related offers pending their profile and their attractiveness to the company.

Each of the cases will outline the business urgency, the critical paths to achieve operationalization (data, people and process) and the resulting new paradigms the companies have been able to realize.

Christian Thisgaard, VP DDM Global COE, SAP

Christian Thisgaard is Vice President, DDM Global COE and SAP globally responsible for SAP’s customer co-innovation team. For the last 3 years, Thisgaard has specifically overseen a team of data scientists and platform architects that help customers understand how SAP’s market leading technology platform (HANA) are capable of solving decade long challenges due to it’s revolutionary in-memory and multi-engine platform. In doing so, he has helped global brands deploy digital twin concepts at scale, real-time customer sentiment and personalized offers and many other innovative solutions that leap-frog past old paradigms and processes.

Before this, Thisgaard led a strategic consulting unit in SAP focusing on value driven roadmaps across a broad range of processes and industries. Through this tenue he has analyzed and advised customers in almost any industry.

Thisgaard’s career started in 1996 with i2 Technologies in Europe (now part of JDA). i2 Technologies was a pioneer in utilizing advanced optimizers and constraint based planning and scheduling in the late 1990’s. Christian led the deployment of their advanced optimization software across multiple global companies in high-tech, pulp and paper, telco and retail. After i2 Technologies, Christian worked at Maximo (now part of IBM), where he led a cross-functional team focusing on predictive maintenance mostly within the energy and transportation sectors.

Christian Thisgaard holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Updated: August 8, 2018 — 12:59 pm

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