The current state of digital transformation & automation is creating challenges and opportunities for all businesses as companies are changing the way they operate. Are you keeping up? This six workshop series will help you build a solid understanding of the impact of new technologies so you are ready to move your organization forward. This series is designed for all whose industries are being challenged & stretched by the rapid rate of technological advancements. 

About the Presenter

OliverOliver Buechse

Oliver Buechse is the CEO of Advancing Digital, providing education and consulting services on Navigating Digital Transformation.  Advancing Digital is an evolution of Advancing AI Wisconsin which he co-founded and led from 2017-2019.

Oliver also serves as Executive in Residence – Digital Transformation at the Cofrin School of Business at UW Green Bay (starting February of 2020).  He further teaches the MBA course “Waves of Disruption” at St. Norbert College and has been featured keynote speaker throughout the State on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and other disruptive trends.

Oliver originally learned the strategy business in Germany, Austria and California during his time with McKinsey & Company and subsequently as SVP of Strategy for Union Bank and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.  He came to Wisconsin in 2010 as Chief Strategy Officer for Associated Bank.

He is a Board member of the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation and in this role has helped build the first online marketplace for Financial Education –  He is a founding Board member of FINN, the Forum for Innovation, driving improvements to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Wisconsin, a director emeritus of New North and an active member of the New North Business Intelligence Committee.

Oliver holds a PhD in Economic Psychology from Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt/Austria.  He lives in De Pere with his wife and three of his four sons.

Dates & Sessions

From Toys and Tools to the Fabric of our Lives - How Robots will Evolve 

April 21, 2020 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • Historically there has been a great divide between the use of robots in real life and the illustration of robots in Science Fiction movies where they are often indispensable companions to humans. This divide is beginning to close as robots are advancing rapidly in mobility, flexibility of movement, and the ability to communicate (powered by AI). In this seminar we will explore the inevitable evolution of the use of physical and virtual robots in arenas as diverse as manufacturing, service industries, knowledge management, elder care, education, and home security. We will also examine the implications of these trends for social structures and the concept of privacy.

Preparing for the Great Talent Transformation

May 19, 2020 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • The era of the Great Transformation has begun, and disruptive technologies will cause the greatest shift in human activity in history. Wile most companies are currently focused on filling talent gaps, the near future will hold a very different set of challenges. Companies will benefit from understanding the talent impact early and developing talent readiness plans for the digital age. Participants will learn about the various dimensions of a talent readiness plan and explore examples of companies who are ahead in their level of preparation.

Will Industry 5.0 Change the Automation Pathway?

June 16, 2020 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

  • Automation has many faces, from optimizing individual features of the production environment to automating isolated production steps or to connecting the flow across an entire process. With Industry 4.0 come further opportunities from connected data and digital insights, but also substantial investment requirements. Industry 5.0 is already looming on the horizon and promises to redefine human-machine collaboration. In this seminar we will examine the nature of these various automation horizons and explore if/how companies have to work through each horizon or could find opportunities to leapfrog and save time and money while doing so.

Bitcoin vs Organic Tomato - The Promises and Challenges of Blockchain

September 22, 2020 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • Blockchain is a frequently discussed topic, but it is not one that is easy to understand. This seminar will remove this issue by establishing a solid foundation of knowledge. We will start by looking at the original concept of blockchain in the context of facilitating cryptocurrency transactions. We will examine the four promises of Trust, Transparency, Security and Efficiency and how they were being achieved. When Blockchain is applied to other use cases, for example to Trade Finance or Supply Chain solutions, a few challenges related to the technology need to be understood. We will explore these challenges and also look at technology evolutions, both within the Blockchain family and select alternative Distributed Ledger options.

The Digital Transformation of Wisconsin

October 20, 2020 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

  • Where does Wisconsin stand in the era of digital disruption? Who is leading the way? What will it take to create the most favorable outcomes for our industries, businesses, and individual careers? We will evaluate these questions based on a comprehensive inventory of the digital ecosystem and a creative exploration of transformative strategies – many of which are beginning to take root in the State.


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Each session will be held in the Center for Business & Industry building at NTC's Wausau campus. 


$75 per session

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you are unable to attend your scheduled course, please contact us prior to the start date of the course. This will ensure that we can provide a full refund of your course fees. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevented you from attending a course, please contact our office as soon as possible. If we do not receive any correspondence from you, you will be responsible for full payment of course fees.

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