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2007 Agenda

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

4:30 – 5:55 pm

Cocktail reception

6:00 – 6:10 pm

Opening remarks and introductions

  • Mike Klein, Publisher, Wisconsin Technology Network
  • Oskar Anderson, Incoming CIO, State of Wisconsin

6:10 – 7:10 pm

Transforming IT – How the Business Benefits

  • Keynote: John Swainson, CEO, CA

John Swainson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CA, Inc., will discuss current and emerging trends in information technology. While technological advances deliver myriad gains to individuals, businesses and organizations of all kinds, says Mr. Swainson, the continual stream of innovations also raises concerns. Chief among them: how to address the need to manage and secure increasingly complex IT systems. Having created so much complexity, the IT industry now must take the lead in helping its customers meet the challenge, argues Mr. Swainson. He concludes that success in this endeavor will ensure that IT lives up to its promise to enhance efficiency and productivity and deliver on a broad array of economic, social and political benefits.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

7:00 – 7:55 am


8:00 – 8:10 am

Opening remarks and Introductions

  • Mike Klein, Publisher, Wisconsin Technology Network
  • Jim Rice, President, IT Association of Wisconsin

8:15 – 8:50 am

Innovation-driven growth: A new wave of business transformation

  • Keynote: Michael Knetter, Dean, UW-Madison School of Business
  • Introduction: Tod Linstroth, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Innovative changes in the production and delivery of goods and services have accounted for the resurgence in productivity growth in the U.S. economy over the last 15 years. These changes have been driven by the convergence of computing, telecommunications, and connectivity and globalization. We expect that continued innovation will be driven by these factors over the next decade.

Key points:

  1. What conditions do organizations need to innovate and capitalize on opportunities?
  2. How can we create a better environment to innovate in our region?
  3. What role can the UW-System play in this process?

8:55 – 9:40 am

Workforce strategies for 2015

  • Keynote: Jonas Prising, President, Manpwer NA
  • Rick Davidson, CIO, Manpower NA
  • Introduction: Jim Rice, President, IT Association of Wisconsin

Changing global demographics and the rapid growth of both developed and emerging country economies are beginning to put a strain on today’s workforce. Just look at unemployment rates in the G8 countries. Productivity growth, global talent sourcing and increasing life expectancy will mitigate the impact of these mega-trends to a degree, but not entirely, and the forces at work are unlikely to change soon. Business leaders need to start preparing their organizations today for the talent shortages of tomorrow.

Key points:

  1. What mega-trends are affecting the workforce today and into the future?
  2. What are the implications for business leaders as they develop their workforce strategy?
  3. What can business leaders do today to prepare for the inevitable war for talent?

9:45 – 10:15 am

Networking and Refreshment Break

10:20 – 11:10 am

Talking risk: How can the lawyer and the CIO speak the same language?

  • Erik Phelps, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Introduction: David Cagigal, CITO, Alliant Energy

Risk management necessarily involves the CEO, and most often includes lawyers, whether in the company or outside. Increasingly, CEOs and lawyers have become dependent upon the CIO to properly assess and manage various risks. As a result, legal advisors and CIOs need to be able to talk about risk issues intelligently and in a way that focuses on hard questions, especially at at time when many IT budgets are shrinking.

How do we balance IT priorities, budgets, and risks? IT-savvy lawyer Erik Phelps, former associate general counsel for Lands’ End, now a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich, raises issues and answers questions on how the legal and IT departments can communicate effectively about:

  1. Data privacy and information security
  2. E-discovery
  3. Other compliance issues and standards
  4. Employee issues

11:15 – 12:25 pm

Innovation that matters: Finding and transforming your most vital business processes

  • Keynote: Tom Koulopoulos, CEO, Delphi Group
  • Introduction: Ed Meachen, CIO, UW System

Organizations of all sizes, in the public and private sectors, are increasingly turning their management focus to innovation. But how do you ensure that innovation efforts are producing business value and growth, leveraging knowledge within the organization, and changing the business processes that need to be changed?

Effective management and the application of information technology already has a hard time keeping up with the demands of globalization, cost-cutting, and growth. Revolutionary approaches that promise to reengineer enterprises and reinvent government are embraced despite the enormous human toll they exact. How will industry and government survive in this new age by making better use of tools they have available to manage knowledge, processes and business intelligence?

Key points:

  1. The evolution of the Core-Competency Enterprise
  2. Creating an Innovation-driven Enterprise
  3. Managing the collision of business and technology to create “Smart Companies”
  4. Business intelligence: Innovating from the outside in

12:30 – 1:30 pm


1:35 – 2:25 pm

Making the right decisions to leverage the business value of technology

  • Keynote: Dave Wittwer, CEO, and Leslie Hearn, CIO, TDS Telecom
  • Introduction: Ted Kanavas, Senator, Wisconsin State Senate

Great IT departments create a dialogue with executives to jointly solve the critical issues facing the business. At TDS the IT department created an “IT Blueprint” which laid out a plan to move the team and the company forward using both short term projects and long term goals as their roadmap.

Make no mistake: Business decisions are the same in IT as they are in the rest of the business world. You must create solid business plans and evaluate the risk profile of each project and sub project. Most importantly you must understand the true value of the plan and know when and where to start and stop projects when you’ve reached a level of satisfaction that provides the most business value.

Key points:

  1. Creating business value with solid decision making and business planning
  2. Utilizing an “IT Blueprint” to unite your teams and communicate your vision
  3. Calculating risk profiles for your projects and understanding what the true value is.

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Networking and Refreshment Break

3:05 – 3:45 pm

A framework to foster and sustain an innovation culture

  • Scott Converse, Director of Technology and Innovation Programs, UW-Madison Executive Education

While we all like to debate over what the next new technology will be, it’s the successful execution and realization of innovative ideas, products, or processes that creates value. But how do you mix the technologies, people, and processes effectively to increase the odds that the end result is indeed successful? This hands-on, interactive session will focus on practical steps to a more innovative organization.

Key points:

  1. Identifying drivers that lead to organizational success of innovation
  2. What mix of technology, process, and human capital investment leads to project success
  3. Avoiding common implementation pitfalls

3:50 – 4:40 pm

CIO Perspectives: How do you innovate while keeping the lights on?

  • Moderator: Dennis Clark, Regional Sales Manager of Hewlett Packard, ProCurve Business Group
  • Byrne Chapman, CIO of American Family Insurance
  • Brian Brylow, CTO of Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Jane Durment, CIO of Marcus Corporation
  • Mike Jackson, VP of Global Business Services and CIO at Rockwell Automation

4:40 – 4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

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