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Nathaniel PalmerKeynote Speaker
Nathaniel Palmer
Chief Architect, Serco, Inc.

“What Process is Critical to Digital Transformation"

“Nathaniel Palmer is a visionary and a clear thinker. He is able to quickly separate value from noise and then communicate that value in simple, easy to understand business terms.” Josh Cobb, Senior Vice President, Yahoo!

Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management by independent research and named one of 2017’s Top 10 Leading Luminaries by Data Informed magazine, Nathaniel Palmer frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field. He has been featured in media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times, and has and been a guest expert on National Public Radio (NPR), as well as World Business Review, and The Emerald Planet with Internet pioneer Vint Cerf.

An active contributor to publications such as CIO, Intelligent Enterprise, KMWorld, and InformationWeek, Nathaniel has co-authored over a dozen books on digital disruption and business transformation, including “Intelligent Adaptability” (2017), “BPM Everywhere: Internet of Things and Process of Everything” (2015), “Passports to Success in BPM” (2014), “Intelligent BPM”(2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Best Seller’s List: Management Guides to IT, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007), and “The X-Economy” (2001).

Nathaniel has the led the design, architecture and execution for some of the industry’s largest and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. He was the first individual named as a Laureate in Workflow, and has served on the executive boards of Align Journal, COMNET, eDOC Journal, Infonomics, and AIIM. He holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government, and has worked within laboratories and innovation centers across both public and commercial organizations engaged in the missions and operations of healthcare, semiconductors, telecommunications, utilities, and IT.

Nathaniel is a highly sought after speaker who presents worldwide at leading industry forums, such as those by 1105 Media, AGA, AFCEA, AIIM, Comdex, Forrester, and Gartner Group. Presentation topics and areas of expertise include AI, Analytics, Digital Disruption and Transformation, IoT, Knowledge Management, Adaptive Case Management, Cloud Computing, Content Management, IT Architecture, Big Data, as well as Business Process Management (BPM).

Mathias KirchmerKeynote Speaker
Dr. Mathias Kirchmer
Managing Director & Co-CEO, BPM-D

“Value-Switch for Digitalization: The Discipline of Business Process Management"

Dr. Kirchmer is a visionary leader, thought leader and innovator in the field of Business Process Management (BPM) and Digitalization, successfully integrating business and technology initiatives. He has combined his broad business experience with his extensive academic research to deliver pioneering management approaches that have proven to be both, sustainable and provide immediate benefits.

Most recently, Dr. Kirchmer founded BPM-D, a company focused on enabling ongoing digital transformation and strategy execution through the discipline of BPM. Before he was Managing Director and Global Lead of BPM at Accenture, and CEO of the Americas and Japan of IDS Scheer, known for its ARIS Software.

Dr. Kirchmer has published 11 books and over 150 articles. He is affiliated faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches regularly at several other universities. In 2004, he received a research and teaching fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Ralf BechtelRalf Bechtel
VP Global HEC Partner Delivery Management, SAP America, Inc.

“Digital Process Transformation – Industry Trends and SAP’s internal Experiences”

Ralf is a SAP veteran having served for 30 years in various functions at SAP Germany and SAP America.

His career path included leadership roles in International Consulting, Corporate Controlling, IT, Strategic Development and lately in Hana Enterprise Cloud.

Common themes in those roles were development and implementation of SAP’s solutions, and process re-engineering both for customers and internally at SAP.    

Scott OpitzScott Opitz
co-founder and CEO, Timeline PI

“Process Intelligence in Digital Transformation”

Scott Opitz is co-founder and CEO of TimelinePI, his fifth company he founded over the last 30 years.  At TimelinePI Scott and his team are focused on developing new methods for discovering, analyzing and monitoring business processes and customer journeys.

Previously Scott served as SVP/General Manager of Altosoft Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kofax specializing in BI and analytics technologies.  He was CEO and co-founder of Altosoft prior to its acquisition by Kofax in 2013.  He served as SVP, Marketing & Business Development for webMethods following webMethods’ acquisition of IntelliFrame, an early innovator in BPM, workflow and rapid application development tools, where he was CEO and co-founder.  He has also served of CTO for Computer Network Technology Corporation (now Brocade) and VP of Advanced Technology for Conextions, Inc.

Scott is also a co-inventor on 10 patents and patent applications in the areas of mainframe data integration, business process management, automatic business process discovery, process intelligence, distributed in-memory analytics and workflow orchestration.  Scott received his BS in Chemistry from Moravian College.


Twitter: @scottopitz

Trevor NaidooTrevor Naidoo
Senior Director, Business Value Services, Salesforce

Trevor has over twenty-five years of diverse business experience spanning multiple industries and functions.  He has worked with customers across a range of industries, including Communications, Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, Transportation High Tech, Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Retail, and Financial Services. His key work focus has always been on creating value by linking strategy to execution through technology and people initiatives.

Trevor Naidoo is currently a Senior Director, Business Value Services, at Salesforce. Previous roles include: Senior Director, Industry Strategy & Insight at Oracle, Managing Director, Business Process Management, at IDS Scheer, and Business Analyst at The South African Railroad, Spoornet.

Trevor has authored and contributed to numerous publications. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and several other universities.

Yvonne Antonucci

Yvonne Antonucci, PhD 
Professor, Widener University

"Digitalization Alignment with Business Process Management: Are Organizations Realizing Full Benefits?"

Dr. Antonucci, PhD is a full professor in the School of Business at Widener University where she is also the SAP university alliance coordinator and with the Business Process Innovation Center of Excellence Director. Her current research project is the analysis of synergies between digitalization and BPM. Her teaching areas are primarily in business process management, process analysis and design, and enterprise systems of which she has won several awards for innovation and excellence. She has received several grants and has published in numerous international journals and conferences in the area of business process management, information technology outsourcing, inter-organizational collaboration methods, and enterprise systems, and has been a frequent invited speaker to various international BPM industry events. Dr. Antonucci also serves on the North American SAP University Alliance Board and is one of the Philadelphia ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) chapter founders, continuing her service as a board member. In addition, she served on the National ABPMP Education Board where she helped develop BPM curriculum standards and contributed to the first release of the Common Body of Knowledge for BPM.