Drew Ehlers is Zebra's Global Futurist and the Director of Portfolio Management for Enterprise Software within Zebra's Chief Technology Office (CTO). He contributes to the team that is building the transformative data services strategy and business pertinent to the Zebra Savanna™ data services platform. This includes emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain.
Mr. Ehlers has a background in developing and leveraging Internet of Thing (IoT) solutions in Manufacturing, Retail and Healthcare stemming from his experience in the medical device field of hearing healthcare. He was a member of the team that disrupted the hearing healthcare industry by leveraging emerging technologies to drive automation into the manufacturing and supply chain processes, including 3D printing and scanning. The team also developed an omnichannel strategy to enhance the in-store experience across 1600 retail locations through the utilization of mobile applications, WLAN, data analytics and sensors. In addition, Mr. Ehlers and his team developed the first hearing aid ecosystem for iOS and Android™ mobile devices to launch the “Connected Patient” solution, which includes applications, hearing aids, Bluetooth® technology, accessories; it was the first such solution to utilize 2.4ghz technology.
Today, Mr. Ehlers applies his expansive knowledge to assist Zebra, customers and partners in the evaluation of varying business models, processes, technologies and applications from the feasibility and performance perspectives. One of his strengths is helping customers determine whether to build, buy or partner to achieve solution goals, as he has deep experience in all three areas.