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2009 Agenda

Conference Theme: How to best tackle “Innovation and Business Transformation” during economic uncertainty

Agenda is as of 02/06/09 and is subject to change

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

7:00 am

CIO Strategic Meetings registration opens

8:00 – 4:00 pm

CIO Strategic Meetings (invitation only)

If you are a CIO VP, director or manager of IT as well as end user organization business executives and would like to attend these meetings, please contact Mike Klein. Seating is extremely limited. Non-sponsoring service providers and vendors will not be permitted to attend these sessions.

3:30 pm

General conference registration opens

4:30 – 5:30 pm

CEO Concerns 2009: Business Leaders’ Top Concerns and How IT Should Address Them

Jorge Lopez, Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst
Sponsored by Agilysys

Many concerns of the CEO ultimately become concerns of the CIO. Cutting costs, enabling new markets, integrating acquired businesses, and more are issues that are decided in the board room and end up on the CIO‘s desk. In this presentation, we look at the concerns for 2009 and for 2010 based on our research and advise IT leaders what to do about them.

• What major issues do CEOs and senior executives face today?
• What actions will they take to address these issues?
• What do these actions imply for IT agendas?

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5:30 – 6:30 pm

Cocktail reception

Sponsored by IBM, CA, CDW and

6:30 – ?

Dinner on your own

6:45 – 8:30 pm

Advisory Board Dinner (speakers and advisory board members only due to limited space)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

7:00 – 7:55 am

Registration opens and continental breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 am

Opening remarks and introductions

8:15 – 9:05 am

Keynote: The CEOCIO Relationship – Navigating Unprecedented Uncertainty

Jeff Post, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group
Rick Roy, Chief Information Officer, CUNA Mutual Group
Sponsored by Microstrategy

The recent economic crisis has resulted in a rapid change of priorities for the CEO of any organization. The push for transformation and innovation are impacted by capital constraints and survival, given the weak economy’s impact on customers, growth and profits. This situation influences the priorities and overall strategic plans for CIOs and their relationship with the CEO. In this session, Jeff Post and Rick Roy will discuss how CUNA Mutual Group has innovated and transformed over the past several years and contrast that to what is keeping them awake at night today, and how they are working together to respond to challenging market conditions.

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9:10 – 9:55 am

IBM‘s Workplace: Transforming the Way Employees Work!

Carol A. Sormilic, Vice President of Global Employee and Web Processes Enablement, IBM

As CIO‘s face the realities of an uncertain economy, which may include reduced IT budgets, they must still be strategic and forward-thinking in their delivery of IT. How can a company continue to grow, innovate, and transform, with seemingly less to invest?

During this session, Carol Sormilic, Vice President of Global Employee and Web Processes Enablement at IBM will share how the company’s transformation to a role-enabled workplace has driven greater productivity and efficiencies through the early adoption of innovation and reuse of Web services.

Her discussion will include:
• The evolution of IBM‘s workplace: single portal strategy
• Simplifying work: the On Demand Workplace
• Harnessing IBM‘s largest asset: people
• Getting more done with less: innovation and agile methodologies

10:00 – 10:25 am

Networking and refreshment break

Sponsored by Nvisia, Symantec and Inacom Information Systems

10:30 – 11:15 am

Innovating in Tough Times

Dr. Ajei S. Gopal, Executive Vice President, Products and Technology Group, CA Inc.

To survive — and even thrive — in tough times, organizations need to innovate. But that doesn’t mean buying into the latest trend or investing in the “hot” technology of the moment. Practical, effective innovation is about recognizing current market conditions, the competitive landscape, the needs of customers and the strategic direction of the organization and devising new approaches to deliver value. With tightening budgets, new IT projects are liable to face resistance in the C-suite and the boardroom. Indeed, each new initiative not only incurs cost, but also adds complexity to the IT environment and increases risk. So how do CIOs do more with less, secure the benefits of IT advances and deliver rapid return on investment, without imperiling the security of the enterprise? The key is management across the silos of IT. Management must be central to the planning of any IT project. As many companies retrench in the face of an uncertain economy, this is the time to innovate with IT projects that can transform the business and position the organization for future growth.

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11:20 – 12:25 pm

A Portfolio of Clouds

Peter Coffee, Dir. Platform Research,, Former Tech Editor, eWeek (PCWeek)

Global Web-search queries for “cloud computing” have grown sixfold in the past twelve months. Whatever it is, the whole world wants to know more. Join us in exploring the world’s fast-growing portfolio of clouds from many providers, considering them both as diverse tools and as high-return enterprise investments. Peter Coffee of will illuminate distinctive strengths and appropriate applications of various classes of cloud, ranging from infrastructure services to high-leverage application frameworks, and will offer strategic guidance on cloud resource adoption, operation, and integration with other IT assets.

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12:30 – 1:30 pm


1:35 – 1:45 pm

IT Academy

Ron Kraemer, CIO, UW Madison

1:45 – 2:45 pm

Keynote: What’s your Innovation Number?

Tom Koulopoulos, President Delphi Group
Sponsored by TEAM Companies

Innovation has long been a mantra of business leaders but it’s only recently that it has taken on the role of saviour as global pressure mounts to find ways to differentiate products and services. The problem is that we have few ways to measure innovation and even fewer ways to measure ourselves and our companies against others when it comes to understanding how we stack up. Do you innovate as well as Apple has in the last decade? Probably not, few of us can claim that sort of track record. But you are certainly not the worst innovator in your industry, otherwise you wouldn’t be in business. As with most things in a free market, the question “How innovation am I?” is a relative measure. Yet, event that benchmark is elusive. No more. In his keynote Tom will do something with the WTN audience that he has only done with clients until now, assess your Innovation Number. Your Innovation Number will show you exactly where you and your company stands when it comes to innovation. You’ll see where you are strong and where you are weak. You’ll even get advice on the specific ways in which you can improve your innovation number. Best of all you’ll have some hard data to take back to your organization to help you move the innovation agenda forward, instead of just more dogma and rhetoric! Join Tom for this unique keynote and get a grip on your Innovation Number and what it means to way you innovate.

Please visit the special Innovation Number site prior to the conference and take the Innovation Number Assessment in order to benchmark your innovation number during Tom’s keynote.

2:45 – 3:05 pm

Networking and Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Insight Public Sector, Laurus Technologies and SupraNet

3:10 – 3:55 pm

Security — Get your money’s worth

Peyton Engel, Technical Architect, CDW

Security is widely perceived as a cost of doing business, and a great deal of security spending is justified by the requirements of so-called “best practices.” Irrational devotion to these rules of thumb causes us, at times, to spend unwisely, and to miss out on opportunities to use security to enable new activities and drive the business forward.

This talk takes a critical look at the current relationship between security and the budget, and offers insight into how to spend more effectively.

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4:00 – 4:45 pm

Keynote: Global Transformation of the Enterprise Supported by ERP

Mike Jackson, CIO, Rockwell Automation
Sponsored by Compuware

The journey through a business transformation supported by an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system implementation changes companies in fundamental ways forever. While in the middle of the fray, no function has to transform itself more than information technology (IT).

Jackson will discuss how Rockwell Automation drives its business processes to be global and integrated. We’ll take a further look at how the transformation of the business changes the I.T. organization and the issues created as I.T. leaders take their teams through this journey.

Key Points:
• What new skills are needed and which skills are no longer needed? How does the role of the IT organization and its interaction with the business change?
• What options exist for the individual professional to grow in to new roles, and how can you maintain staffing for those critical functions that will suddenly be eliminated at some point in the project?
• How do you deal with many challenges to keeping your employees engaged and focused as they see their futures dramatically changing?

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4:45 – 5:00

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