Blockchain for Business Partners: Examples of Partners Innovating with IBM Blockchain

Food, Food Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Food Safety & Regulation,
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021

Business partners, including independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs), play an important role in helping businesses innovate with blockchain. Hear from business partners who have been working with IBM Blockchain Transparent Supply on how they are leveraging the technology to build transformative business models. The discussion will cover the range of partner engagements, lessons learned to date, and how the business partner ecosystem for blockchain is evolving.


Kathleen Cook, IBM Supply Chain Sales - Blockchain Transparent Supply

(Moderator) Kathleen Cook, IBM Supply Chain Sales - Blockchain Transparent Supply

Kathleen Cook is an experienced executive in innovative business areas. She helps companies build new business approaches to innovate their supply chains by taking out cost, proving provenance for increased product value, increasing brand trust and supply chain competency. Her focus spans Distribution, Ag and Food, Industrial/Automotive and Healthcare Industries. She brings to solution providers a history of business start-up, M&A, channel and advanced technologies including Blockchain, AI, IOT and Cloud.

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Keith Agoada, Producers Market

Keith Agoada, CEO, Producers Market

Keith Agoada, CEO has worked in the supply side of the agricultural industry for the past decade initially as the founder of commercial urban agriculture firm, Sky Vegetables, and over the last four years in international procurement development roles for UNFI, Global Organics, and Veg Fresh Farms. Keith speaks four languages: English, Spanish, Farmer, and Buyer. He maintains on the ground relationships with leading growers and packers in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Argentina, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Peru. Keith’s passion for supporting producers is the inspiration for the Producers Market.

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Robin Grumman Vogt, eProvenance

Robin Grumman-Vogt, CEO, eProvenance

Robin is a veteran at overseeing and managing organizations. She’s held senior positions integrating marketing, technology, human resources and learning, which is why she can keep everything and everyone connected and running smoothly across multiple offices and multiple times zones in two countries. Her strong intellect matched by her innate empathy, make her uniquely adept at seeing all sides of a situation and leading the team forward. Topping off her qualifications, Robin also happens to possess an exceptional ability to perceive flavors, aromas and general characteristics of a wine. Currently, Robin is the Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux à Boston.

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Who Should Attend?

Executive and management leadership at ISVs, SIs, VARs, and other business partner companies, ideally with domain expertise in supply chain.

What You Will Learn

  • What is IBM Blockchain Transparent Supply and how is it relevant for technology and channel partners?
  • How are ISVs and SIs partnering with Transparent Supply today to help their clients transform with blockchain?
  • What have been the key opportunities and challenges faced by blockchain business partners?
  • How is the blockchain business ecosystem growing and evolving?

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IBM Food Trust™, is the blockchain solution, that benefits all network participants with a safer, smarter, and more sustainable food ecosystem. The digitization of transactions and data provides a more efficient way of working across the supply chain, including growers, processors, shippers, retailers, regulators, and consumers. The solution provides authorized users with immediate access to actionable food supply chain data, from farm to store and ultimately the consumer. The complete history and current location of any individual food item, as well as accompanying information such as certifications, test data and temperature data, are readily available in seconds once uploaded onto the blockchain. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution is working to ensure that trust enables, rather than hinders, the expanding food system. With capabilities for safer food, longer shelf lives, reduced waste, faster traceability, and better access to shared information, IBM Food Trust can empower you to meet the new standard for transparency and trust.

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