HFS Research Presents

    Hurtling into the Hyper-Connected Economy


    FORA Summit | December 11-12, 2018 | Manhattan, New York, USA

Date: 11-12 December 2018

Venue: Convene, 117 W 46th Street, New York USA

Chairman: Phil Fersht, CEO and Chief Analyst at HFS Research


Max CheprasovChief Automation Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network
Marie MyersGlobal Controller and Head of Finance, HP Inc.
Kate O’NeillFounder and Author, KO Insights
Allison SagravesChief Data Officer, M&T Bank
Alastair BathgateCEO & Co-Founder, Blue Prism
Trey CampbellCEO, OneSource Virtual
Mihir ShuklaCEO and Co-Founder, Automation Anywhere
Tiger TyagarajanPresident and CEO, Genpact
David BrownGlobal Head, Shared Service & Outsourcing Advisory, KPMG
Chris CaldwellPresident, Concentrix Corporation
Asheesh MehraCEO, Ant Works
Akshay SabhikhiCEO, Cognitive Scale
Mark HodgesFounding Partner, Acresis
Cliff JusticeKPMG, Principal, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions
Ravi KumarPresident, Infosys
Jesus MantasIBM, Managing Partner & General Manager


December 11 — Keynotes

People, Purpose and Planning: Hyper-Connecting the Enterprise
Phil Fersht, CEO and Chief Analyst of HFS Research

Demystifying the Real-world of Blockchain
Saurabh Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer of HFS Research

The Realities of Automation. People, Planning and Pace of Change
Max Cheprasov, Chief Automation Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network

December 11 — The Billion-Dollar CEO Face-off

Mihir Shukla, CEO of Automation Anywhere and Alastair Bathgate, CEO of Blueprism go head to head in the RPA face-off you’ve been waiting for.

December 11 — Panels

Panel: Reshaping our Talent and Career Paths in the Hyper-Connected Age

  • Host: Ollie O’Donoghue, Research Director of HFS Research
  • Stephen Hosley, SVP GBS of Estee Lauder
  • Joanne Mendeles, AIG
  • Jamie Head, CIO of Ocean Spray
  • Debbie Polishook, Group Chief Exec of Accenture Ops

Leaders Panel: Hurtling into the Hyper-Connected Economy

  • Host: Phil Fersht, CEO and Chief Analyst of HFS Research
  • Mark Hodges, Founding Partner of Acresis
  • Tiger Tyagarajan, President and CEO of Genpact
  • Trey Campbell, CEO of OneSource Virtual
  • David Brown, Global Head, Shared Service & Outsourcing Advisory of KPMG
  • Allison Sagraves, Chief Data Officer of M&T Bank
  • Ravi Kumar, President of Infosys

Thinkers Panel – Cognitive Assistants: Hyper-Connecting Everything

  • Host: Melissa O’Brien, Research VP of HFS Research
  • Jesus Mantas, Global Head of Strategy and Offerings, IBM GBS
  • Rich Pierle, CIO of Beckton Dickinson
  • Terry Walby, CEO of Thoughtonomy
  • David Judge, Vice President of SAP Leonardo

December 12 — Keynotes and Plenary

Crafting the New-Generation Intelligent Operations Backbone
Marie Myers, Global Controller and Head of Finance of HP Inc.

Plenary: Data: Delicious, Nutritious, and Digestible
Lee Coulter, CEO of Ascention Health
Akshay Sabhikhi, CEO, Cognitive Scale

Data, Digital Transformation, Technology, and the Human Experience
Kate O’Neill, Founder of KO Insights

December 12 — Panels

 Leaders Panel: Zero Hype Automation: What Really Happens Next?

  • Host: Phil Fersht, CEO and Chief Analyst of HFS Research
  • Asheesh Mehra, CEO of Ant Works
  • Cliff Justice, Principal, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions of KPMG
  • Sandeep Dadlani, Chief Digital Officer of Mars
  • Hans-Christian Boos, CEO and Founder of Arago
  • Chetan Dube, CEO of IPSoft


117 W 46th Street, New York USA


A rigorous selection process results in a level of peer interaction and knowledge exchange unrivaled in the services industry. All eligibility decisions are subject to HFS’ sole discretion, and each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

1) Applicants from non-service provider/advisor enterprises may be eligible for free entry, director-level or above and automation leads.

2) HFS Research Clients and Sponsors have priority for a seat at the event. Space is limited.

3) FORA Council Members will receive an exclusive invite for the Pre-Event (Online) Meeting, where we have an open discussion regarding the industry and the FORA Council Mandate. FORA Council membership does not provide you with a guaranteed seat at the FORA Summits.

4) If you received a personal invite for a speaker slot, HFS will contact you and confirm your seat.

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FORA Summit: New York, December 11-12 (2018): Hurtling into the Hyper-Connected EconomyFORA Roundtable: London, October 17 (2018): Developing an Emerging Technologies Roadmap for Digital Business OperationsFORA Summit: London, March 13-14 (2019)

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