Facing a Digital Disruption, Leading the Digital Transformation 5/16

Date: May 16, 2017 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facing-a-digital-disruption-leading-the-digital-transformation-tickets-34154930316

Talk Abstract:

Consider recent news like many Sears, Kmart, JC Penney, Macy closing their shopping mall stores, and the impact Uber and Airbnb are having on the taxi and hotel business.

Digital Disruptions are daily presenting significant threats and opportunities to many businesses. Industries currently facing digital disruptions include Automobile Manufacturing, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Security, Telecommunications, traditional Professional Services, Accounting & Finance, Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Education, Energy, Governments, Manufacturing, Transportation, etc…

The impact and breadth of digital disruptions require companies to embrace a world of rapid changes, the ability to innovate faster, the agility to execute multiple strategies concurrently, the development of the right leadership capabilities, and adoption of new workforce skills and corporate cultures to support a Digital Transformation.

In this talk the speaker will first present issues and impacts of digital disruption, defining  a digital strategy, followed by steps on  how to successfully carry out and implement a digital transformation.


Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight US software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension. 

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies. In the past five years  he has given over 50 talks and seminars on  various emerging technology topics such as Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, AR/VR, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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