Vice President, Research Fellow, IT Security and IT GRC, The Aberdeen Group
Derek Brink helps organizations to improve their security and compliance initiatives by researching, writing about and speaking about the people, processes and technologies that correspond most strongly with leading performance. He also helps solution providers to refine and communicate their value propositions and marketing messages to potential buyers by creating and leveraging high-quality, fact-based research content. In addition, he helps individuals to improve their critical thinking, leadership skills and communication skills by teaching graduate courses in information security at Brandeis University. His work combines a unique blend of analytical / technical background, excellent communication skills and extensive information security industry expertise. Derek Brink joined Aberdeen in 2007 with more than 20 years of experience in high-tech strategy development and execution, corporate / business development, product management and product marketing, including positions at RSA Security, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. Derek earned an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Applied Mathematics with highest honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
With the rise of data breaches, CIOs and CISOs are quickly learning that internal security breaches as a result of social engineering are occurring more often than they’d like to admit. And while everyone seems to be championing best practices for ...
Chris is currently working as HP Enterprise Services' global CTO for Enterprise Applications. He is working on HP’s HANA as a Servce Cloud architecture, Business Outcomes Service Mgmt, Industrial Delivery System for service- & delivery innovation. He’s involved in major transformation programs for customers, and he also participates in various company and industry architecture boards. Currently supporting some HP’s global accounts like P&G, Mondel?z, MCBC, EADS and BP on Business Outcomes Delivery, Hybrid Cloud for EAS, Industry Analytics, SAP PaaS, RDS, and BS on HANA. Co-innovation in delivery transformation led to SAP’s Pinnacle Award for Run SAP Operations in 2012, Technology Partner in 2013, and the RDS one in 2014.
In 2009-11 worked as Director at HP ES’ EMEA Strategic Sales Centre (SSC) on BD, pursuits & transformation activities with clients at ING Bank, ALU, BP, E.ON, Henkel, APMM, Nokia, Nestle, RMG & SKF. Contributed to HP’s TIBCO COE for the Financial & Telecom industries.
Before HP, he was an SAP Delivery Partner at IBM's GBS, where he led SAP Solutioning at Arla Foods and Ericsson. Worked on Upgrades, SCM and EA programs. Led similar engagements with SCM, CRM TPM at Nestle and SAP SOA transformation at Kraft. Led IBM’s SAP Value Stream transformation project and contributed to Open Group’s OSIMM, TRF and TOGAF 9.x.
From 2002-06, as an Associate Partner he led IBM' SAP Centre of Expertise (COE), responsible for Industry solutions. Established IBM’s eSOA practice and CoE, worked on xApps for LIMS & Trade Funds. In 2007, SAP awarded his team the eSOA Pinnacle Award.
Chris led assignments on IT Strategy, BPM optimization, ITIL-driven ALM, Industry-specific IT Cost Optimization, Outcome-based Change Management and BSLA frameworks. From 2002-4 he was also IBM GBS’ SAP Alliance Lead. From 1997-2002 at PW/PwC, led SCM & SRM practices, gained delivery experience in ERP, SCM, SRM within Nestle, Gillette, Carlsberg, Skanska, Hochtief, Intel, Telefonica, Cisco & Ericsson.
Chris has a M.Sc. in Business Administration & Computer Science from Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and an MBA from University of Texas Austin (UTA). He was awarded an EU-funded Industrial Doctorate on “Collaborative Information Architectures for Supply Networks” with mentors from CBS & MIT in 2009. A father of two boys – he reads, windsurfs, surfs, scuba-dives, snowboards and treks on his spare time.
VP of Product Strategy for Databases and Technology, SAP
Jeffrey Word, Ph.D. is Vice President of Product Strategy for Databases & Technology at SAP. His newest book, Business Process Integration with SAP ERP, was released in 2013. He is also the author of the bestselling books, SAP HANA Essentials, Integrated Business Processes with ERP, Essentials of Business Processes and Information Systems, Business Network Transformation and SAP NetWeaver for Dummies. He has more than 19 years experience in business and IT strategy working for Fortune 1000 companies. Over the last 15 years at SAP, he has worked on technology strategy with focus on corporate process improvement initiatives and enterprise architecture design. He is a frequent speaker at industry events around the world and was a Visiting Professor at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid where he taught MBA courses in Supply Chain Innovation.
Dr. Word earned his PhD in Information Systems at Manchester Business School. His research focus was on event-driven process design and next-generation enterprise architecture. He earned an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in European Studies/Spanish.
“SAP HANA can help you dramatically accelerate analytics, business processes, predictive analysis, and sentiment data processing – all on a single in-memory computing platform.” In-memory computing is attaining a lot of hype as a new ...
Facebook recently stirred controversy after reports came out that they manipulated user timelines to see the effects of people receiving positive or negative content in their feeds. The GPS company TomTom stepped in a puddle when their traffic data ended up in the hands of police looking for speeders. Target incorrectly presumed female consumers were pregnant after a failed attempt at predictive modeling. And before an update, Siri would direct you to the nearest bridge if you asked to jump off one.All of these instances involve morally questionable uses of data, in which people’s privacy was violated or conclusions were drawn that led to invasive or poor decisions and involvement on the company’s behalf.And yet for each of these instances, the genesis of the idea and what could be accomplished from data analysis was probably first seen as “cool”. Did anyone else in the room upfront question if it was creepy?“In the absence of an ethical framework in talking about business decisions, we revert back to our moral code,” says Kord Davis, author of the book “Ethics of Big Data.” This is where we are with Big Data, stuck in a lawless Wild West in which the technology is ethically neutral but everything that’s done with it is volatile.