General Session: Illuminate the future of business performance

No technological forces have more potential to disrupt and empower than data and artificial intelligence. Companies in every industry are already solving problems and finding opportunities in ways we couldn’t have imagined a decade ago. Powerful, accessible tools are creating citizen analysts, and not just in the business world.

To stay ahead, to stay prepared, to ensure success for your organization — and for yourself — you need to peer over the horizon while keeping your feet on the ground. For the Vision 2017 General Session, we’ve planned an exciting, entertaining and illuminating look into the future of business performance and risk management in a machine-learning world.

Guest Speaker:
Geoff Colvin

  • Fortune magazine Senior Editor-at-Large
  • CBS Radio commentator
  • Best-selling author of "Talent is Overrated"


Paul Zikopoulos, Vice President, Big Data Cognitive Systems, IBM

Marc Altshuller, GM, General Manager Business Analytics, IBM

Rob Dicks, Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Jules Flynn, General Manager, Citi Bike NYC, Operated by Motivate

Marc Andrews, Vice President, Industry Analytics Solutions, IBM

Michael Dawson, Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company

Financial and Operational Performance Management Keynote: Prepare finance for a new future with analytics

CFOs, controllers, and finance professionals agree that the pressure to innovate has never been greater. Finance professionals need to prepare for a future in which market turmoil and disruption are pervasive and part of the normal course of business. Learn how your finance team can meet this future head on, applying the latest innovations in cognitive analytics to improve financial and operational performance management.

  • Hear from leading customers who are adopting the latest IBM solutions—both cloud and on premises—for agile planning and predictive analytics.
  • See the evolution of IBM Cognos TM1 into IBM Planning Analytics, bringing stronger collaboration, deeper, shared insights and better, faster decisions.
  • Learn how IBM Watson Analytics brings the power of natural language discovery and exploratory analytics to finance professionals.


Bill Guilmart, Vice President, Offering Management Business Analytics, IBM

Rich Rodgers, Director of Offering Management, Business Analytics, IBM

Dave Corbett, Sr. Offering Manager, Planning Analytics, IBM

Elcenora Martinez, Director, Offering Management Business Analytics, IBM

Jim Collins, Financial Performance Management Strategy Executive, IBM

James Slagle, VP, Business Intelligence / Data Analytics, Apria Healthcare

Andrew Myers, Software Engineer, Financial Engineering, Uber

Connie Walsh, Director of Retail Inventory Planning and Analysis, Allen Edmonds

Sales Performance Management Keynote: Leverage your human capital through incentives

Sales Performance Management (SPM) has transformed from managing sales incentive compensation, territories and quotes to a critical solution for organizations seeking to leverage business insight and analytics through cognition. You need to stay competitive, retain top sellers, grow year-over-year sales, improve profitability, and get more out of your existing customer base. The sales organization has become more reliant on analytics to drive effective, sustainable growth. Join clients, thought leaders, analysts and IBM executives as they discuss the SPM journey from incentive compensation to analytics.


Zach Burnett, Worldwide Sales Leader, Sales Performance Management, IBM

Simona Barcau, Worldwide Leader, Sales Performance Management, IBM

Paul Peters, Senior Offering Manager, Incentive Compensation Management, IBM

Andrew Small, Director, European Payroll, Pitney Bowes Limited

Melissa Hilbert, Research Director, Gartner

Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research

David Cichelli, Senior Vice President, The Alexander Group

Amber Shellman, Sales Incentive Manager, Synovous Bank

Rob Dicks, Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Kim Hinrichsen, Vice President, Incentive Compensation Administration, US Bank

Raj Mistry, North America Practice Leader, Sales Performance Management, IBM

Governance, Risk and Compliance Keynote: Shaping your future with new innovations

Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) is evolving to meet the ever-changing regulatory landscape as new technologies and opportunities drive a need for a deeper insight across the business. Join this keynote to learn how integrated risk management practices are being reshaped to address the challenges and opportunities of data, technology, usability and access. You’ll hear about IBM’s commitment to risk and compliance through dedicated industry expertise combined with new innovations such as cognitive, advanced analytics, cloud and big data for staying ahead of compliance demands, reducing costs and driving performance.


Richard Ma, Director, IBM Watson Regulation Management and GRC Solutions, IBM

Marc Andrews, Vice President, Watson Regulatory Compliance Solutions, IBM

Michael Dawson, Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company

Laura Polak, Head, GRC Offering Management, IBM

Christophe Delaure, Head, GRC Offering Management, IBM

Cathy Ryan, Head of Operational & Security Risk IT, HSBC

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