Bill Jensen makes it easier to do great work. He helps companies and teams double their productivity and pursue their passions. Known as Mr. Simplicity, he has spent the past 30 years studying how work gets done, resulting in global best practices for working smarter, not harder. Bill Jensen makes it easier to leap into tomorrow. He is an IBM Futurist, and has conducted high-impact future of work research for multiple technology giants. Bill has written eight best-selling business books, all focused on helping you do and be your best. His latest is Future Strong. He is CEO of The Jensen Group. Among his clients are Bank of America, Merck, Pfizer, GE, L’Oréal Italia, Genentech, NASA, The World Bank, BBC, Philips Lighting, the US Navy SEALS, Guangzhou China Development District, and the Swedish Post Office. Bill’s personal life fantasy is to bicycle around the globe via breweries.
Enterprise software industry analyst Brian Sommer covers the ERP, finance and HR sectors for Diginomica and other publications. Brian began his career began by re-writing a payroll/time-reporting system for a fast food chain and subsequently reworked, implemented, etc. numerous application software systems. He went on to run Accenture’s Global Software Intelligence organization where he advised hundreds of clients on software selection and shared services initiatives. Brian also headed up Accenture’s Global HR Center of Excellence and its Global Finance/Performance Management Center of Excellence. More recently, Brian has led several HR/ERP software selections/negotiations and had been an expert witness for major software litigation cases. Brian has won Software Advice’s Authority Award – ERP Expert and numerous ERP Writers' Awards. He has keynoted numerous software conferences globally including events for NetSuite, PeopleSoft, Sage and many more.
The word hacker, for most, conjures up images of a dark figure in a hoodie hunched over a keyboard.
Matt Straz is the founder and CEO at Namely, the leading HR platform for mid-sized companies. Since founding Namely, Matt has grown the company to over 700 clients, 120,000 users, and has raised $158M from leading investors. Prior to Namely, Matt was co-founder of Pictela, an ad tech company he sold to AOL in 2010, and a long-time media and advertising executive. He’s a regular contributor to Entrepreneur and writes frequently for several other publications about human resources, startups, and technology.
Adam Rogers serves as Ultimate Software's chief technology officer, overseeing the company's product strategy, development, and delivery via cloud computing. Adam joined Ultimate more than 20 years ago, and since 2002, he has led the company in its pioneering efforts to deliver HR and payroll solutions via Software-as-a-Service. As part of those efforts, Adam and his team have been recognized by Forrester Research and other leading IT research firms for Ultimate’s development of best practices in agile software development. From May 1997 to July 2001, Adam held various positions in Ultimate’s research and development organization, including director of technical support and director of web development.
Ben is VP Products at Saba where he has overall responsibility for the Saba Cloud offering and Saba's Talent Management and Social/Collaboration Suites. Ben has a passion for products that help people learn and work and joined Saba to deliver on that vision. In his early years with Saba, Ben served as a Business Consultant & Engagement Manager and led Saba launch efforts for key accounts including IBM, Intel, EMC, TelMex, T. Rowe Price and others. Ben later moved from Consulting to Product Management where he set a product strategy to move Saba through several transitions: From transactional to engaging. From learning to intelligent talent management and from enterprise to cloud. Recent initiatives have included making Saba Meeting a native component of the the Saba Cloud platform, launching new products for Recruiting, Succession and Compensation and innovations such as The Intelligent Mentor (TIM: machine learning + big data = predictive analytics), pQ Score (employee engagement measure) and Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA).