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On Friday, I had the pleasure of welcoming Steve Shute, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, SAP Americas and Asia Pacific Japan to campus at the University of Notre Dame. Steve was the featured speaker at this week’s Ten Years Hence event. The title of his presentation was “Next Generation Technologies and Digital Leadership”. Steve was joined by SAP’s David Judge who spoke on SAP Leonardo, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. David serves as Vice President, SAP Leonardo.

Our speakers shared SAP’s view on key exponential technologies like Block Chain, IOT and Machine Learning with an emphasis on the implications of artificial intelligence on the future of business. The talk included several SAP customer examples and SAP innovation stories. As a MBA graduate of Notre Dame, Steve Shute also shared his insights on personal and professional leadership with the students in attendance. It was a great presentation and very well received by the large audience.

The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors. Today’s session provided an excellent opportunity to highlight SAP thought leadership and expose over 200 students to SAP in a unique learning environment.

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is a premier Catholic business school that fosters academic excellence, professional effectiveness and personal accountability in a context that strives to be faithful to the ideals of community, human development and individual integrity. A leader in values-based education with the message of Ask More of Business™, the College offers innovative coursework that integrates real-life case studies, a faculty renowned for teaching and research, international study opportunities, and interactions with some of the foremost business thought leaders.