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TECHNOLOGY TRACK

MARCH 24th , 2021
09:00 AM - 11:35 AMPDT
12:00 PM - 02:35 PMEDT
09.00 AM - 09.05 AM PDT
12.00 PM - 12.05 PM EDT
Welcome Note
Zinnov Welcome Note
09.05 AM - 09.25 AM PDT
12.05 PM - 12.25 PM EDT
Zinnov Keynote

In the New Normal, it is not only essential but imperative for enterprises to detect and adapt to disruptive market shifts in technology and talent. As technology continues to transform workforces, business models, workplaces, customer and employee experience, enterprises must understand the emerging technologies and talent skills that are needed for growth today and prepare for the technology and talent disruptions for tomorrow.

The 2021 virtual edition of Zinnov Confluence – US Chapter will look at the disruptions shaped by technology and talent in the new normal that leaders need to be cognizant of in their enterprise’s growth journey. Discover how to clearly visualize the disruptions, successfully navigate them, and emerge victorious on the other side.

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Pari Natarajan
CEO

Zinnov
09.30 AM - 09.50 AM PDT
12.30 PM - 12.50 PM EDT
Coffee Chat

The New Normal has underscored the importance of looking at global locations to redistribute business risks, of not depending on a single country/location, augment innovation capabilities, gain access to new-age and diverse talent, and achieve geographical and political de-risking – that companies of any size cannot afford to ignore. That is why, many companies are looking to build digitally-enabled COEs as part of their digital strategy to boost their new technology capabilities, global tech workforce, and optimize business efficiencies in diverse global locations.

Does a one-size-fits-all solution work for companies in setting up COEs? How has the new normal changed the way COEs are setup? What are the challenges of culture, people, capabilities, technologies, and processes that a leader looking to set up COEs should consider? How does one assess the viability of setting up a global center, identify the best model of center setup, and scale that new center seamlessly?

This session offers answers to these burning questions and many more insights where leaders who have set up and scaled their COEs successfully, will share their perspectives on how they made their companies future-proof.

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Shane Abeyratne
Vice President and Country Managing Director

Cardinal Health
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Vijay Anand
EVP - Engineering

Castlight Health
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Session Chair
Nilesh Thakker
Managing Partner & Global Head

Zinnov
09.55 AM - 10.10 AM PDT
12.55 PM - 01.10 PM EDT
External Keynote

The pandemic has forced companies to reimagine new ways of working and enhancing their digital capabilities. In such times of crisis, the resources are limited and companies are struggling to redefine their business at scale due to a decided lack of tech-ready skilled workforce and a lack of understanding on leveraging emerging technologies to their full potential. Partnering with companies that have already invested in new technologies and upskilling talent to become digitally ready will find themselves at a significant advantage than companies that continue to do it on their own – only incrementally.

Can strategic partnerships help accelerate organizations’ digital agendas? Will alliances and partnerships become the necessary shot in the arm to increase the pace of innovation? This session by a key thought leader will share insights on the new normal of collaborating successfully with strategic partners to enhance the ability to scale digital initiatives and remain competitive in disruptive times.

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Tom Stuermer
Global Lead for the Accenture Google Business Group

Accenture
10.15 AM - 10.30 AM PDT
01.15 PM - 01.30 PM EDT
External Keynote

The keynote will delve into the critical Playbook elements of the Corporate Board including:

  • What are a board’s general duties, responsibilities & usual limitations?
  • How do these come into play relative to digital transformation initiatives?
  • How can a board add value to digital transformation initiatives?

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Reynolds C. Bish
CEO & Member of Board of Directors

Kofax
10.35 AM - 11.05 AM PDT
01.35 PM - 02.05 PM EDT
Keynote Panel

Zinnov analysis reveals that more than 75% of the Fortune 250 enterprises have already started their automation journeys and are investing in automation in a meaningful way. Hyper Intelligent Automation (HIA), which is an extension of automation, is therefore critical for enterprises to retain their competitive edge in a highly volatile business environment. However, successful deployment of HIA comes with its own set of challenges.

Is Hyper Intelligent Automation the next frontier for businesses? Are organizations struggling to leverage it effectively to drive their digital transformation initiatives and ultimately improve their bottom-line? This panel with pioneering automation industry leaders will incite dynamic discussions to share learnings in overcoming common pressure points in scaling HIA and progressing their automation journey.

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Stephen Siciliano
Partner Director - Power Automate

Microsoft
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Anthony Lange
Senior Vice President Healthcare and Life Science

Virtusa
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Denise Broady
Chief Marketing Officer

Appian Corporation
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Josh Waldo
Chief Customer Officer

Nintex
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Sidney Madison Prescott
Global Head of Intelligent Automation

Spotify
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Session Chair
Praveen Bhadada
Managing Partner & Global Head

Zinnov
11.10 AM - 11.25 AM PDT
02.10 PM - 02.25 PM EDT
External Keynote

Today, our digital lives and worlds are more entwined, connected and pervasive than ever before. At the same time, competition is fierce and consumer buying preferences lean heavily now toward offerings that can offer a unique, compelling experience.

The advent and recent acceleration of AI bring a profound effect on how we use and enjoy products, applications and services. Interactive AI - combining voice, touch, vision, gesture and more - presents a real opportunity for technology companies to take product interactions and experiences to a whole new level.

This talk will focus on how these new AI technologies play an important role in user experience and present a compelling case to incorporate AI in your technology roadmap. Take your products from good to great and stand out in the crowd.

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Sanjay Dhawan
Chief Executive Officer

Cerence
11.30 AM - 11.35 AM PDT
02.30 PM - 02.35 PM EDT
Closing Note
Summarization of the Sessions and Closure

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Amita Goyal
Principal & Head of GCoE Practice

Zinnov

TALENT TRACK

MARCH 25th , 2021
09:00 AM - 11:15 AMPDT
12:00 PM - 02:15 PMEDT
09.00 AM - 09.05 AM PDT
12.00 PM - 12.05 PM EDT
Welcome Note
Zinnov Welcome Note
09.05 AM - 09.25 AM PDT
12.05 PM - 12.25 PM EDT
Draup Keynote

The role of humans in this age of algorithms and AI is truly undeniable that is because whichever entity u look at be it smartphones or household appliances this is the least advance it would ever be. The pace of innovation is just being incredible. Human intuition is at the centre of innovation. At this stage enterprises should be thinking about workforce 2030. In order to do that enterprises would require set of components such as detailed taxonomies diversity models, reskilling models and algorithms that need to be trained and nurtured and several other components. This keynote will cover practical examples and case studies to enable workforce 2030.

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Vijay Swaminathan
CEO & Co-founder

Draup
09.30 AM - 09.50 AM PDT
12.30 PM - 12.50 PM EDT
Coffee Chat

With the possibility of widespread vaccination drives seeming closer than ever before, the scenario of switching to hybrid work strategies is slowly becoming the norm in the new business reality.

As a result, global leaders will be faced with the challenge of supporting a hybrid workforce where employees have the ability to flow through various work sites ranging from remote solo locations to traditional concentrated facilities. This unprecedented working model has made it challenging for organizations to design and implement engagement initiatives as it demands individual and personalized employee experiences.

In addition to providing the right technology and infrastructure support, it is also vital to ensure employees’ mental wellbeing, sustain a positive mindset, and mentoring the employees to complete the lifecycle of a great employee experience in this new normal.

This panel of eminent leaders will explore insights around employee experience in the new normal such as,

  • Areas of the employee experience most impacted by a hybrid workforce
  • Changes peer organizations have made to the employee experience
  • Where and how to invest in the employee lifecycle for the greatest returns on a hybrid workforce

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Rohan Chandran
Chief Product Officer

Data Axle
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Ajai Kumar
Head of Engineering Services - Americas

Tech Mahindra
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Session Chair
Sidhant Rastogi
Managing Partner & Global Head

Zinnov
09.55 AM - 10.10 AM PDT
12.55 PM - 01.10 PM EDT
External Keynote

Hybrid work is the new business normal and is here to stay. As companies compete for the best talent, those who are truly able to provide the best employee-centric hybrid environment will emerge as the real winners. Building a strong culture, investing in technology, offering flexi-office space, and ensuring everyone across the organization is in sync with this new paradigm, will be crucial to make it a success.

Making teams work cohesively with a consistently in-office or consistently virtual workforce, was a challenge keeping HR teams and leaders busy throughout the past year. In this session, an industry veteran will share insights on how one would combine three different groups and still make them effective, and how high-performing teams can be successfully nurtured and driven to accelerate innovation.

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Jason Conyard
CIO

VMware
10.15 AM - 10.30 AM PDT
01.15 PM - 01.30 PM EDT
External Keynote

To succeed in the new normal, organizations must create an environment that has equity and inclusion built into its culture, processes and procedures. To build a truly inclusive organization, it is essential for companies to understand the experience of their diverse employees. As remote working continues to expand into hybrid working with increased reliance on virtual tools, HR leaders will have to be cognizant of new types of discrimination online.

The keynote focuses on best practices to ensure a fair workplace for all employees, understand how data can help discover trends and patterns that can indicate hidden inequities in pay, hiring and provide opportunities to improve D&I and how technology in the New Normal can enhance strategic collaboration to demonstrate HR's contributions to company value creation and build a positive, diverse and inclusive company culture.

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Mary Fairchild
Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion

F5
10.35 AM - 11.05 AM PDT
01.35 PM - 02.05 PM EDT
Keynote Panel

The year 2021 is going to be all about increased focus on individual employee experiences and personalizing engagement to their unique needs. The pandemic established an unprecedented working model that made it challenging for organizations to design and implement engagement initiatives with pre-existing purposes. Remote working also gave rise to a set of whole new engagements. With the possibility of widespread vaccination drives seeming closer than ever before, the scenario of switching to hybrid work strategies is slowly becoming the way forward. From traditional to home offices and next to a possible fusion of both.

This panel of eminent leaders will explore how to ensure employees’ mental wellbeing, sustain a positive mindset, and ultimately provide maximum assistance to employees, at the right time. You will walk away motivated and equipped with the leadership and coaching tools to support you, as you lead your workforce during this transition.

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Vijay Shah
CEO and President

V2Solutions
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Richa Gupta
Chief People Officer

Castlight Health
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Vibha Misra
Vice President, HR Head - SAP Silicon Valley

SAP
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Jonathan Siddharth
CEO & Co-founder

Turing
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Session Chair
Vamsee Tirukkala
Chief Commercial Officer & Co-founder

Draup
11.10 AM - 11.15 AM PDT
02.10 PM - 02.15 PM EDT
Closing Note
Summarization of the Sessions and Closure

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Sangeetha Anand
Principal

Zinnov