Welcome to The Boston Innovation Ecosystem – RON SPANGLER, MIT

Ron Spangler welcomed Pulse attendees to the MIT campus with an introduction to the "Boston Innovation Ecosystem." With so many forward-thinking businesses establishing a foothold in Boston, and MIT's long heritage of turning ideas into products and creating the next generation of entrepreneurs, "the future," said Spangler, "is being built in Boston."

Digital Business Model – STEPHANIE WOERNER, MIT

Stephanie Woerner, author and MIT researcher, educates businesses on what it takes to succeed in the digital economy. "Digital transformation is not really about digital," she says. "It's really about reinventing yourself – your business model, your culture, your people." In this presentation, Stephanie take a case study approach to sharing her knowledge.

Panel Discussion – Gartner, Mahindra, Toshiba, Cepheid

Alex Pradhan, senior principal research analyst on Gartner's Supply Chain Planning and Core Research team, moderated an informative panel discussion focused primarily on supply chain transformation best practices and challenges. The panel tackled such topics as aligning strategy and implementation, managing change, and balancing culture with innovation.

Supply Chain Visibility – Linda Morris, TOSHIBA

Toshiba's Linda Morris, vice president of business operations and supply chain management, discusses how the company streamlined business processes after a series of mergers and acquisitions, when the American subsidiary was spun off from the parent. She also discusses how Bristlecone helped Toshiba overcome supply chain visibility challenges.

Predict Financial Actions – David Shrier, DISTILLED ANALYTICS

David Shrier is an entrepreneur, author, lecturer and futurist. In this presentation, he talks about how blockchain technology can enhance responsible business conduct, ethicality and sustainability within supply chains. He also touches upon critical issues like due diligence in the supply chain and ensuring supply chain data is high quality.

Sustainable Supply Chains – Suzanne Greene, MIT

Suzanne Greene, who manages the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics' Sustainable Supply Chains Program, tackles the complex topic of measuring and reducing carbon footprints within supply chains. She also discusses the potential in the future of blockchain to better track logistics and gain a more accurate picture of climate impact.

Beyond "Demand Driven" – Pierre Mitchell, AZUL PARTNERS

Watch Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer and managing director of Azul Partners, discuss megatrends causing supply and demand digitization – and the impact of digital on supply chain management. Protecting supply outcomes requires agility and insight, and he says digital transformation holds the key to increased savings and improved performance.

Supply Chain Digitization – John Brine, SLEEP NUMBER

John Brine, director of network optimization and digitization, discusses Sleep Number's priorities for digitization: processes, technology, analytics. Learn how building a technology platform to increase transparency across the entire supply chain will ultimately lead to lower supply chain costs for Sleep Number and enhanced experiences for customers.

Third Digital Revolution: Fabrication – Neil Gershenfeld, MIT

Professor Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, talks about the evolution of computers and digital manufacturing. He also discusses the impact digital fabrication labs are having on digital and distributed manufacturing and supply chains – an impact he says will redefine industry, politics and the economy as we know them today.

Antifragile Supply Chain Platform Innovation – BRISTLECONE LABS

Bristlecone Labs experts, led by Sweeni Ponoth, walk through the supply chain marketplace approach to network optimization and showcase Bristlecone innovation. In addition, Pekka Sivonen discusses the government of Finland's digitalization initiatives and Rakhi Makkad describes the roadmap for the upcoming Bristlecone Innovation Center in Helsinki.