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Summit - 2019

Two Sides of the Emerging Technology Coin- The Leading Edge and Leveraging "Common" Emerging Technologies

Keynote Presentation - Gartner 2020 Technology Trends Forecast

Carl Deal, 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. Carl will combine this presentation with key insights from Gartner's annual CIO Trends Survey.

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Presenter:

Carl Deal,Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner

Carl  supports CIOs 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.


Keynote Panel: The People, Process and Technology Lessons Learned from Leveraging "common" emerging technologies.


For most companies, the more “common” emerging technologies are less leading edge and more of the early majority type of technologies, like Cloud, Low Code, IOT and Analytics and more. So these implementations are perfect to explore the real challenges of change - the People, Process & Technologies. Learn how these leaders are driving real change in their organization as they implement these emerging technologies

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Panelists

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. 

   

Sai Ravichandran, Director of IT, The Morton Arboretum

Sai Ravichandran is an information technology executive with experience in not for profit and academic environments. She is currently the Director of Information Technology at the Morton Arboretum. In her current role, she directs the digital and technology strategy and is responsible for enterprise system and applications, information security and communication and collaboration systems. Prior to the Arboretum, she worked at Western Michigan University and the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. She is a Kellogg Executive Scholar and holds a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, India and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Western Michigan University. She is PMP certified and ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

   

Scott D. Jessee, PMP, Vice President, Data and Information Technology, Delta Dental Plans Association

Scott Jessee has over 17 years’ experience in the financial services and healthcare industries. He joined Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA) in 2012 and is currently serving as the vice president of data and information technology where he oversees technology strategy, product and application management, security, infrastructure, architecture, data strategy and data operations. Prior to DDPA, Scott worked for 10 years within information technology at CNA Insurance, a Fortune 500 property and casualty B2B insurance carrier, primarily focusing on delivery, application development and support of CNA’s policy administration, claims, underwriting, sales and distribution, and specialty systems. As a seasoned executive, Scott has extensive expertise in building cross-functional strategies, analyzing complex business situations, enabling digital capabilities, developing innovative options, and elevating collaboration to value within the Board suite. Scott earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Indiana University Kelley’s School of Business, followed by the completion of a M.B.A. in finance from DePaul University.

   

Karen Wiltgen, Principal, RSM US LLP

Karen Wiltgen is a principal in RSM’s Management Consulting practice.  She brings over 25 years of experience specializing in software selection, business improvement and transformation, IT governance optimization and systems implementation. Her industry experience includes manufacturing, business & professional services, not-for-profit, insurance and healthcare.  She has over 12 years experience performing digital transformation assessments that help management align technology to the business strategy and position their organization for success.


How a Cognitive Enterprise re-invents from the inside out

A new era of business reinvention is dawning. The 'outside-in' digital transformation focus is giving way to the 'inside-out' potential of reshaped standard business architectures and intelligent workflows thanks to an unprecedented convergence of forces and exponential technologies. This framework has given birth to Cognitive Enterprises who are defining and pursuing a bold vision to realize new sources of value and restructure their industries, missions and business models. Hear how and where executives are focusing on becoming smarter businesses to take advantage of exponential technologies and capitalizing on vast amounts of data to reinvent and transform from within.

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Presenter

Dan Sutherland, IBM Services, Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Data Platforms/Cognitive Process Transformation

Dan is known for providing exceptional executive leadership as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Data Platforms CTO. He is an expert at transforming a client's strategic business vision into innovative solutions while exploiting leading edge technologies. An accomplished Chief Solutions Architect, Dan has defined his career by taking on the most challenging and complex assignments focusing on resolving complex data architecture and design issues. He is at his best when advising on very large, high volume data-centric projects where sound data architecture and design techniques are key components to a successful solution implementation.


Innovation as a Service; a deep dive into FWD19, Solstice's Annual Digital Innovation Summit

Join us as we explore how Solstice | Kin and Carta leverages innovation as a service to produce immersive emerging technology experiences that showcase the art of the possible. Discover how these experiences have directly impacted peoples’ lives and businesses by creating new perspectives, ways of thinking, and, ultimately, have become shared breakthrough discoveries that drive change and accelerate innovation.

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Presenter

Ryan Maguire, CTO & VP of Strategic Growth and Emerging Capabilities, Solstice

Ryan Maguire is CTO & VP of emerging capabilities and partnerships at Solstice. He has 18 years of experience helping large organizations grow by making data-driven decisions and optimizing human and business capital. His foundation in the technology industry includes experience in delivering quality digital solutions, developing resilient business partnerships, and transforming corporate cultures. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's in information technology management.


From Runbooks to Playbooks - Transforming Platform Operations to Support Microservices Architecture and Beyond

Mayank, as a Senior Platform Service Manager, describes his journey at Uline from traditional monolithic applications to open source powered Microservices and beyond. He describes the motivations for starting the journey and some important lessons learned along the way.  The presentation, concludes with deeper dive into a recent chapter of the journey where Mark joined the team for a discovery and road map initiative to define Uline's approach to containers, kubernetes and service mesh with an on-prem, cloud portable platform. 

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Mayank Joshi, Sr. Platform Services Manager, Uline
 

Mayank has more than 15 years of experience in Systems engineering and architecture. He currently manages the Java Engineering and Purchasing modernization teams at Uline. At Uline, Mayank built the "Platform Services" team to extablish and support critical Platform Engineering and Operations functions. Applying principles of GitOps and infrastructure-as-code(IaC), his team employed a hybrid approach using a mix of open source and commercial tools to leverage the power of declarative constructs in building a scalable platform for running a enterprise class micro-service based architecture.

   

Mark Panthofer, VP - DevOps and Container Platforms, NVISIA


As a software engineer, solution architect and author, Mark provides expert guidance to regional IT organizations in the area of DevOps, Kubernetes, Service Mesh and Cloud Native technology adoption.  In March he published a book, Mastering Docker Enterprise (Packt Publishing). He also manages NVISIA's Docker Enterprise Partnership and works closely with the Docker Enterprise Professional Services teams as a Docker-accredited consultant and Docker Certified Associate, where he provides advisory services on the best practices for adopting Docker and Kubernetes for developers, DevOps, and operations teams. In addition to consulting,  Docker Enterprise Training organization as an active member of the Docker Curriculum Committee and as an accredited instructor. He is also a co-organizer of the Docker Chicago and the Docker Milwaukee meetups.

 

 


Serverless Computing: Where and How It Can Provide A Competitive Advantage.


Serverless computing can provide a competitive advantage in the speed of your application development and your digital transformation agility. Your developers need not worry about infrastructure management. Applications can scale automatically, mirroring their actual usage and demand without impacting end user experience. And cost is based on the amount of resources consumed rather than on pre-purchased units of capacity. In this session you will learn about the ideal fit for Serverless Computing environments and where it fits vs Containerization.  We will also present case studies on how enterprises have practically implemented Serverless Computing to solve their business and IT challenges. 

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Brian Quinn, Vice President Global Services, CBTS   

Brian is responsible for delivering services to CBTS’ largest customers. These services range in scope from developing cloud-native applications in public clouds to the deployment and management of private clouds leveraging VMWare and OpenStack. Brian also leads a Research and Development program focused on Cloud-Native application development for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) including edge computing analytics and large-scale data ingestion.

 


Case Study: CDW Robotic Process Automation (RPA) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Review

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can complement human activities and mimic repetitive, decision-based processes on the desktop. Given standardized data inputs, our bots are driving transactions through workflows, freeing coworkers to consider the more tactical and strategic aspects of their roles. Artificial intelligence (AI) has now come of age. CDW refers to this as the Age of With: a world where humans are aided and augmented by automation. The power of automation is the power to reimagine the way organizations do things. But that can only happen when organizations understand the tools AI gives them and are ready to absorb and adopt these technologies. With Intelligent Solutions (RPA, AI), CDW is transforming their business processes - not only achieving higher speed and precision, but also automating predictions and decisions on the basis of structured and unstructured inputs. Our case study reveals that three primary benefits increased productivity & cost reduction; greater accuracy; and an improved customer experience.

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Quentin Kenny, Program Manager: Intelligent Solutions - RPA, CDW

With a record of heading successful large-scale Projects as a Lead Application Developer on the Enterprise Solutions team and a history of saying “Yes” to learning new technologies, Quentin was tasked with leading the operationalization of RPA at CDW. The success of a pilot process had CDW looking to onboard RPA into its stable of established applications and delivery practices. In effect, this meant inaugurating the RPA COE while simultaneously finding and delivering on valuable use cases across the breadth of CDW business units. Having instituted a more robust delivery methodology and with increasing confidence from each successive use case, Quentin is looking toward further scaling of RPA at CDW and the transformational nature it can bring to work. Quentin is especially inspired by the opportunity that automation presents for CDW coworkers to critically consider long-standing business processes which, for lack of time due to the demands of completing said processes, have long gone unexamined.

   

Andre Coetzee, Enterprise Solutions Engineer: Intelligent Solutions - AI, CDW

As an Enterprise Solutions Engineer at CDW, Andre Coetzee has successfully delivered solutions for eCommerce, including most recently, managing a program to migrate CDW's eCommerce sites from a monolithic code base to a microservices-based solution. Relying on experience delivering solutions on platforms as diverse as IBM mainframe and Microsoft .NET, Andre has embraced a new challenge of addressing business problems by integrating machine learning into business applications. He has worked to scale solutions incorporating machine learning by applying best practices building enterprise systems.

   
Joe Kessler, Machine Learning Specialist: Intelligent Solutions - AI, CDW

Drawing upon over 20 years of architecture and development experience, Joe offers wisdom from many technologies while also looking forward to the machine learning revolution. An innovator at heart, Joe has been involved in many projects at CDW that have had important business and customer impact, as well as operational and development efficiency gains. Joe's passion is bringing together different techniques and technologies to create new solutions.

Keynote Panel:  The Leading Edge

Learn how a few select companies are actually leveraging the hottest in emerging technologies, ranging from A/I and Robotics to Block Chain and more!


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Panelists

Jeanette Shutay,  Sr. Director, Advanced Analytics, HAVI

Jeanette Shutay is Senior Director of Advanced Analytics where she leads the Center of Excellence at HAVI, which is a leading organization whose services provide insights and solutions for the world’s largest foodservice brands.  In her role at HAVI, Jeanette provides cross-organizational and advanced analytics leadership supporting major company initiatives that involve data science research and software development.  She has extensive experience working within the supply chain industry relating to forecasting and promotional analytics.  Jeanette also works as an adjunct faculty member where she provides dissertation-related methodological guidance for doctoral learner and develops data science courses.  Throughout her career, Jeanette has served various functions in the analytics space, including assessment development, program evaluation, and statistical consulting.

   

Mohammed Owais Nasir, Director, Enterprise Architecture, Aon

Mohammed Owais Nasir is an accomplished Technology Strategy leader focusing on Intelligent Automation, DevOps, Cloud, and Analytics. He is currently working as Director, Enterprise Architecture in the CTO function for Aon where he also leads Aon’s Technology Architecture Board for adoption of new technology standards globally.  Most recently, he has been leading Aon’s Cloud DevSecOps transformation initiative with a particular focus on self-service cloud enablement for startups and innovation focused BUs at Aon. This year he has also be involved with Aon’s contact center transformation program, including the adoption of AI/Low-code capabilities to modernize the platform for enhanced experience and scale. Prior to that he led the strategy and architecture for Aon’s Enterprise Analytics Platform that was stood up for Aon business units globally. Mohammed is based in the Chicagoland area where he acquired his undergraduate and graduate management degrees from Northwestern University. In 2019, he also completed a certificate program from MIT on Artificial Intelligence, which continues to be a particular area of interest for him among emerging technologies.

 

   

Suresh Bellam , Head of Enterprise Architecture, CDW

Suresh Bellam is Head of Enterprise Architecture at CDW. Responsible to lead the development and evolution of the enterprise architecture (EA) program which ensures that CDW IT is properly aligned as an enabler of CDW’s business strategy. Act as a thought leader to drive overall business value by recommending technologies that leverage CDW’s best practices and standards, while also identifying ways to improve existing enterprise assets and business applications. Suresh loves technology and its application in helping companies drive growth, deliver productivity and inspire innovation. Over the past 20 years, Suresh had the chance to work in multiple industries, countries and companies. Suresh holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's in management information systems.

   

Anoop Verma, MS MBA PMP Director, IT - Custom Software Development and Emerging Technologies Innovation The Joint Commission

Anoop Verma leads Technical Product Management and Enterprise Applications for a not for profit global leader in healthcare dedicated to patient safety and healthcare quality. Prior to this, he led strategy, planning, architecture and delivery function in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He has led as well as advised on major organizational transformations from Waterfall to Agile project portfolio delivery, from cost center to change catalyst, and tactical service provider to innovation partner. With over 20 years of technology and business leadership, Mr. Anoop Verma has the unique experience and practical insights on Organizational Agility and how a structured approach to customer experience is critical in achieving this. With Project Management, Lean, Six Sigma and Change Management experience, he has led organizations convert disruptions into opportunities to deliver sustainable value, in both large firms as well as high growth mid-size organizations. An inspirational leader, Mr. Verma graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (earlier called University of Roorkee), India before getting his Master’s degree from Wayne State University, Detroit and M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

Summit - 2018

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

Keynote Presentation - Gartner 2018 Technology Trends Forecast

Carl Deal, 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. Carl will combine this presentation with key insights from Gartner's annual CIO Trends Survey.

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Presentor:

Carl Deal,Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner

Carl  supports CIOs 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.


Keynote Panel: Emerging Emerging Tech Today- How area companies are already using emerging tech in their business and how they are either using or plan to use new, emerging technologies

Learn how area companies are already using emerging tech in their business and how they are either using or plan to use new, emerging technologies. We'll start with an overview of what they consider emerging technology, along with a review of either their experiences or plans on how they view newer technologies such as IOT, Cloud Based Technologies, A/I, Robotics, Blockchain and more.

 

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Shariq Ata, Director Enterprise Architecture & Shared Services , The University of Chicago Medicine

Shariq Ata, Director Enterprise Architecture & Shared Services , The University of Chicago Medicine

Shariq is currently working at University of Chicago Medicine as Director Enterprise Architecture and Shared Service. He leads center of innovation, Data Analytics, Enterprise Integration and Architecture. His team is responsible for implementing real-time analytics for clinical and operational outcomes.

   

Mike Yau, VP, Innovation and Channel Strategy, Northern Trust 

Created business cases and worked in partnership with business leaders and technology teams to develop innovation roadmap to achieve business goals. Created a comprehensive technology innovation strategic plan that emphasized a customer value focus, leveraging the mobile, alternate and internet as complimentary channels.

   

Nate Novick, Former VP Multi-Asset Investment Technology, Morgan Stanley

Nate Novick is a results-oriented technology leader with a proven track record of designing, implementing, and managing innovative solutions within the Financial Services Industry. Nate combines strong hands-on technical skills and Agile experience with deep knowledge of Traditional and Alternative Asset Management across complex Back, Middle and Front Office organizations.

   
Dev Singh, Founder and CEO, AiRo Digital Labs

Moderator: Dev Singh, Founder and CEO, AiRo Digital Labs

Dev is the Founder and CEO of AiRo Digital Labs, one of the fastest growing local firms in Chicago focusing 100% on Digital 2.0 Consulting around AI, Cognitive, Robotics Process Automation, IoT and other leading edge technologies. AiRo’s mission is to make it easier for their clients to adopt and monetize these advanced technologies.


Trusting New Tech: Is Blockchain ready for your Business?

Blockchain promises major advances in data sharing, security, and overall business collaboration. But still in its early stages, it may not be the best tech for you. In this presentation we’ll explore how to know if blockchain is a good fit for your business, its possible benefits, and the technology’s maturity and lifecycle – so you’ll be ready when the time comes to bet on blockchain.

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Kevin McMahon, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies , SPR

Kevin McMahon, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies, SPR

As the Executive Director of Emerging Technologies at SPR, I lead a team that bring an agile, pragmatic, and experienced approach to crafting enterprise solutions utilizing the latest technologies and techniques. I’m a hands-off manager— my management style is to establish objectives and vision for the team and enable teammates to turn those thoughts into action. I have a knack for solving problems and enjoy creating and acquiring skills for both professional and personal pursuits. With extensive experience building custom native iOS and Android mobile applications, Java and .NET based backend systems, I am constantly on the hunt for the big tool or technology. At work, I strive to understand the big picture all the way down to the little details so as to better understand the problems and what it is that we need to do to make projects successful.

 

 


Digital Disruption At Scale – A Case Study

Despite many organizations’ best efforts and good intentions, creating a culture of digital disruption and innovation never really gets traction. Vivek Bedi joined LearnVest in 2015 while it was a 150-person startup. That year it was acquired by Northwestern Mutual, a 160-year-old Fortune 100 company with thousands of employees. Learn how Bedi and the leadership team across LearnVest and Northwestern Mutual drove over 10 times the acceleration in velocity and innovation across the enterprise.

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Vivek Bedi, Director Consumer Experience Products, Northwestern Mutual

Vivek Bedi, Vice President – Digital Products, Northwestern Mutual

As vice president of digital product, Vivek Bedi drives Northwestern Mutual’s digital transformation through the design, development and delivery of world-class digital products and features that enhance the client and advisor experience. This includes all digital aspects of Northwestern Mutual’s client experience, mobile, client website and client services. Bedi joined the company in 2015 from Sterling Solutions, a provider of background-screening services, where he served as senior vice president of digital product and platform, focused on the company’s digital, mobile, web and B2B applications. Prior to his role at Sterling, Bedi spent 13 years as senior vice president of digital consumer communications products at Goldman Sachs. Earlier in his career, Bedi founded a mobile startup that was acquired in 2006 by a leading international exchange company. A graduate of Rutgers College of Engineering, Bedi holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He is an avid soccer, basketball and football fan, loves traveling and exploring new places, and enjoys working out and running.


Emerging Technologies in the Tech Stack

The Tech Stack is changing - learn how the newest of emerging technologies has already impacted the tech stack and how future changes will drastically impact your ability to transform and scale.

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Pat Cannon, Vice President of Technical Sales, US Signal

Pat Cannon, Vice President of Technical Sales, US Signal

Pat Cannon is currently the Vice President of Technical Sales at US Signal and brings over 15 years of IT Consulting and Leadership experience to the US Signal team. A seasoned professional, Pat has extensive experience architecting scalable, secure and resilient solutions for customers within a wide variety of industries. Pat’s experience as an IT consultant allows him to look at business objectives and technology options producing solutions that have a meaningful impact for customer operation.

 


A Framework for Moving your Applications to the Cloud

What does the Cubs winning the World Series have do to with the cloud? A lot. Learn how planning for best- and worst-case scenarios shapes cloud strategy.

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Brendan Caulfield, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and COO at Turing Group

Highly adept in complex processes and partner models, Brendan is a hands-on leader with a record of helping companies navigate challenges with calm confidence, and his easy manner makes for skillful collaborations and lasting relationships. He can shepherd ambitious initiatives from plan to implementation without a hiccup.


Panel: The New Tech Stack

Learn How area companies are using combination of Cloud, on site, hyperconverged architecture, etc.

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Siva Balu, Executive Director, Enterprise IT, Blue Branded & Enterprise Data Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Siva Balu, Executive Director, Enterprise IT, Blue Branded & Enterprise Data Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Siva Balu is a leader of Enterprise Information Technology for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. He is responsible for Blue Branded Services and Enterprise Data Services, with focus on the Blue member Plans, Brand and the Industry along with Big Data responsibilities including application development, architecture, data quality and data management.

William Boroski, Head, Offices of Project Management and Enterprise Architecture Fermilab

William Boroski, Head, Offices of Project Management and Enterprise Architecture Fermilab

William Boroski is the Head of the Offices of Project Management and Enterprise Architecture at Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory. Bill uses his leadership and collaborative skills, technical acumen, and experience to make things happen. By partnering with functional organizations and leveraging on-premise and cloud-based solutions, Bill and his colleagues have successfully integrated emerging technologies with existing systems; consolidated and modernized processes; and digitized paper-based workflows and transactions.

George Coleman, Director of IT/CTO, Regional Transportation Authority

George Coleman, Director of IT/CTO, Regional Transportation Authority

George is the Director of IT/CTO at the Regional Transportation Authority in Chicago. He has over 20yrs experience in technology and has been in leadership roles for the last 7rs. George has a bachelor's degree in computing from DePaul University and an MBA from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management.

Moderator: Vamsi Chemitiganti, Chief Strategist, Platform9

Chief Strategist at Platform9 Systems. Vamsi works with Platform9's Client CXOs and Architects to help them on key business transformation initiatives. In previous roles, Vamsi was the CTO for RiskCounts - a FinTech based in NYC. Prior to that spent eight years as the Chief Architect for Red Hat’s Global Financial Services Vertical based out of NYC. Vamsi also spent two years as the General Manager (Financial Services) at Hortonworks.

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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Presentor:

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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Presentor:

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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Presentor:

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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Presentor:

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.
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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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Presentor:

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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Presentor:

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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Panelists:

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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