Innovate & Automate: A Live Virtual Conference Dedicated to Innovation • Postponed until Spring 2021.

Keynote Speakers

John T. Bartucci
Vice President / GM, Connected Products SBU, The Master Lock Company

 John Bartucci is the Vice President and General Manager of the Connected Products SBU at The Master Lock Company. Since 2011 John has been a servant leader relentlessly driving this now ninety nine year old manufacturing company into digital transformation with a series of successful electronic access control product launches over the past eight years.

As a leader with deep roots in technology, John is passionate about connecting customer needs with innovative and intuitive technology solutions and is responsible for serving markets and industries including real estate, facilities management and operations, telecommunications and education institutions. Over his tenure at Master Lock John has instilled a cultural DNA of rapid customer first support and fail fast but succeed faster to create a nimble and highly responsive team.

John’s Session: From Padlocks to IOT: Master Lock’s Keys to Digital Transformation 

This presentation walks the audience through the critical building blocks used to evolve from a purely mechanical product focus only, to digital products and software in the cloud. Highlighting key strategic decisions along the way, brand alignment, solving customer service problems, and hiring strategy. In addition, it’s one thing to build a technical solution, it’s quite another to market it, sell it and support it. We’ll talk through some of the challenges we’ve overcome and challenges we’re in the midst of facing and solving. Finally, we’ll conclude with a critical testing strategy we adopted early on which has been a god send to our entire process and the critical testing methods we utilize to bring the system to market.

 

Oliver Buechse
CEO, Advancing Digital
Oliver Buechse is the CEO of Advancing Digital, providing education and consulting services on Navigating Digital Transformation.  Advancing Digital is an evolution of Advancing AI Wisconsin which he co-founded and led from 2017-2019.

Oliver also serves as Executive in Residence – Digital Transformation at the Cofrin School of Business at UW Green Bay (starting February of 2020).  He further teaches the MBA course “Waves of Disruption” at St. Norbert College and has been featured keynote speaker throughout the State on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and other disruptive trends.

Oliver originally learned the strategy business in Germany, Austria and California during his time with McKinsey & Company and subsequently as SVP of Strategy for Union Bank and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.  He came to Wisconsin in 2010 as Chief Strategy Officer for Associated Bank.

He is a Board member of the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation and in this role has helped build the first online marketplace for Financial Education – MyMazuma.com.  He is a founding Board member of FINN, the Forum for Innovation, driving improvements to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Wisconsin, a director emeritus of New North and an active member of the New North Business Intelligence Committee.

Oliver holds a PhD in Economic Psychology from Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt/Austria.  He lives in De Pere with his wife and three of his four sons.

Oliver’s Session: The Digital Transformation of Wisconsin starts with You!

We are entering the era of the Great Transformation, a time in which technologies will reshape our lives, careers and industries. It is important that we all understand what these technologies are and how they will unfold their impact. This keynote will provide an overview of the latest trends and projections. Even more important however, is that we start developing plans how to master these new challenges. What can and should you do as an individual, as a leader, as a team, and as an organization? Learn about thought provoking and action inspiring examples and get ready to chart your own course.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will include the following:

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation – Sundar Ananthasivan, Wausau Window and Wall Systems
    • Innovation is a broadly used term in many industries and everybody wants innovation to be a part of their company culture. This session aims to offer a practical insight into how investors evaluate a company’s value based on the company performing predictably based on projected cash flow or its success from generating new lines of business.
      True innovation through growth is challenging. This session aims to provide insights into evolving an innovation process and ecosystem in a business for successful growth. This session will also address customer selection, products and services and the role of executives in leading new growth for the business through allowing decision making at the right levels.
  • Hey Innovation, Explain Yourself – Sarah Alt, Triple Ten Consulting
    • Studies show people have greater trust in their decisions when a machine or algorithm tells them what to do. Surely, the machine is fairer, more ethical, and less biased than the human, right? It may not be, and it is not obligated to tell you. Algorithms used in technology can go awry. Even if you’re not breaking any laws when using these technologies, the public relations consequences of mistakes can be significant. People are more than twice as likely to stay loyal to and defend a brand they trust, even in the face of disruption.In this session, you will learn how your ability to explain innovations leads to trustworthiness. We review the European guidelines for explainable artificial intelligence that are being consulted in developing state laws and industry standards for innovation and automation. We discuss how to apply these guidelines to your organization and how to hold your technology vendors to the same standard.
  • Become Stealth Online – Jerry Eastman, WI Cyber Threat Response & Sandra Stibbards, Camelot Investigations
    • All companies, agencies and individuals utilize the internet for research & open source investigations whether preparing for EP detail, conduct risk / threat assessments, due diligence on your client or target, auditing your business and employees. The highest priority is to secure your identity, maintain privacy, keep your system safe, & protect your information. Before maneuvering in and out of websites and databases, be sure you’re not giving up everything about you and your business or providing vulnerabilities for easy access to your information. This session will offer resources, tools, downloads to help secure your identity, activity and information while online, teaching you to maneuver covertly. Bring your laptop or tablet for a hands-on experience.
  • Smart Automation Strategies for Manufacturing 4.0! – Ronald Thomas, UW-Stout – Manufacturing Outreach Center & Dale Bunger – Better by Design
    • Trouble with workforce? Customers demanding faster response, shorter lead times?
      Advanced Technology, like M4.0, may provide part of the solution. But, where do you start? How do you choose?
      Small to Mid-sized Manufacturers (SMMs) are facing tremendous competitive pressures, especially workforce challenges. Part of the solution is technology and part is best practices. Before you spend hard earned dollars, make sure you are working in the right place with the right solution provider. UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) and Better by Design will show you real examples so you can get automation right the first time, all the time.
  • Change Management: Learning How to Lead & Follow During Times of Change – Dr. Sam Buemi, Northcentral Technical College
    • This workshop sets out to understand change, how to manage it, and help others manage change. Through understanding the process of change, you will have an opportunity to improve how you manage and deal with change. You will also examines how mindset and identity contribute to dealing with change. Then, you will have a chance to review several tools dealing with change management. This is a one-hour workshop with activities, challenges, and interactive exercises.
  • Succeeding in the Real World – Approaching Transformation in the Age of Disruption – Brent Leland, former CIO Trek Bicycle & founder High G Solutions
    • We are entering an unprecedented era of disruption driven by emerging technologies and rapidly changing business models. Many companies have a “digital transformation imperative” but have a hard time agreeing on what that means…or on how to prioritize the necessary steps to move forward.
      In this session, we will cover the primary dimensions of digital transformation: Integrated customer experience, the role of technology, data & analytics, smart connected products, intelligent automation, and innovative business models. We will wrap-up with a framework on how to approach the transformational journey.
  • Smart Start Your Digital Transformation – Oliver Buechse, Advancing Digital
    • Following up on the keynote we will take a deeper dive into the options and key considerations for organizations.  How should you balance current business issues with preparing for the future?  What are the main questions you need to ask yourself as a leader?  How can you guide your organization through this time of opportunity and uncertainty?  Learn from other companies and use cases about the transformational impact of new technologies and apply these ideas to your own reality in a strategically sound manner.

Conference Schedule

9:00am – Welcome & Sponsor Recognition

9:15am-10:15am – Keynote Session – Oliver Buechse: The Digital Transformation of Wisconsin starts with You!

10:15am-10:30am – Break 

10:30am-11:30am – Breakout Sessions:

  • Creating a Culture of Innovation – Sundar Ananthasivan, Wausau Window and Wall Systems
  • Become Stealth Online – Jerry Eastman, WI Cyber Threat Response & Sandra Stibbards, Camelot Investigations
  • Hey Innovation, Explain Yourself – Sarah Alt, Triple Ten Consulting

11:35am-12:35pm – Breakout Sessions:

  • Smart Automation Strategies for Manufacturing 4.0! – Ronald Thomas, UW-Stout – Manufacturing Outreach Center & Dale Bunger – Better by Design
  • Succeeding in the Real World – Approaching Transformation in the Age of Disruption – Brent Leland, former CIO Trek Bicycle & founder High G Solutions

12:35pm-1:00pm – Lunch Break 

1:00pm-2:00pm – Breakout Sessions:

  • Smart Start Your Digital Transformation – Oliver Buechse, Advancing Digital
  • Change Management: Learning How to Lead & Follow During Times of Change – Dr. Sam Buemi, Northcentral Technical College

2:00pm-2:15pm – Break 

2:15pm-3:15pm –Keynote Session – John Bartucci: From Padlocks to IOT: Master Lock’s Keys to Digital Transformation

3:15pm – Wrap up