IoT Community Diamond Member Panel – Now, What is Your AI Strategy

Session Abstract:

In the past, boards of directors would ask management, “what is your big data strategy”?, then later, “what is your cloud strategy?”, then “what is your mobility strategy?”, then “what is your IoT strategy?”. Today the question is, “what is your AI strategy?”. From consumer behavior to predictive analytics to supply chain management to drug discovery, AI is everywhere. Hence vendors are racing to comprehend AI in their offerings and operations. Join Dr. Tom Bradicich, HPE Fellow, as he leads a panel discussion among the IoT Community Diamond Members, as they discuss how they’re embracing AI to stay competitive from edge to cloud. The panel will include guests from SAS, Red Hat and Zebra.


Dr. Tom Bradicich is VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow. Beginning his career at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, VP, Distinguished Engineer, and Server CTO. Prior to HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Tom was an NI Fellow at National Instruments, an Operational Technologies (OT) company.
HP / Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE):
Tom is currently Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at HPE. He and his team develop and commercialize advanced as-a-Service (aaS) software and technologies, focusing on cloud managed remote infrastructure, edge-as-a-service, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom incepted and directs the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute partner program, and leads company-wide strategies and venture/M&A assessments.
Most recently Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Servers and Edge Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, achieving revenue growth of over $250M, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy. His sales teams were noted for exceeding sales quotas, and delivering first-of-a-kind products that greatly enhance customer business outcomes.
At HP, Tom was VP, Server Engineering, developing and launching servers, storage, and software.
Tom is named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters in 2016, 2017, and 2019, inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the IBM Chairman’s Award, and elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. He currently serves on:
Board of Directors of Aspen Technology (AZPN), a publicly traded OT and AI software company
Chair, IoT Community industry body (
Board of Advisors and Diversity Committee, University of Florida
Throughout his career, Tom has led teams to develop, launch, and manage dozens of software and hardware products. And, the creation of several new product categories such as notebook computers, smartphones (IBM Simon™), Converged Systems (IBM BladeCenter™), Converged Edge Systems & Sofware (HPE Edgeline™), and OT and edge management software and platforms (HPE OTLink). Tom’s teams designed and launched the first 64 bit enterprise ARM server, the first x86 server with on-chip graphics, and IBM’s first prototype notebook computer.

SASTyson Echentile is global manager for IoT partner and business development within the IoT Division at SAS. He works with SAS partners to explore the vast data generated by the Internet of Things and collaborates with partners to build and deploy IoT solutions that solve real-life problems across a wide variety of industries including government, manufacturing, agriculture, and energy, and utilities. One of his recent IoT ecosystem collaborations is focused on solving the World’s most frequent and challenging natural disasters, flooding. With strategic partners such as Microsoft and Semtech, Tyson has helped develop a real-time flood prediction solution powered by IoT technologies and advanced analytics that help improve situational awareness around the globe.

Jered Floyd is part of Red Hat’s Office of the CTO, exploring technology strategy at the intersection of emerging trends and Red Hat’s enterprise businesses. Current focus on the interaction of IoT platforms with 5G network architecture and edge compute. Facilitator for team development and cross-functional collaboration, and generally enjoying working with a huge group of fantastically motivated and intelligent people.

ZebraSath Rao, is part of Office of the CTO at Zebra Technologies in his current role as Director – Global Manufacturing Strategy. He is responsible for enhancing industry capabilities, manufacturing strategy, synthesizing solutions, and delivering on the digital transformation agenda. Sath in his prior roles worked with Hitachi Vantara, PTC, Schneider Electric and analyst and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan among other companies. Sath is thought leader on transformative industry vision, with track record of driving growth acceleration and innovation in areas that include SaaS, Human-2-Machine convergence, edge-to-cloud technologies, IIoT and AI. He was a former member of the Board of Governors of Manufacturing Leadership Council – part of National Association of Manufacturer, and a current council member.

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