Data Science as the Enabler of Digital Transformation

4:00 - 4:30 | Thursday, May 23

Digital Transformation is not necessarily about digital technology, but about the fact that technology, which is digital, allows people/companies to solve their traditional problems - and they prefer this digital solution to the old solution. Digital transformation is more about the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. Learn about how Walmart is managing digital transformation as a cultural change that requires organizations at the behemoth size to startup-scale to continually challenge the status quo, experiment, and get comfortable with failure. The evolution of the role of data scientist will be explored at length along with what the required skill sets of the future will entail.

Bill Groves
Chief Data Officer, Walmart

Bill is an aggressive and driven global leader with expertise in technology and data-enabled business solutions. As the chief evangelist of data being Walmart’s most valuable asset, Bill is driving this competitive advantage that is enabling the retailer’s transformation into a digital enterprise through data-driven decisions and automation. With the viewpoint that “analytics” is not technology, but instead a process that technology enables, Bill’s organization sets enterprise data and analytic standards across the globe for Walmart and establishes foundational platforms and tools to leverage scale across all business domains. He is a strong advocate of capturing data at every customer touchpoint, and some of his career highlights include leading data efforts at Honeywell and Dun & Bradstreet – where he created their data governance and policies procedures while spearheading their Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence capabilities. He is a graduate (undergrad and masters) of the University of Delaware and manages as a technical and hands-on leader who bridges both sides of tech and business/strategy – constantly enforcing the mantra that data science and analytic solutions only add value when they drive action.