Closing Panel – How to avoid Pilot Purgatory

Session Abstract:

The gap between an organization’s aspirations for an IoT project and the realities of moving from proof of concept to a full scale deployment is known as “pilot purgatory”. Gathering trusted partners and managing the organization’s analytical maturity can help bridge the gap between superficial success and real, tangible value. Join us to learn how operationalizing AI, orchestrating on the edge, and ingesting data in real-time and at scale can help you avoid the “pilot purgatory”.


SASPatrick Hawthorn, Global Business Development,  Industrial  IoT, SAS


Aaron Allsbrook, ClearBlade Founder & CTO for industry leading IoT Edge Data Platform. The ClearBlade IoT Cloud, Enterprise and Edge Software provide out of the box Asset Tracking and Smart Monitoring; rapidly deployed, highly configurable and easily integrated into the enterprise. Early on, Aaron engineered software at IBM building scalable performant platforms for developers to design, develop, and execute modern workloads. As a practitioner, Aaron worked directly in the field with enterprises to enable cutting edge solutions while leveraging existing technical assets. Today he provides a depth of expertise necessary to understand the challenges, opportunities and transitions required for large enterprises to digitize and engage with the IoT.

Jason Shepherd is VP of Ecosystem at ZEDEDA and the governing board chair of the Linux Foundation’s LF Edge organization. Prior to joining ZEDEDA, Jason was CTO for the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT Solutions Division. His proven track record as a thought leader in the market is evidenced through his leadership building up the award-winning Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program, establishing the open source EdgeX Foundry project to facilitate greater IoT interoperability, and leading the formation of the Linux Foundation’s Project Alvarium to foster data trust at scale. He speaks and writes regularly on technology topics such as edge computing, IoT, AI, 5G, Digital Twin and Ecosystem and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Industrial IoT influencers in both 2018 and 2019. He holds a total of 40 granted and pending US patents.

Bryan DeBois has spent 20 years working for RoviSys, one of the largest independent Global System Integrators focused on manufacturing and industrial customers. During that time, he has focused on MES, Historian, Software, and Level 3 Information Solutions in the Operational Technology (OT) space. Bryan’s current focus is on operationalizing technologies such as AI, Machine Learning (ML), and Advanced Analytics to boost the productivity of global manufacturers. Bryan has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Akron.

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