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2006 Agenda

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

4:30 – 5:55 pm

Cocktail reception

6:00 – 7:30 pm

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION: 2006 CIO Agenda – The Future Direction of IT

  • Chris Murphy, Senior Executive Editor, News – InformationWeek
  • Frank Timons, Research Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Thomas Koulopoulos, Founder and CEO, Delphi Group
  • Frank Albi, President and COO, Inacom Information Systems
  • Rimas P. Buinevicius, CEO, Sonic Foundry

The future of IT will continue to be driven by innovation and the growing intersection of business strategies. How do business and technology leaders harness the power of emerging technologies while integrating them with core business processes? In this session a leading IT research analyst for a financial services firm will explore emerging hardware and software trends for the remainder of 2006. You will learn what IT organizations are focused on today, essentially moving beyond the hype to the top priorities real executives and IT leaders are thinking about. Following the discussion, a panel of IT industry executives will explore what their customers are asking about versus what they are actually buying.

Key Points:

  1. What are IT budget and spending priorities for 2006?
  2. Which emerging technologies will have the biggest impact on business in the coming year?
  3. What are the top strategic technologies for 2006?
  4. What is the impact of consumer devices on corporate computing?

Thursday, March 2, 2006

7:00 – 7:55 am


8:00 – 8:10 am

Opening remarks and Introductions

8:10 – 9:00 am

CEO Perspective: Leveraging the Business Value of Information

  • William Harvey, President and CEO, Chairman of the Board, Alliant Energy
  • David Cagigal, CITO, Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy is a Fortune 1000 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It has yearly operating revenues of almost $3 billion, approximately 5000 employees worldwide, and more than three million customers. Its holdings include electric and gas utilities, as well as non-regulated generation and transportation companies.

President and CEO William Harvey will deliver a keynote address on his perspective of how his organization runs information technology as a business, maximizing the use of skills and talents, along with an extensive technology portfolio. He will share his thoughts on how the CIO and IT organization are working together to accomplish the alignment of corporate strategies and priorities with IT capabilities in a world of increased regulations, security threats, and the ever present demands for quality of service and sustained profitability.

Key points:

  1. Leveraging corporate knowledge to improve operations and analyze new market opportunities
  2. The impact governance and regulatory issues have on delivering the business value of information
  3. How to maximize technology investments in a complex environment of integrated and disparate systems
  4. How CIOs can align themselves with the business and become a strategic member of the executive committee

9:05 – 10:00 am

No-Fear Management – Innovating in a Culture of Change

  • Thomas Koulopoulos, Founder and CEO, Delphi Group

As we embark on the journey through a new millennium our social institutions, from the family to the government and industry, are being tested in a climate of perpetual change and relentless innovation. Revolutionary approaches that promise to reengineer enterprises and reinvent government are embraced despite the enormous human toll they exact. The consequences are profound and frightening. Yet the allure of change and the promise of empowerment is difficult to ignore. How will industry and government survive in this new age? By breeding No-Fear management – a new set of disciplines and attitudes toward organizations, workers and the nature of innovation. This keynote presentation will explore the concepts, technologies, and methods needed to build the skills and perspectives that make adaptability, innovation, and empowerment a constant part of your organization.

Key points:

  1. Managing the collision of business and technology to create “Smart Companies”
  2. The Knowledge-based Enterprise: How to tap your organizations greatest resource
  3. Globalization: The Perils, Pitfalls, and Prosperity to Come

10:00 – 10:25 am

Networking and Refreshment Break

10:25 – 11:15 am

The Secrets to Network Security

  • Paul Congdon, Chief Technology Officer, ProCurveNetworking by HP
  • Mike Lettman, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Wisconsin
  • Ed Meachen, CIO, UW System
  • Bernard Gay, VP of IT, Royal Caribbean International

Is network security simply a matter of implementing a sound strategy that mitigates risks and gives control back to the users? Or, are there products and services on the horizon that will help organizations to be better prepared to cope with these increasing threats? In this session you will learn about what business factors are driving the development of new adaptive networking solutions and how to mitigate security threats in this ever-changing environment. Following the presentation, a panel of CIO‘s will raise issues and answer questions about the future of the network, what they are buying and why.

Key points:

  1. Is it only necessary to secure the edge of the network?
  2. How do adaptive systems and application integration create new threats?
  3. How can guest and consultant network access be accommodated without introducing significant security risks?

11:20 – 12:30 pm

Information assets and liabilities: Minimizing Risks

  • Geoffrey Morgan, Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich
  • John Thomure, Jr., Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Paul Benson, Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich
  • Ron Kral, CEO, Candela Solutions

The Legal Pitfalls Associated with Document Retention and Destruction Policies
This segment provides the latest account of what organizations must do to manage information in a climate when businesses are being sanctioned by the courts for negligent care and/or intentional destruction of information relevant in litigation. The recent case involving a federal court’s sanctioning of Morgan Stanley and its lawyers and other examples provide a powerful incentive for organizations to implement programs, policies and procedures to manage information to avoid trouble whether in litigation or not.

Managing Risk in the Age of Information Misappropriation by Insiders: The Importance of Internal Investigations
This presentation discusses the increasing problem of misappropriation of confidential information by insiders (employees) and provides essential techniques to help management reduce the risk of loss and what to do when an act of misappropriation happens.

12:30 – 1:30 pm


1:30 – 2:10 pm

CIO Perspective – Annie Stunden: “What Keeps Me Up At Night”

  • Annie Stunden, CIO: UW-Madison, Director: Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

Security, integration and effective IT decisions make a hard pillow to sleep on. And they’re a just a few of the things a CIO has to worry about in the modern world of always-on, high-demand operations and support while continuing to provide a very effective and contemporary information technology environment. Hear from the CIO of the University of Wisconsin-Madison about some of the challenges of providing an IT infrastructure and IT services worthy of this world-class research university.

Key points:

  1. The challenges of providing network, server, and data security
  2. Building the best organization with shrinking budgets and HR constraints
  3. The conundrum of providing integrated information from diverse administrative systems (and what is this SOA thing anyway?)
  4. Taking part in building a national research infrastructure
  5. Open source adoption – do the benefits outweigh the risks?

2:15 – 3:20 pm

Disaster Planning, Emergency Enterprise Planning and Continuity of Operations

  • Dennis Klinger, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Florida Power and Light
  • Gina Frank-Reece, Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Dept. of Administration
  • Brian Jones, Director of App Hosting & Continuity Planning, CUNA Mutual Group
  • David Alvarado, Vice President of Storage Management, CA

When response to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, computer viruses or hacks needs to reach beyond just your headquarters – are you ready? Learn from the CIO of Florida Power & Light about preparation, restoration, management tools and public/customer communications. Following his presentation you will learn more about The State of Wisconsin’s Enterprise Emergency Management Plan from Gina Frank-Reece, deputy secretary of the Department of Administration, and then leaders from a bank, insurance, and telecommunications company will answer your questions about this timely and mission-critical subject.

Key points:

  1. Allocating time, resources and money for planning
  2. Developing a command infrastructure
  3. Executive and Board Awareness and Involvement

3:20 – 3:45 pm

Networking and Refreshment Break

3:45 – 5:00 pm

How Do You Remain a Credible CIO?

  • Stefanie McCann, Editor at Large, CIO Decisions
  • Leslie Hearn, CIO, TDS Telecom
  • David Cagigal, CITO, Alliant Energy
  • Denise Webb, CIO, Dept. of Health and Family Services
  • Sue Peterson, Sr. Director of IT, Sargento Foods, Inc.
  • Bernard Gay, VP of IT, Royal Caribbean International

Running a reliable and successful IT shop is one of the key components for a CIO to become credible in their organization, but there are many other factors that secure their success and help them to be a key player in determining their company’s competitive edge. In this session, Stefanie McCann, Editor at Large of CIO Decisions will interview CIOs from various industries, sharing their tips on how they remain vital executives in their organizations.

They address issues such as:

  1. Are you more believable with operational experience or MBA training?
  2. How do you remain trustworthy after a project is delivered over budget or late?
  3. How important is an IT governance model when proving your success as an equal C-level executive?
  4. How do you communicate with other C-level executives so they see you as a business leader and not the “technology guy?”

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Closing Receoption

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