Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Henk G. Sol | Stephan Schambach | Dr. Wojtek Kozaczynski | Dr. Sebastian Kiebusch

Ennovations for Delivering Shared Value

Prof. Dr. Henk G. Sol
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Abstract: Resolving issues that matter is a major challenge in our ambient society, where we have to navigate in the sea of information to deliver shared value. Agile, analytic, big, intelligent, smart, sustainable describe the environment for decision enhancement. Business processes have to be engineered accordingly. Delivering shared value calls for ennovations, engaged innovative design activities, with conversations to collectively identify locally relevant problems, with appropriate political, administrative and business decisions and with interventions to deploy localized solutions. Using many examples, the keynote reports on the COLLAGEN (Collective Learning and Agile Governance Environment) environment, which spans a rich arena of design guidelines. The approach supports smart governance for business engineering and engaged innovations, and delivers shared value to resolve issues that matter in society.

Henk SolBiography:
For over 40 years Prof. Dr. Henk G. Sol has been a driver of engaged scholarship in the field of information systems and decision enhancement. With his school of over 80 PhD dissertations supervised and over 15 PhD dissertations under way, he is a major contributor to building the foundations of design science research in management and information systems. As founding dean he has established the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology and the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Prof. Sol has organized numerous international conferences and workshops, he has published widely in renowned journals, edited many books, and given many keynote presentations all over the world. He is fellow of the Association for Information Systems and has fulfilled over 35 supervisory functions in many organizations. He serves currently in various academic and professional roles: President of the Supervisory Board of Groningen Airport Eelde NV, Eelde; Director of Sol Information Management BV, Haren; Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Uganda Technology and Management University, Kampala; Chairperson of Stichting PAO Informatica; Consulting Professor of PBLQ, The Hague; and Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Communication and Development, The Hague.

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Mobile Roadmap for Retailers: How to prepare for the future

Stephan Schambach
NewStore, Inc.

Abstract: Mobile is the next big thing in retail.
Where should Retailers begin building their mobile strategy?
A well-defined mobile strategy can not only provide a new revenue channel, but can also act as the connective tissue between online and offline. To stay ahead of the competition, the retailers who will win this year are working hard to align their digital roadmap with shifting customer expectations.
Consumers expectations throughout their buying journey dictate what your mobile landscape is to look like. Shoppers want to buy anywhere at anytime with just one swipe on their phone.
The digital roadmap for retailers:
- Meet customer demands with a mobile-first approach
- Implement new internal processes to support the adoption of mobile technology
- Manage employees to maximize the use of mobile technology

Stephan SchambachBiography:
Stephan Schambach is a German entrepreneur and pioneer of E-Commerce. He invented eCommerce with the first standard software for online shopping in 1995 (Intershop).
In 2004, he founded the U.S. company, Demandware Inc., and offered the first ecommerce solution as a cloud service. Demandware provides the leading ecommerce platform offering the industry’s leading merchandising tools, total control for merchandisers & web developers, automated software upgrades and unlimited scalability & performance – as an on-demand service. The company services more than 1000 high-growth branded websites and is growing business significantly in the North America, Europe and Asia. Demandware was listed at the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) in 2012.
In 2015 Stephan Schambach founded NewStore, Inc., and is currently working on bringing the first only mobile retail platform to the market. As the future of retail shifts to mobile, NewStore takes advantage of this next major inflection point. Schambach is also involved as an investor and board member at various ecommerce start-ups. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, Schambach has committed himself to improving the environment for start-ups and high-growth companies in Germany. This includes improving the practices of funding and exit opportunities. Furthermore, he and the Intershop Foundation are major sponsors of the E-Commerce Chair at the University of Applied Sciences in Jena.

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Monitoring the Cloud – a practical example of collecting, storing and analyzing very large volumes of structured and unstructured data

Dr. Wojtek Kozaczynski
Microsoft, Redmond, WA, US

Abstract: Discussions about “big data” often evolve around capturing, curating and proactive analyses of data for better business or marketing decision making. However, the same issues of capturing, storing and analyzing overwhelming volumes of both structures and unstructured data exist in monitoring, diagnostics and analysis for complex technical system. One kind of such systems are Cloud infrastructures and services and applications running them.
I have no experience in utilizing big-data for business decision making, but I have been working on many aspects of monitoring, analyzing and diagnosing of Windows, Azure, and services running in the Azure Cloud. One of the fundamental challenges of understanding of the Cloud infrastructure itself and what runs in it are the volumes of data that must be efficiently transported, ingested, filtered, transformed, aggregated and stored, before that data can be even analyzed and presented.
In the talk I will attempt to describe, time permitting, how the Cloud monitoring and diagnostics big-data problems look from two perspectives. From the perspective of a Cloud user, who wants to understand how his or her services run in the Cloud, and from the perspective of Cloud provides, who offer Cloud infrastructure and service to the Cloud users.

Wojtek KozaczynskiBiography:
Dr. Wojtek Kozaczynski is an Architect and Principal Software Engineer at the Microsoft’s Developer Division. He has over 30 years of professional experience that includes teaching, database systems development, knowledge-based software analysis and development, software tools and processes development, software reuse, operating systems management, and software monitoring and diagnostics.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003 Wojtek was an Assistant Professor at Wroclaw Polytechnic and University of Illinois, Director of Software Engineering Laboratory at Andersen Consulting, Chief Architect at System Software Associates, and Architect at Rational Software. At Microsoft he held multiple positions on many projects, but for the seven years he has been focusing on problems directly related to management, monitoring and diagnostics of Windows components, Azure infrastructure, and cloud-based applications.
Wojtek co-authored a book, wrote many research papers and presented at academic and professional conferences, but primarily he has been leading development projects and writing software ranging from low-level Windows management components written in C, to open source data analysis applications written in Java.

The Future of Governmental IT in Saxony

Dr. Sebastian Kiebusch
Saxon IT Services, Dresden, Germany

Abstract: The state-owned company „Saxon IT services“ (SID) was founded in 2008. It has 400 employees at 5 sites and realizes a total revenue of 64 Mio €. The consolidation of further state-owned IT sites, employees and IT services is an ongoing process. This process imposes a major challenge for the SID since the requirements of the particular Saxon ministries and departments regarding data integrity and confidentiality have to be balanced. SID meets this challenge both by offering customized IT services based on well-proven technologies and by attending a dedicated research program for cloud computing.

Dr. Sebastian KiebuschBiography:
Dr. Sebastian Kiebusch is since 2012 the chief executive officer of the state-owned company Saxon IT Services (SID). Previously he served as a deputy managing director for the Brandenburg IT services (ZIT-BB) and worked as an IT consultant for the management of a well-known private bank. Moreover he was a researcher at the University of Leipzig and worked for the innovation management of a large retail company.