Jun 4, 2021

The Ultimate Enterprise Technology Event

Technology
AI
Bizclik
event
4 min
From global giants to innovative startups, this is your chance to jump onto the international stage

From September 14-16th, 2021, BizClik Media Group will host its cutting-edge Technology & AI Live event. Over three days, global industry leaders will join us for dynamic roundtable discussions, keynote addresses, and extensive networking opportunities. Simply put, we promise an event packed with strategy, analysis, and insight. 

By the end of the weekend, we’ll hear from Nick Giannakakis, Global Chief Technology Officer at Motor Oil; Angela Yochem, EVP Chief Transformation and Digital Officer at Novant Health; Wayne Butterfield, Global Lead, Intelligent Automation Solutions at ISG Automation and Tom Raftery, Global Vice President, Futurist & Innovation Evangelist at SAP. And that’s just the start of our speaker list. 

The event will include:

  • Keynote addresses from respected industry leaders
  • Dynamic live roundtables (inc. Q&A)
  • Fireside discussions
  • Inspirational Speakers & Presentations
  • Extensive networking opportunities

Meet the Speakers

Each week, from now until the event, we’ll be announcing four new names who are set to grace our physical or virtual stage, prepared to share their knowledge and insight with attendees. 

Here’s the first batch. 

Wayne Butterfield 

After spending over a decade leveraging new technologies, Wayne Butterfield is now ISG Automation’s Global Lead of Intelligent Automation Solutions. A pioneer, thought leader, risk-taker, and mentor, Butterfield helps clients integrate RPA, OCR, virtual agents, and cognitive reasoning tech into their operations—driving efficiency and delivering corporate benefits. 

A regular speaker at UK, European, and US industry events, he specialises in intelligent automation, digital customer service, and artificial intelligence. Colleagues describe him as an all-around excellent team player, and Butterfield makes it clear that he’s keen to help companies pursue their automation journeys. He pokes fun. “[I want to] make sure you don’t make the early adopter mistakes I did”. 

Angela Yochem 

Tapped as the EVP Chief Transformation and Digital Officer at Novant Health, Angela Yochem uses advanced computing combined with unprecedented access to data to solve clinical and operational challenges. Collaborating with Novant’s Chief Medical Officer, she currently co-leads the company’s Institute of Innovation and Artificial Intelligence. 

Throughout her career, Yochem has focused on business transformation, digital product lines, and global technology. It’s incredible that she has any free time, but she’s taken full advantage of it. Currently, she mentors incubator organisations on both US coasts, holds 3 US patents, and has published a book. “If you look up leadership in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Angela”, wrote Andy Santacroce, VP and Deputy CIO for Tokio Marine North America Services. “[She] is at the top of the list of intelligent, driven, and compassionate leaders”. 

Nick Giannakakis

Recognised as a Top 100 CIO of 2019 and an internationally experienced Global Chief Technology Officer, Motor Oil’s Nick Giannakakis is making industry waves. Throughout his career as CTO, he’s worked with globally distinguished brands such as Coca-Cola HBC, Richemont International (Cartier, Montblanc, Piaget), and SAP.  

Currently, he serves as an active alumni member of the Institute for Management Development (IMD), the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the London Business School—clear evidence that he’s invested significant time in executive training. According to Giannakakis, this is just the beginning: “My quest to become the best senior executive possible will never end”.

Tom Raftery 

From being in the sustainability, technology and social media industry since 1991, Tom Raftery has been able to obtain a deep insight into these expertise, alongside hosting the Digital Supply Chain podcast, the Climate 21 podcast and a weekly host for Tech for Good Linkedin Live Livestream, has enhanced Raftery’s stance as an inspirational international keynote speaker.

Raftery is currently positioned as Global Vice President, Futurist & Innovation Evangelist at SAP, while he previously worked as an independent industry analyst focusing on the Internet of Things, Energy and Sustainability, and also as a Futurist for Gerd Leonhardt’s Futures Agency. In addition, Raftery is a co-founder of an Irish software development company, a social media consultancy, and is co-founder of hyper energy-efficient data centre Cork Internet eXchange.

However, he didn’t stop there, as he is now inspiring others with his substantial experience in the industry, being a guest lecturer at Instituto Internacional San Telmo and a board advisor for a number of startups. To buy tickets for this unmissable speaker, head over to our Event Page.

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR

Microsoft
NASCAR
3 min
Racing fans can expect the ultimate virtual experience as a result of the partnership with Microsoft and NASCAR

Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).

These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack. 

“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”

“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”

“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR

  • Empower employees productivity and collaboration
  • Improve fan engagement and experience
  • Improve environment security and IT productivity
  • Improve racing operations

 

Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.

“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”

“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives. 

“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.

Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”

 

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