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Center for Supply Networks and Analytics Event

April 27, 2017

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

This event is hosted by the Center for Supply Networks and Analytics at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Attendees will hear and learn from executives with broad experience in analytics in multiple industries on issues and challenges faced by firms as they adapt to technological shifts. The event will include a panel discussion and student poster session. 

Event Details

Agenda and Program

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Heffner Jr. '56 Alumni House - Conference Center
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Industry Panel Session: "Making Analytics Work: Experiences From the Field"

  • Robert Fetterman, Vice President of Finance at Oneida Nation Enterprises, Turning Stone Resort and Casino
  • Peter Hansen, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy Communications, Media and High Tech
  • Patrick Howard, Software Builder, Educator, Investor, XIO Partners
Conference Center
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Rensselaer Supply Chain and Business Analytics Capstone Project Poster Presentations and Lunch Great Room 

To read the event program, click here.


Robert Fetterman, Vice President of Finance, Turning Stone Resort and Casino

Abstract: Building a data-driven organization is more challenging than he thought! Robert Fetterman will discuss how Turning Stone, a diverse resort property, implemented their analytics program. He will review the three foundations of change required: building an analytics infrastructure, strategically focusing the data and analytics effort on the highest value activities, and integrating data-based analysis into critical decision making. Robert will review key challenges faced in all of these areas, as well as major learning points along the analytics implementation voyage.
Bio: Robert Fetterman is vice president of finance for the Oneida Indian Nation and its business enterprises, including Turning Stone Resort Casino since May 2011. In this capacity, he oversees the finance and financial services departments. Fetterman was formerly chief financial officer of Sentry Group, a company with worldwide operations located in Rochester. He previously served as chief financial officer for Canandaigua Wine Company and also worked in public accounting. Fetterman earned his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree from The College of William & Mary. 

Peter Hansen, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy Communications, Media and High Tech
Abstract: Pete Hansen will discuss analytics and insights in action by sharing Accenture's value proposition and presenting a demo showing how a major telco was able to create an omni-channel view of the customer journey and the insights gleaned. 
Bio: Peter helps some of the world’s largest companies develop marketing, sales, analytic, and talent and organizational strategies to capitalize on digital disruption and respond to changing market forces. He leads Accenture’s global analytics and insights practice within the communication, media and technology industries. With more than seventeen years of cross-industry experience, he specializes in the Communications and High Tech industries, as well as consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals. Peter is based in New York City.

Patrick Howard, Software Builder, Educator, Investor, XIO Partners

Abstract: Are you losing your customers to an algorithm? Pat Howard will present three snapshots of his recent work with two national retailers and a mid-market company to illustrate the importance of embracing open standards to compete effectively in the markets. Executives understand that while it is easy to collect data, it is much harder to create value. With these snapshots, Pat will provide a sketch of open standards in data and software practices that amplifies a company’s ability to operate as an agile competitor. He will briefly explore strategies and research in data governance and software delivery and some of the implications for open standards in the enterprise.
Bio: Patrick Howard is a general partner and product solutions leader for xio capital partners, a private equity firm. He is engaged in early-stage portfolio opportunities with a focus on digital product companies specialized in conversational commerce. He also serves as an advisor to enterprise and mid-market CIOs on topics related to software delivery, cognitive systems, and governance. Prior to joining xio in 2014, Pat served as the global consulting leader for cloud technologies at IBM Global Business Services, and led application development worldwide for IBM, reporting to the CIO. He led a transformation program for IBM, which radically changed core economics in software delivery for the company, and developed a new delivery model based on ‘social principles,’ which has been adopted by major companies across multiple industries. Pat is the author of three patents, a frequent conference speaker, and a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He serves on the global advisory board for CAST software.


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The Samuel F. Heffner Jr. '56 Alumni House, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1301 Peoples Ave, Troy, N.Y. 12180

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The award-winning Heffner Alumni House at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was conceived, designed, constructed, and financed by alumni and alumnae. The structure houses meeting rooms, dining facilities, a library, and formal and informal gathering areas. Learn more about the Heffner Alumni House here.