Date: June 21st, 2pm

Location: IBM Client Center, 590 Madison Ave., New York, NY

Watson: Cognitive Discovery

watsonWatson has come a long way since Jeopardy!

Join us for an exclusive IBM Watson cross industry cognitive session designed specifically for members of Fairfield / Westchester SIM.

Attend and you will hear from Watson industry experts on how Watson is transforming industries and making some of the most incredible solutions possible. You will see first-hand how others have incorporated Watson cognitive solutions into their products for a better go to market strategy, and you will leave with a healthy understanding on how you too can begin a cognitive journey.

IBM has invited FWSIM members to Manhattan for an afternoon of cognitive discovery. Attend and you will find out how your organization can begin it’s cognitive journey, as you put the power of Watson to work for you.



  • Watson Foundation Concepts
  • Presenter: Yousef Hashimi, Vice President & Partner, Cognitive, Big Data and Analytics, Financial Services Sector, Global Business Services

Industry Key Notes:

  • Banking & Financial Markets
  • Presenter: Brian Walter, Watson Global Industry Leader, Banking & Financial Markets, Global Leader, Wealth Management
  • Healthcare
  • Presenter: Matthew Porta, Vice President & Partner, GBS Watson Health
  • Insurance
  • Presenter: Yousef Hashimi, Vice President & Partner, Cognitive, Big Data and Analytics, Financial Services Sector, Global Business Services
  • Digital Agent, Retail and Telco
  • Presenter: Stephen Cranford, Partner, Cognitive Solutions – Cross Industries, Global Business Services

Bus Transportation will be available from the Doral Arrowwood at 12:45 for $20 round trip. Please reserve your seat when registering.

Please register ASAP as space is limited.

Beverages and snacks will be provided during the sessions.

Please RSVP to attend no later than June 17, 2016.

About the Speakers:


Yousef Hashimi, VP & Partner, Cognitive, Big Data and Analytics, Financial Services Sector, Global Business Services

Mr. Hashimi is the Lead US Partner for Big Data and Cognitive Business Solutions in the Financial Services Sector for IBM Global Business Services. Recognized as a thought leader in data and analytics strategy, planning and information management transformation, Mr. Hashimi specializes in helping clients leverage enterprise data assets to drive revenue growth and improved business performance and is one of IBM’s foremost thought leader on how to combine Big Data & Analytics and Cognitive Computing to help drive fundamental business transformation within the Insurance, Banking and Financial Markets industries. During his career, Mr. Hashimi has been a trusted advisor to senior business and technology executives of major government and corporate entities, with over a decade of experience focused on the Insurance industry. Mr. Hashimi has a proven track record of leading the design and development of strategic, cost-effective data and analytics solutions and has devised numerous “out-of-the-box” approaches to overcome complex business problems that involve significant process, technology, and organizational challenges. Mr. Hashimi has designed and developed strategic, cost-effective technology solutions and application architectures to satisfy complex business objectives and is seasoned at communicating architectural constructs to business professionals in a way that demonstrates how technology solutions will achieve desired business results.


Matthew Porta, VP & Partner, GBS Watson Health

Matt Porta currently leads the GBS Watson Health Consulting Practice at IBM.  This practice provides consulting support for Watson Health Solutions.  The goal of Watson Health is to be a catalyst to improve and save lives of people around the world, and lower health care costs, through the power of cognitive.  Watson Health has a rich solution portfolio in 5 key area – Life Science Solutions, Continuum of Care/Population Health Solutions, Imaging Solutions, Payment & Value Solutions and Oncology & Genomics. Matt and his team helps clients transform their operation and realize the value of cognitive health.


Stephen Cranford, Partner, Cognitive Solutions – Cross Industries, Global Business Services

Steve Cranford joined IBM in October 2015 as a Partner on the Cognitive Business Solutions team responsible for Cross Sector cognitive solutions activities and creating and taking to market a repeatable cross-industry solutions process and portfolio featuring Watson

Steve has an extensive history of spearheading business start-ups in the “Big 4” as well as a private equity backed company specifically in the area of Business Intelligence (BI), data warehousing, knowledge management and enterprise decision management orchestrating all market dynamics.  This included building a Global Data Warehousing and BI practice for KPMG Consulting from $0 to $250 MM over a five year period, securing $50 MM in private equity funding to launch a new business focused on BI and knowledge-based solutions and starting the BI and Enterprise Decision Management practice for PwC.

Prior to joining IBM he founded the Intellectual Property (IP) business unit for Capgemini’s global Financial Services practice with a focus on developing the strategy and vision specific to driving digital transformation through a ‘repeatable solutions’ business model.  The emphasis was on cloud-centric, digital social and mobile solutions that looked to bring the right information to the right people at the right time while driving higher margins for Capgemini.  The IP initiative was viewed as “disruptive and transformational” and aimed to position Capgemini as a global leader in the emerging cloud and digital world.


Brian Walter, IBM Watson Group

Watson Global Industry Leader, Banking , Financial Markets and Wealth Management

Brian Walter is the Global Industry Lead for Banking and Financial Services and Global Wealth Management within The IBM Watson Group. Watson is one of the most significant innovations in the company’s 103 year history and represents a new era of information technology.

Brian’s responsibilities include solutions design and product management for Wealth Management and Banking, leading transformation programs for Watson FSS Clients, leading global go to market activities and use case development.

Additionally, Mr. Walter is a key member of the group responsible for evaluation and recommendation for acquisitions and partnerships within the Watson Financial Services organization.

Mr. Walter has over 30 years of consulting and management experience within the Financial Services sector. Prior to joining IBM, Brian held multiple executive positions including: creation and delivery of strategic solutions, software development, head of operations, company acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and client acquisitions.

In his professional career Brian has launched, built and sold 3 businesses in the internet and financial services domains.

During this period he was one of the early pioneers of commercial application of the internet and built some the earliest and most innovative commerce sites including Best, J, American He also led the early development of internet transaction sites of Fidelity, HSBC, Citi, and Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Walter is a frequent speaker at industry events and analyst briefings and author of a number of White Papers on the impact of digital and cognitive computing.

Brian has degrees in Finance and Marketing from Villanova University