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Wednesday, May 2

9:00am CDT

We Are All Equifax: The Data Behind DevSecOps
Last year, hackers took three days to identify and exploit a new vulnerability in Equifax’s web applications. In the post-Equifax world, moving new business requirements (e.g., a non-vulnerable version of Struts2) into production in under three days might just be your new normal.

Join this session to better understand how DevSecOps teams are applying lessons from W. Edwards Deming (circa 1982), Malcolm Goldrath (circa 1984) and Gene Kim (circa 2013) to improve their ability to respond to new business requirements and cyber risks. It starts with emphasizing the performance of the entire system and never passing known defects downstream.

To that end, DevOps teams are consuming billions of open source components and containerized applications to improve productivity at a massive scale. The good news: they are accelerating time to market. The bad news: many of the components and containers they are using are fraught with defects including critical security vulnerabilities.

This session aims to enlighten DevOps teams, security and development professionals by sharing results from the 2018 State of the Software Supply Chain Report -- a blend of public and proprietary data with expert research and analysis. Throughout the discussion, I will share lessons that Deming employed decades ago to help us accelerate adoption of the right DevSecOps culture, practices, and measures today.

Attendees in this session will learn:
-What our analysis of 50,000 applications reveals about the quality and security of software built with open source components
-How organizations like PayPal, Intuit, Fannie Mae and the Department of Defense are utilizing the DevOps principles of software supply chain automation
-Why avoiding open source components and containers over 3 years old might be a really good idea
-How to balance the need for speed with quality and security -- early in the development lifecycle

Attend this session and leverage the insights to understand how your organization's application DevOpsSec practices compare to others. We'll share the industry benchmarks to take back and discuss with your DevOps, development and security teams.

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Derek Weeks

Vice President, Sonatype
Derek E. Weeks is the world's foremost researcher on the topic of DevSecOps and securing software supply chains. For the past five years, he has championed the research of the annual State of the Software Supply Chain Report and the DevSecOps Community Survey. Derek is a huge advocate... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Junior Ballroom D

9:00am CDT

RPA: Enabling Business Transformation
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is being rapidly leveraged across industries, to drive significant productivity improvement. There is a lot of buzz around Artificial Intelligence (AI) workers, and their impact on enterprises and on society. In this session, the speaker will cover a framework for successful RPA projects, including strategies and tools.

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Shouvik Bhattacharyya

Chief Innovator, B12 Consulting
Shouvik Bhattacharyya is the Chief Innovator at B12 Consulting, enabling clients to implement innovative trends like RPA. His areas of expertise including business strategy, change management, process re-engineering and expert systems. Shouvik was a Sloan Fellow at MIT. He has a bachelor's... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 4

9:00am CDT

The Paradox of Cyberthreats
As environments become progressively interconnected, threats become increasingly complicated. The top security events of the past year make this apparent — and their repercussions make the implementation of smart protections all the more important.


Steven Giovinazzo

Senior Sales Engineer, Trend Micro
Steve is an experienced technology professional with more than 25 years of IT experience across many technology disciplines, such as: networking, applications, virtualization, storage, and cloud. With a broad base of technology experience, he helps clients architect security solutions... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 1

9:00am CDT

Negotiat[Her]: Learn the Secrets to Make More $ in Your Tech Career
As tech women, salary negotiation is an essential skill, but negotiating isn’t always so easy. Imposter syndrome, fear, and unconscious bias are real adversaries that can get in your way to a successful negotiation and earning what you deserve. The good news is that negotiation is a skill that can be learned. Come learn how Founder of Develop[Her], Lauren Hasson, tripled her base salary in less than two years by grounding herself in data and asking critical questions to uncover key leverage points and ultimately learned to negotiate with confidence.

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Lauren Hasson

Founder, DevelopHER
Lauren Hasson is the Founder of DevelopHer, a career development platform for tech women by tech women, and a software engineer at a prominent Bay Area fintech company where she builds their apps and is a principal member of their information security team. Her work has been featured... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Junior Ballroom A

9:00am CDT

Enhancing Performance in the Digital Era
In today’s cloud-mobile world, digital performance defines business success. Discover how companies are pushing digital boundaries and rethinking what’s possible with Riverbed. In this session Riverbed will showcase how you can gain a complete view—from end users, to networks, to infrastructure to applications—to help you reach new levels of performance and gain a competitive edge.

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Kenneth R. George

Field Technical Consultant, Riverbed

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Room 2

9:00am CDT

The Future of Collaboration and Cloud Architecture
This panel of IT Executives offer a glimpse into the future of collaboration and cloud architecture, highlighting key trends and practical steps to begin using cloud-based products and services for transformation efforts. Focusing on the three major forces changing how we work with information today: new devices, new ways to deliver IT, and new cloud-based products and services

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Mark Akass

Executive Director, Enterprise Infrastructure, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
Mark Akass is Executive Director at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) where he is responsible for Infrastructure Products and cloud related change initiatives. Akass is a graduate in Electronics Engineering and completed executive programs at London Business School... Read More →
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Chris Boult

CIO, CEC Entertainment
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Mike Harman

Director of Information Technology, Henry Investment Group
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Blake Holman

Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer, St. David's Foundation
Blake Holman is currently Chief Information Officer and HIPAA Security Officer at St. David’s Foundation in Austin, Texas.  Blake has over 30 years of experience leading Information Technology Strategy, Development and Operations for several public and private companies in the... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Room 3

10:00am CDT

Citrix SD WAN Reporting For the Enterprise
Join experts from Alchemy Tech Group as we demonstrate Citrix SD WAN reporting. Our skilled and savvy team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide insight into how you can utilize this technology for your enterprise needs.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
Demo Pit, Inside Exhibit Hall

10:30am CDT

Positive Disruption: Modernizing a Data Driven Culture
Data is everywhere. But most of us struggle to make sense of it. Tableau Software lets anyone visualize data from your approved data sources, and then share it on the web or pushed to mobile, no programming needed. Come see just how many insights you can make in 20 minutes or less, from your desk or on the go.
Presented by Senior Solution Consultant David Petranek and Solutions Consultant John Demby

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am CDT
Demo Pit, Inside Exhibit Hall

10:30am CDT

The Divine and Felonious Nature of Cyber Security (A DevSecOps Story)
Over the past 7 years of the DevOps movement, there has been a healthy tension between behavior, speed, and resilience. Empirical and analytical evidence suggests that when these three are in equilibria the outcomes create organizational performance. With behavior being an anchor of organizational performance. In DevSecOps, the motivation is to embed security patterns and practices into existing DevOps capabilities thereby creating similar equilibria with increased organizational performance. In this session we are going to observe the IT security practices over the past 10 years that one might suggest having had a metaphorically “felonious” narrative based on the resultant outcomes. In the DevSecOps metaphorically “divine" narrative we will see once again that it’s not all just about technology, however, performance outcomes will again be heavily anchored in our behaviors.

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John Willis

Senior Director, Global Transformation Office, Red Hat
John has over 35 years of experience, focusing on IT infrastructure and operations. He has helped early startups such as Chef, Enstratius (now Dell), and Docker navigate the "DevOps" movement. He is one of the original core organizers of DevOpsDays and has been a prominent keynote... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Junior Ballroom D

10:30am CDT

IT Future 2020 - Technology and Impacts
This presentation is a look ahead at the newest high technologies, innovative business forces, and accelerating global changes that will shape the IT manager's workday of the future.

These include trends like business digital transformation, cloud based application and infrastructure migration, the growth of the internet of things (IoT), advanced mobile platforms, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, machine learning, and the service economy. Russ Finney first explains these rapidly advancing trends and their associated economic impacts, and then he makes practical suggestions for the actions that IT executives should be taking to leverage these opportunities within their own companies.

Russ draws his insights from his time as both an IT executive and as a consultant working inside the computer chip industry building semiconductor equipment, the defense industry building aircraft carriers and submarines, the financial services industry building advanced trading platforms, and the aerospace industry serving as a the CIO of an international aerospace consortium. Since 2012 he has been an advisor to some of the most innovative companies in the US and in 2016, he was named a Top 5 executive CIO Influencer through social media by Apollo Research (@rfinney).

The key take away from this overview are the most impactful and practical IT executive action items and methods which can be immediately applied at any company - no matter the size or sophistication.

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Russ Finney

Partner & Advisor, itmWEB Group LLC & the Stratamation Network
Russ Finney is an Advisory Partner and Researcher currently serving clients through both the itmWEB Group and the Stratamation Network. He also serves as a lecturer in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas in Austin teaching technology & business strategy.In addition... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Room 4

10:30am CDT

Project Management with ServiceNow
ServiceNow is a powerful SaaS platform. It’s known for its robust IT Service Management (ITSM) capabilities, but it has expanded into other important IT areas. In this session, we’ll focus on the IT Business Management (ITBM) module, which includes Demand Management, Project Management, Resource Management, and more. We’ll discuss the efficiencies that are gained by leveraging ITBM and ITSM together and highlight a customer success story.

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Ramesh Radhakrishnan

Principal Business Automation Consultant, Sparkhound
Over 28 years of IT Experience in Infrastructure Consulting, IT Service Management Consulting, Data Center Modernization and MigrationITIL V2 Manager’s Certified with Distinction, ITIL V3 Expert Certified, PMP CertifiedPrevious Titles and EducationSenior Industry Principal Consultant... Read More →
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Chris VanDenBerg

Senior Business Automation Consultant, Sparkhound
Chris has 24 years of professional experience with SCOM, SCCM, ServiceNow, Windows Server, Windows Desktop, Active Directory, Exchange, and Office 365Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (CSA) and ServiceNow Admin certifiedPrevious Titles and EducationIT DirectorIT ManagerSr... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Room 2

10:30am CDT

Surviving the M&A Environment in 2018
2018 is poised to be a banner year for mergers and acquisitions as tax reform is encouraging the return of multiple business’ operations and billions of dollars for investment in the U.S. Being part of a firm that is either acquiring others, or the target of an acquisition, has serious consequences for the IT leadership. Join three seasoned M&A veterans discussing best practices and lessons they have learned as a result of multiple acquisitions.

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Michael Carr

Vice President - Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy, and Innovation, Darling Ingredients
Mr. Carr is Vice President of M&A, Strategy, and Innovation (Digital and Platform Innovation) at Darling Ingredients (NYSE:DAR).  Darling Ingredients today provides a global growth platform operating on five continents with over $3.5 Bil in revenue through the development and production... Read More →
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Andrew C. Jackson

President, BravoTECH
Andrew Jackson has spent the last 30 years building and managing technical service companies. In 1996, he co-founded Bravo Technical Resources, Inc. (BravoTECH) an information technology professional services firm headquartered in Dallas. BravoTECH has experienced award winning growth... Read More →
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Brad Lamar

VP of Information Services, Concentra
Brad Lamar is a transformational IT executive with multi-industry experience in Healthcare, Retail, Financial Services, Marketing & Advertising, and Insurance. Brad currently serves as Vice President of Information Services for Concentra where he leads software development and architecture... Read More →
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Kolt Sarver

VP Retail Business Technology, Vistra Energy
Kolt Sarver, VP of Retail Business Technology, is responsible for leading the strategy, development, integration, and management of the business-facing technologies that support Vistra Energy’s retail businesses: TXU Energy (in Texas) and Dynegy (outside Texas).  With the recent... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Room 3

10:30am CDT

Artificial No Longer: Intelligence-Based Security
Artificial Intelligence is the Industrial Revolution of our time. It is already reshaping our world and is likely to transform practically every facet of our human lives.
Fighting cybercrime is one of its many applications, but at what cost? Are AI technologies the silver bullet that the cyber-defense industry has been looking for? As of today, how mature are these technologies? What should you look for in an AI-based security product? Learn about the advantages in harnessing AI technologies and how they are already built into systems to offer superior security.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Room 1

10:30am CDT

Bro Code: Addressing the Issue of Gender Diversity in Tech
Does Bro Code truly exist in the workplace or just a myth?  This panel will discuss and debate what are the necessary steps to communicate effectively with different genders.   It is critical that everyone understands the language in order for the tech industry to become a welcoming place for females to grow and sustain their careers?

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Bri Crow

Founder, Women’s Technology Coalition, Zyston / Women's Tech Co.
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Trude Van Horn

CIO, NCH Corporation
Gertrude G. Van Horn joined NCH in January of 2011 and is the Chief Information Officer. Before coming to NCH, Trude had the privilege to work in Technology Leadership positions at American Express, JP Morgan, Jo-Ann Stores, Office Depot, Haggar Clothing Company and Victoria’s Secret... Read More →
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Gerry Mecca

Vice President of IT - Packaged Beverages & Client Services, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS)
Gerry has 36 years of experience in all areas of information technology and is particularly experienced in the automation and digitization of Sales and Marketing functions as well as high performing IT Operations.  Gerry led Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) field sales mobilization effort... Read More →
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Traci Merzi

Publisher, Dallas Business Journal
Tracy Merzi has been with American City Business Journals for over 20 years in various sales and marketing positions at the Pittsburgh Business Times and the Washington Business Journal. Tracy currently serves as the Market President and Publisher for the Dallas Business Journal... Read More →
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Shama Sarada

SVP. Group Technical Program Management (GDCT), Citi
SVP, Technical Program Management (TPM) function for the Global Digital teams supporting NA Branded Cards and Global Digital Payments. Leading a team of 30+ Sr. TPM’s driving execution from ideation to implementation to deliver the digital strategy for GCB.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Junior Ballroom A

11:30am CDT

Emerging Technologies in North Texas Sports Stadiums & Fan Engagement
  • We take a look behind the scenes at the major sports properties in North Texas
  • What are the important technologies inside stadiums and how they are "connected"
  • Why North Texas is trending as the Connected Stadium Capital of the US
  • We also look at how fans can engage with/within the stadium duirng your favorite team's event
  • Is "Bigger" better for the fans?
  • Preview of the new Texas Rangers Baseball Stadium

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Mike Bullock

VP of Information Technology, Texas Rangers
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Tod Caflisch

Former VP & CTO Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Red Wings, San Antonio Spurs
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Dan Doggendorf

Vice President of IT, Dallas Stars Hockey Team
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Pete Walsh

Chief Executive Officer, Velocity Intelligence Group, LLC.
Peter Walsh is the CEO of Velocity Intelligence Group and President of VNU Media. Previously, Walsh was the CIO - Dallas Cowboys; regional CIO - Nokia Americas; Head of Sports & Entertainment for AT&T; and worked on the US Space Shuttle program at NASA. Walsh holds 16 patents in the sports industry and he brings extensive technology and business experience in the government, telecommunications, cybersecurity and consulting industries and has relevant international business experi... Read More →
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Doug Willilams

VP of Information Technology, American Airlines Center

Wednesday May 2, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom G1, 4th floor

11:45am CDT

InnoTech Attendee Lunch
This lunch is complimentary to InnoTech attendees only.  First come, first serve basis.  Visit with the vendors before and after, then  please stick around for the afternoon sessions and reception.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm CDT
Inside Exhibit Hall B

1:00pm CDT

I Feel The Need, The Need For DevOps
Mark Andersen will talk about the Capital One Auto Finance journey into devops, lessons learned, and overall mindshift changes adopted.

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Mark Andersen

Sr. Director, Cloud LOB Lead, Capital One
Mark Andersen has spent the last 2.5 years at Capital One Auto Finance helping lead the DevOps and Cloud charge. Mark is passionate about changing the development model and helping agile pods delivering faster and more secure.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Junior Ballroom D

1:00pm CDT

Block Chain: Defining the Journey
The panel will discuss practical aspects of Block Chain implementation in global enterprises, with primary focus on Financial Services and Healthcare. They will discuss approaches to get your Block Chain projects started, and in delivering value to the business.


Anirban Chakraborty

Sr Advisor, Third Eye
Anirban Chakraborty, is Sr Advisor at Third Eye, and has been involved in the Block Chain revolution since its inception, through research and designing platforms

Dr. Neena Biswas, MD

CEO, B12 Consulting
Dr Neena Biswas is CEO of B12 Consulting, and has extensive experience as a physician, and in technology implementations

Jon West

Vice-President, Thomson Reuters
Jon is currently a VP of Software Engineering within the Tax & Accounting division of Thomson Reuters. Jon has 30 years of technology experience in the tax, accounting, legal, and mortgage markets. Jon began as a software developer… then architect… now technology leader. He currently... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 2

1:00pm CDT

The Future of Work: Mind-shift from Robots vs Humans to Robots Empowering Humans
Automation has been changing the nature of work for hundreds of years. It has replaced manual labor’s most repetitive, intensive tasks. It has steadily accelerated the speed of production, and created new streams of work. Today we’re adding artificial intelligence, including machine and deep learning, to automation. But even with AI-enabled automation, it isn’t about replacing man with robots or human agent with a virtual agent. Rather, it’s about supporting our human abilities and ingenuity – enabling us to create and innovate. Join Doug Reeder in exploring the intelligent automation ecosystem and its impact on the future of work.

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Doug Reeder

Senior Director of Innovation, NTT Data Services
Doug Reeder is a Senior Director of Innovation in the Office of the CTO at NTT DATA Services. In this role he manages a portfolio of innovation accelerators and helps clients define and achieve their business objectives, develop innovative new capabilities and competencies, and implement... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 4

1:00pm CDT

CIO Expert Panel: Modernizing Data Management
In 2018, CIOs are being challenged more than ever to achieve digital success and leverage emerging technologies to create new capabilities which drive new growth and differentiation. CIOs need to modernize their data management strategies and architectures to leverage emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, AI, IoT, Blockchain, Big Data and Cloud. Data is at the heart of all these changes. Data ingestion, data integration, architectures, data management, data governance and data virtualization all need to be part of the enterprise data strategy. Join us to gain insight as leading CIOs share their vision and experiences in meeting their modernizing data management challenges in 2018.

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Amy Czuchlewski

Vice President of Engineering, Bottle Rocket
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Chris Gates

Global Head - Compute Hosting Services, AIG
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Paola Saibene

VP of Enterprise Risk Management, American Heart Association
Paola Saibene has an extraordinary background that blends multiple areas of technology ranging from programming and architecture to cyber security and risk management, and folding them into her efforts in digital transformation and innovation. Her dual masters degrees in psychology... Read More →
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George Trujiilo

Master Principal Enterprise Architect - Data Management Strategy, Oracle Corporation
George Trujillo is a technology leader, recognized international speaker and author in the big data, cloud and data management space. George has held positions as a VP of Big Data, Managing Director of Big Data, Director of Big Data Global Enablement, Master Principal Big Data Specialist... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 3

1:00pm CDT

Climbing the Information Security Program Mount Everest
Most businesses have minimal IT resources, and even fewer dedicated security staff, yet are faced with essentially the same breadth of control requirements that larger organizations have been attempting to enable and mature. Threat actors and criminals do not discriminate by size or wait for organizations to get cybersecurity capable. Everyone has a similar mountain to climb, and in need of effective ways of getting more capable faster, more efficiently, and without breaking the bank.

Implementing and operating an information security program is a lot like leading a mountain climbing expedition. Each control in the program is like a group of a climbers: a collection of people, processes and technologies each striving to be capable of reaching a point on the mountain. The CISO, as expedition leader, is trying to help each climber group increase in capability in order to reach higher points on the mountain, with the goal of reaching the peak. Like the expedition, the security program needs a strategy, planning, logistics, and execution. The expedition will have groups (controls) at varying points along the mountain, all needing support, structure, and guidance. The information security program, like the expedition on the mountain, faces condition that are unpredictable and treacherous. When the summit is approached, the sky darkens, the winds increase, and the mountain’s sheer face of rock and ice certainly seem impossible to approach.

What the mountaineer can expect to learn:
• Every expedition has a trek in requiring an evaluation and analysis of current state, strategy for the expedition and a plan to get things moving.
◦ Security framework applications for assessment, gap analysis, and objectives-oriented program goals.
• Planning for the full expedition – finite resources are precious; learn how to obtain and use them wisely.
◦ Strategic planning for developing program maturity to meet risk-oriented priorities.
• When climbing the mountain, sometimes you have to retrace your steps, revert, and try again. Regrouping strategies for when things bog down and for those beginning the climb after the expedition is underway.
◦ Operations expense vs. capital investment for program enablement
◦ Services vs. in-house expertise for program operations
◦ Activity based costing for program activities
◦ Business case for progress and risk management for decision making

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Brian Engle

CISO & Managing Director of Advisory Services, Cyber Defenses
Brian Engle is the Chief Information Security Officer & Managing Director of Advisory Services for CyberDefenses. Brian heads up the internal cybersecurity program for CyberDefenses while leading the consulting group that provides their dynamic and growing client base with strategic... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 1

1:00pm CDT

INFLUENCE: The Art and Science of Getting Ahead
Three female trailblazing CIO’s will discuss their careers and what they have learned about innovation and leadership along the way.

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Ray Ann Cacheria

CIO, Ryan
Ray Ann Cacheria joined Ryan in 2015 as Chief Information Officer. Throughout her career, Ray Ann’s legacy has been characterized by transformational change. Over the past 20 years Ray Ann has chosen challenging roles for herself including application development, network/infrastructure/disaster... Read More →
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Valerie Freeman

Founder and CEO, Imprimis Group, Inc.
Valerie Freeman is the founder and CEO of Dallas-based Imprimis Group, Inc., a leading provider of workforce solutions and human capital consulting.  Imprimis operates under the brand names Imprimis Staffing, Bravo Technical Resources, Human Capital Solutions, Freeman+Leonard, Mature... Read More →
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Dalia Powers

CIO, Enterprise Information Systems, USAA
Dalia joined USAA in November of 2017 as CIO of Enterprise Infrastructure Services and Executive Lead for our USAA Plano, TX office.  Her organization spans Security, Fraud, Marketing, Social, Digital, Content Management, Auto Buying Experience, and Contact Center.Dalia spent the... Read More →
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Neelu Sethi

Chief Information Officer, Reddy Ice
Reddy Ice is the largest manufacturer and supplier of packaged ice in the U.S. distributing about 1.8 million tons of ice annually to 95,000 customer locations. Prior to Reddy Ice, Neelu held the positions of VP IT/CIO Advisor at ClubCorp and Vice President IT at Dr. Pepper Snapple... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Junior Ballroom A

2:00pm CDT

Preventing The Next Cyber Attack Before It Ever Happens
Cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated every day. The latest 5th generation of cyber-attacks are large scale, multi vector and state sponsored. A detection based security solution is not enough. We need a solution that provides prevention, in real time and covers all of our weakest points.
Boaz Barzel demonstrates how Check Point's Consolidated Infinity architecture can protect against these 5th generation attacks. You will see a Simple, Effective and Efficient solution to protect the entire attack landscape; network, endpoint, cloud and mobile.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Inside Exhibit Hall B

2:00pm CDT

Tackling the Risks of Open Source Security: 5 Things DevOps Leaders Need to Know
DevOps are changing the pace of how the industry is developing applications, working faster and more efficiently to meet aggressive time to market constraints. To achieve these fast releases without compromising on quality, developers rely on open source components to get the job done, while raising new security challenges for DevOps teams in avoiding bottlenecks. In this session, we will present 5 approaches and best practices that DevOps teams should implement in order to enable their developers to harness the power of open source without slowing them down or compromising on security.

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Yossi Weinberg

R&D Manager, WhiteSource Software
Yossi Weinberg is an R&D Manager at WhiteSource with vast experience in Web Application development and software design. He is responsible, among other things, for developing a patented technology that aggregates and validates open source vulnerabilities into a single database. Yossi... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Junior Ballroom D

2:00pm CDT

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning – A CIOs Perspective
What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? What is Machine Learning? Are they real or hype?  CIOs need to understand what these concepts and technologies are and their relevance for their organizations.
Companies are being disrupted from every direction, and technology leaders must find ways to move at the speed their business requires.  It is imperative that technology leadership stay ahead of the curve on technologies and concepts that can be utilized to deliver meaningful business outcomes for their companies.

Join Ken Piddington as he discusses his philosophy and what CIOs need to do to meet the expectations being place on them from their organizations for AI and Machine Learning.

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Ken Piddington

CIO & Executive Advisor, MRE Consulting, Ltd.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 2

2:00pm CDT

Hello Computer: The Future of Conversational UI
Voice Interfaces have started to pervade our daily lives, from our personal mobile devices, to smart speakers around our home. Now that we have constant access to voice controls and assistants, how will our lives change, and what comes next? We’ll explore not only the current capabilities, but where conversational interfaces are going, and some of the key concepts to be aware of for these new user experiences.

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Ashley Banegas

Experience Designer and Strategist, Bottle Rocket Studios
Ashley Banegas is an experience designer and Strategist at Bottle Rocket. She consistently crafts unique digital experiences for her clients, some of which include Coca-Cola, MoneyGram, and Pfizer. Ashley is passionate about staying up-to-date on emerging trends, and she combines... Read More →
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Luke Wallace

Director of Android Engineering, Bottle Rocket Studios
Luke Wallace is Bottle Rocket's Director of Android Engineering. Luke has successfully led his team to develop Android apps for clients such as Chick-fil-A, Starwood Hotels, and Nationwide: Make Safe Happen, managing the process from development to implementing strategic objectives... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 4

2:00pm CDT

Survival of the Fittest Org Model. Navigating The Future of IT
You’re on the front lines, feeling the hurricane winds of change blow and as the lines of traditional technology and shared services become more blurred in the cloud, it’s survival of the fittest organizational model. What’s the best course of action? Should IT departments persevere as a centralized hub, or should IT experts integrate throughout the business? Join this panel of CIOs discuss and debate the future of the our IT enterprise, and how its evolution might impact your people and process.

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Rusty Kennington

CIO, Corsicana Mattress Company
Rusty Kennington is a technology executive with a career spanning more than 25 years and multiple industries. He has worked in Fortune 500, private, and startup organizations. He has been responsible for global technology teams spanning North and South America, Europe and Asia.Rusty... Read More →
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Kathy Mast

President, NeuvoNow, LLC
An established strategy, technology and innovation change leader, interim CIO and I/T leader, and president of NeuvoNow, LLC, Kathy Mast consults with C-level leaders of global Fortune 1000 companies. She is an accomplished speaker and author in the Dallas/Ft. Worth community. Over... Read More →
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Brian Mork

CISO/Sr. Director of Information Risk Management, Celanese
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Onyeka Nchege

Chief Information Officer, Business Enabling IT Transformation
As former Interstate Batteries’ chief information officer, Onyeka Nchege championed partnerships to make valuable ideas possible. He combined a passion for technology with deep business insights to help Interstate realize its vision: to be the first choice in sustainable battery... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 3

2:00pm CDT

Cybersecurity Crisis Management - A Step By Step Approach
Data breaches are inevitable. A company’s survival could depend on the way it reacts and responds to a data breach. Cybersecurity crisis management goes beyond the nuances of day to day incident response and addresses the very specific elements that a company needs to implement in order to effectively survive a breach.

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Dr. Shamoun Siddiqui

Chief Information Security Officer, Neiman Marcus Group
Shamoun Siddiqui is currently the Vice president and Chief Information Security Officer at the Neiman Marcus Group of companies located in Dallas, Texas. He recently served as Vice President and the Chief Information Security Officer at Nationstar Mortgage, LLC. He possesses a Bachelor’s... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 1

2:00pm CDT

Empowering Women Leaders The X Factor: Data + Diversity = Innovation & High Performance
Diversity plus Data is the ‘X-factor’ that elevates and empowers women to become stronger leaders.
  1. Using the ‘X-factor’ to anticipate and plan for the dynamics of change, address critical issues, and capitalize on opportunity.
  2. Using data and inclusive perspectives to empower women beyond reactive leadership and intuition bias.
  3. Applying the X-factor to drive innovation and high-performance.
  4. Leveraging the X-factor to grow your impact as a transformational leader and creating new opportunities for career advancement.

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Shannon Platz

Global Vice President, Platform Ecosystem, SAP
Shannon Platz is Global Vice President for SAP’s Platform Ecosystem focused on analytics, database and data management, and cloud platform. In this role, she is responsible for assessing product and commercial viability for the ecosystem, setting channel GTM strategy, and ensuring... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Junior Ballroom A

2:30pm CDT

Android Mobile Computing for Industry
Android is quickly displacing Windows as the operating system of choice in mobile computing. Come see AML’s new Scepter Rugged Mobile Computer designed specifically for challenging industrial applications.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Demo Pit, Inside Exhibit Hall

3:30pm CDT

True Enterprise Agility

Jason Benfield

Director of Product Management for Performance Engineering, Micro Focus
Jason leads the Performance Engineering Product Management team at Micro Focus. Prior to joining Micro Focus, he served as the Director of Product Marketing at Blueprint. Jason also led Agile Transformation efforts and worked as a Product Manager/Product Owner at several Fortune 500... Read More →

Al Goerner

Chief Strategist, Alani Consulting
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Shannon Lake

VP of Enterprise Strategy & Solutions, B12 Consulting
Shannon Lake, VP of Enterprise Strategy & Solutions at B12. Shannon has extensive experience in the implementation of technology projects, through effectively leveraging technology platforms and tools. He will share some best practices in Agile implementations, including integration... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Room 7

3:30pm CDT

A Journey from Traditional Ops to DevOps - Intuit ProConnect
In this talk, we cover the why, what and the how of our DevOps transformation & why the teams can’t imagine going back to the old way. Moving from planning changes during the day and implementing them during off peak hours at night to zero downtime day time deployments that also address the work life balance problem, and onto containerization that ensures consistency across the environments in the SDLC and makes it easy to manage. The talk also touches on how to ensure quality in the era of high(er) velocity software development.


Ramesh Melkote, PD

Director DevOps and Services, Intuit, Plano

Wednesday May 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Junior Ballroom D

3:30pm CDT

Buy? Build? Factors To Consider In Achieving Digital Transformation
Deciding whether to build a technology or buy a third party solution isn’t difficult as long as you know all the factors to be considered. Join us for a discussion led by a panel of software experts who will provide a digital transformation "checklist", and business owners sharing the results of their decision making processes.

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Marian Hamlett

Chief Financial Officer, Texans Can Academies
Marian P. Hamlett is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked in a variety of industries through her 30 year career including publicly traded companies and various school districts. She has been with Texans Can since February 2013.
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David Johnson

Co-Founder and Vice-President, The Fulcrum Group
Mr. Johnson is Co-Founder and Vice-president of The Fulcrum Group, Inc. He and President Steve Meek founded The Fulcrum Group with a focus on services and client relationships. His client successes include corporate, local government, healthcare, and non-profit clients, delivering... Read More →
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Bart Miller

Vice President of Operations, MyAMC
Bart Miller is the Vice President of Operations for MyAMC an appraisal management company (AMC), which developed its own best in class appraisal management platform, Valulink, and licensed it to other AMCs. With over 25 years in the Appraisal Management industry, Bart has was also... Read More →

Collabrian Design & Technology

Collabrian Design & Technology

Wednesday May 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Room 2

3:30pm CDT

Postgres: The Center of your Data Universe
PostgreSQL was database of the year in 2017 according to DB-Engines. Let’s take a moment to find out why Microsoft, Amazon, Google and IBM are all actively deploying PostgreSQL and Postgres related technologies. PostgreSQL is a one of the longest standing Open Source Database systems with legions of users leading the way to productive project deployment, low to zero license costs, sane support structures, and and ecosystem that is second to none.
This presentation will cover an overview of PostgreSQL technologies including:
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ecosystem Review
  • NoSQL capabilities
  • Relational capabilities
  • Replication & High Availability
  • Features you can't believe you lived without
  • Community

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Debbie Cerda

Director of Business Development, Command Prompt Inc

Wednesday May 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Room 4

3:30pm CDT

AI gets Personal: Utilizing AI to Drive Personalized Consumer Engagement
This session will go beyond the hype to discuss how organizations like TGI Fridays are utilizing AI to create personalized engagement both inside and outside their restaurants. You will hear how to get started with the latest technologies to ensure a measurable return on these investments and some lessons learned as you contemplate starting your own journey and use cases in the world of AI and Machine Learning.

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Sherif Mityas

Chief Information Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, TGI Fridays

Wednesday May 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Room 1

3:30pm CDT

Future Security Professionals: Developing 21st Century Cyber Workforce
Due to the threat landscape, regulations, and the rising attention of Boards of Directors to cyber security, new requirements are mandating accountable cyber security programs with a leader, such as a CISO. Boards of Directors are also looking for accountability from bottom to the top, but there are not enough qualified CISOs or security professionals to meet the demand, which leaves a few options. So the big question is, “what is the best option for a security leader and where to find the best people?”.

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Harold Collum

Founder & Executive Director, Cyber Future Foundation

Wednesday May 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Room 3

3:30pm CDT

Catching the Next Train
The Tech Market is HOT. To catch the Tech Train, how do you use your “non-tech” work experience to get you considered for that next opportunity. Join us for a discussion to bridge where you stand today to where you want to be tomorrow. Learn how to build on the tools you possess in your toolkit and to get noticed.

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Michelle Brigman

Director Digital Customer Listening & Engagement, Citi
Michelle Brigman currently serves as the Director of Digital Customer Listening and Engagement, tuning into changes in customer’s digital behaviors and social conversations.  Her team is monitoring >1B annual digital interactions, adapting real time to increase digital containment... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Junior Ballroom A