What’s Hot in IT?

02/11/16 17:30 - 20:00
Address: Deloitte Australia, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

iInnovate Big Data!

Big Data refers to data of a size beyond the ability of typical database software tools to capture, store, manage and analyse. According to Mckinsey, Big Data is the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity. iinnovate-big-data

What’s Hot in IT is an evening of networking & discussion in a friendly and informative atmosphere, to connect with Technology leaders who are making this future a reality.  In a ‘round table’ format, our panel of Technology specialists will lead discussions to showcase innovative ways Big Data can be utilised in Cognitive Thinking, Predictive Analytics and Augmented Reality (AR).

Be part of the discussion with our distinguished panellists including entrepreneurs, accelerators and corporate innovators who will share their personal experiences of working on this hot topic.

Our panel members

Leading discussions at this event will be:

darren-abbruzzeseDarren Abbruzzesse, General Manager – Technology Data, ANZDarren is the General Manager and Divisional CIO for Technology Data. His remit is to develop and execute the technology strategy and lead the global team responsible for delivery of data-related projects and innovation. Darren’s previous roles at ANZ include General Manager, Technology Institutional and Global Head of Technology for Global Markets.

Prior to joining ANZ in 2008, Darren worked across a multitude of industries in IT-based roles at Toyota, Deutsche Bank, Reuters and a dot com.  Darren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and a MBA.

madhumita-arora-160x160Madhumita Arora, Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing/Big Data Analytics-IM Delivery Leader at HCL TechnologiesMadhu has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry, specialising in information management. She has worked as a consultant in several large organisations in Australia. She has a well-rounded experience and progressed through various technical and delivery roles.  She has successfully led technical teams and is a keen and enthusiastic learner, and always endeavours to keep abreast with latest technology trends. Her assignments include delivering an end-to-end Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence program, and working on a Big data platform implementation in a lead role.
serene-chia-161x161Serene Chia, Consultant – Big Data & Analytics, DeloitteSerene is regarded as a true one-woman band with experience in the end to end delivery of Big Data solutions and driving the realisation of business value from data insights. She recently single-handedly worked closely with general managers, embodying Agile ways of working to translate business requirements into functional Big Data solutions and strategize the upfront delivery of tangible business value. Serene has also consulted in Telecommunications, Retail and Financial Services industries, with a keen passion for the intersection between technology, business process optimisation and enabling super-user organisations
jeff-feldman-10x160Jeff Feldman, Director – Big Data & Analytics, Deloitte Jeff is a seasoned professional, specialising in bringing to market emerging technologies and cutting-edge trends.  Over his 18 year career, which has spanned North/South America, Europe, Russia and Asia Pacific he has been involved with a number of leading tech startups and global conglomerates, including leading the architecture of a few $100M+ projects for some of the world’s largest telecommunication companies.  In his current role with Deloitte, he helps lead the Big Data & Analytics agendas, working with clients from Logistics, Transport, Telecommunications, Health and FSI.  His passion has always been at the intersection of the Customer, Data and Insights, and presently has a keen interest in geo-spatial/proximity based solutions
nick-goldsmithNick Goldsmith, Apple + IBM Partnership Sales Leader, Telco and Utilities, IBMNick has recently returned to Australia from an international assignment to Hong Kong and China, where Nick was responsible for providing clients the capability to extend value through delivery of advanced Analytics and marketing solutions. Nick now brings his expertise to the Australia Telco sector
Steve Morris, General Manager – Big Data, TelstraSteve Morris is a Technology Enthusiast, General Manager and Customer Advocate who has over 20 years of experience delivering technology projects. Since joining Telstra in 2003, he has reviewed major projects on behalf of the Board Audit Committee, advised on controls during a $1bn CRM and billing transformation, and deployed the technology foundation for Telstra’s Customer Experience and NPS work. More recently, he has implemented Big Data technology that significantly enhanced customer service and outcomes to boost Telstra’s Net Promoter Score (NPS). This major project involved complex infrastructure design, vendor assessment and selection, hiring software engineers and data scientists, security and privacy challenges, and then finally helping key user groups realise business value
maria-palmerMaria Palmer, TCM Client Services Manager, Telstra HealthMaria is an experienced manager and director with a range of experience in the Health and IT sectors. She worked as a Medical Scientist before joining GE Healthcare where she gained global experience in Clinical Information Systems, and is now at Telstra Health managing delivery of IT solutions to the Aged, Disability and Community Care sector. She is Chair of the Board of BDNH Group, a leading regional not for profit in Community Care and has worked for many years with groups that support women in IT. Maria is passionate about the power of Big Data to improve patient and community health outcomes.
margaret-wilde-180x180Margaret Wilde, Program Manager NAB – Margaret is a well regarded Program Director, with over 25 years of wide-ranging Business and IT experience in the Banking Industry. For the last 10 years, Margaret has specialised in Digital and Payments leadership including the delivery of a $100m pa Digital portfolio of initiatives
dharmendra-yadav-178x178Dharmendra Yadav, Cognitive & Analytics SME IBM – Dharmendra is Sales & Delivery Senior Manager at IBM GBS Cognitive and Analytics practice.His current focus is in Cognitive and Analytics Industry Solutions based on Watson, Big Data, Cloud Services and PaaS.  Over the years he has built deep industry knowledge in various sectors including Telecommunications, Aerospace, Defence & Intelligence, Finance, Energy & Utilities and Government.

Dharmendra prides himself as someone who can explain the new IT world in an easy manner based on real life use cases.  He is passionate about running his charity foundation that enables better school environment in developing world. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.

** all funds from ticket prices go directly to Vic ICT for Women allowing the network to continue it’s task of facilitating the Entry, Progression and Retention of women in ICT **                

Light supper and drinks will be served

COST:   $65.00   ($35.00 for members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter)