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Why Attend


ProgressNEXT 2020 is the largest gathering of the Progress user, partner and developer community featuring 130+ sessions, trainings and workshops.

Technology and business leaders from around the world come together to explore trends, share experiences and work together toward solutions not even on the radar today.

What our participants are saying

This conference was inspiring. It really makes me want to do more with my company to move it to the next level.

Angela Margolit, President, Bluebird Auto Rental Systems

The breakout sessions are awesome. The only problem I have is I want to attend more at the same time.

Ovidiu Guta, Frontend Architect, Mark Information A/S

Definitely come. There’s a lot more particularly to the technology that you may not normally be exposed to. … There’s a whole ecosystem around the products and how they all work together. There’s a lot to learn just from networking.

Richard Taylor, Vice President of Platform and Cloud Engineering, SentryOne

It’s networking 101. You get to meet and greet all the people that make the great products at Progress. The people who make Sitefinity what it is. And the people who make my daily life much, much easier.

Derrick Koon, Web Applications Developer, American Eagle

You really need to dig deep into your resource allocations and find a way to be here.

Tom Stein, Operations Manager and Senior IT Lead, NASA

Last Year's Speakers

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Megan Smith
Third Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2014–2017), CEO, shift7

Megan Smith is an award-winning tech entrepreneur, engineer, and evangelist. As the third U.S. chief technology officer, Smith helped the President harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world. She recruited top tech talent to serve across government and to collaborate on the most pressing issues of the day, from data science and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. She focused on broad capacity building by cocreating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaign.

Prior to her role as U.S. CTO, Smith served as vice president of new business development at Google, managing early-stage partnerships across the company’s global engineering and product teams. She led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa, steered the shift of Google.org to include more direct engineering impact, such as Google Crisis Response, and later served on the leadership team of GoogleX , where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers.

As CEO of PlanetOut, Smith was a leader of the online LGBT community in the early days of the Internet. She drove engagement and revenue by partnering closely with top Internet companies, including AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, Netscape, RealNetworks, and others. She also worked as an engineer at General Magic on teams designing early smartphone technologies and at Apple Japan in Tokyo.

Today, Smith is CEO of shift7, which focuses on tech-forward networked innovation for impact and economic inclusion. She is also an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. Over the years, she has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cook stoves. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2,000 miles across the Australian outback. She has recently been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.


Wed, 08 May | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

How Technology and Innovative Approaches Can Transform Your Organization

During her tenure as the third chief technology officer of the United States, Megan Smith fundamentally altered the composition of the federal government. Her team collaboratively recruited top talent “rabble-rousers” from Silicon Valley and other tech sectors to address such critical issues as artificial intelligence, education and training, urban and rural poverty, data science, and economic inclusion. Smith describes how they teamed up with colleagues to employ their talents and adopt new approaches to using data, innovation, and rapid iteration in order to create a more open, collaborative, and responsive government—and explains how your company can do the same.
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Anna Lehtoranta
Account Growth Executive, CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the largest independent IT and business services firm in the world, employing over 74,000 professionals. With a background in product development and consulting, as well as project and service management, Anna is sales manager for CGI Profio360, a Progress-based project delivery solution for the manufacturing and consulting industries. Using visual tools, artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies, Profio360 revolutionizes how project-based businesses manage their information and processes, increasing knowledge, efficiencies and transparency across the enterprise. When not representing Profio360, Anna can be found at the movies, theater, checking out local rock bands and traveling the world with her husband and friends.


Tue, 07 May | 1:15 PM - 1:35 PM

CGI and Progress: An Ongoing Development and Modernization Journey

Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the largest independent IT and business services firm in the world, employing over 74,000 professionals. It’s 40 years of continuous profitable growth is a clear testament to the company’s commitment to deliver significant value to their clients’ mission-critical and transformative work with an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from IT and business consulting to systems integration, outsourcing services and intellectual property solutions. Among those capabilities are application services, many running on Progress technology, that span a range of industries from financial services to government, healthcare and manufacturing. With her home base in Finland, Anna will discuss CGI’s broad impact in the Nordic countries and then dive into the long-term relationship CGI has had with Progress and the company’s sweeping OpenEdge modernization process.
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Neil Gomes
Chief Digital Officer, Jefferson Health System

Neil Gomes (B.Sc., MBA/MMS, M.Ed, ABD) is the Chief Digital Officer & Executive Vice President for Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System. Neil has worked for the $100+ billion, Fortune 500 Tata Group of Companies where he played a leadership role in building the intrapreneurial startup, Tata Interactive Systems, from 60 employees to the world’s largest custom e-learning development firm in less than two years. Neil left the Tata Group to complete his M.Ed. in Instructional Design at the University of South Florida (USF) whilst progressively working toward the position of Director of eTeaching and Technology and then the Director of Instructional Design and Training at USF Health. While at USF, Neil’s leadership and entrepreneurial acumen helped grow a strategic team of application developers, instructional and multimedia designers, and project managers that generated over $1.5 million in annual auxiliary revenue from research and external development projects while growing online student enrollment from 200 enrollments in 2002 to approx. 200,000+ enrollments a year by 2012, generating nearly $30 million in revenue each year. While at USF, Neil also began working toward his Ph.D., is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), has authored research articles, book chapters, and delivered several formal research presentations. At Jefferson, Neil founded the Digital Innovation and Consumer Experience (DICE) Group and drives consumer-focused digital innovation in healthcare and education via teams of digital consumer experience specialists; application, platform, machine learning, and IoT developers; simulation and UI/UX designers; trainers; documentation and support specialists; instructional/e-learning designers; and process designers. Neil also helps define innovation strategy and programs via Jefferson’s Innovation Team. He helped secure a $15+ million donor grant from the Bernie Marcus Foundation to develop a high-tech, consumer-centric, integrative health center at Jefferson and has also launched several pioneering collaborations with partners such as Google, Apple, Adobe, SAP, and IBM Watson. Neil serves as Associate Editor of the Journal for Healthcare Transformation and is a contributor toward the book: We CAN fix Healthcare, the Future is NOW. Neil is also a speaker, agile aficionado, and digital innovation evangelist.


Wed, 08 May | 1:45 PM - 2:05 PM

Improving Patient Engagement with Digital Innovation

A regular (#2) on U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the best hospitals in Pennsylvania, the 30,000 employees of Jefferson Health prove their dedication day after day to reimagine healthcare through education and discovery with a singular goal of improving lives. Their innovative approach to healthcare spans across the organization all the way to their approach to digital innovation. In his presentation, Neil will talk about how inventive internal applications and dashboards allow them to take a lean, agile approach to organizational management; a donor app that helped the organization raise nearly $1.5 million in the last month alone; and his role in digital innovation, which spans his work in education and includes digital learning. He will discuss the use of human centered design to improve the user experience and how to apply it to improve patient engagement in healthcare.
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Ravi Chander
Group Architect, 407 ETR

Highway 407 ETR (Express Toll Route) is the world’s first all-electronic, barrier-free toll highway, encircling the greater Toronto area over a 108 km stretch. Although he doesn’t spend as much time crafting code as he’d like to anymore, as Group Architect, Ravi relishes his role working within Enterprise Architecture to drive forward innovative ideas that enhance the customer experience. Over his ten-year tenure at 407 ETR, Ravi helped envision the roadway’s mobile strategy, while leading the architecture and design of the real-time integration of backend data sources and cloud-based platforms. He also led the design of the cloud-native real-time tolling platform to advance streaming and real-time processing capabilities of the organization. In his free time, Ravi enjoys a great hike when the weather’s good.


Tue, 07 May | 9:25 AM - 9:45 AM

407 ETR Scales its Mobile App to Support 2+ Million Customers

Around the world Canada’s Highway 407 ETR (Express Toll Route) is considered to be something of a scientific marvel – and with good reason. It’s the world’s first all-electronic, barrier-free toll highway, encircling the greater Toronto area over a 108 km stretch. It’s also recognized for its safety, environmental awareness and superior customer experience. 407 ETR wants its mobile app to be central to that experience, which will provide services such as relevant trip information, tools to help customers better understand and plan their travel, personalized travel alerts and integrated roadside assistance. In this presentation, Ravi will discuss the customer experience in depth and plans for further customer engagement, as well as highlight architecture considerations that support rigid security requirements and the ability to scale a user base of over 2 million active customers.
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Jehiel Oliver
Founder & CEO, Hello Tractor

Jehiel is responsible for the overall management of the Hello Tractor team, strategy, and partnerships. Prior to Hello Tractor, Jehiel worked as a financial sector consultant, providing advisory services for transactions totaling over a half billion dollars, in over ten countries, including conflict zones. Jehiel began his career in the US investment banking and private equity industries.

Outside of work, Jehiel remains active serving on the boards of Shared Interest and H4H, both impact investment funds focused in sub-Saharan Africa. Jehiel is also a Presidential appointee, under the Obama Administration, serving on the President’s Advisory Council for Doing Business in Africa. Jehiel studied economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Florida A&M University and Cornell University, respectively.


Wed, 08 May | 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

A Mobile App Having an Impact on Food Security in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, the average farmer plants their crops 30 days late, dramatically affecting yield in a region where food insecurity is widespread. Having access to tractors, a scarce and out-of-reach resource for many farmers is vital. Hello Tractor, an agricultural technology social enterprise set out to change that through a digital tractor sharing application, connecting tractor owners with farmers. In this compelling presentation, you’ll hear all about the transformative impact this “NetJet like app for tractor sharing” has had on food production and food security, enabling farmers that use the app to plant 40 times faster; the beneficial generation of a revenue stream for tractor owners; the unique relationship and partnership with tractor manufacturer John Deere; and how Progress Kinvey allowed Hello Tractor to focus on delivering unique value. As Mr. Oliver says, “If we can get our technology onto as many tractors in sub-Saharan Africa as possible, we can confront food insecurity in that region and improve the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people.”
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Yogesh Gupta
Chief Executive Officer, Progress

A technologist at heart, Progress Chief Executive Officer Yogesh Gupta is passionate about how technology can make life simpler—both in the workplace and at home. He brings an infectious energy to work each day, defining company strategy and direction, gaining alignment and ensuring each team has what it needs to execute. His goal is for Progress to be a powerful voice in fueling marketplace transformation.

Yogesh blends his experience as a developer, marketer, CTO and CEO into a unified whole, and has led organizations ranging from start-ups to public tech companies. Yogesh understands the importance and value of agility at scale, making him uniquely qualified to lead Progress into the future. He comes to Progress from CEO roles at Kaseya and FatWire Software, and rose through the ranks to CTO while at CA. Yogesh also loves mentoring entrepreneurs, where he gets as much as he gives by nurturing the next generation of tech innovators. From monitoring both marketplace trends and customer needs, Yogesh keeps Progress a step ahead in building innovative products that customers want, driving both revenue and shareholder value.

A recognized expert in emerging technologies and industry trends, and a published author, Yogesh holds a patent in the field of neural networks. He earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.


Tue, 07 May | 8:40 AM - 9:25 AM

Progress: Accelerating Digital Innovation

In today’s digital economy, traditional industry boundaries have vanished creating opportunities for new entrants and challenges for incumbents. In this session, Progress CEO Yogesh Gupta examines the impact of digital disruption and how leading organizations are using Progress technologies to deliver innovative omni-channel experiences that bolsters their business. You’ll see technology in action and hear directly from customers about how they are building out the applications of the future.
Wed, 08 May | 2:05 PM - 2:30 PM

Keynote Customer Panel

Join Yogesh Gupta, Progress CEO, as he moderates a high-energy panel session with our customer keynote speakers, drilling down into both the business and technology successes and challenges of their work and the things all of us can take away from their experiences.
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Loren Jarrett
Chief Marketing Officer, Progress

As Chief Marketing Officer, Loren is responsible for driving Progress’ global marketing and strategy, applying her strong strategic, analytical and go-to-market skills to propel new growth for the business. Loren is excited by the opportunity to build on the company’s strong commitment to its core business and to capture and deliver on the emerging market for the business applications of tomorrow. 

A growth-stage CMO, Loren’s passion is to develop and execute on winning strategies for driving the next phase of growth for companies. Loren brings an impressive track record to her work at Progress. Most recently as Chief Marketing Officer at Acquia, she drove creation of a predictable and scalable demand generation model, launched new positioning and accelerated Acquia’s leadership position with analysts. As CMO of Kaseya, Loren built a global marketing team focused on digital marketing and high-velocity demand generation. At FatWire, leading both Marketing and Product Management, Loren drove redefinition of the company’s positioning and product direction, doubling the size of the business and leading to a strategic sale to Oracle. Earlier, Loren also held leadership positions at CA Technologies, Oracle and American Express.

Loren holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.


Tue, 07 May | 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Opening remarks and introductions from Loren Jarrett, Chief Marketing Officer.
Thu, 09 May | 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Progress Executive Roundtable

Join Progress CMO Loren Jarrett as she moderates this lively session featuring “anything goes” audience questions for Progress executives. Feel free to ask product, technology, or business questions. Please submit your questions ahead of time on the ProgressNEXT 2019 mobile app or leave written questions at the information desk.

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