November 4, 2015 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm - 8:30pm Reception & Dinner Keynote

The Real Meaning of Leadership

Dinner Keynote 

Thelma Sias
Vice President, Local Affairs
We Energies
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It’s a different world for today’s IT leaders as they’ve moved beyond their pasts as service providers. Tasked with charting a unified, organization-wide course, today’s technology executives must measure the pulse of the organization, establish a wide variety of partnerships and motivate diverse teams. After 29 years of experience at a utility and having been actively involved in the community by serving on non-profit boards of directors, Thelma Sias has a reputation of being able to build support for an issue and get things done. Join her for an examination of real leadership and influence, the necessary approach to build effective and long-standing support, and how to deliver change when you’re not in charge.

November 5, 2015 / Content Highlights

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

The Next Industrial Revolution – Connecting OT and IT

Keynote  sponsored by: HCL Technologies Limited

Jerry Fox
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
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Decades ago Rockwell Automation pioneered connecting manufacturing equipment with sensors and programmable controls, and the convergence of connecting enterprise information with Internet-connected machinery has forced rapid change and demands in the marketplace. This change brings new opportunities — and challenges — for business and IT. Jerry Fox will share how Rockwell Automation is evolving its global IT operations to partner in establishing business priorities and leveraging technology to deliver value, all while protecting sensitive information and increasing speed of delivery. As a powerhouse of Wisconsin’s industrial scene leads the charge in smart manufacturing technologies, explore how IT is transforming toward a new mission as integrator to enable a connected enterprise.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Developing IT Scorecards to Define IT Governance

Featured Session  sponsored by: Dell Software

Steve Gearhart
Plexus Corp.
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The need to comply with a growing list of financial and technical regulations and pressure from shareholders and customers has brought enhanced attention to enterprise governance. Consequently, IT governance is also on the agenda as it impacts the organization’s ability to achieve its objectives. Steve Gearhart will share Plexus’ innovation around the blocking and tackling of IT, and how the development of balanced scorecards led to a more effective definition for IT governance and ultimately, the integration of business and IT decisions.

The Millennial Generation – How They Are Changing the Talent Landscape, Why It Matters and What You Can Do to Connect

Featured Session 

Chad Kopitzke
NeXtGen Advantage
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Having the right people in the right place has become a major cost and recruitment challenge for businesses in Wisconsin, particularly within the Millennial generation. As technology executives shift toward affecting change within their organizations, emphasis is placed on creating a technically minded workforce that also understands the importance of connectivity to broader business objectives. Chad Kopitzke will offer key insights on the talent acquisition challenges companies face, the characteristics of the newest generation in the workforce, and how implementing cultural change can foster an environment of accountability, results and long-term success.

Paving the Path to a Digital Future

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Zensar Technologies, Inc.

Shaleen Devgun
Tim Van Ryzin
Sr. Director, Cybersecurity - Information Technology
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
David Eichorn
AVP Global Data Center Practice
Zensar Technologies, Inc.
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The digital era has created demanding customers who expect impeccable service, and to deliver, companies must reengineer business processes. Technology executives will have to lead the charge by developing the right strategy and capabilities, but the albatross of legacy operations at many Wisconsin companies smothers the creation of a digitized environment. Advances in foundational information technology, process automation and analytics, as well as machine intelligence, will unleash the potential for more productive and innovative ways of working. Learn how peers are leveraging technology to create delightful customer experiences, drive costs down and find altogether new ways of doing business.

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Digitally Transforming the Consumer Journey

Featured Session 

John Moon
Corporate VP & CIO
Johnson Outdoors Inc.
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The sheer proliferation of online devices and digital channels is forcing companies to rethink how they connect with and engage their customers. As Johnson Outdoors experienced pressure in the supply chain and retail environment, they saw the need to more holistically understand their customers and evolve digitally to enhance the consumer journey. John Moon will offer a historical look at purchasing patterns and how digital capabilities have transformed consumer interaction, channel management, marketing and products. Learn how Johnson Outdoors is building a digital ecosystem to develop and sustain customer relationships of increasing value into the future.

Disrupting Incident Response – Shrinking Detection from Weeks to Seconds

Featured Session  sponsored by: PhishMe

Mike Saurbaugh
Director, Technical Alliances
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Data breach reports continue to highlight the substantial lag between incident occurrence and detection with response mechanisms often kicking in weeks after the initial compromise. As spear phishing becomes the attack vector of choice, organizations can level the playing field by crowdsourcing attack detection to employees and providing IR teams the ability to react more quickly. This session makes the case for cultivating a trusted informant network and outlines how to provide these informants with the tools to supply attack intelligence in an actionable format, and discusses approaches for developing response mechanisms to consume intelligence and minimize damage.

The Nebulous Nature of Clouds

Executive Boardroom 

Sony Jacob
SVP Information Technology & Interim CIO
Aurora Health Care
Dave Schecklman
Oshkosh Corporation
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Businesses today are forced to be digital, and the technology to do so is abundant. With more enterprise processes leveraging connected applications, a company’s opportunity for competitive advantage is the ability to clearly define information, process it quickly and leverage it in the right way. This discussion will explore how cloud-based offerings and integration platforms simplify the process to reap the full benefits of the cloud. Learn how CIOs are developing a cloud strategy designed for increasing accessibility to the business user and adopting new platforms designed specifically to accelerate delivery, increase visibility and drive profitability.

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 1:20pm Luncheon Keynote

Digitizing Your Way to Competitive Advantage

Keynote  sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Vic Bhagat
EMC Corporation
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In today’s intensely competitive and rapidly changing global environment, CIOs no longer have the luxury of just keeping pace — they must get ahead. The latest technologies and methodologies help IT play a critical role in shaping business strategy, but are often overbuilt, underutilized and manually managed to keep pace with the business and its changing needs. CIOs need an on-demand, elastic infrastructure, digitized and automated processes, and evolved employee capabilities for the future. In this session, Vic Bhagat will explore how EMC IT is transforming the organization and discuss its priorities for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.

1:20pm - 1:50pm

Networking Break

1:50pm - 2:40pm Breakout Sessions

Creating a Risk-Conscious Culture

Featured Session  sponsored by: Level 3 Communications, L.L.C.

Mike Warner
Oshkosh Corporation
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Information security isn’t rocket science. It’s people science.

Technology may be one aspect of information security, but the real challenge is managing the human side. Educating employees about security is more difficult, demanding and necessary than ever before. So, how do you make sure your company’s information assets are protected? The first line of defense is employee awareness — the critical “humanware” component of your information security armor. Find out how you can leverage “humanware” to help protect your hard-earned reputation and ensure that employees are part of the solution — and not part of the problem — while creating a risk-conscious culture.

Reporting Risks to the Board

Executive Boardroom 

Chris Merkel
Director, Information Security
Brunswick Corporation
Ted Wiessing
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
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Technology and security programs are designed to cross all business units, putting the functions in a unique position to help provide enterprise-wide protection against an array of risks. The challenge is developing a set of metrics that display risks in line with the values of the board to help influence corporate policy, business awareness and knowledge. This roundtable discussion will focus on translating and tying the technical to business objectives and strategy. Learn how peers interpret and present a range of risks at the board level to help gain support and move initiatives through the organization.

1:50pm - 2:40pm

Identity and Access Governance 2.0 for Cloud, Big Data and Enterprise

Emerging Provider  sponsored by: Saviynt

Amit Saha
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Reboot IAG by incorporating analytics, integrated controls and risk-based processes. Learn how organizations are embracing IAG 2.0 to secure critical data and access in as little as 30 to 90 days.

This is the first of two concise and compelling 20-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each brief, high-value presentation will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways.

Driving Capital Decision-Making with IT

Game Changer 

Kathy Lang
Marquette University
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Hear how Marquette University increased organizational transparency and aligned capital funding with business needs by utilizing the IT portfolio management system to evaluate all capital project requests.

This is the second of two concise and compelling 20-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each brief, high-value presentation will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways.

2:40pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm - 3:50pm Breakout Sessions

The DevOps Promise – What It Is and Why You Should Care

Featured Session 

Krishnan Srinivasan
VP, Security Architecture & Technology
Target Corporation
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Disconnect between development and operations activity and the resulting inefficiencies have contributed to the growing devops movement. There is a lot of buzz about its promise to create more agile, collaborative teams who deliver high-quality results, but the consensus on implementing devops is less clear. In this session, Krishnan Srinivasan will share his research from companies adopting devops, such as Amazon and Netflix, and how Target is embedding security in an agile methodology. Learn immediate actions to apply devops and drive better IT operational capability within your organization.

Technology, Innovation and Analytics at Schneider

Featured Session 

Dan Vanden Brink
VP, Engineering & Advanced Analytics
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Schneider is familiar with data being created and consumed at an exponential rate — its trucks circle the globe 175 times per day, 25,000 engine messages are processed and 40,000 driver work assignments are dispatched. But companies that want to prosper in the new data economy must rethink how the analysis of data can create value for themselves and their customers. Dan Vanden Brink will share his experience as Schneider harnesses data to provide best-in-class experiences for its stakeholders and strategies on building a workforce for the next phase of analytics. Learn how Schneider is optimizing business decisions made at the front line of operations.

Securing the Organization

Executive Boardroom 

Kevin Miller
Chief Information Security Officer
CUNA Mutual Group
Fawaz Rasheed
Johnson Controls
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Cybersecurity is one of the most complex challenges facing enterprise organizations today. In addition to the obvious ramifications of a malicious attack, the specter of a breach casts a far-reaching pall over the entire business, from the front line to the board. Communicating strategy, effectively allocating resources, addressing privacy, defending against espionage, protecting customers, managing risk: the demands of security are myriad, and meeting those demands requires leadership. In this free-flowing discussion, CISOs and CIOs will engage with their peers on the strategies necessary to thrive in the most dangerous era information technology has ever experienced.

3:50pm - 4:10pm

Networking Break

4:10pm - 4:50pm Closing Keynote

Revving Up a Major Business Transformation


Dave Cotteleer
Harley-Davidson, Inc.
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Redesigning for the future was a key driver behind the $6.2B motorcycle maker’s customer-focused transformation, which included major business restructuring, asset optimization and foundational changes to position IT for the next decade. The core of the IT transformation was not an effort to reduce cost or headcount but to increase the organizational value derived from IT. Join Dave Cotteleer as he shares the results of the transformation, including a 55 percent increase in IT productivity and a state-of-the-art online experience for customers, and how a 112-year-old company is challenging itself to innovate.

4:50pm - 5:30pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings