The Big Data Series

The second event from our series 'The Big Data Opportunity' was held at the stunning Aqua Shard over breakfast.

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For this event we were joined by our guest speaker Dr Jacob Abboud.

Jacob shared his experience of how to effectively drive Digital Transformation in a global enterprise.

Our VF Data Series continued as our second event 'The Big Data Opportunity' was held on the 27th June at the Aqua Shard, London.

Guests were treated to a delicious breakfast overlooking London and were joined by our guest speaker, Dr Jacob Abboud, and our co-CEO Matt Wicks.

We explored some key focus areas in the world of insurance around Digital & Data Transformation and how organisations are utilising new sources of data, IoT, advanced analytics & RPA to overcome challenges with customer centricity, operational efficiency, advanced pricing and optimised claims handling. We also looked at how organisations are introducing new ways of working through Agile Transformation to enable faster delivery without compromising quality.

Our guest speaker, Dr Jacob Abboud, shared his experience of how to effectively drive Digital Transformation in a global enterprise.

Topics included: Big Data, Advanced Analytics, RPA, IoT, Machine Learning, DataOps, Digital Transformation, Data Transformation.


Matt Wicks, co-CEO, The Virtual Forge

The story of any product development is the story of data, of understanding what you want to achieve, and what you need to know to achieve it. Building those pipelines, grappling with that data and answering those questions is why Matt loves what he does, and has done for over 30 years. He has worked with companies as diverse as the BBC, NHS, Jaguar Land Rover and Adobe, as well as small product teams, and they all have two things in common - the need for insight from data, and the need to build, often faster and faster.

Dr Jacob Abboud, Chief Information Officer | Digital & Agile Transformation Expert | M&A | Innovation | NED - digital FS/Insurance

Most recently Jacob was CIO and Digital Transformation champion of Allianz Insurance plc. Operated as a Member of the Management Board and of the Allianz Group Global IT Council. Prior to this, Jacob was IT Director at Legal & General. Jacob is currently a Non-Executive Board Director of MIB (Motor Insurers Bureau).

Jacob has a strong track record of delivering complex transformational change across IT and the wider business. He is passionate about maximising business value enabled by IT through user-centred services, cost optimisation, effective leadership, digital and data transformation and staying ahead by introducing disruptive innovation. In his recent roles, he has championed and successfully implemented strategic Digital & Agile Transformations with new ways of working to deliver tangible business outcomes.


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