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Mid Market CIO and Technology Leader Blueprint Summit - 2017

Get Actionable Strategies from your peers on the key areas needed to drive growth as a CIO/Technology Leader
in the Mid Market Company

Online Training Modules

Leadership Challenges for Mid Market CIO’s and Technology Leaders


The real challenges are rarely the technologies themselves.  The challenges exist in the CIO Ecosystem of People – Solutions – Customers.   Understanding each part of the Ecosystem along with their interdependencies is where real success can be found in leading organizations through tumultuous technical times.

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Presentor:

John Quirk, Partner, PSC

John Quirk, Partner, PSC

John has been responsible for managing PSC's Chicago area operations since 2008. John has extensive experience in leading consulting organizations and providing solutions to clients. John first became involved with collaboration technologies as he created the first use of Lotus Notes at Bank of America. He then moved to Xpedior, Inc, where, as the Global Practice Leader - Enterprise Portals and Knowledge Management, he worked closely with senior executives to provide strategic guidance on e-Business, Enterprise Portal / Knowledge Management and many initiatives.Since joining PSC in 2004, John led the Enterprise Applications and the Advisory Services practices before taking on his current role of Vice President of Operations. As a Partner of the PSC, John oversees all aspects of our Chicago operation. He has been extensively involved in the creation of our Five Points of Excellence program and has helped lead the organization through a phase of steady and consistent growth.


Keynote Panel: Top Challenges and Opportunities - Top projects budgets, biggest challenges

Learn How leading CIO & Technology Leaders are handing their top Leadership Challenges as they drive change.

 

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Panelists:

Gene Schaff, Director of IT, Tiller Corporation

Gene Schaff joined Tiller Corporation in 1990 as an application developer.  In 1993 he was promoted to Director of IT and is responsible for all IT services provided by Tiller Corporation and its subsidiaries.

 

Tom Drez, CIO/CPO/CSO, Christian Brothers Services

Tom Drez serves as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director of the Information & Technology Services (ITS) Division of Christian Brothers Services (CBS).  Tom joined CBS in 1987 to lead the division and take on the responsibility to strategically apply information technology to the business as an enabler to achieve desirable results. 

 

Brian Cleveland, Vice President IT,  Vi Senior Living

Brian Cleveland leads the technology strategy and IT program execution at Vi Senior Living. He is responsible for the management and support of the information technology department which includes enterprise applications, information security, and the underlying networks and systems including the data center. 

 

Mark Shipman, Director IT Operations, Vibes Media

Mark Shipman, Director IT Operations, Vibes Media

Mark Shipman currently leads Information Security and Infrastructure at Vibes in downtown Chicago. For almost 30 years he has helped companies across the globe build world class data center infrastructures and comply with the ever-changing landscape of information security and compliance

 

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.


Find Your Gold! A Practical Approach to Maximizing IT’s Business Value through Alignment and Focus

Within a leaner mid-market organization, technology leaders need a PRACTICAL framework to categorize, manage and sustain alignment with business imperatives. Your organization’s growth and ability to capitalize on innovation may be fueled [or hindered] by how effectively it can align business initiatives with IT resource capacity, flexibility, speed to execute, and capability. Transforming the mindset of IT and internal and external business partners is crucial to maximizing your extended IT team’s business value. A simple approach to collaborate, educate and communicate on an aligned vision in order to “find your gold” will be presented that focuses on placing your premium IT resources onto the highest valued initiatives… while agreeing what not to waste their time with.

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Presentor:

Biff L. Myre, Director, Onx

Biff L. Myre, Director, Onx

Biff is a thought leader in the realm of availability, resiliency, and disaster recovery and business continuity. A consummate professional who works within many regulated industries including financial, insurance, transportation, utilities, and healthcare.


Leadership Blueprint: Running IT Like A Business.

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Michael Rapken, CTO, Press Ganey Associates

Michael Rapken, CTO, Press Ganey Associates

Michael Rapken brings more than 30 years of strategic business and technology experience to his role as Chief Technology Officer of Press Ganey. Michael’s diverse industry background and honed skills combine to provide pragmatic leadership for the daily IT operations and software development at the firm. As CTO, Michael is responsible for IT Strategy, IT Operations and development of our client facing solutions. He is dedicated to delivering forward thinking and reliable solutions for Press Ganey’s clients in their mission to provide the best patient experience across the care continuum. Prior to joining Press Ganey, Michael was Senior Vice President of Business Consulting at Genesis10, a national IT and Business Consulting company, headquartered in New York, New York.


Midcap Innovation blueprint - Get out of the operations business and into the Innovation business.

Learn how one CIO/Technology Leader did it and the key strategies for you to make the move.

 

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Greg Gleason, Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information Services, College of American Pathologists

Greg Gleason has been with The College of American Pathologists (the CAP) for over 5 years, following a career in strategy consulting. Originally from Chicago, he received his MBA from The University of Chicago in Finance and Accounting following an undergraduate degree in Economics; Greg is a Certified Public Accountant. Following an initial career in public accounting, Greg held senior management and practice leadership positions with several global strategy and technology consulting firms. At the CAP, he currently has responsibility for the 100 staff IS group and, as CIO, has a leadership role related to informatics, the role of technology in product/service development, and health IT. Greg has a deep interest in economic history, the development of computers and information systems, and the impact of digital technology on behavior and ethics.


Panel - Midcap Innovation: Learn how you can reorganize and energize your IT shop from a IT Operations Shop to a Innovative Development and Growth Driver for the business

Case Study of health system transformation to deliver highly improved customer experience. Revealed findings about customer differentiation techniques, how to evaluate customer expectations and how to derive relevant comparisons to other industry benchmarks. Summary of techniques to set quantitative KPIs that reveal the improvement initiative outcomes and affect.

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John Squeo, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Thorek Community Hospital

John Squeo, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Thorek Community Hospital


John leads the Office of Innovation and is responsible for Business Intelligence, Risk Analytics, IT, Quality Analytics, Digital & Marketing and growth strategies.

 

Greg Gleason, Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information Services, College of American Pathologists

Greg Gleason has been with The College of American Pathologists (the CAP) for over 5 years, following a career in strategy consulting. Originally from Chicago, he received his MBA from The University of Chicago in Finance and Accounting following an undergraduate degree in Economics; Greg is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Fred Bailey, CIO, PaperSource 

Highly experienced IT Management Professional with a record of developing and supporting successful IT projects and solutions incorporating a wide range of applications and technologies. As CIO, has used Innovation to help Transform the whole application portfolio to make the business more scalable with data driven decisions. 

 

Jeff Laurinaitis, Managing Director - RKON Technologies, Inc

Jeff Laurinaitis, Managing Director  - RKON Technologies, Inc

Under Jeff’s executive leadership the past 11 years, RKON has grown to become one of the premier Services Provider for the Mid-Market across the country. A broad range of Fortune 2000 companies turn to RKON to solve their toughest IT challenges.


Case Blueprint/Case Study: How to Lead an ERP and Live to Tell About It  

Leading an ERP project is a daunting task. It’s not something that a company needs to do very often so we don’t have a lot of experience in it when we are asked to use our skills to make that project successful. In this session, Todd Watkins will explain the lessons he learned along the way in order to help you lead an ERP project. Attendees will hear some practical tips as well as things to avoid that Todd wishes he had known before leading an ERP. A range of topics will be covered such as budgeting, selecting an implementation partner, testing and scripting, working with 3rd party vendors, knowing when to go live, post go live support, and much more.

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Todd Watkins, VP Information Services, Tyndale House Publishers

Todd Watkins, VP Information Services, Tyndale House Publishers

Todd Watkins is the Vice President of Information Services at Tyndale House Publishers in Carol Stream, IL. Having served at Tyndale for over 10 years, his previous positions included Project Manager and Design Manager. In those positions, Todd was responsible for overhauling several internal systems to streamline the publishing process. He has also worked as a developer, network administrator, and system administrator. In 2015, he was asked to lead Tyndale’s ERP implementation of JD Edwards.

 

 


Panel- Transformative Leadership and Business Driver

Run IT like a business, earn Respect of Business and transform the company.

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Ravi Pakala, Sr. Director - Enterprise Architecture, Northwestern Mutual

As a Sr. Director of Enterprise Architecture at the Northwestern Mutual, Ravi is responsible for enabling digital transformation efforts through driving the overall Digital platform and technology strategy for Northwestern Mutual, Enterprise Business Technology planning, and R&D.

 

Nelson Still, Director, North America IT, Manpower Group

Nelson Still, Director, North America IT, Manpower Group

Nelson Still was appointed Director, North America IT for Manpower Group in November, 2014. In this position, he oversees Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure, Development, ERP systems, Business Intelligence, Integration and Business Analysis - he oversees teams of on-shore, off-shore and managed service resources.

 

Patrick Emmons, Founder of DragonSpears
 
Patrick's focus on taking the best of software development methodologies and applying them to building applications that support business goals, has created a solid foundation for the success of DragonSpears. Patrick is an accomplished technical architect who spent the past 15 years as co-founder and COO of Adage Technologies.

 


Success Factors: Getting Cloud to Work for You

A little over 10 years ago Amazon Web Services launched with little fanfare. 5 years later Cloud technologies were still in their infancy and the idea of adopting cloud services to replace on-premise infrastructure was something to be addressed at a later date. Now is that later date. Given the maturation and success of public cloud products, we are finding more and more organizations looking for opportunities to adopt Cloud services. It’s common for companies to approach this with a lift-and-shift strategy in mind, which often ends with an organization having made little improvements and their data is both on-site and off. In these situations, we find little effort has been made to assess if cloud products are the best fit for these unique environments and even less consideration is given to the most effective rollout strategy. While we understand that Cloud products offer a convincing value proposition in terms of cost and maintenance, rushing into a solution demonstrates a myopic view of the long-term. Cloud resources are much more than inputs into a cost calculation, moving to Cloud is a long-term strategic decision that needs to be done right. Companies that invest in strong foundations are building stronger, more robust, and flexible systems that integrate easily and serve their business’s better, now and long into the future.

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Joseph Steelman, Management Consultant, Kenway Consulting

After graduating from the University of Chicago’s Economics Department, Joe started his career in the derivatives trading industry designing and building front end trading systems, which instilled a respect and admiration for the power of technology to drive business objectives. In 2015, Joe joined Kenway Consulting to help more business unleash the power of technology and has been a leader in Kenway’s Application Development and IT Strategy work across a broad range of industries, clients, and technologies. He is currently leading Kenway’s Cloud Strategy Practice, which puts him in a good position to comment on how the Enterprise IT environment is changing and the direction Kenway believes it is headed.


A Framework for Success: Creating a Winning Cloud Service Portfolio
 
Cloud consumption has been steadily adopted by startups and new application developers. However, many commercial and enterprise organizations struggle to realize the same benefits in conjunction with their existing data centers and applications. In this session, you will learn how to implement a service portfolio that includes private data centers, colocation, enterprise and public cloud computing that will give you immediate successes and long-term flexibility.

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Aaron Shaver, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, US Signal Company

Aaron Shaver, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, leads US Signal’s long-term technology vision, and is responsible for strategic customer partnerships, university collaboration, industry thought leadership and advanced technical solutions.
Prior to joining US Signal, Aaron served as the Executive Director of Information Management for Spectrum Pennock Health Services. He has also lead research and development for US Signal, establishing the MPLS, Carrier Ethernet and Cloud practices.  Aaron has a 20-year background in telecommunications, data center design and information security.
Aaron holds a doctorate in information assurance and computer science and a Master of Science in Information Security.  His research focused on enterprise disaster recovery and mitigation.​

 

The Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Transformation for the Mid Market


Statistically, IT departments spend roughly 80% of their budget on maintaining existing systems. With business executives still expecting agility and new solutions, IT must maximize the remaining 20%. Mid-market companies have the same digital transformation aspirations as large companies. Since they have smaller budgets and fewer resources to get it done, there is less room for error. Learn how emerging technologies are influencing where mid-market companies invest their IT dollars to fast-track their digital business.

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David Brault, Product Marketing Manager, LANSA

As Product Manager at LANSA, David Brault draws on his 20+ years in the application development market to help determine the market direction for LANSA's products. David s experience includes extensive involvement integrating various Microsoft, IBM, Web and Mobile technologies with back-office and ERP systems. David is a member of an IBM advisory council called CAAC and a frequent speaker at industry events.


 

 

 


Project Portfolio Blueprint

Managing multiple complex projects with limited resource

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Akrom Hossain, Senior Global IT Director, Laboratory Operations Center of Excellence, Mérieux NutriSciences

Akrom Hossain serves as Senior IT Director for the Laboratory IT Center of Excellence at Merieux NutriSciences for the last two years for 100+ accredited labs in 21 countries. Before joining Meriux, he was the informatics services director at Abbott Diagnostics for more than ten years. Akrom is a healthcare IT executive who leads global commercialization of informatics products and analytic services to improve clinical, operational, and strategic metrics of care provider entities and laboratory services. He leads global deployment of informatics solutions to hospitals and laboratories by providing oversight, direction, and guidance to the service directors and man agers. He has 20+ years of experience in the diversified areas of IT application, infrastructure, and data services. Akrom holds MS Statistics, MS Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, and MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

 


Panel - Managing Multiple Complex Projects with Limited Resources

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Chris Comerford, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Adler Planetarium

Chris Comerford, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Adler Planetarium

Chris Comerford joined the Adler in May 2016, bringing almost two decades of experience in leadership, strategy, and technology. He has successfully led a series of initiatives to enable organizational priorities through technology in both the academic and private sectors. 


Tom Irvine, CIO, The Chicago Community Trust

Tom Irvine oversees the direction, support and maintenance of all hardware and software systems used by the Trust. With more than 25 years of experience, Irvine provides technology vision, leadership and direction in support of the foundation’s priorities to deliver excellent service, maximize impact, and increase efficiencies in its operations. 

 

Akrom Hossain, Senior Global IT Director, Laboratory Operations Center of Excellence, Mérieux NutriSciences

Akrom Hossain serves as Senior IT Director for the Laboratory IT Center of Excellence at Merieux NutriSciences for the last two years for 100+ accredited labs in 21 countries. Before joining Meriux, he was the informatics services director at Abbott Diagnostics for more than ten years.

 

   

 

   
 

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