November 12, 2014 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm - 8:30pm Governing Body Private Dinner

Innovation Engineering

Dinner Keynote

Doug Hall
Founder & CEO
The Eureka! Ranch
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Can innovation be engineered? Inventor, author and entrepreneur Doug Hall offers a systemic approach to increasing innovation speed and decreasing risk with simple, actionable tactics, tools, and training that anyone can do (no gurus needed). In this dinner keynote, Hall challenges leaders to reconsider perceptions about what innovation is and how to accelerate it within their organization. Innovation engineering liberates, engages, empowers and excites a new mindset.

November 13, 2014 / Conference

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

The Bright and Influential Future of CIOs


David Behen
State of Michigan
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It is safe to say that information technology will be a big part of whatever comes next in nearly every business across all industries. Touching every part of the business, CIOs are drivers of change and uniquely positioned to shape the future of organizations. With the CIO’s influence only increasing, the role is a natural stepping stone to CFO, even CEO. State CIO David Behen argues that leadership is the missing skills gap. He’ll discuss how to bridge it with vision, execution and charisma in a keynote address that will leave CIOs asking, “Why shouldn’t I be the next CEO?”

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

The Great Snowden Debate

Featured Session

Phillip Bertolini
Deputy County Exec. & CIO
Oakland County
Joseph Kryza
Exec. Director, Infra. & System Ops.
University of Michigan Health System
Hans Erickson
Detroit Regional Chamber
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Whether Edward Snowden is a whistle blower or traitor is up for international debate. As one of the most divisive figures in politics today, Snowden represents important questions about privacy and security with implications that ripple across the public and private sector. Phillip Bertolini and Joseph Kryza use Snowden as their basis for an Oxford-style debate addressing the role of government, corporations and individuals as they relate to privacy issues that impact enterprise IT leaders. For the sake of a spirited argument, they’ll adopt opinions at opposing ends of the ideological spectrum that are not necessarily their own or reflective of their organization.

Mastering the Master Data Management Initiative

Featured Session

Ken Atilgan
General Manager, Enterprise Data
Volkswagen Group of America
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Developing a master data solution is the key to understanding data internally and externally. A master data management initiative can help drive competitive advantage, make a difference to the bottom line, and guide executive teams to make data-driven decisions. Join Ken Atilgan, general manager of enterprise data at Volkswagen AG, as he shares how Volkswagen implemented an enterprise data program, established a data-driven culture, and pulled together a master data management initiative to empower their business and improve mission-critical data.

Transforming the Enterprise With Technology

Featured Session sponsored by: Google Inc.

Gary Desai
Federal-Mogul Motorparts
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Federal-Mogul recently publicized plans to separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions into two independent companies. The move reflects a new vision from the board that positions technology as the driver of change within the business. Gary Desai offers the century-old company’s transformation story from an old-model manufacturer to one built on accuracy and speed. He discusses using technology as the impetus for a new business model and the vehicle for cultural transformation.

BYOD on Fire

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: Sprint Business

Jim Marshall
Sprint Business
Michael Osment
Taubman Centers, Inc.
Robert Montgomery
Vice Chancellor for IT/CIO
Oakland Community College
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BYOD is disruptive to IT and empowering to employees. A trend that is only growing, BYOD is a big driver of the continued mobilization of business. CIOs are discovering best practices of BYOD that include access, device and data management, security, cloud-based communication, collaboration set-up, and application access and deployment. And, there are challenges to be mindful of as well. What obstacles should CIOs anticipate? What are the accelerants that are driving successful BYOD strategies? This session will identify how CIOs can make the best decisions for their organization’s BYOD strategy.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:
Ryan Greig at 503-972-4448 or

9:50am - 10:10am

Networking Break

10:10am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions

IT as a Service Broker

Featured Session sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Thomas Roloff
Chief Operating Officer & Global Lead, EMC Consulting
EMC Corporation
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The business is demanding faster response times and greater flexibility when dealing with internal IT. With this demand comes the need for IT to transform from being responsive to business demands to truly adding differentiation to the business. New alternatives for obtaining IT services are pushing the adoption of IT as a service. Additionally, the need for IT to meet the demands of a highly mobile workforce, manage rapidly expanding data volumes, and ensure the value and security of multiple data sources outside the enterprise is changing the way IT roles are performed. In this session, Thomas Roloff will share how EMC is transforming their organization to embrace IT as a service broker.

Enhancing Cybersecurity in a Transformed IT Environment

Featured Session

Rich Armour
General Motors Company
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General Motors is undergoing an unprecedented transformation of its information technology organization and function. This transformation includes insourcing, reduction and globalization of applications, enterprise software agreements, and the centralization, standardization and modernization of the technology infrastructure. It also includes and enables a holistic revitalization of the company’s global cybersecurity program and associated controls. While GM is still in the midst of this journey and there is much work left to do, they have gained valuable insights into the synergies between IT transformation and the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise cybersecurity.

Big Data-Driven Innovation

Featured Session

Gary Baker
Flagstar Bank
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Is innovation the lucky collision of genius and timing, or can it be codified? According to Gary Baker, Big Data empowers people and organizations to make informed decisions for a process-oriented approach to innovation. He offers a conceptual model — applicable to any IT organization — for understanding the seven stages of innovation, starting with good input data. But how do CIOs make the leap from data to insight to innovation? The key is courage and true leadership. Join this session to discuss how data, along with the desire to change, can be the differentiator that transforms IT.

Failure is Not an Option – Innovating Like a Startup

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: Ahead

Eric Kaplan
CTO and Co-Founder
Sherry McKenzie
Auto-Owners Insurance Group
Annette Marcath
Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
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The information technology industry is evolving rapidly, drastically and across more disciplines than ever before. Enterprise organizations, especially, must find ways to keep ahead of these changes or risk losing out to more nimble competitors. But how can large organizations embrace this volatile IT landscape and learn to adapt at a faster rate than their smaller, newer counterparts? Join this discussion to learn how the region’s enterprise IT teams can innovate strategically and swiftly to deliver services that meet today’s business demands and timelines.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:
Ryan Greig at 503-972-4448 or

11:00am - 11:30am

Networking Break

11:30am - 12:30pm Luncheon Keynote

Workforce 4.0 – A Glimpse Around the Corner


Lance Richards
VP, Office of Innovation
Kelly Services
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To understand where enterprise is going, business leaders have to first understand where they’ve been. What are some of the current trends that affect work today, and will change it in the future? In this presentation, Lance Richards takes a rapid ride from 1850—2050 and beyond. Well grounded in statistics, and leveraging Kelly’s 165,000, 30-plus country response to the 2012 Global Workforce Index, this talk is a curated blend of what is known, and where it’s all pointing. Richards will address key macro trends that will impact CIOs in the future, and what enterprise must do to survive — and thrive.

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Networking Break

1:00pm - 1:50pm Breakout Sessions

Debating (De)Centralization

Featured Session

Kelly Knepley
VP, Global IT
Maxion Wheels
Mark Cybulski
ZF North America, Inc.
Jef Fisk
Board Member
SIM Detroit
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To centralize or decentralize? The answer for most organizations is somewhere in the middle and often swayed by industry trends. Mark Cybulski and Kelly Knepley offer a fresh perspective on this long-standing dilemma in the form of an ardent debate. Each will champion arguments identifying the structural benefits of their assigned position while poking holes in their opponent’s. They’ll discuss cost effectiveness, business alignment, agility and quality in a session challenging CIOs to look critically at the best of both worlds. For the sake of a spirited argument, they’ll adopt opinions at opposing ends of the ideological spectrum that are not necessarily their own or reflective of their organization.

Not Without My Signature – Assessing (and Reassessing) Every Vendor

Featured Session

Tonya Byers
Director, Information Security
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
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When a member of Blue Cross Blue Shield found their sensitive data on the Internet, it was embarrassing, and it was the impetus that marked a turning point toward the organization’s increased investment in security. With sufficient funding in place, Tonya Byers went on to develop a CSO40 Award-winning vendor management program that includes thorough on-site assessments of vendor partners across the business. She’ll share best practices for assessing, contracting and ensuring that data is as secure in vendor hands as it is in your own.

Session Details Pending

Featured Session

Innovating for Tomorrow’s Business

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Company

Andrew Bolwell
Director of Innovation, Printing and Personal Systems Group
Hewlett-Packard Company
Paul Peabody
Bronson Healthcare Group
Doug Wiescinski
Plante & Moran, LLP
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The explosive pace of technological advancement is moving us from an era in which we interact with machines to get things done to a world where technology anticipates our needs, automates the mundane and frees us to focus on what matters most. In this executive boardroom, technology leaders will discuss how industry-shifting trends — the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, contextual computing, new immersive experiences and 3D manufacturing — are paving the way for an enterprise paradigm shift. Join this session to discover how to drive innovation and tap into technology trends and a new wave of devices, services, and business models that will transform the industry.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:
Ryan Greig at 503-972-4448 or

1:50pm - 2:10pm

Networking Break

2:10pm - 3:00pm Breakout Sessions

Game Changers

Featured Session

Subra Sripada
Chief Transformation Officer & System CIO
Beaumont Health
Diane Jones
Detroit Public Schools
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Game Changer sessions consist of concise and compelling 15-minute presentations. Each brief, high-value segment will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways. These short sessions will provide a great conversational starting point for continued dialogue on Evanta365. Here is a preview of game changing content for this session.

Closing The Digital Divide
Diane Jones, CIO & CSO, Detroit Public Schools

Only 35 percent of Detroit Public School students have Internet access at home. Diane Jones discusses partnerships with the private sector to close the digital divide by providing Wi-Fi and Netbooks to 8th through 12th grade students for home use.

Leading Through Turbulent Times
Subra Sripada, Chief Transformation Officer, Beaumont Health
Healthcare is consolidating across the country. Subra Sripada shares how these major organizational shifts provide opportunity for digital transformations that integrate systems and ground the turbulent industry with cohesive systems.

Why Sharing Threat Intelligence is No Threat to Your Bottom Line

Featured Session

Stephanie Scheuermann
CSC Cyber Threat Intelligence Specialist
Ford Motor Company
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Over the past year, Stephanie Scheuermann has been building a cyberthreat capability that aligns intelligence with business risk. She’ll discuss obstacles to good intelligence and the importance of establishing mutually beneficial relationships for information gathering and sharing. Scheuermann’s presentation features lessons learned from the web of intelligence obstacles, including legal hurdles and third-party vendor agreements. She advocates for breaking open the culture of going it alone by establishing trusted partnerships that align allies against common threats.

The Brainiac Paradox

Featured Session

Mark Cornillie
IT Communications Expert, Author
The Brainiac Paradox
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Technical challenges come and go, but communication is a perennial issue within IT. It is often cited as a key contributor to project failures and the reason why many talented technical professionals struggle to advance. While communication skill development has been the traditional response, this presentation starts by seeking a root cause. Mark Cornillie reviews recent mind-science findings and environmental factors that may help explain this phenomenon and, in turn, reveals practical solutions to finally address obstacles to effective communication.

3:00pm - 3:20pm

Networking Break

3:20pm - 4:00pm Closing Keynote

The Audacity of Optimism


Tom Wilson
President & CEO, Olympia Entertainment
Detroit Red Wings
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Tom Wilson’s goal is as simple as it is audacious: to rebuild a major American city. The new Detroit Red Wings arena will represent the city’s boldest investment in the slow turn, but turn nonetheless, toward a reinvented Detroit. Spanning six blocks, it’s designed to be one of the most creative arenas ever built, donning state-of-the-art technology and redefining inner city blocks that have seen better days. Driven by an underdog’s determination to succeed where many grand plans have failed, Wilson will discuss transforming a city from every angle and enterprise technology’s role in building the future Detroit.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings