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Lally Center for Supply Networks and Analytics: “Data Ownership and Transparent Surveillance Across Digital Supply Chain Networks”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:30pm

Location: Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Howard Isermann ’42 Auditorium, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy Campus


Details: The utilization of digital supply chains to manage the “Internet of Things” (IoT)  enabled product and services delivery across multiple participants raises fundamental questions concerning invasive surveillance and who owns the data that is gathered. 

Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather product data telemetry (without offering shared data ownership and economic value partnerships) risk product rejection, regulatory scrutiny, and increase customer lack of trust in technology in general.

This seminar will explore the need for organizations to be explicit concerning data ownership and transparent about the surveillance their digital supply chain systems conduct in order to obtain the willing participation in the use and adoption of these technologies across their supply chain networks.


Peter Vanderminden '78, is a widely recognized thought leader, speaker, and writer on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and digital supply chain management practices. Recently retired from Microsoft, where he was the industry manager of manufacturing and supply chain, he now serves as the principal industry analyst for IoT and Digital Supply Chain to Flatiron Strategies. In this role, he advises investment banking and alternative investment funds on the IoT industry.

Peter has been a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) since 2013, representing first Microsoft and now Flatiron Strategies. He served on the board of directors for APICS (2014-2015) and the Supply Chain Council (2012-2014). Peter earned an MBA with Distinction from Leeds University, Leeds, U.K.; a Bachelor of Science in communications science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; and a postgraduate certificate in system dynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

A Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), Peter's career spans 30 years of working in supply chain management, transportation, financial services, health/life sciences, and computer software industries. He has worked at companies such as Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, General Electric, UPS and Pitney Bowes/MapInfo.