Leading Conference for BPM, RPA and AI Professionals

Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:00am - 8:00pm

Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
100 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540

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Event Overview

Automation 18 is the premier conference for digital automation professionals and enthusiasts. What started off with BPM alone 11 years ago has evolved into a discipline we refer to as digital automation that includes technologies like BPM, Low-code Development, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help accelerate your digital automation journey with the objective of delivering near end-to-end automation.

Industry thought leaders will share their experiences and best practices from real world projects and what innovations to expect from digital automation vendors in the coming year. You will hear real world success stories, lessons learned, tricks and techniques that have helped us all become more successful in our own digital automation journey. Most importantly, you will get to network and hear from your peers about what’s working - what’s not!

I guarantee you this “By Invitation Only” event will be like no other digital automation conference you've attended.

Speaker Profiles

Our keynote speakers are thought leaders and visionary in the area of Digital Transformation across a variety of industries and disciplines. They shared their thoughts on what’s working with digital automation and what’s not based on real world project implementations and what innovations to expect from digital automation vendors in the coming year.

Pramod Sachdeva

Founder and Managing Director
Princeton Blue, Inc.

Pramod Sachdeva is the Founder and Managing Director at Princeton Blue. Pramod has been an evangelist for Digital Transformation using BPM, Business Rules and Cognitive technologies since he founded Princeton Blue over a decade ago. With over 30 years of business and technology consulting experience, Pramod brings tremendous knowledge to help clients navigate their digital transformation journey. Pramod's vision has helped Princeton Blue get recognized as a high-profile thought leader in delivering digital transformation by leading industry analysts.

Sushma Akunuru

SVP - Wealth Management & Consumer Products Architecture and Strategy
Global Technology & Operations, Bank of America - Merrill Lynch

Sushma is the strategy and execution leader of various mission critical projects within Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management organization. Her 16 years experience spans across Managed Solutions, Alternative Investments, Institutional Retirement and Wealth Management Capabilities delivery. She led the efforts to establish an enterprise RPA center of Excellence, enabling CIO strategies across 8 lines of businesses in advancing process automation.

Michael Robbins

Sr. Director, IT Business Partner
Clinical Research and Development and Operations, Celgene

Michael focuses on driving a deep partnership between the Celgene IT organization and Clinical R&D for the benefit of patients worldwide. Michael brings over 20 years of diverse business, IT, and consulting experience as a researcher and operations professional as well as an IT professional delivering pragmatic and implementable strategies in support of critical business programs across the entire research and development value chain.

Vipul Narula

Senior Executive and Industry Thought
Leader in Financial Services

Vipul has a proven track record of leading large scale organizations in successful execution of their digital transformation programs. His expertise includes digital strategy, innovation, architecture and complex program delivery. Specifically, in Financial Services, his experience spans across wall street and main street banks with expertise in digital payments, fraud prevention, commercial banking and bank operations amongst other areas.
Vipul will be sharing his thoughts on how companies can react to Digital Disruption. This includes understanding the digital disruption occurring in the financial services, common myths and pitfalls and how to come up with an organizational strategy to survive and thrive.

Ruth D. Chin

Associate Director, Development Solutions Engineering
Merck & Company, Inc.

Ruth is a software project lead supporting Merck's regulatory submission planning platform. She joined Merck in 2000, with a B.A. English & French Literature from Penn State. She began her career in communications and online newsletter publishing, moved into content management and website design, and then traveled down the stack into infrastructure engineering on Linux/Apache/Tomcat clusters. She continued to develop certification in IT Business Analysis, Certified Scrum Master, agile, and DevOps practices. Today she leads a development team that integrates regulatory data from various systems of record into a user interface built on Appian.


April 5, 2018
From To Agenda
8am 9am Registration and Breakfast
9am 9:30am State of Digital Automation
Digital Automation: BPM, RPA and AI
Pramod Sachdeva, Founder and Managing Director, Princeton Blue

Digital Automation allows businesses to improve customer experience and operational efficiency at an exponentially faster pace than before. Technologies like BPM, RPA and AI (and often in combination) are able to automate more of a business process than before leaving fewer exceptions and approvals for humans.

9:30am 10:15am Banking Perspective
Digital Automation Technology Evolution in Banking
Vipul Narula, Principal Consultant and Industry Thought Leader in Financial Services

Understanding how digital automation is disrupting the banking industry, from low-code development to ChatBots, and from software robots to machine learning.

10:15am 10:30am SOLUTION DEMO: Automated Vendor Onboarding using RPA and BPM

See how Appian BPM and Blue Prism RPA complement each other and automate vendor onboarding almost entirely from end-to-end.

10:30am 11am Networking Break
11am 11:45am Robotic Process Automation
Gotcha’s in Enterprise-Scale RPA Implementations
Sushma Akunuru, SVP - Wealth Management & Consumer Products, Architecture and Strategy, Bank of America

Lessons learned from building a Robotic Process Automation Center of Excellence from the ground up.

11:45am 12noon SOLUTION DEMO: Automated Invoice Processing using RPA and BPM

See how Automation Anywhere RPA robots automate human tasks and leverage IBM BPM for exception handling and approvals to automate invoice processing – a business process typically burdened with repetitive and mundane human tasks.

12 noon 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm 2:15pm Life Sciences Perspective
Adoption of Digital Automation Technologies in Life Sciences
Michael Robbins, Director, R&D Enterprise Architecture, Celgene

Learn how Low-code Application Development, BPM, RPA and AI are automating Clinical Trials, Pharmacovigilance and Label Management processes in Life Sciences.

2:15pm 2:30pm SOLUTION DEMO: Cognitive Pharmaceutical Advisor with Watson

This IBM Watson based solution assists regulatory users by providing access to knowledge from regulatory information from FDA.gov without having to read 100’s of documents every day.

2:30pm 3:15pm Capital Markets Perspective
BPM on the Buy-Side
Head of Business Analysis & BPM, Leading Hedge Fund

As the alternative investment landscape evolves, BPM tools are becoming increasingly popular with buy-side institutions. Introducing process in a traditionally “fluid” environment comes with unique challenges and rewards.

3:15pm 3:45pm Networking Break
3:45pm 4:15pm FEATURED SOLUTION DEMO: Automated Customer Service

See how BPM, RPA, AI, CRM and Amazon Alexa come together to automate customer service and deliver a superior customer experience in an operationally efficient manner.

4:15pm 5pm Digital Automation Best Practices
Lessons Learned from a 5+ year Digital Automation journey
Ruth Chin, Associate Director, Development Solutions Engineering, Merck & Co.

Hear about the initial successes at the start of the journey, how the program scaled with each successful project, and the challenges they faced along the way.

5pm 5:30pm Wrap-up Discussion, Q&A and Closing Remarks
5:30pm 7pm Happy Hour

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