Session Details



Wednesday, April 6

11:00 a.m.11:45 a.m.

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Mukesh Nakra

Associate Vice President, Oracle Practice, Americas


Mukesh Nakra has over 19 years of experience in strategic consulting and specializes in managing large and complex transformation programs. A large part of his experience is in the Human Capital Management domain.
Mukesh is an industry thought leader, playing a strategic advisor role to multiple CxOs of global organizations, on their HCM procedures, policies, and technology needs. He also consults with them on process transformation in the areas of core finance, business analytics, enterprise.

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Sankar Konduru

Practice Head - Oracle HCM

Infosys Limited

Sankar Konduru is the head of Oracle HCM Practice (covers delivery of PeopleSoft, Fusion HCM, Taleo, Kronos, Workbrain engagements) at Infosys currently.

Sankar more than 19 years of IT consulting and leadership experience in practice management, managing and incubating new service lines (like Oracle HRMS practice, HRO Platform offering, Fusion HCM, Taleo, Kronos, Workday), governance and delivery management of large HR Transformations & outsourced engagements in HCM domain.

The changing needs of the Millennial employee and the digital workforce are mandating organizations to change their core HR applications. With the emergence of digital technologies, core HR is metamorphosing from a transactional system to a modern HR application and gearing up to drive business innovation. In this transformation, there are number of challenges for enterprises to overcome. In this session, Mukesh Nakra talks about Infosys’ journey with organizations that are aggressively investing in new and renewed capabilities of core HR. He also outlines the key themes impacting this change, shares learnings from those customers, and discusses how the future of core HR will impact employees, organizations, and the underlying support systems.

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.

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Vikash Sethi

Senior Manager

Deloitte Consulting

Vikash Sethi is a leader in Deloitte’s HR Transformation practice with more than 18 years of experience leading large-scale HR transformation projects enabled by Oracle technology including Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Taleo. His experience includes managing all phases of large HR transformation projects including project management, planning, process design, requirements analysis, configuration, development, conversion, testing, and production support.

Pella Corporation implemented Oracle's PeopleSoft HCM more than 18 years ago. True to the company's manufacturing roots, process automation was central to its HCM system philosophy. As a result, the PeopleSoft system was heavily customized with large-scale bolt-ons, configurations, security rules, and reports and data structures that have become difficult to maintain over the years. In summer of 2014, instead of upgrading the existing PeopleSoft system, Pella decided to move to the Oracle HCM Cloud platform for core HR, benefits, and payroll functions. In this session, gain insight into Pella’s journey to the cloud, including how Pella transitioned to the cloud, key considerations that helped Pella implement the Oracle HCM Cloud, and lessons learned and best practices.

2:00 p.m.2:45 p.m.

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Olga Burke

Global Head of HR Operations and Analytics

XL Catlin

Olga Burke is global head of HR operations and analytics for XL Catlin, a leading innovator in insurance and reinsurance.  In her current role, Burke is responsible for leveraging Oracle Cloud HR technology to lead the execution of all core HR processes across 30 countries for XL Catlin’s more than 7,000 employees  Additionally, she is responsible for the development and execution of workforce analytics globally as well as internal and external human capital reporting.

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Gokul Hareendran

Sr. Managing Consultant


Gokul Hareendran is a senior managing consultant at IBM with more than 12 years of experience implementing HR systems such as PeopleSoft and Oracle HCM Cloud across the world. His area of expertise include HR, payroll, compensation, absence management, and benefits.

Unlocking the potential of people is possible with the right blend of technology and business processes. XL chose Oracle HCM Cloud to deliver value into its HR function and unleash that potential. The XL team selected IBM as a partner through their journey to deliver tangible results and benefits. This session explores the various ups and downs and the lessons learned through this journey, and provides insights into the partnership of XL, IBM, and Oracle and how using a single jersey model helps achieve success. Attendees learn about the advantages of this new social HR platform in the cloud that facilitates success and allows colleagues to unlock their potential through this transformation.

3:00 p.m.3:45 p.m.

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Joe Collette

SVP HR Solutions

Citizen's Bank

For the past 20 years, Joe Collette has been involved in both functional and technical roles in HR and finance. During this time, his experience and expertise have centered around deploying technology, improving processes, and facilitating change. Currently, Collette's focus is on helping drive strategic change within the HR function through the intersection of technology, business process, actionable analytics, and the user community/stakeholders.

The HR landscape as we have known it over the last two decades has changed dramatically, and talent and human capital issues have risen to the top of business-critical priorities on which organizations are focused. Modern, sophisticated HR practices are now enabled with equally modern HCM technology, focusing on the user’s expectations, mobile capabilities, social connectedness, and analytics, among other critical advances. This session explores the intersection of the human capital storm and technology advancements. Attendees learn the story of Citizen’s Bank’s journey into Oracle HCM Cloud as a strategy for addressing this new landscape, and focuses on the people, process, data, and metrics that are now enabled more effectively. Joe Collette of Citizen’s Bank shares his experience.

4:15 p.m.5:00 p.m.

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Anshul Gupta

Director - HCM Cloud

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Anshul Gupta is the HCM director in Cognizant's India practice, which provides implementation services to large global customers in the US and non-US geographies. He has more than 16 years of experience in HCM including consulting, project delivery, presales, project management, and shared services for Oracle HCM products and HR platform areas across verticals. He has extensive experience in North America, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, and India.

Norway-based Marine Harvest is the world’s leading fish farming and selling company with more than 12,000 employees and operations in more than 20 countries. It started a multiyear HR transformation initiative to reduce cost, improve decision-making capability, and increase operational efficiency, and selected Oracle HCM Cloud as the product of choice. The key objective for phase 1 was to get one global view of all the employees in the organization while streamlining the HR business processes globally, as well as consolidating and centralizing disparate HR systems. In this session, hear what it takes to have a successful global implementation.

Thursday, April 7

9:00 a.m.9:45 a.m.

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Karen Busko

Director, HR Solutions

Pearson plc

Karen Busko has been providing ridiculously outstanding technology-enabled solutions for more than 33 years. She has specialized in Oracle-enabled solutions since 1996. Busko has been involved with implementations around the world while working for a variety of companies including Eaton, KPMG Consulting/BearingPoint, IT Convergence, SunnyDell LLC, Tekelec, Extreme Networks, and Pearson.

In this session, Karen Busko, Director of HR Solutions at Pearson Shared Services, talks about how the world’s leading learning company with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries made the decision to move to Oracle HCM Cloud to support its strategy to transform into a single, connected company. The session also includes an update from Michelle Parkins from the Center of Excellence for HCM Development in Oracle, who talks about what it really means to live in the Oracle HCM Cloud.

10:45 a.m.11:30 a.m.

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Jagatkumar Avashia

Oracle Consultant

KBACE-A Cognizant Company

Jagat Avashia is an Oracle Certified Professional with more than five years of experience. He has a formal qualification in computer science engineering and a master's degree in business administration. His hobbies include travelling, reading, and listening to music.

Today there are human capital management solutions available to optimize every process, from hire to retire. In this session, learn about the full benefits of a world-class HCM solution, such as greater cost control, productivity, and visibility across the workforce, as well as the challenges that can keep companies from realizing them. Also covered is how Oracle solutions for human capital management go beyond the basics of HR, payroll, and benefit administration to help overcome those challenges. Now customers can take advantage of Oracle HCM applications to manage and deploy people when and where it makes sense for the business, while attracting, training, and nurturing the best talent.

11:45 a.m.12:30 p.m.

The Oracle Applications Cloud user experience design strategy is about simplicity, mobility, and extensibility. We can’t think of mobile devices as different platforms anymore—the cloud is our platform now. We design the user experience so that the right amount of information appears on each device—whether it’s a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or smartwatch. But while we tailor the user experience to the demands of the devices, we also design core elements to maintain consistency across the experience. In this session, learn about the future of enterprise experiences and the latest emerging trends we see in the consumer market.