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On Thursday April 21st, I was pleased to serve as Master of Ceremonies for our Digital Transformation Info Day at the University of Notre Dame.  We had a terrific lineup of distinguished speakers who provided our audience with a variety of perspectives on Digital Transformation.  In addition to faculty and students from Notre Dame, faculty and business leaders from surrounding communities joined us for the event as well.  Several SAP University Alliances members sent faculty to the event including Purdue University and Indiana University.

The primary purpose of the day was to bring together academic leaders and business leaders to explore and discuss new ways to collaborate on building talent for the evolving digital economy.  Our agenda featured SAP, industry and academic perspectives on digital transformation in the morning.  In the afternoon, the speakers focused on different academic models or success stories that served to inspire attendees to create new learning opportunities together.  Attendees had the opportunity to network over breakfast and at lunch and we had SAP demonstrations available to illustrate the digital transformation in action.  The virtual reality demo of SAP’s Digital Boardroom was particularly popular with our guests. Here is a summary of our agenda.

Peter Kilpatrick – Dean, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Floyd Strimling – Vice President SAP Digital Transformation & The Next Economic Revolution

David Matusoff, Executive Director Indiana Management Performance Hub Digital Transformation in State Government - Building an Effective, Efficient, & Transparent Government

Geoff Scott, CEO - Americas SAP User Group Creating the Digital Economy - What organizations are learning, how students can prepare

SAP Panel on Analytics, IoT, & Design Thinking How SAP Technology Enables Digital Transformation

Dr. Aaron Striegel, Notre Dame College of Engineering - Industry Projects & Research

Student Classroom Project Stories

- State of Indiana Traffic Safety using SAP Predictive Analytics

- Collaborative Product Design – Digital Innovation Award – Future of Wearables

Faculty Panel on Classroom Engagement Models

- MBA InterTerm intensive program

- Notre Dame ESTEEM – SAP Predictive Analytics course

- Collaborative Product Development Course – Using Design Thinking for project challenges

- MSIS Capstone Projects at Indiana University