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Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Independent at Northwestern University

Mike was the co-founder and CEO of Opex Analytics, an AI firm that grew to 140 people from 2013 to 2019 when LLamasoft acquired it. Opex Analytics worked primarily with Fortune 500 companies. Coupa acquired LLamasoft in late 2020. At Coupa, he was VP of AI Center of Excellence until Dec 2021. Mike is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He teaches Operations Excellence, Managerial Analytics, and Optimization in various Masters programs. He is the lead author of the books “Supply Chain Network Design” and “Managerial.”


Track: Life Science and Healthcare

Workforce Optimization Deep-Dive: The Six-Steps to Achieving Comprehensive Workforce Planning & Scheduling Optimization

This soup-to-nuts deep-dive into workforce optimization is for analytics leaders anywhere along their journey in taking a data-driven approach to workforce planning and scheduling decisions. Drawn from the presenters’ real-world experience with various project implementations and interviews with industry leaders, this session will cover: – Cataloging employee skills and work activities & taxonomy creation – Benchmarking performance metrics – Forecasting and capacity planning – Operational scheduling – Tactical Planning – Strategic Planning.