Speaker "Thomas Dreller" Details
Data and Intelligence - Empowering decisions and applications through insights
Ambient intelligence and ubiquitous data are the fuel catapulting us into a brave new world. The lines between virtual and reality blur. Assets become fungible. Hierarchies dissolve, new roles and professions emerge. Humans are continuously connected, not just to each other. And we will see democratization of everything, everywhere. We are at the beginning of a digital transformation journey with a material impact on the world as we know it. Technology is not a limiting factor: If it’s not available today it will likely be crowdsourced tomorrow. You, at the center of this change, need to decide whether you’ll be victim or hero. Let’s figure out how to navigate this whitespace
Thomas provides leadership and oversight to the Data- and Intelligence-related offering strategy for Microsoft Enterprise Services, with a focus on driving the digital transformation of organizations by powering decisions and applications through insights.
In his previous role as Services Practice Leader Thomas led Microsoft’s Data Insights Global Consulting Practice with a charter to help Microsoft customers use actionable insights into data to innovate their way to competitive advantage. His team of architects, consultants, and data scientists built and delivered solutions that are on the cutting-edge of Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Advanced Analytics, and Cloud Computing. Prior to forming the Data Insights Global Consulting Practice, Thomas led Microsoft’s LOB Applications Consulting Practice and was responsible for delivering consulting services to implement, upgrade, and migrate Microsoft’s largest customers’ mission critical line-of-business applications from independent software vendors (Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, Siebel, etc.) to Microsoft’s application platform. Earlier in his Microsoft career, he led the adoption of Microsoft’s .NET framework and associated software development tools by leading software vendors and systems integrators.
Thomas started his career at Hewlett-Packard as an application engineer, eventually developing into a senior executive role and gaining expertise in product engineering, marketing, channel management, sales, support and consulting. Thomas then founded d+s consult, advising key players in the IT industry on strategic and operational aspects, successfully grew the company through organic growth and several mergers and acquisitions before selling his shares to pursue new challenges.
Thomas is a frequent presenter at international conferences and tradeshows, and a sought-after adviser to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and executives in the IT industry. He holds an MBA from University of Saarland in Germany with majors in Information Systems and Operations Research, as well as advanced degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, INSEAD France and IMD Switzerland.