2014 Welcome and Keynote Speakers

Welcome Address: Tom Murphy

Vice President for Information Technology and University Chief Information Officer, University of Pennsylvania

Tom Murphy serves as the vice president for information technology and university chief information officer at the University of Pennsylvania.  In this capacity, he is responsible for the University’s central IT organization, Information Systems and Computing (ISC), which is comprised of 300 + staff members who plan for, acquire, develop, and support core infrastructure and enterprise-wide products and services for faculty, students and staff to further the education, research and administrative activities of Penn.  As Vice President and CIO, Tom guides the evolution, integration and effective use of computing resources throughout Penn.  He has overall responsibility for the consultative and operating committees that shape priorities to meet the ever-increasing demand for information technology and advises the Provost and Executive Vice President on issues involving IT.

Tom has more than twenty years of knowledge and experience in information systems and telecommunications within large corporate environments. Prior to joining Penn, he served as the chief information officer of DaVita HealthCare Partners, where he was responsible for all information technology supporting the company’s business and clinical operations.  Prior to his tenure with Davita Tom was the senior vice president and chief information officer of AmerisourceBergen, an $80 billion provider of pharmaceuticals and health-care services.  He has been a leader in information technology across multiple industries as chief information officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Bristol Hotels & Resorts, the Cendant Corporation and Omni Hotels.

His accomplishments include a $500 million Business Transformation Program and new Innovation and Collaboration Lab at AmerisourceBergen, a $300 million global redesign of mission-critical systems at Royal Caribbean Cruises and a comprehensive six-year IT strategic plan at Omni Hotels.

Tom is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including but not limited to:  being recognized as a ‘Top Ten Breakaway Leader’ at the 2011 Global CIO Executive Summit; selection as a Top CIO of 2011 by SmartCEO Magazine;  election to the CIO Hall of Fame in 2010; recognized as one of the Best CIOs in America in 2010 by Business Trends Quarterly; recognized as one of the ‘Top Ten Global CIOs for Leadership & Innovation’ in  2009; selection as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders of 2002 by ComputerWorld; and recognition as one of the top 100 Innovators of 2001 by CIO Magazine.

Tom is a Graduate of the University of Richmond.



Keynote Address: Nancy Williams

Business Intelligence Emerging Trends:  Opportunities to Blend the New with the Old to Achieve BI Success

Every year the Business Intelligence industry embraces new technological, process, and organizational advancements.  This year’s trends include a fascination with “Big Data”, Advanced Analytics, and formalized Governance.  While emerging trends may have genuine potential to contribute to significant BI advancement, it is not uncommon for those who have been in the industry for some time to view some emerging trends with a measure of skepticism.

This keynote will provide an expert historical perspective on what is new and what is not.  It will also discuss current emerging trends and their potential and limitations in providing value to your BI Initiative.  It will also make the case for paying attention to BI critical success factors that have not changed.  Finally, it will provide practical tips for how organizations can blend the old and the new to achieve optimal success.

About Nancy Williams, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing DecisionPath Consulting:

Focusing her work on how Business Intelligence (BI) can be leveraged to improve business performance, Nancy is a well-known BI industry educator, author, and practitioner.  She has more than 25 years of business management and technical experience.

Nancy has provided leading organizations, including Northwestern Mutual, Marriott International, Travelers Insurance, McCormick, and Legg Mason with consulting support.  Her areas of expertise include BI assessments, BI strategy and roadmap development, BI requirements, data governance, data modeling, technology selection, and BI project and program management.

Nancy is a regular instructor, keynote presenter, and best practices judge at the Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI).  She has also been invited to speak at DAMA and American Strategic Management Performance Management events.

Nancy hosts the BI impact channel on the B-Eye Network and has served as a BI expert for the DM Review Ask the Experts channel.  She has authored or co-authored articles in numerous publications, including Strategic Finance, Business Trends Quarterly, DM Review, Oracle’s Profit Magazine, Teradata Magazine, Business Performance Management Magazine, and the Business Intelligence Journal.  She is also co-author of the highly rated book The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence.

Nancy received her MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.