Australian Information Industry Association


AIIA WA Executive Breakfast Forum

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017

Where: Hyatt Regency, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth in the Terrace Ballroom

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Price Member:$100

Price Non Member:$120

Table Price Member:$900

Table Price Non Member:$ 1080


“Using Data to Drive Business Success”

What the Board, Executives and CIO’s need to know

The amount of data being generated and consumed around the world is growing exponentially.

The terminology & capabilities are also growing, with entirely new fields emerging such as Data Analytics, Data Science, Digital Transformation, Big Data through to Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, the Industrial Internet and Digital Operations.

So how can businesses leverage and understand all this data talk?

How can you turn data, technology and capability to into real insights and action that drive business success?

Join us for an energising breakfast with industry experts from NetApp, Gartner and Convergio to discuss and de-mystify these exciting areas, and show some incredible results available to business with the right strategy and execution.


Rick Scurfield
President APAC

Richard Scurfield, “Rick,” is President for the APAC region of NetApp. Rick is responsible for leading and growing the business across the region, including driving the channel strategy, managing strategic partnerships, and developing the company’s emerging products business. In addition, he is the single focal point for all cross-functional organizations that have operations in the Asia Pacific region.

Rick has been with NetApp for over ten years in various sales leadership and management roles, most recently as Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the branded E-Series business and all OEM routes-to-market. Combined, this represents approximately $1B in revenue to the company. Prior to that, Rick ran the Defense and Military Intelligence business in NetApp’s Federal Systems organization and grew sales from less than $20m to over $200m in less than five years.

Prior to joining NetApp, Rick spent over fifteen years in the United States Public Sector sales and consulting services with Powersoft, Sybase and Price Waterhouse. He led, managed and grew organizations from startups with few employees to organizations of over 200 direct and indirect personnel. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Speaking about
In the last 15 years 52% of Fortune 500 companies have disappeared. In 1955 the average lifespan of a company was 75 years, now in 2017 its 15 years.  No corner of the enterprise is immune from the effects of Digital Transformation.  As the availability of near infinite technology resources from the cloud drive the rate of innovation at an unprecedented rate, how are you preparing your organization to transform?


Brian Ferreira
Senior Executive Partner

Brian began his career in retail in 1989 where he developed the first retail ‘store-in-store’ concept for the EdconGroup in South Africa. Having experienced the growth impact of using POS data and retail basket data mining, Brian was drawn to the world of Business Intelligence and commenced a business orientated technology career.

His career is dominated by a theme of business transformation through applying technology to improve business. He has served at customer and vendor organisations in executive management and Board committee roles across the globe giving him broad exposure across various industries and technologies. Brian has an active Board and Board committee career in Australia.

Having formerly held Executive IT and senior IT leadership positions with Anglo American PLC, Standard Charter Bank, IBM, ASG and AusGroup, Brian is currently serving as a Sr. Executive Partner at Gartner supporting Boards, business and IT executives as an advisor on the impact of technology on business models and people.  His current client list constitutes large enterprise Commercial, Government and Regulatory clients across Australia.

As a fundamental business principle Brian believes that the sum total of progress in business can be exceptional when IT and the business partner in delivery.

You can connect with Brian via LinkedIn for any extended discussions.

Speaking about
Shifting to digital delivery with the business, the technology department requires a new operating model. The breakfast conversation will cover a macro view and explanation of the new operating model and capabilities required for technology executives to succeed in delivery. It will explain the key enterprise operating components, targeting digital business scope, shifting to consumption based technology solutions, agile leadership and the importance of vendor and industry partnerships.The discussion will include key Board expectations of technology executives in helping the business achieve digital outcomes.

What does a new age technology operating model look like and what are the key components you need to consider to build a digital operating model.


Gavin Strack

Gavin has been working in the automation, instrumentation and communications fields for more than 15 years in the defence, telecommunications, and mineral processing industries, and has held various positions in operations and maintenance, process control engineering, consulting and EPCM fields. He is one of the Co-Founders of Convergio, a digital transformation and software development company based in CORE.

Prior to starting Convergio, Gavin worked as the Manager – Process Control for the Australian Pacific business unit for two large Gold companies. His responsibilities included process control optimisation work on remote mine sites, mentoring and training of site Operations and Technical personnel, as well as developing and implementing regional strategies to improve the reliability and performance of process control and instrumentation across the Australia Pacific region.

Gavin holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Communications) from Curtin University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland.  Gavin is also a Certified Functional Safety Expert from the CFSE Governance Board and a Certified Professional Engineer with Engineers’ Australia.

Speaking about
Data has become the most powerful tool to unlock value in today’s modern enterprise.  Devices are becoming smarter and business is changing faster than ever before.  This is creating incredible opportunities for businesses to gain improved and new insights into their operations, develop new products and services, and explore new business models.  In Convergio’s case, we help organisations evolve their operations to embrace digital solutions.  This includes developing and implementing automatic reporting solutions, capturing best practices with advanced data analytics and machine learning algorithms, and empowering people with intelligent decision support tools.  We’ll highlight one recent example where data analytics and software was used to optimise business performance by $14m per annum in less than 12 months.

Places are limited, so please book now to secure your seat.  No late bookings will be accepted.
RSVP: Friday, 19 May, 5pm
A must attend event, don’t miss this opportunity!

For further enquiries please contact Sue McLennan (0409 370 749).

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