2017 Topics and Speakers

Topics and speakers

as of February 1, 2017 ~ subject to change ~ times coming soon

Advisory Board/Speaker dinner (invite only) is Wednesday evening, March 22, 2017.

Strategic Briefing:  Into the Eye of the Hurricane – Rethinking Digital Transformation Initiatives

Digital is never slowing down leaving enterprise technologists little opportunity to catch up. The bottom line: CIOs and CTOs don’t have time anymore for expensive, drawn-out digital transformation projects that happen in addition to or aside from current projects. This session will cover an unique approach.  Digital transformation in the context of current and ongoing initiatives. This session will cover concrete ways enterprises can incorporate modern software engineering best practices such as modernizing Enterprise API’s for digital, creating a DevOps culture and leveraging the cloud into the projects already in their pipeline. All without stopping, slowing down and without compromising.

Strategic Briefing: Case Study ~ Agile Methodology Isn’t Just for Software Development 

Agile methodology isn’t just for software development! Join your fellow IT executives for a case study about how an organization adopted an agile methodology to rapidly build new capabilities on their operations team. John Chancellor will discuss how by implementing an agile approach, CDW dramatically reduced their service development timeline and was able to more rapidly address the changing demands of their customers and their business.

“Don’t Sit on the Sidelines”

Bruce Maas will share his observations on the unique opportunity for the business community to engage with UW-Madison in partnership to develop the next generation of security and other high demand professionals, and keep them in state. 

Fusion 2027 –  Drafting a new Story of IT 

“It will be 10 years since the world really went digital via the iPhone.  Things have changed and IT will never be the same.  IT and the job it performs in the organization have changed.  What is IT’s value proposition in the second decade of the digital age?  Most of the obvious jobs are being disrupted by cloud services, block chain, digital start-ups and the like.  IT needs a new story to tell and in this interactive session we will seek to start a new tale or technology and the organization.” Join Mark McDonald as he leads you to mutually develop the story of the “New IT”

Keynote: Disruptive Technology – Transform your Business with Blockchain

In order to see beyond the hype, hear how our team set out to actually build products and solutions using blockchain in order to better understanding not only why blockchain exists, but also how it works and what it does well.

Keynote: Investing in Cybersecurity: How to know when enough is enough

Many business leaders are aware of the need for cybersecurity but have difficulty evaluating its cost and value. This talk will discuss an approach to understanding cyber risk in the context of business and how to identify and invest in a cybersecurity program that actually makes sense.  

Keynote: Understanding the Rapid Changes and Complexities of Underwriting Cyber Insurance

Cyber risk has become a leading issue for many organizations. In an increasingly punitive legal and regulatory environment, and in the face of more frequent contractual insurance requirements specifying cyber liability, forward-thinking companies are taking proactive steps to explore and transfer cyber risk. Join the conversation with subject matter experts on risk and protection.

This session will cover:

  • When should organizations be concerned about their cyber risk exposure? 
  • How do organizations transfer cyber risk? 
  • Why are standard insurance policies not enough? 
  • What is the scope of today’s cyber coverage?
  • How do you identify and analyze exposures, risk, and potential insurance needs, including proposed structures?
  • How can you manage risk to lower premiums?
  • What are the alternative solutions?  
Keynote: Innovation and Changing Mindsets –  How Do We Make a Case to Move Innovation from the Labs to the Enterprise?

As more and more business changes are being driven by advances in technology, how do you effectively engage with key business leadership in order to not only inspire them but to ultimately help build the business case for deployment.

Keynote: Public Private Partnerships Protecting Your Infrastructure

The states of New Jersey and Wisconsin will address their respective challenges in creating public/private partnerships for using the NIST Framework (Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover) to defend our national infrastructure (power grid, water systems, gas pipelines, railroads, etc.). It is imperative that all parties acknowledge our interdependencies and significant needs to collaborate on our responses. Furthermore, while a cyber incident may initiate an outage, we all must remember our robust physical response capabilities. Our timely responses depend on this awareness.

Keynote: Chartering the Business Technology Mission Outside the Data Center and Beyond 

Most “enterprise” players are trying to deliver more results, faster & better as a response to increasing demands for technology innovation, but struggle to respond with pace, scale and future flexibility.  This session will cover case studies of how successful organizations have worked with AWS to leverage the power of the cloud.  Closing of data centers seems to be “The new black!” Cloud infrastructure is expanding at a fantastic rate.  Some of us are working hard to quickly make this transition while others are much more cautious with a response.  What are the implications of moving too quickly or too slowly in response to the cloud evolution?  And, what do you see you as winning/losing approaches across your broad customer base.

Keynote: Inherit and Transform –  Developing a Data Enabled Business

While the need to be highly Customer focused and adopt new digital business models is becoming table stakes, many traditional companies have 100s of legacy applications, multiple data masters, and traditional ways of working keeping them from springing ahead. Learn how to accelerate the cultural, operational and technical changes it takes to go from traditional IT to a strategic partner delivering business and customer results.   Join us for a lively discussion led by Kerrie Hoffman, VP, Technology at Johnson Controls, who led the IT transformation at Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency Business Unit.

Keynote: Digital Disruption and Empathy – Case Study: Change Management

While organizations need to transform digitally to thrive and survive, what does that mean for the employees ? How are you going to handle change management. What can be done so people are not left behind and become the casualty of this disruption. Join Vinu Thomas, CTO Presidio and the CTO of Starr Companies, a multi-national, multi-billon dollar insurance carrier, as they tell the story on how Starr Companies transformed its technology, business and teams. 

Keynote: Integrate Organizational Change in the Strategic Planning Process

CIOs spend too much time resolving unanticipated people and organizational issues. Identifying people and organizational changes needed during the strategic planning process can save time and reduce employee distress. This session will  a five-step process to proactively identify the people challenges.

• Step 1: Use the Strategy and Planning Framework
• Step 2: Describe the People and Organizational Change(s)
• Step 3: Identify People and Management Systems Impacts
• Step 4: Leverage Business Partners to Facilitate the People and Organizational Changes
• Step 5: Embed Changes in the Operational Plans

Keynote: Securing the Future of Work

As people move out of traditional offices and increasingly into transient locations, computing platforms and networks – how will security and privacy be assured?  Today’s security technologies have failed to scale to the proportions of cloud and IoT (Internet of Things) as the threat landscape continues to expand and digital business demands parity of threats and countermeasures.  What are the options for integrating security into the fabric of workplace transformation and what questions should we ask as new services are instituted?

This highly-interactive session will explore the following core topics on our journey to Securing the Future of Work:
• The ways in which our notion of work and collaboration are changing – and how security is being challenged
• Organizational barriers and facilitators in adapting to the evolving threat landscape
• How the bastions of physical security and positive control morph into mobile enclaves and are IoT enhanced
• Why cloud and IoT are not the enemies of security and can actually help manage highly distributed security events
• The transformation of our notions of security and privacy, led by highly-automated Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning


Keynote: “Citizen Data Scientists” How do you Create a Culture of Analytics that Move’s the Needle? #Data

The market is changing at an unprecedented pace. Your customers and your employees not only expect, but are demanding a superior Customer Experience. Rotating your business to Digital places a significant burden on your people and your systems. This interactive session will focus on several key trends and initiatives that market leaders are undertaking to break down silos and build data driven cultures.

We will explore:
• Artificial Intelligence
• The Data Estate
• Front End Analytics
• Agile Data Governance

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