MCIoTCoE – Enabling a smart world with IoT and Edge


We are witnessing tremendously growing reliance on the Edge and IoT. Things around us have become smarter, more efficient, and capable of communicating with us and among themselves. The growing pace of IoT/Edge devices and the amount of data generated by them is overwhelming. They are forcing the industries to switch to new IoT Architectures for Edge/Cloud, thus, exposing them to several challenges such as – unreliable/limited connectivity, IoT/Edge devices management, incompatibility/onboarding issues of devices, and concerns on scalability & resiliency of the Edge-to-Cloud infrastructures. The Panel will discuss these challenges and potential solutions to overcome them, how IoT is changing the face of the world with new business models, and share their knowledge on IoT-enabled smart tomorrow.


SASDr. Divya Gupta brings over 11 years of experience in cloud computing, distributed systems, fault tolerance, big data analytics, technical consulting, and business collaborations. Divya is Senior Solutions Architect at SAS Global IoT Division. Her current work involves the integration of SAS Event Stream Processing in the cloud/on-premises platforms using Kubernetes and Containers, providing architecture solutions to customers to solve their business problems using various technology solutions and bridging the IoT edge to the clouds. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Cloud Computing, from Université Grenoble Alpes, France.

Stephen Douglas, works for Spirent’s strategy organization heading the 5G practice, helping to define technical direction, new innovative solutions and market leading disruptive technologies. With over 20 years’ experience in telecommunications, Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies and has worked across the industry with service providers, start-ups and network equipment manufacturers, helping them drive innovation and transformation. Stephen is an ardent believer in connected technology and strives to challenge, blur and break down the silos that prevent innovation and business success.

Bob Proctor is the co-founder and CEO of Link Labs, a leading provider of an end-to-end IoT platform for tagging, locating and monitoring equipment, supplies and assets anywhere at any time. With a PhD in applied physics and 25 years of entrepreneurial and business leadership, Proctor is also a founding principal of Blu Venture Investors, a venture capital investment company that supports early-stage entrepreneurs in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., which gives him a unique point of view on a wide range of emerging technologies and their novel applications and potential market viability.

Anja Obradovic, Product Manager, IoT, Infobip, Passionate business expert with an academic background in electrical engineering and 10 years of experience in mobile networks, cloud & communications at Infobip Limited. My first role within Infobip was to launch a start-up that has grown into a very successful project. I then transitioned pure technical knowledge towards building strong relationships with telecom verticals in North America and Latin America in 2013-2019. My experiences include developing entire business departments and strategies, achieving goals via objective-based planning, market expertise, data-driven decision making, implementation of business and people management in the above mentioned markets. Currently I am a product manager solving challenges in the IoT ecosystem and helping customers innovate in the field of transportation. My current role is to liaise with technical experts/ engineers and business to drive results and adoption of our products.

Wayne Irwin VP – Operations – Emerging Business at Ericsson, and is a customer centric and solution oriented Technology Executive with over 30 years of progressive global sales, operations and business management experience. He has a track record of successfully implementing organizational transformations and business growth to achieve measurable business outcomes. Through his leadership, his teams solve complex business issues with well architected solutions based on a combination of products, services, and software platforms. Throughout his career, Wayne has been involved in a number of disruptive technology markets and continues to be engaged technological impacts on how people and businesses live and operate. Prior to Ericsson, Wayne worked at Intel, where he lead a team that is focused on developing a robust ecosystem in the IoT to provide joint solutions, solving significant market problems that are scalable and sustainable. His team was instrumental in developing this ecosystem of Technology Partners in support of Intel’s key vertical business units and overall Intel business objectives. Prior to Intel, he served as Senior Vice President and GM of the Embedded and Connected Services division of Symphony Services (global technology development and services), President of the Americas division for Acision – (SMS (text messaging) platforms to telecommunications operators), President & COO of Aperian (data center management) and many different positions at GTE (now Verizon). Wayne holds an MBA – finance from Xavier University and a BSBA in Marketing from Central Michigan University.

Jim Sabogal is an experienced Executive with over 20 years in the Enterprise Software, Life Sciences, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industry. He is the Director, ACE Industry Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences at ServiceNow. Previously he lead the T-Systems North America Healthcare and Life Sciences vertical. He has been engaging with clients on DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION through numerous projects leveraging: Cloud, Big Data, and IoT. He has a background and experience in Clinical Development; Supply Chain Management; Manufacturing; CRM (Sales and Service); IoT; Big Data / Analytics; Cloud Computing; Blockchain, and Regulatory Standards. He is leading the effort for applying IoT for various businesses that use SAP, Oracle and Microsoft solutions.