Our conference chair, Rick Davidson, will work with the Fusion 2013 Advisory Board to ensure that all topics and sessions are vetted to ensure a lively discussion and a timely, informative, non-commercial message.
Could a stuxnet attack on the entire US power grid happen anytime, and cripple the economy? Join the discussion with internationally renowned cyber-security expert Howard Schmidt. He will lead a conversation about proven strategies, and protections you can implement to thwart the constant change and evolving sophisticated threats to your entire eco-system. Cyber-threats were identified as one of the top global risks to watch in the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Global Risk Report in Davos.
Headlines as recently as September, 2012, revealed the current administration’s high priority for significantly increasing our country’s protection against these potentially crippling attacks. Just as technology changes quickly so do the threats. Development, deployment and IT operations need to have security and privacy built in from the beginning. Success with cyber-security can be achieved by looking at at processes from end to end.
One of the most stressful jobs on the planet is the role of the CIO. You must enable your organization’s productivity while at the same time protecting your organization’s digital assets. That incredible responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the Chief Information Officer. Former White House CIO Theresa Payton offers real-life, high-level solutions CIO to CIO in this candid talk from someone who has successfully done the job at the highest rank in the nation.
She will talk about emerging technology trends and how to enable the organization with new technology while at the same time keeping digital assets safe. All executives will leave the presentation with a checklist and suggested meeting agenda to energize and engage their organizations.
Enterprise Cloud Computing is here to stay, but that can’t mean it’s “rip and replace” time for legacy IT investments. Rather, the acknowledged acceptance of enterprise cloud services makes it possible for clouds’ agility to liberate new value from IT assets already in place.
Cloud apps and platforms should be part of a portfolio of solutions: integrated with system-of-record data, but extending that data into new roles and environments, with greater speed; lower incremental investment; and far less technology risk than past initiatives. Security, operations assurance, and compliance issues must not be trivialized, but enterprise clouds can actually pave the way for improvementânot merely parityâin these key areas.
Join Peter Coffee, former Technology Editor of eWEEK, for this discussion of key considerations in carving out a robust cloud strategyâ¦ and recognizing the structural challenges, in every industry and sector, that make it a necessity.
Mobile is about a shift to new systems of engagement. It’s about data. It’s about immediacy, context and utility. It’s about empowering your consumers, partners or your employees and making new types of experiences possible. Business benefits abound – driving new revenues, new relationships and new ways of doing business – but how can you ensure that your investments will deliver the right results?
The session will provide examples of the transformational impact of mobile technology. These examples will be viewed through a strategic lens to highlight the essential elements of solid mobile strategy – a “Business First. Mobile Second.” approach that fully considers the business, the user and the technology landscape.
Forrester reports firms will invest 70 to 73% of their 2013 IT budget maintaining and operating existing systems and equipment.¹ Gartner finds 78% of IT leaders plan on pursuing a private cloud strategy by 2014.² So which is it? Are IT leaders focusing on what they have? Or are they innovating to keep pace with a constantly changing market?
Business technology is at an inflection point. Most organizations are heavily vested in legacy infrastructure. Yet new ways of doing things promise greater agility and faster time to value. AHEAD CEO Daniel Adamany calls the confluence of these seemingly conflicting forces of tradition and innovation âHow then meets nowâ.
Adamany will lead this discussion on the danger of viewing innovation as an all or nothing proposition, demonstrating how purpose, foresight, process, and planning empowers organizations to drive business improvement across the enterprise.
¹ Bartels, Andrew, Cloud Investments Will Reconfigure Future IT Budgets, January 8, 2013. Cambridge, MA: Forrester. Page 2.
² Gartner, Data Center Conference Poll, December 2011.
The traditional enterprise outsourcing model, where a customer outsources the management of its’ IT infrastructure, applications development, network operations and end-user support to a third party, is experiencing the downside effects of commoditization. Vendors and customers have focused almost exclusively on cost to the detriment of other factors that have historically justified an infrastructure outsourcing play – quality, innovation and cycle time – to name a few. Cloud offerings of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) can be attractive solutions to start-up businesses and niche outsourcing infrastructure plays for larger enterprises.
Are IaaS and PaaS viable for large enterprises with legacy applications and complex hosting requirements? Cameron Art, General Manager, Application Management Services for IBM will lead an interactive discussion on what factors should be considered as CIOs evaluate their infrastructure outsourcing options and what solutions are managed infrastructure service providers developing to break out of the “commodity box” as this market continues to evolve?
Within large enterprises, IT has traditionally been organized into a departmental structure with responsibilities for selection, procurement, installation, implementation and integration of new technologies, as well as maintaining the current technology and applications needed for various business functions. This approach created a “closed trade model” with rationing of IT infrastructure and services to the remainder of the organization based on allocated capital and operating budget capacity, without necessarily true integration and alignment with the strategic business model.
As a healthcare expert leading an IT Company, I will utilize the disruption now occurring in the healthcare industry (the Accountable Care Organization Model) as a case study of why technology must now become fully integrated into the care delivery model in a manner that eliminates previous balkanization and measurably improves enterprise-wide performance as defined by productivity, efficiency, clinical outcomes, security and patient/provider satisfaction. A useful analogy to consider is that any incredibly complex living organism without a highly developed and integrated central and peripheral nervous system will rapidly become extinct in a stressful evolutionary environment!
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.
• Creating business value with solid decision making and business planning
• Utilizing an “IT Blueprint” to unite your teams and communicate your vision
• Calculating risk profiles for your projects and understanding what the true value is.
Active involvement by clients and customers turns noisy critics into focused advisors and invaluable advocates. Sustained success depends on forging a chain of four links: opportunity to offer ideas, feedback that proves those ideas are being considered, visible evidence of results, and rewards for contributions. Join us for a conversation on what’s worked, and what has not, in building a culture of co-creation that makes a served community both more satisfied and more forgiving.
Throughout 2012, PDS participated in a series of discussions with industry leaders on harnessing the power of technology to compete in the 21st century. In many ways it turned into a discussion about how to unlock the potential of the digital generation that is just coming of age. A generation that is not embracing technology, but rather born of it. A generation with the potential to dramatically accelerate the introduction of disruptive technology causing all of us to rethink everything we know about the application of technology in our lives and in business.
Disruptive technology by definition results in an interruption and breaks the continuity of work in businesses. The short-term impact is often negative but positioned properly could spur innovation and growth. The focus of the discussion is a closer look at some of these technologies that are reshaping the existing IT and business processes. Going from Big data to the next wave of collaborative technology. What are they? What’s their impact? And how do we position ourselves to truly take full advantage of the opportunities ahead.
For most business and technology leaders the concept of governing data and information assets makes practical sense. However, moments of sensibility often give way to pressing projects, budget constraints, and mounting business pressures. Besides, the traditional argument for governance lacks a compelling value proposition and the thought of implementing such a discipline can be overwhelming.
The good news – it does not have to be this way! Research clearly indicates that data driven organizations are more successful and productive in all aspects of their business. Furthermore, moving from a project based culture to a data centric enterprise is very achievable.
Join Jim Orr, Author of ”Data Governance for the Executive” and Director at Information Builders, as he leads the discussion on redefining what data governance really is, the true value it brings to an enterprise, and how companies can make it operational and affordable at the same time.
Your traditional IT infrastructure and support model cannot compete with expectations that have been changed by IT consumerization and cloud computing. The good news is that the fog is clearing as a shared vision for IT service delivery emerges: IT organizations must make the transition from IT infrastructure builder to IT service broker. In doing so they must facilitate IT services consumption for their internal customers. Join the discussion with Mitch Northcutt for a prescriptive approach for steps you can take in developing a prioritized action plan for executing on a strategy to realize that vision.
IT is experiencing a seismic shift larger than all previous advances combined. Today’s IT requires a completely different strategic paradigm – one that is massively scalable and driven by new service models. Join Chris Pope, Senior Director of Product Management at ServiceNow, as he describes how the next generation of IT and cloud-based services are driving transformation.
National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (“National MI”), is a new mortgage insurance company with access to over $500 million of private, unencumbered capital for the mortgage insurance sector. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, National MI is led by an experienced management team with strong mortgage, financial services and start-up experience.
After serving as CIO for public company, National MI’s CIO, Stan Pachura, took on the challenge of running the IT organization for two major reasons – one that he would have the opportunity to build a team to meet the challenges of a start-up company with a clear vision and very tight deadlines, and still have some fun, and two that he would not be encumbered by any legacy infrastructure, processes, or systems. This has enabled National MI to progress very quickly and receive the required approvals to launch its business within the demanding constraints established at the inception of the business.
In this interactive case study discussion, Stan will cover these major components of National MI’s successful technology platform launch:
• The economic and market conditions that made this opportunity successful
• The challenges faced by the organization to obtain the required approvals
• The technologies, services, and providers that enabled success
• The solutions deployed to meet the needs of a start-up financial services company
• A summary of the results including current corporate status
• Lessons learned along the way
An examination of the trends of Big Data and Advanced Analytics as well as the technology, services and education needed to thrive in this new field. We’ll explore examples of true industry-disruptive analytics-driven transformations and the catalysts for transformation. Examining the role of people is paramount to success in order to develop a high-performing data scientist team – starting today.
Software-as-a-Service has proven itself as a way to lower total cost of ownership and improve time to value. However, mobile, social, and analytics (driven by the opportunities from big data) are driving significant changes in your IT landscape. You now need to look beyond traditional TCO and time to value and look at time to ongoing value. The challenge and opportunity lie in how you incorporate these new technologies while supporting an increasing pace of business change. We will discuss strategies for accelerating, realizing and increasing the value of your business applications investments through the power of the SaaS model.
This session will address:
• Why the legacy approach cannot keep pace with business or technology change, and the new mindset delivered by the SaaS model
• How the SaaS model better positions organizations to leverage the forces driving technology change
• How a well-architected SaaS solution helps enable agile organizations that respond quickly to business change
Mobile is evolving. The exponential growth of devices and downloads is now transitioning into a new era. One that in which the “app” is not the cornerstone, but a part of a larger “system of engagement” that provides value for customers, employees and partners.
This evolution is supported by three main shifts:
• Experience – The movement from mobile to a cross-platform
• Empowerment – The transition from information access to user action
• Engagement – The shift from an app-focused approach to a broader mobility system
In the session we will explore the drivers, opportunities and challenges associated with building a comprehensive mobility platform – a system that reaches across devices and across the enterprise to drive intelligence and action.
Today, a transformation is underway in the enterprise – knowledge workers are trading in legacy software and desktop PCs for tools that are more flexible, affordable and allow them to tap into information from countless applications, smartphones and tablets. CIOs know too well the intense challenges they face to embrace this shift in the post-PC world, and are now exploring new technologies, including cloud computing, to accommodate the surge of BYOD in the workplace.
This session will explore how IT decision-makers can address the long and short-term risks associated with this transition, and why they have turned to cloud solutions to alleviate these challenges. As the shift to an increasingly mobile workforce becomes the next great frontier for today’s businesses, CIOs can leverage the cloud and a new ecosystem of applications to meet employees’ demands for simple, intuitive experiences, while also supporting IT needs for security and manageability.
In this session Gartner analyst Doug Laney will lead an interactive discussion on how organizations can develop a strategy and vision for Big Data and what are the key non-technical components of a Big Data initiative. He will also share Gartner’s research on the hard benefits of becoming an infocentric organization—one that values and manages information as an actual corporate asset. Specific topics will include but not be limited to:
Today’s customer has as much information about a company – and their competitors -as a company has about its customers. Probably More. But this technology-enabled transparency can work both ways. The challenge and opportunity of transparency, and interacting with customer as individuals is one that many CMOs and CIOs are exploring today. This session will discuss the key imperatives leading CMO and CIO partners have defined as their Shared Agenda to address new ways to understand customers as individuals, develop a system of engagement, and be authentic in brand and culture.
The advancements revolutionizing IT seems to be happening almost daily. From mobile computing, to contextual computing, to Big Data, to The Internet of Things, and many others, there is real value for enterprises of all kinds within these innovations. But how does an organization move beyond a wait-and-see approach and identify strategies that are actionable? This session will explore implementation frameworks for line-of-business opportunities today, and transformational shifts for the enterprise tomorrow.
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