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Summit - 2017

Strategic Briefings and Real World insights on using the latest
in Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise

Keynote Presentation - Gartner 2018 Technology Trends Forecast

HOT OFF the presses - Todd Kimble, Executive Partner, will be coming straight from Gartner's annual Symposium and will share with you the latest and greatest Refresh Technology Trends from Gartner's Annual Symposium.  Todd will combine this presentation with key insights from Gartner's annual CIO Trends Survey.  Sample topics include: Digital Transformation, IOT, Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & more.  Make sure you see this critical presentation to learn where you should be focusing and the trends you should be watching!


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Todd Kimble, Vice President, Gartner Executive Programs

Todd Kimble is Vice President in Gartner’s Executive Programs group and leads a team of seasoned associates focused on supporting CIOs and executive clients across a wide variety of enterprise customers.  Before joining Gartner, Mr. Kimble was the global CIO for Ryan Specialty Group, a specialty insurance broker with offices across the U.S. and Europe. Before Ryan, he was the CIO for the largest division of Arthur J. Gallagher, a Fortune 1000 insurance broker. In both these positions, Mr. Kimble led efforts to transform the information technology groups, streamlining and improving IT support, speeding the development of new business capabilities, and leading the IT integration of dozens of acquisitions. Mr. Kimble started his career with Andersen Consulting, was a partner and managing director at Clarity Consulting, and was a Regional Director at Microsoft.

Keynote Panel: Emerging Technologies & Digital Transformation Stories

Learn from CIOs and Technology Leaders how they are using emerging technologies like IoT, Machine Learning, Robotics and more as they make the transition to a more digital Enterprise.


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Carla Peralta, Director of IT, Aspira Inc of Illinois

Carla Peralta is the Information Technology Director for Aspira Inc. of Illinois. Her professional and academic experiences afford a unique take on using technology for social change at an organization like ASPIRA by intersecting technology, education, and progressive project management.

Peter G. Logothetis, Senior VP and Group CIO, Allstate Insurance Companies

Peter joined Allstate Insurance in late 2011 as the VP and Divisional CIO for Claims Technology Services.  In 2015 he was promoted to Senior VP and Group CIO, with responsibility for Claims Technology Services, Life Insurance Technology, and Business Insurance Technology. Prior to Allstate, he spent 5.5 years as Head of Technology Services (CIO) at QBE the Americas, a member of the Australia-based QBE Group.

Jeff Martin AVP Customer Experience,  Motorist Insurance Group

Jeff Martin is currently the Assistant Vice President of Customer Experience for Motorists Insurance Group developing strategies and leading teams in the digital  transformation effort.  Jeff is former United States Marine with 20 years of experience in Information Technology with the past
11 years focused on customer facing technologies.  Jeff has a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Franklin University. 

Martin Biernat, Project Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Martin Biernat joined the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2015 and currently serves as its Project Director.  Upon joining MDA, Martin was responsible for the migration of the entire organization to O365.  His most recent work includes replacing an antiquated database system storing client records.  The replacement system is a unique implementation of Salesforce that incorporated many separate systems at MDA into one true client data source.


Moderator: Greg Woodard, Principal, Solve

Greg is a Principal with Solve, and is based in Chicago, IL. He architects solutions to provide data warehouses, dashboards and visualizations. The goal is data discovery, predictive analytics and reporting across the full breadth of functions within organizations. For the past 25 years, Greg has worked on BI and custom application solutions for Manufacturing, Supply Chain / Distribution, Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services, Telecom, and a variety of other industries.

Emerging Technologies & Digital Transformation Case Studies

Despite many grand promises, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all digital transformation playbook. What works for one organization may very well fall flat in another. Some transformations stem from a grand gesture from up top, others are forced by the moves of a competitive foe, while many have their humble origins in the courageous moves from a single executive. Mike Koleno, CTO at Solstice, will share unique insights on how successful organizations are approaching their unique journeys towards becomes a strong digital business.

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Mike Koleno, CTO, Solstice

Mike is a CTO at Solstice, a digital innovation firm. In this role, Mike leads the Solstice Cloud Native and Modern Software Engineering practice areas as well as the full stack development efforts across a wide-ranging set of clients including Rockwell Automation, Northern Trust, Country Financial, Kohler and more. Prior to joining Solstice, Mike spent over eight years at JPMorgan Chase in various application development and architecture roles across the bank's Treasury & Security Services, Card and Corporate Technology lines of business. When he isn't thinking about technology, Mike is spending as much time as he can with his wife and their three wonderful children.

A Proven Framework for the Successful Introduction of Emerging Technologies

NVISIA shares their proven framework for the successful assimilation of emerging technologies into a wide variety of enterprise situations. Over the past 26 years NVISIA has leveraged this framework to introduce a long list of key enterprise technologies including Java, .NET, JavaScript frameworks, REST and microservices. We will open with a brief overview of the framework’s three cornerstones ADOPT, BUILD & ENABLE. We will discuss the common entry points to each area and describe the interplay between each of these three key pillars. Finally, we will share some real framework samples using two hot emerging technologies in the enterprise: API Management and Containers (Docker).

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Shaun Lovick, President NVISIA

Shaun joined NVISIA as a junior consultant in 1995 and worked his way through the ranks to become President. Shaun brings an executive perspective on the imperative of innovation in today's digital enterprise.

Tracey Barrett, Managing Director NVISIA
Tracey is a Managing Director at NVISIA and regularly builds early-stage innovation teams for large enterprises as well as born in the cloud startups. 
Mark Panthofer, Vice President of NVISIA's Technology Center

Mark Panthofer heads up NVISIA's technology center and focuses on innovation enabling technologies and manages key partnerships including AWS and Docker. 

Using Cloud transformation and IoT to Transform your Entire Business 

We're at an inflection point right now, one that will determine industry leaders for the next decade, and will be deeply influenced (if not made) by cloud strategies. Learn how the cloud and Internet of Things transformed a 83-year old manufacturing company into a technology company. In addition to bringing computer costs down 98% and setup time down 99%. 


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Eric Dynowski, CEO and Co-Founder, focused on Technology Architecture & Engineering and Design, Turing Group

Eric is the CEO and Co-Founder, focused on Technology Architecture & Engineering and Design. With over 20 years in competitive, fast-moving industries, Eric has developed software, designed complex global infrastructures, and managed large technology installations for international pharmaceutical companies and private capital firms. His background in infrastructure design and integration, combined with his vision, has helped him to reduce budgets by millions while adding inherent value to existing departments through excellence in staff and deployment. Eric is also AWS Certified.

Bill Lowry, Vice President of Product Development, ServerCentral

Bill Lowry is Vice President of Product Development at ServerCentral where he leads product and service strategy.  For more than 20 years, Bill has held senior leadership positions overseeing the integration of security, storage, network, and data center technologies into innovative solutions for financial services, healthcare, utilities, and Fortune 500 companies. This includes roles at Terremark, Verizon, EMC, and Apple.  Bill earned a B.A in Advertising from Texas Tech University and resides in Dallas with his wife and children.

Communications Technology as an Enabler of Digital Transformation

Emerging technology creates more communication channels in the workplace than ever before, enabling physical presence to become less relevant. How do we implement advancements in communications technology without losing the critical relational aspects of communication? We will provide an overview of communications infrastructure and application trends that underpin the digital transformation. Managing the people parts of the digital transformation is a key success factor and we will share customer success stories around driving end user adoption, partnering versus purchasing, and influencing acceptance of transformation initiatives in corporate culture.


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Dave Clark, President, Impulse Advanced Communications

Dave Clark has held the position of President of Impulse Advanced Communications since the company's creation in April 2006. Mr. Clark joined Impulse, before its merger with NetLojix Communications, Inc., as Vice President and General Manager in 2001. Prior to joining Impulse, he served as the General Manager of NetLojix’s Internet services division, where he was responsible for sales, customer support and technical management, from 1997. Mr. Clark began his management career at Circuit City Stores, Inc., progressing through several retail management roles in Southern California prior to transitioning to the telecommunications industry.


Panel: Driving Long Term Growth and Continuous Customer Experience Development by Transitioning to the Digital Enterprise Foundation

Smart CIOs and Technology Leaders know that the key to driving scalable enterprise growth through technology innovation is by transitioning their technology stack, database and development processes to an overall digital enterprise architecture that enables them to consistently develop and deliver great, scalable customer experiences.

Endpoint apps can create immediate gains and excitement, but the core stack, database access and development process must be changed to create the speed and data integration required to provide the winning customer experience.

In this important session - we'll learn from leading edge executives how they are engineering their shift to their version of the digital enterprise to enable more innovative development environments that create winning customer experiences and rapid growth



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Antonio Daniels, Director, US IT Infrastructure Services, McDonald's Corporation

Antonio Daniels is the Director of Global Infrastructure and Architecture for McDonald’s Corporation. For over 20 years, Mr Daniels has provided strategic vision and subject matter expertise in both the public and private sectors. His current responsibilities include technology strategy and implementation for over 14,000 restaurants. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering in 1993, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 2015.


Michael A. Parker, Director of Data & Technology, Service Employees International Union

Serving as the Director of Data & Technology for Service Employees International Union, Michael has been with SEIU since 2014. Michael has provided technical leadership in defining a broad range of impactful data and data access services that enable SEIU to reach local affiliates and data partners including: NGPVan, Catalist, Targetsmart, and the Democratic National Committee. Over the course of two decades, Michael expanded his his data and engineering experience, progressing to large-scale data projects for national membership and trade associations.


Ajay Jain, Executive Director of Software Engineering, CME Group

Ajay Jain is Executive Director of Software Engineering at the CME Group. He is responsible for overseeing the front-end distribution systems development and in his current role he is responsible for the technology roadmap and global software delivery teams related to these systems. Prior to his current role Ajay has held significant positions in different divisions of CME Group.


Joel Keating Director of Technology, Expedia

Joel has worked in the e-commerce industry since 2000 and primarily in the online travel industry. Starting with Orbitz previous to its website's launch, through an IPO, and multiple acquisitions he's seen the drastic changes technology has brought to the industry. Currently working as Directory of Cloud and Virtualization engineering at Expedia Joel is diligently trying to enable his organization's migration to the cloud while also trying to manage the changing landscape of its data-centers.


Moderator: Grant Smith, Director, Tools and Solutions, Americas, LANSA

Grant has over 20 years of experience in the technology marketplace both here in the US and abroad − working with hundreds of companies to assist them in gaining real business value from their software investments.  Grant has spoken at numerous industry events such as COMMON, COMMON Europe, DevCon, and other user groups across the country.


Summit - 2016

Real World Insights and Strategic Briefings on using the latest in Emerging Technologies for Mid Market Companies & the Enterprise

The Impact of Digital and Business: Am I in the Rear View Mirror?

Today's Business Leaders understand that integrating digital into their product lines and service lines using Emerging Technologies is key to driving growth for the future. Stay current and gain strategic insights on the most important (and exciting!) Emerging Technologies that will give you the competitive edge for the Digital Enterprise.

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Carl Deal is Vice President, Team Lead with Gartner Executive Programs

Carl Deal is Vice President, Team Lead with Gartner Executive Programs supporting CIO’s and senior executives across the Global 1000. His primary areas of focus include global technology and business strategic planning, IT business optimization, technology innovation, and business re-engineering. Mr. Deal aids technology and business executives on strategy and innovation, helping them to more effectively lead their organizations through change and challenge, attain profitable growth and key business goals, provide increased thought leadership to their organizations, and better align their business and technology objectives.

Emerging Technology In the Enterprise

Join a panel of CIOs, Chief Innovation Officer and CTO discuss both the ACTUAL Emerging Technologies that they've used AND their process for integrating emerging technology into the Enterprise. Topics range from IOT, to Mobile, To New Cloud/Infrastructure, SAAS and more. Learn what technologies are REALLY making an impact today.



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Mike Graham , Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, National-Louis University

Mike Graham , Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, National-Louis University

Michael is currently Vice President of Information Technology at National Louis University here in Chicago. Previously he has worked as Chief Information Technology Officer at McNeese State University, and CIO at Bethany College in West Virginia.

Jim Petrassi, Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Health Care Service Corporation

Jim Petrassi, Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Health Care Service Corporation

Jim is responsible for developing a technology agenda to address market and IT capability demands. He leads the development of business value-focused technology strategies, methods, practices and standards within the organization.

Nazia Raoof, Managing Director--IT Business Partner, The PrivateBank

Nazia Raoof, Managing Director--IT Business Partner, The PrivateBank

Nazia spent the last 10 years of her career in the financial industry as a technology leader successfully directing innovative technology solutions, supporting business, bridging gaps and improving collaboration [globally] between business, technology and operations for companies like The PrivateBank, Northern Trust, Neuberger Berman, and Lehman Brothers.

Christopher Rence, Chief Information & Risk Officer, Digital River

Christopher Rence, Chief Information & Risk Officer, Digital River

In his role as Digital River’s senior vice president and chief information officer, Christopher Rence leads the company’s information technology (IT) organization. With more than 20 years of IT-related experience, he brings a wealth of technical and systems expertise to the position at Digital River. As chief information officer, Christopher is charged with transforming Digital River’s global enterprise IT architecture, tools, security, quality, governance, compliance and facilities.

Bill Stineman, Senior Director - Cloud Technologies

Moderator: Bill Stineman, Senior Director - Cloud Technologies, Avanade

Like you, Bill is looking to find new and innovative ways to apply cloud technologies to modern business problems.  As the lead for Avanade's Cloud practice for the Central US, Bill assists clients in exploring the impact of these technologies on their organization via his expertise and first-hand experience.  Since 2008, Bill has delivered results on the Microsoft cloud platform.  He resides in Minneapolis, MN.


Seeking Surfboards


Digital is never slowing down-- you can stand still and hope your business is strong enough to withstand the waves or you can ride them. In this talk, we'll discuss how to integrate emerging tech channels such as Chat Bots, AR/VR, and Connected Experiences into CX roadmaps. .

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Jared Johnson, Sr. Digital Strategist , Solstice Mobile

-Jared Johnson Principal Digital Strategist Solstice

Jared Johnson is a Principal Digital Strategist at Solstice. Over the last six years, Jared has been focused on helping the world's biggest brands connect with their customers and employees through digital. At Solstice, Jared is passionate about helping clients win with emerging technology, and delivering never-been-done-before digital experiences. Joining Solstice with a background in digital consulting and delivery, Jared thrives on ideating digital experiences that people love, all while helping brands' bottom line.

Launching a 20 year old company in the Cloud

What would you do with a clean technology slate for your organization?  Antares Capital has leveraged the opportunity of separating from GE Capital to create a full cloud based organization. Mary will explain how her team at Antares Capital have embraced the cloud model and implemented a server free, non-hybrid, cloud based infrastructure.  Mary will discuss Antares experience around where the Azure environment is ready for this deployment and where do you need to fill the gaps.  She will discuss the pitfalls and the successes of this tech forward solution

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Mary Cecola, CIO, Antares Capital

Mary is CIO of Antares Capital with over 25 years of experience supporting Global Asset Management and Financial Service organizations. She is an innovative Global Chief Information Officer with demonstrated success creating and executing technology strategies catalyzed with business strategy to transform organizations.  Mary is known as a change agent with diverse expertise and recognized acumen in understanding and resolving complex business and technology challenges.  Prior to her current role, Mary’s has been chief business technology officer for FHLB Des Moines and cio for Deutsche Asset Management Global Technology. 

Enabling Teams to Create the Future

How to Adapt to A Hybrid World
A recent survey conducted by 451 Research indicates that 70% of organizations have multiple clouds in use today. This provides a key opportunity: How do you deploy workloads across multiple clouds, with each workload residing wherever is best suited to its requirements?

Join ServerCentral’s ‎Director of Solutions Engineering , Eric Dominguez, ‎for a session on how to adapt to a hybrid world to benefit your business and technology.

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Bill Lowry, Vice President of Product, ServerCentral

Eric Dominguez, Director of Solutions Engineering, ServerCentral

Eric has spent his entire career in IT infrastructure. He has performed nearly every function available in the industry from technical support to physical plant data center operations, sales, sales engineering, vendor management, and the list continues. His unique ability to communicate complex technical details to engineers and business people alike sets him apart and allows him to cross-function across all aspects of datacenter, network, managed and cloud services. Eric is quick with a joke and will take any opportunity to entertain, educate, and enlighten on the subject matter in which he is an expert.

Panel Discussion #2: Machine Learning, Business Process Automation and Robotics

Machine Learning and Robotics is not just future tech for Movies like I-Robot. Every release of Siri, Cortana, Google Now and more is already in our hands and making a difference to our world NOW. But how are Mid Sized and Enterprise companies using Machine Learning today and preparing for the future. Join Industry Leader Raheem Hasan and his keynote panel for an inspiring and eye-opening keynote panel.

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Rob Gonda,  Vice President - Global Digital & Data,  McDonald's Corporation

Rob Gonda is currently a Corporate Vice President within the IT Solutions Organization. In his role, Rob leads the company’s digital technology strategy with a vision of providing superior experiences for all customers by always being situationally aware and contextually relevant.

Todd Nugent, Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago

Todd Nugent, Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago

Todd Nugent is currently teaching classes in IoT Architecture, Machine Learning and Cyber Security at the University of Chicago.  Mr. Nugent has spent over 25 years as the CIO of early adopter technology companies where he pioneered the creation and use of such early Machine Learning systems as airline crew scheduling systems, medical radiology review systems, automated legal document drafting and review systems as wells as cyber security log and access review alert systems.

A.J. Hanna, Executive Director - Ascension Ministry Service Center, Ascension Health

A.J. Hanna, Executive Director - Ascension Ministry Service Center, Ascension Health

A.J. Hanna has become a leading voice on the implementation of Intelligent Process Automation.  A.J. established and leads the automation Center of Expertise as the Executive Director of Professional Services at the Ascension Ministry Service Center, one of the early adopters of robotic process automation (RPA) technology in the shared service space. 

Mark Hoffmann, CIO, TCGRx

Mark Hoffmann, CIO, TCGRx

Mr Hoffmann has a passion for driving organizational change and increased profitability through process and technology improvements. His core competency is in developing teams focused on the superior execution of business systems solution delivery. He has experience leading dispersed teams at both the regional and international levels. His ability to partner with the business combined with his ability to develop and lead high performing technology teams has resulted in the successful delivery of numerous multi-million dollar initiatives that were taken from idea to completion. He is currently serving as the CIO of a privately held pharmacy workflow and robotic solutions provider where he is responsible for all technology and customer service functions within the corporation.

Raheem Hasan, President and Co-Founder of Institute for Robotic Process Automation

Moderator: Raheem Hasan, President and
Co-Founder of Institute for Robotic Process Automation

As a strategic and results-focused professional commanding more than 25 years of cross-functional marketing, sales and product management success on a global scale, Raheem Hasan has proven himself a versatile professional committed to excellence. Since his role as Strategic Planner for IBM in 1996, Raheem has developed vast expertise in balancing strategy and pragmatic “hands-on” go-to-market program execution across product management, portfolio marketing, planning and program management. He has served in progressive positions for a number of large global organizations as well as start-up ventures.




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