Tom Koulopoulos

Tom Koulopoulos

President and Founder, Delphi Group

Tom Koulopoulos is president and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank and advisory firm. Delphi was founded in 1989 and has served nearly 20,000 clients across all industries and federal and state government agencies around the world.

Mr. Koulopoulos propelled Delphi to its position as an Inc 500 company (one of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.) with global offices, a trusted brand, and a leading independent advisor on business and technology trends to large enterprise and government.

He is also a columnist for; an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, where he teaches graduate courses on innovation; a board member of the Kaplan School for Information Technology; and a faculty member of Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Mr. Koulopoulos has also been an adjunct professor at the Boston College Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management and a guest lecturer at the Boston University Graduate School of Management. He is the past Founding Executive Director of the Babson College Research Center for Advanced Business Innovation, where he oversaw some of the world’s leading research and thought leadership on the topic of business innovation.

Named one of the industry’s “Killer Consultants” and most influential management consultant by InformationWeek magazine, Mr. Koulopoulos has delivered consulting services as a senior-level advisor to hundreds of global organizations, including: Apple, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, USGS, FBI, Secret Service, DuPont, UBS, BAA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Digital Equipment Corp., NYSE, NY Port Authority, Pepsi, Washington Mutual, SAP, Intel, Library of Congress, Department of Justice, NY Life, Air France, British Airways, LG CNS, Microsoft, California Federal, Lawrence Livermore Labs, National Life, Revenue Canada, Canadian Government, USAF, Kimberly Clark, Las Vegas Water Authority, Dow Corning, Tennessee Valley Authority, CitiCorp, Arthur Andersen, Exxon Mobil, GD Searl, Warner Lambert, Mayo, Kellogg’s, Nomura, Intel, and Microsoft.

Mr. Koulopoulos’s 10 books include his most recent, “The Gen Z Effect”; “Cloud Surfing”; “The Innovation Zone”; and “Corporate Instinct.” During the past two decades, his works have introduced core industry concepts, frameworks and vernacular such as Innovation Zones, Smartsourcing, Single Point of Access, Touch Points, Digital Control Rooms, Business Operating Systems and Corporate IQ, that are widely used today in describing the impact of technology on business. His insights have received accolades from luminaries such as Peter Drucker, Dee Hock and Tom Peters who called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” According to Peter Drucker, Mr. Koulopoulos’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”

Mr. Koulopoulos’s philanthropic interests include being an early advisor to the nonprofit Tech Foundation, which makes technology accessible to the nonprofit sector in an attempt to bridge the widening digital divide, and an Advisor/Donor/Team Manager for Destination Imagination, a global K-12 program with more than 200,000 participants in 20 countries, which focuses on developing creative problem solving and team-building skills in children to better prepare them for an innovation-based economy.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Guest Keynote: How IoT Creates Digital Ecosystems

First, the nature of the Internet of Things (IoT), and more specifically the IIot (Industrial Internet of Things), requires viewing the partnerships and extended networks of differing architectures, approaches to the cloud, and heterogeneous industry standards and conventions as a digital ecosystem. Digital ecosystems require a new approach to understanding the vulnerabilities and security issues across these extended networks - from new approaches to analyzing real-time infrastructure analytics to predictive models that can scale based on flexible computing models. The IoT extends the surface area at the edge of the digital ecosystems in a way that will rapidly expand not only the opportunities for the business and the scale of infrastructure and operations, but also challenge the I&O professional to reimagine their role at the center of their organization’s competitive standing.

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