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‘From Value Chains to Business Ecosystems’: Featured Presenters from IBM, Salesforce, Dassault Systemes, and SAIC Join the Lineup for 2019 ASAP Global Alliance Summit

Posted By John M. DeWitt, Friday, January 18, 2019

This week ASAP announced the lineup of featured speakers at the March 11-13, 2019 ASAP Global Alliance Summit in a press release distributed via PRWeb.

“Each year’s Summit is a one-of-a-kind event where the world’s most experienced and capable partnering and alliance management executives share successful practices and lessons learned from their business collaborations,” ASAP President and CEO Michael Leonetti, CSAP, said in the announcement. “The 2019 Summit will include the incredibly smart and provocative speakers, hands-on learning, and candid peer-to-peer conversations that participants experience at ASAP’s other annual destination events—the BioPharma Conference, Tech Partner Forum, and European Alliance Summit. But there are unique connections and insights that only come from the ASAP Global Alliance Summit’s diversity. In a time of rapidly expanding cross-industry alliances, public-private partnerships, and customer-centered collaborative ecosystems, the Summit attracts leading thinkers and practitioners from many industries, sectors, and geographies, allowing attendees to glean insights, engage with surprising new ideas, and even meet unexpected new partners.”

This year’s ASAP Global Alliance Summit will take place March 11-13, 2019, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Platinum Sponsors of the event include Vantage Partners and WorkSpan; The Rhythm of Business is a Gold Sponsor. Headlining speakers include:

  • Bruce Anderson, general manager, high-tech/electronics industry, IBM
  • Christine Carberry, CSAP, chief operating officer, biopharmaceutical senior executive
  • Steve Levine, PhD, Dassault Systèmes, founder and executive director, Living Heart Project
  •  Tiffani Bova, global customer growth and innovation evangelist, Salesforce
  • Charles Onstott, chief technology officer, SAIC

Bruce Anderson: “Partnering in the AI Era”

On the morning of March 12, as part of the conference opening session, Bruce Anderson will present a plenary talk titled “Partnering in the AI Era: An Essential Shift from Value Chains to Business Ecosystems.” He intends to share his deep understanding of marketplace opportunities and challenges facing companies, describing what he’s learned as he consults extensively with senior executives striving to optimize and transform their organizations, operations, and business models.

After lunch on March 12, four speakers will present TED-talk-style presentations during the 2019 Summit’s Leadership Spotlight plenary session.

Christine Carberry, CSAP: Maximizing Value

Is it a lack of time, resources, or ideas that holds back fulfilling the maximum value of alliances? Perhaps all these ingredients are available in abundance and what is lacking is the ability to connect the right ideas with the right resources at the right time, Carberry intends to explore. The concept is simple—find the right connections, collaborate on a common goal, and create value. Executing against this simple concept is far from easy. In this session, Carberry will talk about how to strengthen connections, improve collaboration, and increase value creation in alliances and beyond.

Steve Levine, PhD: The Living Heart Project

In the US, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. What if a virtual replica of your heart could be created, imitating its unique electrical impulses, muscle fiber contractions, and abnormalities? Valuable insights on human heart function could accelerate breakthroughs delivered to clinical practice. Dr. Levine will describe his methodology to unite the world's leading cardiovascular researchers, medical industry innovators, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists on a shared mission to develop accurate personalized digital human heart models.

Tiffani Bova: “Growth IQ” and Partnering

Customers demand a seamless experience, regardless of who makes the sale. Profitable and sustainable business growth is top of mind in and around all industries. Alliance managers must develop their "Growth IQ" to meet today's business demands. Pulling from the 10 proven paths highlighted in her Wall Street Journal Best Seller book, Growth IQ: Get Smarter about the Choices that Will Make or Break Your Business, Bova will present customer-centric best practices and pivot points for partnering executives and their companies to consider.

Charles Onstott: Partnering to Help the US Government Move at Startup Speeds

Not known as an early adopter, many parts of the US government have been pushing for easier acquisition of new technology. SAIC, as a technology integrator, strives to help emerging technology companies expand into government business—and thereby bring valuable capabilities that benefit the government. Onstott plans to discuss SAIC’s partner engagement model, share lessons learned in establishing relationships with emerging technology companies, and provide examples of what worked and did not work well.

The 2019 ASAP Global Alliance Summit will take place March 11-13, 2019, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Platinum Sponsors of the event include Vantage Partners and WorkSpan. The Rhythm of Business is a Gold Sponsor. For more information and to register for the 2019 ASAP Global Alliance Summit, please visit To learn more, read the complete ASAP press release distributed via PRWeb and stay tuned for more of the ASAP Media team’s preview coverage of the Summit in Strategic Alliance magazines and on the ASAP Blog.

John M. DeWitt is a contributing writer and editor for ASAP Media. 

Tags:  2019 ASAP Global Alliance Summit  alliances  Business Ecosystems  Charles Onstott  Christine Carberry  collaborative ecosystems  Dassault Systemes  IBM  partner  SAIC  Salesforce  Steve Levine  Tiffani Bova  Value Chains 

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Five Secrets to Enabling Highly Collaborative Ecosystems

Posted By Martin Echavarria, Author of ‘Enabling Collaboration – Achieving Success Through Strategic Alliance, Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2016

There is much talk about business ecosystems as the newest models for collective collaboration across industry, geography and culture.  These ecosystems are considered important not only because value chains and supply chains are outsourced and fragmented, but also due to the speed in which markets change and new competitors literally pop-up. Today, key partners once operating at arm’s length around short-term contracts need to be closer and more responsive than ever, while also connecting with others actors once considered tertiary. 

In addition, ecosystem models are being conceived to take advantage of new opportunities being created by broader interconnections. Interestingly ecosystem development is now not only reactionary to market change, but decidedly proactive. For example, who would have ever thought that a tech company such as Google would produce cars and perhaps compete with the largest of automakers, all the while cooperating with several of them on developing self-driving technology? 

So here we are. Companies today need consistency, reliability, commitment and capability to react quickly in a system of greater connectedness, volatility and competition, while simultaneously looking for more sustainability, resilience and greater permanence. 

Luckily, today, we not only have the wherewithal to envision business ecosystems, but also the technical and operational capabilities to blue-print, develop and enable their emergence. However, if not well-conceived, companies involved in making them a reality, particularly firms in the ‘center’ of the ecosystem may not access the benefits that a truly well designed ecosystem can bring. 

At the end of the day, the devil is not only in the structural details, but also in the fundamental social contracts between the partners who participate in the ecosystem and choose to contribute collaboratively to its emergence. 

These tried and true secrets, stemming from my recent book ‘Enabling Collaboration’ will help to build the kind of ecosystem that can self-correct and self-sustain in times of market change and dynamism that supports all actors’ success. 

Build the Social Contracts as you build the Structure of the Ecosystem: this means sitting with the key ecosystem stakeholders, those that perhaps currently are part of the ‘supply chain and value chain’ and those that may lie right outside it. For example, customers, the public sector and NGO’s may make sense. In structured Partnership Innovation Sessions, establish the ‘basic operating principles’ of the ecosystem, founded on the affiliation and membership goals of the groups working through the details. 

Create the Emotional Connection of Real People Co-creating Together: building a sustainable ecosystem does not happen in a vacuum but through the people who contribute to its design. To do this, bring diverse stakeholders who are an integral and vested part of the ecosystem to build the social fabric and the structural elements. Invest the time and effort for these relationships to be woven together in a productive and authentic fashion. 

Use Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability: 

Fair Distribution of Resources: Almost all ecological ecosystems use sunlight as their energy resource, in our case, sunlight is attune to money, and the fair and sustainable distribution of such value is fundamental to ecosystem design. 

Establish Formal and informal Feedback Loops: All ecosystems have cycles of waste and replenishment of nutrients. Dealing with waste and other environmental concerns are part and parcel of ecosystem design. In addition, this includes creating formal and informal feedback-loops architected into the ecosystem where all actors can communicate and contribute to improve and better its operability. 

Design Economic Resilience into the Ecosystem: resilience can happen serendipitously through the basic interconnections between the actors, or consciously through insurance products or savings accounts. The ecosystem actors can draw upon these resources during challenging times, or for investments in new shared technologies and capabilities. 

Include Diverse Actors: All ecosystems depend on bio-diversity. For business ecosystems this includes ensuring that all touchpoints of an ecosystem have some way to contribute to and get benefit from being part of the ecosystem. Benefit in this case, can be monetary, social or informational.             

Leverage Technology but Don’t use it as a Replacement for Human Interaction, leveraging technology is a critical component for designing ecosystems and enabling participant stakeholder-partners to adapt to just-in-time learning, connect and communicate directly with all ecosystem participants. However, technology and systems do not replace people talking with and connecting together and coming to terms on challenges the ecosystem faces.  This way it can up-level to better designs and improved overall functioning. 

Seek out Third Party Objective Partnership Facilitator, Collaborative Leadership, regardless of size, from the smallest of groups to the largest of complex multi-stakeholder ecosystems requires the help of a skilled objective third party. This third party, as a person or team of conveners, guides groups to see relational blind spots between partnering organizations. These unseen elements if not proactively addressed during the development phase, ultimately leak to the detriment of the system. It happens time and time again; groups don’t express grievances or concerns openly and still cooperate, ultimately unresolved issues cause greater problems down the line. Partners may try to win-over on the system, or worse, use unresolved issues as justification for inaction, lack of true collaborative participation and ownership. 

What from this post could you take action on right now to improve or begin building your ecosystem?
What examples of ecosystem design can you share with the community that readers could learn from? 

Guest ASAP blogger Martin Echavarria is the Author of Enabling CollaborationAchieving Success Through Strategic Alliances and Partnerships, a foundational and practical work that provides an innovative alliance business process and collaboration methodology for success in the field. He is also the recipient of the Alliance for Social Responsibility and a management consulting supporting organizations and groups to build strategic business relationships that last. / Coherence Inc.


Tags:  business ecosystems  collaborative  Enabling Collaboration – Achieving Success Through  leveraging technology  Martin Echavarria  Partnership Innovation  stakeholders 

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