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A Strategic Necessity: Enterprise Data Platforms

This webinar will provide an overview of what a Data Platform is and demonstrate the capabilities that can empower today’s progressive organizations.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Business heads are faced with increasing consumer demands, growth expectations, and the need to evolve at an unprecedented speed. They crave a sophisticated data platform for their organization, one that will help them analyze and visualize their data, incorporate a built-in customer data platform, and enable Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques to obtain actionable insights. To achieve these capabilities organizations must leverage the rapid advancement of scalable cloud technologies that enable vast amounts of consumer and operational data to be stored, analyzed, and curated in a secure and cost-effective manner. This webinar aims to educate attendees on the technologies that unshackle enterprise data and leverage AI and ML capabilities to deliver superior customer insights, increase operating efficiencies, and drive revenue growth.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • Why implementation of a data platform should be a top priority for today’s forward-looking organizations.
  • How to leverage scalable and affordable cloud technologies for such a data platform.
  • Key business use cases for Marketing, Sales, and Merchandising functions.



 John Kovac 
JTM Advisors, LLC

 John Kovac is currently heading IT at Coldwater Creek and is focused on their IT roadmap and maturing their processes and organization.  He is an accomplished results-oriented information systems’ executive with over 20+ years of success in delivering systems and technology solutions to support business strategies. He has extensive industry experience in the global apparel, fashion, and footwear industry. He brings a tremendous background and knowledge in retail, omni-channel solutioning and is the driving force in leveraging advanced technology and modern data platform solutions to bring about transformation. His critical leadership skills are aligned with strong partner relationships. He has solved complex industry problems by developing sound strategies for delivering stable, yet flexible solutions; developing strong teams and organizational processes; and establishing strong financial and performance measurement practices.

His specialties include global business & organizations, strategic planning, M&A, team building, talent management, eCommerce, supply chain operations, financial practices, and vendor management.

Deepak Das
SVP of Marketing and Sales
Visionet Inc.

Deepak Das is an accomplished marketing and product development executive with a demonstrable track record of directing corporate strategy, and technology products from development through launch and deployment. Deepak brings over 30 years of experience across multiple industry verticals and has a relentless focus on commercialization of Innovation. He is a strong proponent of leveraging data and technology solutions to improve insights, operational visibility, enhance market presence, elevate brands, and increase revenues. In his current role of SVP of marketing and product sales, Deepak helps deliver best in class business solutions to global enterprises looking to leverage data and enhance B2B communication and as part of their core transformation efforts.

Asad Mahmood
VP of Data Management and Analytics
Visionet Inc.

Asad Mahmood brings over 18 years of professional leadership experience in the CPG, retail, and other industry domains. In his current role as the lead expert on data management and analytics, he helps modern IT organizations establish data platforms and best in class business intelligence practices. He is a trusted advisor to many CIOs and IT teams who rely on his expertise in crafting a Data Management Strategy, Data Integration, Data Warehousing, Enterprise BI and Advance Analytics solutions for their organizations. He has also architected products and solutions in this space and is a sought after thought leader in this space.


Susan Lapetina
Senior Vice President, Education and Corporate Marketing

 Susan Lapetina leads AAFA’s education, programming, and special events initiatives. An experienced executive in meetings, events, marketing, and strategic planning, she directs the association’s signature events, the Executive Summit, Hong Kong Summit, American Image Awards, as well as AAFA’s Board meetings. Susan launched AAFA’s international training conference series throughout Asia and built its webinar platform. Spearheading AAFA’s Elite sponsor program, Susan works closely with supplier members to bring them visibility and recognition among association members. Before joining AAFA in 1999, she was Principal of Marketing Evolutions, a strategic planning services firm focused on associations and nonprofits. She also served as the Director of Marketing at the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Society of Landscape Architects. A graduate of Canisius College, Susan is originally from upstate New York.

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2/27/2020 2:00 PM - 2/27/2020 3:00 PM