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Since June 2017, Marika Lulay leads GFT Technologies SE as CEO. In her former role as COO she assumed responsibility for the GFT core business and the key operational areas for 15 years. Lulay brings more than 25 years of experience in the IT sector to GFT. In 1996, she led the entry into the German market of the American systems integrator Cambridge Technology Partners, her last position there being Vice President for Central and Northern Europe. Before that, Lulay held a variety of management positions at Software AG, including, amongst others, Regional Head of Professional Services as well as project manager. After her graduation, Marika Lulay was Founder Member and Associate of BISTEC GmbH, a software developer for the building industry. Marika Lulay studied Computer Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences of Darmstadt, where she graduated with a diploma.

Marika Lulay | Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Transformational Times
09.10. | 16:20 | Main Stage

Think you know what the most important aspect of starting your organisation’s digital transformation is? Think again. It’s not just about implementing new fancy tools; it all starts by changing the culture of the company to suit the digital​ age. One of the crucial success factors of this process is the CEO living up to these new values and being enthusiastic about technologies. In the end, it definitely needs a new way of working together – in particular on an agile basis. In this context, making mistakes is unavoidable to become better. Some things will never change: motivation, recognition and team building are the cornerstones for a successful organisation. Therefore, digital leaders have to bring together the “old” world and the digital one by combining the best of both. From the C-level to middle management to the employee, in a fast-paced environment everyone has to pull together rather than competing against one another. So, let’s talk about changing paradigms for transformational times.

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Working for GFT's Technology & Innovation department, Menno van Rijn is a senior manager focusing on understanding future trends, developing new business opportunities and partnerships on emerging technologies. He is an active part of GFT's emerging Blockchain and Industry 4.0 practices. Menno is an Aerospace Engineer with a PLD from IESE and a Master in Digital Business, and has a 15-year track record as innovation consultant working for different industries.

Menno Van Rijn | A vision for Blockchain / DLT
08.10. | 15:00 | Tech Stage

Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is showing promise for a wide range of applications beyond cryptocurrencies, both in the financial sector and in industry in general. In this presentation GFT will introduce Blockchain/DLT, discuss how it can apply to different use cases in industry and share its vision of the opportunities arising from this potentially game-changing technology. The presentation will discuss some of the most relevant potential applications as well as the key drivers and barriers for implementing Blockchain/DLT at this time.

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Ignasi is one of the leaders of the Exponential Banking Unit at GFT, his responsibility is to develop Digital Businesses in the Atlantic zone (the UK, Canada and the US) as well as to grow the Applied Machine Learning team, discipline that he has created within the GFT Group.

Ignasi is passionate about technology and business trends; in this space, he leads multidisciplinary teams that range from designers, data scientists, and full stack developers and also start-ups to speed up the market adoption of new digital solutions.

Ignasi has a Ph. D. in Computer Science, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Directive Program on Digital Banking and Innovation.

He has been part of the MIT jury for the Innovators Under 35 contest in Spain and South America, Vice principal of a new Master on Digital Banking and Fintech and professor of the same University degree.

Ignasi Barri | Exponential Technologies: ushering the exponential growth in the banking industry
10.10. | 14:00 | Tech Stage

Exponential banking is a natural evolution of increasingly rapid digitalisation in the financial services industry, and is itself powered by the exponential growth in technology over the past half-century. This technological growth is embodied by Moore’s Law, but while the initial application of Moore’s Law was primarily concerned with the size and power of hardware, it has now evolved to include mobile computing, the cloud, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, and other fields in which more and more information is available for processing at greater and greater speeds.

This is the arena in which banks can most broadly benefit from exponential technologies – delivering more personalised and more customised products and services to more customers (and prospective customers) at the most appropriate time with the least time lag between concept and availability.

At GFT we have identified four different pillars that will help financial institutions to move towards exponential banking: augmented banking | open banking | cognitive banking | automation banking.

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Esteban Chiner is a Senior Architect and Director at GFT, head of the Data and Artificial Intelligence Practices in Spain. Collaborates with the University as a lecturer in the Big Data & Analytics Master, and has been speaker at several events.

Esteban comes from a Computer Science background, with most of his experience on backend data architectures. In the last years focused on Big Data, Streaming and Analytics, he is certified in several Big Data technologies.

During his time in GFT he has worked in some of the main programmes for Tier 1 banks, defining architectures for accounting sub-ledgers, regulatory reporting applications, data lakes, or calculation  engines.

Esteban Chiner | Is data the new gold?
08.10. | 16:00 | Tech Stage

Many people claim nowadays that data is the new gold but, is that really true? How can we really obtain value from data?

In this talk we will explain what are the main challenges we face in data-driven projects, and how to overcome those in order to really convert data into gold.

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Ingo Rammer is co-founder and managing director of Thinktecture AG. He's been helping software architects and developers employ cutting-edge technologies in their projects for more than twenty years. His current focus is the hype-free use of blockchain technologies in B2B environments, mainly in permissioned networks based on Hyperledger Fabric or Ethereum-derivatives like Parity or Quorum. Ingo is also a German expert in ISO’s TC 307 which works on the standardization of blockchain technologies.

Ingo Rammer | Five Things You as a Software Architect should know about Blockchains
10.10. | 15:00 | Tech Stage

Too much hype; too many crypto-currencies. But which real technological challenges can blockchains solve in today's software projects? What are the main points you should understand before considering the use of these technologies? In this short session, Ingo Rammer discusses the central questions of today’s blockchain projects: from public vs. private, the reality behind smart contracts, to the typical use cases in today’s enterprises. After this session, you might even share Ingo’s opinion, that there are a lot of very valid uses for Blockchains in typical software projects - and that those are much closer to reality than any cryptocurrency hype.

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Med Ridha Ben Naceur has been a Principal Consultant at GFT since 2014. He has 18 years of experience in the automotive, banking and consulting industry as a treasurer and consultant for international and mid-cap companies as well as banks.

Prior to joining GFT, he worked as a Sales Director at BELLIN supporting corporate clients in the implementation of treasury management and payment transactions projects. In addition to his sales responsibility, he led international implementation projects

of treasury management systems and worldwide payment factories. Previously, Med Ridha worked at Daimler in Stuttgart as Treasury Manager in the Finance Department, where he led worldwide optimization and efficiency projects in the field of global treasury and payment transactions.

Med Ridha Ben Naceur | Embedded Banking? Industry 4.0 and Must-In-Time Banking: opportunities and perspectives for corporates and banks
09.10. | 15:00 | Tech Stage

The industrial world is reaching the tipping point of its fourth industrial revolution, where essentially every aspect of business, being it the internal processes, manufacturing, services, or the general business model goes through a digital transformation.
This trend has also implications for financial institutions, which need to become part of the digital and connected world. Understanding the new financial needs and processes of their clients is essential to offer tailor-made and just-in-time banking products and services within industry 4.0 ecosystem. A new concept where financial institutions become an integral part of this ecosystem is called Embedded Banking. This can be only achieved with new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robot-based process automation (RPA), big data applications, distributed ledger technology, with its most prominent example – Blockchain and Smart contracts

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Dawid graduated from Technical University of Lodz, majoring in Computer Science and Information Technology, as well as Software Engineering and Data Analysis.

After initial professional experience at Microsoft, Dawid was responsible for designing and implementing several web applications at Accenture and then at TomTom. He was responsible for creating core architecture for applications and providing solutions for improving existing and working systems without breaking backward compatibility.

Dawid joined GFT Poland in 2015. Since then, he delivered several web applications for investment banking customers. He is currently responsible for creating web applications within the Industry Practice at GFT Poland.

Dawid Cichy | Efficient delivery of device management solutions
09.10. | 16:30 | Tech Stage

Digital Twins, Process Twins or maybe just simulators? How do they enable delivery of industrial IT solutions? How can we use them in order to reduce the risk related with deployment of IoT hardware? How can organizations benefit from the right device management solutions, delivered the right way?

During the presentation we will discuss the software delivery lifecycle process and applicability of simulators to its stages. We will present rapid prototyping of Cumulocity dashboards. We will discuss the analysis of an industrial IT system, its design as well as testing, implementation and delivery.

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Wolfgang Beeck, born in 1966, joined Software AG in January 2014 as CTO DACH.

In this function he is responsible for all technical and content sales activities in the region. Based upon the frequent interchange with clients he drives the strategic integration of customer requirements in the Software AG product platform. Data integration, Analytics and IoT are his passion since many years. Together with Software AG clients and his team of experts he drove a lot of tangible innovation for Software AG clients.

Wolfgang Beeck has gathered many years of experience in the Software industry, including 20 years in leading positions. Prior to joining Software AG, he held senior management positions at IBM, Cognos, Siebel and Deutsche Bank.

He lives with his family near Frankfurt in the Taunus area.

Wolfgang Beeck | Connect your things, innovate your business and transform yourself
09.10. | 16:00 | Tech Stage

The Internet of Things (IoT) deals with the connection between the physical and the digital world; an early, but rapidly developing market with immense potential. The technical complexity is high and the manufacturer landscape is confusing. Use practical examples to learn more about IoT use cases and their benefits. Learn what steps are required to create IoT solutions and why IoT applications can transform a business model. In the end, however, the focus is on the human being: as a customer with his business needs and at least as an employee, who has to break new ground in order to make use of the full potential of IoT innovation.

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Piotr has over 12 years of experience working as an IT engineer. He began his professional career working as a software implementation specialist, deploying telemetry systems for industry and the petroleum sector. After a few years, he moved to the pharmaceutical and, afterwards, the financial sector, where he has been developing skills and experience in multiple projects.

He graduated from the faculty of Computer Science of the University of Life Science in Poznan and later enrolled at Poznan University of Technology, where he mainly studied database-related subjects.

Piotr's major specialty is ETL and Data Warehousing However, a few years ago, he shifted his field of interest towards cloud computing and data processing using Big Data related technologies.

Piotr is a strong advocate of cloud computing.

Piotr Klinski | Vehicle fleet management
08.10. | 17:00 | Tech Stage

Which industry are you from? Rental, insurance, logistics or maybe public services? Have you ever thought how you can benefit from a vehicle management solution adapted to your needs?
 
And what about cost benefits of the public cloud? What about ready to use big data storage and analysis? What about built in asynchrony and security? What about the use of blockchain for immutable storage of facts about a vehicle use?

We will present an exemplary solution that GFT can swiftly adapt to your needs. It is based on transmission of data from an IoT system installed in a car to AWS public cloud.

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Wojciech's engineering background covers two major fields: Mechatronics and Computer Science. He graduated from Technical University of Denmark, majoring in Computer Systems Engineering - Safe and Secure IT Systems, as well as from Technical University of Łódź, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Computer Science.

After initial professional experience at IBM where he worked on supporting Catia, Delmia and Enovia systems, as well as complete application delivery afterwards, Wojciech took responsibility for technical architecture and delivery leadership at ASB B/V. Wojciech’s key responsibility involved delivery of an IoT platform for management of a network of alarm devices produced by the company.

Wojciech joined GFT Poland in 2013. With main functions of Technical Lead and Architect at GFT Poland, Wojciech delivered a total of 18 applications for both investment and retail banking customers. He currently leads the Polish Architecture Job Family and Industry Practice at GFT Poland.

Wojciech Dobrowolski | Vehicle fleet management
08.10. | 17:00 | Tech Stage

Which industry are you from? Rental, insurance, logistics or maybe public services? Have you ever thought how you can benefit from a vehicle management solution adapted to your needs?
 
And what about cost benefits of the public cloud? What about ready to use big data storage and analysis? What about built in asynchrony and security? What about the use of blockchain for immutable storage of facts about a vehicle use?

We will present an exemplary solution that GFT can swiftly adapt to your needs. It is based on transmission of data from an IoT system installed in a car to AWS public cloud.

Wojciech Dobrowolski | Efficient delivery of device management solutions
09.10. | 16:30 | Tech Stage

Digital Twins, Process Twins or maybe just simulators? How do they enable delivery of industrial IT solutions? How can we use them in order to reduce the risk related with deployment of IoT hardware? How can organizations benefit from the right device management solutions, delivered the right way?

During the presentation we will discuss the software delivery lifecycle process and applicability of simulators to its stages. We will present rapid prototyping of Cumulocity dashboards. We will discuss the analysis of an industrial IT system, its design as well as testing, implementation and delivery.

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Astrid Kramer works as research assistant at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

Her research interests cover mainly aviation topics e.g. a project on Air Cargo Halal Logistics financed by the House of Logistics and Mobility Innovation fund together with Prof. Dr. Yvonne Ziegler. At the moment she works on the research project Pharma Supply Chain Risk Management, supported by LOEWE3 excellence fund of the Land Hesse and also lead by Prof. Dr. Yvonne Ziegler. She has published numerous articles on the need for a web-based, validated Pharma Supply Chain Risk Management IT-Tool.

Kramer has graduated in German Literature  from the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. Previously she worked as Corporate Communications Manager for the Office- and Finance-Software Development company StarDivision GmbH Hamburg, as PR Manager for the Politician Christian Wulff and as Journalist for several TV-stations and print media.

Astrid Kramer | Co-creation in the pharma industry: Risk Management and Blockchain based tracking solution to improve the quality of pharma transports
10.10. | 11:30 | Tech Stage

The German pharmaceutical industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Germany with an overall turnover of 42 billion Euros in 2017. The value of the pharmaceutical/chemical products transported by air to and from Germany in 2015 amounted to around € 30 billion Euros. However 20% of temperature-sensitive products have a temperature deviation during transportation due to a broken cold chain (IATA 2018).

In the last years the legal framework has become stricter: The EU GDP guidelines in 2013 demand a risk based transport management from pharmaceutical companies .  

Therefore there is a need for a standardized, integrated and preventive supply chain risk management system in the market. Under the lead of Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences a project team consisting of pharmaceutical companies, forwarders, transport companies, universities and an IT-consulting company are developing jointly a web-based validated IT-platform, which provides a standardized risk analysis and suggestions for a reduction of risks. The solution is:

MYTIGATE - the gateway to secure, digital, validated and economical supply chain management.

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Dr. Vincenzo Uli is a research assistant at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. His research interests focus on organizational evolution and change, strategic management and entrepreneurship. Currently he is working on pharma logistics and research methodology theory.

His works has been published, among others, in the Business Process Management Journal and in the Journal of Management Development. He holds a PhD in Management and Accounting Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rome.

He also serves as internal controller and financial advisor for the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt. Previously he worked as financial analyst for top-tier investment banks and private equity funds in Italy.  

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Dr. Vincenzo Uli | Co-creation in the pharma industry: Risk Management and Blockchain based tracking solution to improve the quality of pharma transports
10.10. | 11:30 | Tech Stage

The German pharmaceutical industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Germany with an overall turnover of 42 billion Euros in 2017. The value of the pharmaceutical/chemical products transported by air to and from Germany in 2015 amounted to around € 30 billion Euros. However 20% of temperature-sensitive products have a temperature deviation during transportation due to a broken cold chain (IATA 2018).

In the last years the legal framework has become stricter: The EU GDP guidelines in 2013 demand a risk based transport management from pharmaceutical companies .  

Therefore there is a need for a standardized, integrated and preventive supply chain risk management system in the market. Under the lead of Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences a project team consisting of pharmaceutical companies, forwarders, transport companies, universities and an IT-consulting company are developing jointly a web-based validated IT-platform, which provides a standardized risk analysis and suggestions for a reduction of risks. The solution is:

MYTIGATE - the gateway to secure, digital, validated and economical supply chain management.