Speed matters. With the velocity at which business moves, companies and individuals alike need to adapt quickly to thrive. And the faster you learn, the faster you evolve.
Modern Business Experience, a one-day executive forum, will help you explore ways to accelerate your business through transformation and growth. Leverage key and emerging technologies to increase agility, achieve more with less resources, and out innovate your competition.
Learn directly from leaders and innovators from a diverse range of industries including retail, manufacturing, financial services and the public sector. Whether your role is in finance, supply chain, HR, marketing, sales, service or IT, you can gain ideas, insights and intelligence to put into action.
The World Ahead
The cloud is a generational shift—it sits at the intersection of people and success. It is a vehicle that harnesses the power of what we do and gives us the perspective and tools to lead the future on a global level. Join Oracle CEO Mark Hurd as we look at where we are today and what the world ahead holds for us.
Thomas Kurian is president of Oracle product development and reports to Oracle executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer Larry Ellison. He is responsible for leading software development and transitioning the company’s technology to Oracle Cloud. For the past several years, Kurian has been responsible for the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products. Under his leadership, that business became the fastest-growing within Oracle and the industry’s leading middleware product suite. Since 2008, Kurian has also led the development for Oracle’s next-generation business applications, Oracle Fusion Applications.
Kurian has been with Oracle since 1996, holding various product management and development positions. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked as a consultant in London, Brussels, and San Francisco with international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, serving clients in the software, telecommunications, and financial services industries.
Kurian has a BA in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He serves as an advisory member on the boards of several international venture funds and software companies.
Michelle Mone is the creator of the bust-boosting Ultimo bra. After leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications, she took a job making tea at a brewery, progressed into sales and went on to become one of Scotland’s most successful and influential entrepreneurs.
Michelle launched her own company after seeing a gap in the lingerie market. At the end of three years’ development, the Ultimo was launched at Selfridges amidst huge media interest. The store sold out within 24 hours. When it was then worn by Julia Roberts in a movie, it became the fastest growing ‘intimate apparel’ brand in Europe.
Success led to an expanding collection, licences for some of the biggest lingerie brands and a constant stream of publicity. Michelle opened Ultimo concessions within Debenhams, launched a range for Tesco and expanded the brand internationally. She also diversified into beauty with UTan and registered 17 patented inventions in the swimwear, bridalwear and beauty markets.
Having sold Ultimo to one of the world’s largest underwear manufacturers, Michelle has gone on to a range of projects, advising businesses, mentoring individuals, launching a jewellery line, and writing her autobiography. She was appointed to the House of Lords and commissioned by the Government to lead a review on how to encourage start-ups and entrepreneurship in disadvantaged areas.
Michelle’s inspiring presentation tells how she initially struggled to get her idea off the ground - armed with a practical idea and limited contacts, but no money. She shows how persistence and determination paid off, how one success often led to another, how she overcame personal and professional difficulties, and how she still retains the hunger to develop and take on new challenges.
Michelle is a board member of The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust and Save the Children. She has been The Sun’s Business Doctor and appeared alongside David Cameron on the ITV panel show The Agenda. She has also appeared on The Apprentice: You’ve Been Fired, Celebrity Masterchef and 71 Degrees North.
R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc. He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Priya Lakhani is an entrepreneur, who has founded a food business, a social enterprise, and now leads a company developing the latest artificial intelligence and big data technology to understand how the brain learns.
Having trained as a barrister, Priya left the security of the legal profession to pursue her passion for business. She founded the Masala Masala food brand and built it from a kitchen table idea to a line of products stocked in major supermarkets. After this initial success she went on establish a charity based on the model that for every unit of a product sold, a life-changing item was donated (for example, a meal, a vaccination) to those in need.
Priya’s next business was Century Tech, a company bringing together AI, neuroscience and education. Century Tech’s aim is to measure and simulate brain responses to tuition, analyse what works for whom and how, and ultimately produce personalised learning. By understanding how the brain learns and responds, educators can receive real-time insights, tailoring the learning experience and improving student performance.
In presentations, Priya looks at the cutting-edge work her company are carrying out, and the lessons for training and education and as well as companies seeking to innovate and emulate the startup ethos. She speaks about her entrepreneurial experiences, especially as a non-technical person running a tech business. She also tackles diversity, talent and culture within organisations and wider areas of skills, employment and the business environment.
As well as starting businesses Priya has worked with government as a member of the Department of Business, Education and Skills’ Entrepreneur Forum. She has advised a number of education and skills organisations, and was named as an Entrepreneur of the Year and in Management Today’s ’35 Women Under 35’ list.
Matthew Guest is Head of Deloitte’s Digital Strategy practice in EMEA. He helps executives in a range of industries position their organisations for growth in digital. His team works with clients to develop visions for their futures, disrupt industries or respond to disruption in their own and apply growth hacking and lean start up techniques to change their operations, organisations and cultures.
Gretchen Alarcon is group vice president for Oracle’s human capital management strategy, responsible for development and go-to-market initiatives that help businesses around the world modernize their HR practices through the adoption of Oracle’s HCM cloud apps. Additionally, Alarcon acts as a thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in businesses’ transition to the cloud. With more than 20 years’ experience in product strategy, Alarcon uses her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization through the integration of cloud apps in core HR, talent acquisition, and HR data analytics. Together with her team, she forecasts future of work movements and delivers initiatives to businesses to protect their bottom line.
Prior to Oracle, Alarcon worked at Icarian, National Semiconductor, Ford, and Silicon Graphics, where she drove the management of workforce suites and aided in the redesign of worldwide human resource functions.
Alarcon holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.
Steve Cox leads go-to-market strategy for Oracle ERP and EPM Product Marketing. Cox joined Oracle in 1997. Prior to his current role, he held various management positions within Oracle product marketing, consulting, and development. Cox holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Bath. He is the author of Modern Best Practice Explained, an ebook articulating the next generation of business processes needed by organizations embarking on digital transformation.
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InterContinental London – The O2
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