Data & AI Forum Auckland

Hilton Auckland, Auckland
Thursday, 03 October 2024

Everyone is talking about AI and what it can do to revolutionize the way we work—but what are important considerations in a business setting, and what do you need to do to ensure enterprise success?

Join us at the Oracle Data & AI Forum Auckland on 03 October 2024, where you’ll explore high-value AI use cases, interact with demos, and hear expert-led talks on preparing your organization to take advantage of the latest data and AI technologies in your specific business environment.

During this action-packed day, you’ll learn:

  • How organisations can leverage OCI and NVIDIA technologies for training AI models in a way that’s more efficient, faster, and can be less expensive.
  • Key considerations for enterprises regarding the integration of large language models into applications and processes
  • How organizations can leverage OCI and NVIDIA technologies for training AI models in a way that’s more efficient, faster, and can be less expensive

Connect with your peers and Oracle experts through discussions and demos.

Space is limited, and attendance is by invite only. Secure your spot now.


Please note that the agenda is subject to change at any time*



Generative AI for Savvy Enterprises

Are you looking to generative AI to power your business transformation? What should you know as you enter this next era? In this session, discover key considerations for integrating large language models into your applications and processes.

  • Brenda Banning

    Vice President, Architecture and Industry Strategy, JAPAC

Building your AI foundation for Business Outcomes

You need a powerful AI infrastructure to support your AI projects and applications ranging from generative AI to computer vision. Learn how organisations are using OCI for a more efficient, faster, and less expensive AI experience.

  • Franco Ucci

    Senior Director, Cloud Specialist Engineers, Australia and New Zealand, Oracle


A business-first approach to AI for applications and industries

AI requires industry- and even task-level specificity to deliver differentiated enterprise success. Oracle is embedding generative AI within Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications and across solutions for industries, including healthcare, financial services, and retail.

  • Russell Pike

    VP, Customer Success Management, JAPAC, Oracle

  • Robert Loughnane

    Partner, National Oracle Lead, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

  • Pieter Els

    Senior Director – Cloud Applications Development (SCM), JAPAC, Oracle

Modernise your data platform for AI, with Database 23ai & more

Data is the key to enterprise AI that can deliver your business transformation. Explore how Oracle’s Modern Data Platform and the latest innovations, such as vector search, retrieval-augmented generation and bring intelligence to your applications.

  • Chris Hayward

    Master Principal Cloud Architect, Oracle New Zealand

Multi-cloud with OCI and TEAM Cloud

Helping customers build the future.

  • John Eastman

    Senior Director Technology Sales, Global Managing Director, Oracle New Zealand

  • Ian Rogers

    CEO, TEAM IM New Zealand

Closing Remarks

Networking Reception

Event Concludes

Event speakers

Brenda Banning Vice President, Industry, Value and Architecture – Japan Asia Pacific

Brenda leads the Industry, Value and Architecture team for Japan and Asia Pacific. This team engages with customers to understand their challenges, inspire change, design solutions and set a course for optimising future technology use.

She has over 30 years of ICT experience focused on delivering quality outcomes to clients through using a pragmatic and team approach. Brenda has gained ICT experience spanning business transformation, enterprise architecture and interoperability of information systems.

Brenda’s career began as an Air Navigator in the Canadian Armed Forces where she flew in maritime patrol in anti-submarine, maritime surveillance and search and rescue missions. Following operational postings, Brenda was posted to Headquarters where she worked in workforce planning and eventually held the role of Application Architect for the implementation of a new Human Resources system for Department of Defence.

Upon leaving Defence, Brenda became a consultant at PeopleSoft/Oracle and had a diverse array of implementation and advisory assignments across Defence, Public Sector, Financial, Higher Education, Retail and Utilities clients in Canada, US, Australia and New Zealand.

Brenda has been a board member for Women in IT and Communications (WIC) in Canberra. She holds a MSc IT from University of NSW ADFA and a BSc in Kinesiology from University of Guelph.

Brenda lives in Christchurch NZ with her husband and 21-year-old son. She enjoys skiing, hiking and practices martial arts.

Ian Rogers Managing Director, Team IM New Zealand

As the Managing Director of TEAM IM New Zealand, a leading provider of information management solutions, I have over 30 years of experience in leading and delivering complex and innovative IT projects for various clients across different sectors. I am passionate about helping organizations optimize their business processes, enhance their data quality, and leverage their data assets for better decision making and performance.

My core competencies include Oracle Technology, IT Strategy, Business Intelligence, Professional Services and Cloud Computing. I have a strong background in engineering and a proven track record of managing and executing large-scale and high-value IT contracts, ensuring customer satisfaction, quality standards, and profitability. I am always eager to learn new technologies, explore new opportunities, and collaborate with diverse and talented teams

Robert Loughane Partner, National Oracle Lead, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Robert is a seasoned Executive and Partner with twenty years of expertise in guiding clients through significant digital business transformations. Robert is the National Australian Oracle Offering Leader and is the APAC Lead for Oracle Analytics & AI, with extensive experience delivering complex Business and Digital Transformation Programs.

Robert brings a wealth of knowledge, with strong, cross-industry and sector experience in Enterprise Technology and Transformation, ERP Cloud Transformation, Data and Information management, and the broader IT industry in Australia, Europe and the US.

Stephen Bovis
Stephen Bovis Regional Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Oracle

Stephen Bovis is responsible for Oracle’s overall business in Australia and New Zealand and ensuring it delivers on its values of trust, customer success, innovation, and equality for its customers, partners, and communities across the region.

Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry across a wide range of roles, functions, and marketing segments. Most recently, he was at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he was vice president and managing director of the South Pacific region. Prior to that, he was based in Singapore leading HP’s Enterprise Group sales account management team for Asia Pacific, whose portfolio included hardware, services, and software.

Chris Chelliah Senior Vice President, Technology and Customer Strategy, Oracle Japan and Asia Pacific

Chris Chelliah is responsible for driving digital transformation for Oracle’s customers in the Japan and Asia Pacific region. He's accountable for the organization’s hypergrowth in cloud infrastructure and autonomous database. Chris leads cloud specialist sales teams, industry architects, and the Oracle Insight team to bring together the expertise needed to provide a collaborative, consultative approach to help customers achieve their objectives.

Chris has nearly 30 years of experience across a variety of portfolios in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. Previously at Oracle, he focused on customer success with consulting and implementation services in global projects in the telecommunications, financial services, and government sectors, implementing disruptive and innovative software solutions.

Chris holds a post-graduate degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Western Australia. He’s a frequent industry speaker and contributes regularly to trade and industry journals and opinion pieces on applications for emerging technologies.

Franco Ucci
Franco Ucci Senior Director, Cloud Specialist Engineers, Australia and New Zealand, Oracle

Franco Ucci has been in the IT Industry for over 30 years, using Oracle since 1987. Since 1989, Franco has held various positions in Oracle Corporation from being a Technical Consultant through to his current position of Oracle Cloud Specialist Engineers / Senior Director for ANZ, where he helps drive Adoption of Digital Models utilizing APIs, and Cloud Based Solutions.

Franco enjoys using MVP and Fail Fast Techniques, helping organisations visualize and realise business benefits, combining the above Business Technologies, with Cloud and On Premise Applications.

His expertise is in the following areas:

  • Hands On Technology Focus
  • Data Management, Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Agile, MVP and Fast Validation Methods
  • APIs, Integration, IoT, AppDev
John Eastman Senior Director Technology Sales, Global Managing Director, Oracle New Zealand

John Eastman is the managing director for New Zealand. He leads Oracle New Zealand in helping clients with their digital transformation initiatives leveraging Oracle's industry leading capabilities in data management and comprehensive set of cloud offerings: including both SaaS applications and Infrastructure and Platform cloud services.

With Oracle's modern portfolio of Cloud offerings rapidly expanding regionally and globally, this is a highly dynamic role across an extremely talented and innovative team of professionals.

He has worked at Oracle since 2008, holding management positions in technology sales, the Government lead and now country leadership.

He has a Master of Management from Macquarie University and has worked in the New Zealand technology sector for 30 years with both international and local organisations.

Chris Hayward Master Principal Architect, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Chris Hayward leads the Cloud Engineering efforts for Oracle New Zealand alongside a team of locally based Architects and Specialists. Together, they lead the Oracle Cloud digital transformation for organizations of all sizes throughout New Zealand, driving innovation and exceptional customer outcomes.

With over two decades of experience in the IT Industry, Chris comes from a background in Software Development, Professional Services, Enterprise Architecture, and Hyperscale Infrastructure. As a passionate technologist with an unsatiable hunger for learning, he thrives in democratizing technology for all, enabling customers, communities and individuals to access and embrace world-leading capabilities.

Based in Auckland, Chris has a young family of two boys; however, as a born and bred Cantabrian, Christchurch will always be home.

Pieter Els Senior Director – Cloud Applications Development (SCM), JAPAC, Oracle

Pieter disseminates Oracle Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing Applications information to the market. He provides thought leadership, subject matter expertise, and shares best practices to help customers and partners succeed. With over 25 years of experience in Oracle Applications, Pieter also holds a MSc and is passionate about science and technology.

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