We live in interesting times! Our current world consists of IT Leaders trying provide for the needs of customers and clients in the midst of an Information Security Dystopia… The Dark Web, Wiki Leaks, and nation states targeting U.S. based businesses for a variety of reasons. At the same time, traditional IT converging with non-traditional IT devices that are now connecting through TCP/IP. Are you as IT and Information Security Leaders ready?
“Digitization will be key to how countries maintain global competitiveness, increase GDP growth, foster innovation and create new jobs.” – John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco
By 2030, over 500 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Michigan is poised to become a national leader and benefactor of this digital revolution. Detroit is ranked third nationally for tech jobs, 75% of all automotive research and development is found in Michigan, and the state has a higher concentration of industrial designers and engineers than any other in the country.
Alison Gleeson, SVP of Americas and Jeff Frazier, the leader of the Americas Country Digitization initiative for the Office of the Executive Chairman at Cisco, will share with you the amazing use cases and lesson’s learned from Cisco’s Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA). Already launched in 16 countries on three continents over the last two years, CDA is Cisco’s long-term commitment to a partnership with a country’s government, industry, and academia to accelerate digitization outcomes. In the United States, the engines of digitization are the states. Cisco is bringing the successful lessons from our global digitization commitment to the United States, one state at a time. This is the launch of what we call State Digitization Acceleration (SDA). Alison and Jeff will discuss how this framework can be applied to Michigan to transform the state into a global leader in the digital era.
IT can often feel like an unwinnable game, with limited resources, changing priorities, multiple stakeholders and increased demands. Too often, IT leaders must make decisions with insufficient information and without knowing the true effect on the business.
Info-Tech’s framework removes the guesswork from what makes the business happy and predicts the impact of key decisions before they happen.
Info-Tech will walk you through the 3 real drivers of business satisfaction, and help IT leaders navigate a world in which:
• Only 28% of Business Leaders are satisfied with the performance of IT
• 67% of CIOs are not aligned with executives on the role of IT
Blockchain has the potential to transform economies, governments, organizations and the way we conduct our daily lives in ways many do not yet understand. Beyond the financial markets, the practical applications of blockchain technology can be used in almost any market requiring managing digital assets.
Imagine removing financial transaction intermediaries eliminating transaction costs, administering legal terms of a contract through the use of digital “smart contracts”, and transforming how governments and businesses are organized and managed. Sound far-fetched?
Early stage experiments have already begun testing blockchain technology with managing identity, medical records, micro-payments, digital rights and the supply chain. Blockchains, smart contracts, distributed ledgers and other encryption tools provide for the immutable trust and transparency required to build the foundation of Web 3.0. Paired with the convergence of IoT, using blockchain has the potential to be a global game changer. IBM Blockchain and Watson IoT have already begun exploration of this space.
Learn how blockchain can change the way you do business, forever. Are you ready for the future?
How do today’s IT organizations capitalize on the growing everything-as-a-service phenomenon and transform themselves into the digital business leaders of the enterprise? A former CIO and now a strategy executive at ServiceNow, Ron Markham, will lead a discussion and share his personal stories of IT transformation including the cultural, technology, leadership, and talent shifts necessary to deliver game-changing IT services, and how you can elevate your IT teams to become the leaders of the digital revolution in the enterprise.
Overview of current and emerging threats to the cyber landscape and monetization of stolen and ransomed data. Topics include Identity Theft, Access Device Fraud, Ransomware, and Business Email Compromise.
What’s hot and what works in the area of cybersecurity right now? This panel session will discuss the threats, challenges and cyberattacks that are happening right now. Also, what security solutions are enabling the business to succeed? Industry-leading CISOs will discuss overcoming the security talent shortage, addressing the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and mobile security and much more. Get your questions ready as well, as the audience will have the opportunity to engage the panelists at the end.
Today’s presentation will explore GE’s journey to become the world’s first digital industrial company. We will discuss Predix, GE’s platform through which GE is bringing IoT to life and changing the way we work.
How do I build Strategic Workforce Plan that ensures I have the talent and skills needed 3-5 years from now? What are the new core competencies that will enable my organization to make the shift from order takers and solution providers to strategic partners and “Innovative Anticipators?” Do I have the IT Talent Brand that allows me to retain and attract the best people? How do I close my current “skills debt” while pivoting my workforce to succeed in a digital economy?
Today’s top CIOs are asking these critical questions as they build an IT culture and workforce that drive revenue and orchestrates new customer experiences, thus completely changing the conversation about IT and our value differentiators. This carefully constructed panel will address these questions and more during a highly engaging discussion that you will not want to miss!
What’s it like to take a bankrupt startup and eventually sell it to a Fortune 500 Company for almost a quarter billion dollars?
And more importantly, what lessons can be conveyed from such an experience that will help you live the life you’ve imagined for yourself?
In Irrational Persistence Dave Zilko guides his audience through an actual “Only in America” story that details how he and his partner, starting with literally “less than nothing,” launched a fresh salsa company from the back of a tiny restaurant just outside, of all places, Detroit. Despite incredible odds they eventually built the premier deli supply company in the United States that the Campbell’s Soup Company recently purchased for $231 million.
Presented in an authentic and often humorous manner, “Irrational Persistence” both inspires and informs. It delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to foster entrepreneurial thinking, create value and deliver bottom-line results. You’ll learn:
• The importance of, and courage required, to act entrepreneurially
• How to search, and find, the Holy Grail of Capitalism
• The value of never compromising your standards
• A counterintuitive approach to sales, one in which you never sell anything
• A unique, holistic approach to strategically building your company
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