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11:30am- 12:15pm

Get Ready for the Era of Digital Fluency

Ask yourself: How digitally fluent is your organization? Does everyone know the why of foundational technologies such as cloud, AI, and big data? The futurist and cyborg anthropologist MJ Petroni has developed a theory of digital fluency – along with practical advice on how to get there. Join us to unlearn old industrial-era habits, consider the thought partnerships that CIOs need to develop within an organization, and map a strategy to build a network of digital thinkers. You’ll leave with tools to map a path to digital fluency and create a new culture that can lead to business transformations.

MJ Petroni, CEO & Cyborg Anthropologist, Causeit, Inc

12:15pm - 12:40pm

Unlock Innovation by Creating a Modern Digital Infrastructure

Nearly every company today has undertaken or is thinking about digital transformation at some level. The reasons are clear: to improve customer experience, business agility and security, and to enable employees to be more productive. Join this session and learn how to achieve those objectives by modernizing existing applications and infrastructure so that employees have the right tools and technology to succeed in their roles. Join IBM’s keynote to hear how to ride the wave of digital innovation, while supporting business outcomes to create a modern digital infrastructure. 

Scott Hebner, Vice President, Marketing, Digital Infrastructure Solutions, IBM

12:40pm - 1:00pm

Live Discussion: Getting to Digital Fluency

Knowing the tools to reaching digital fluency without understanding the thinking behind them isn’t enough. Join us for an interactive conversation on giving context to digital fluency and how to change culture and manage expectations within your organization so you’re ready for the future.

MJ Petroni, CEO & Cyborg Anthropologist, Causeit, Inc

Moderated by:

Beth Kormanik, Event Content Director, Foundry, IDG
Beth Kormanik, Event Content Director, Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

1:00pm - 1:20pm

Making Every Employee Experience Delightful

As more companies press forward on their digitization efforts – and the business world adopts new ways to work – a “delightful” employee experience becomes more important than ever. Key here is to modernize your approach to service and overall operational management. Success relies on automation and digital intelligence that’s modern, unified, scalable, intuitive, and cost effective.


Nirmal Krishnamoorthy, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Freshworks

Moderated by:

Charles Pelton, Contributing Editor, CIO, CSO, Network World, Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

1:20pm - 1:30pm

Break Time

1:30pm - 2:00pm

The Evolving Role of the CIO

As technology becomes more embedded in the business, the business will increasingly turn to CIOs to drive growth, innovation, and revenue. As the role of the CIO expands, it will require them to move IT from a cost center to a center of production. Learn how Lenovo’s Arthur Hu has managed the transition and found himself taking on new roles, incubating technologies for both internal and external use, and how cloud is making all of these changes possible.

Arthur Hu, SVP & Global CIO, Lenovo

Interviewed by:

John Gallant, Enterprise Consulting Director, Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company

2:00pm - 2:25pm

Controlling the Cloud’s ‘Complexity Gone Wild’ at Parsons

On a multiyear journey to transform and accelerate its business, Parsons Corp. has moved 85 percent of all workflows to various cloud environments, modernized its data centers, and strengthened data protections with a zero-trust architectural approach. The strategy is led by Stuart Kippelman, CIO and SVP of the Commercial Cybersecurity Business for this global provider of critical infrastructure, design engineering and construction. In this practical, advice-filled session, Kippelman will talk about how he and his team leverage the “complexity gone wild” of today’s multi-cloud environment for business success.

Stu Kippleman, CIO, Parsons Corporation

Interviewed by:

Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

The Case for Innovation in Industry Clouds

A wave of specialized clouds aimed at specific industries is helping organizations streamline operations and serve customers in new ways, with IT leaders across a broad swath of verticals increasingly discovering that industry clouds can take care of table-stakes needs, freeing up their IT organizations to pursue business-specific enhancements. Join us for a discussion on how CIOs are leveraging industry clouds and co-creation opportunities with their vertical cloud partners to lay the foundation for innovation.

Chad Wright, CIO, Boston Dynamics

Nadia Ballard, Research Manager, IDC

Kumar Iyer, Business Technology Senior Leader, KeyBank

Moderated by:

Stan Gibson, Principal, Stan Gibson Communications

2:25pm - 2:45pm

Cybersecurity Risk, Compliance, Visibility, and Metrics

As organizations revise and recalibrate their cloud journeys, many now seek to better understand and implement 1) security, 2) overall visibility, and 3) metrics. Key is building a strategy that embraces these three pillars. Digital transformation becomes challenging with too many disparate systems throughout your technology estate. When it comes to security, visibility, and metrics: continuous monitoring, analytics, audits, and compliance are essential using a robust cloud metrics model.

Dave Kliemann, Cloud Risk & Controls Leader, IBM

Interviewed by:

Charles Pelton, Contributing Editor, CIO, CSO, Network World, Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

2:45pm - 3:10pm

Controlling Cloud Costs

The pandemic rush to the cloud has many IT leaders midway through migrations, faced with sky-high monthly bills, a souring economy, and ROI still a ways off on the horizon. And as the migration furthers, cloud costs soon rank second — next only to payroll — in the corporate purse, experts say. But you can navigate the cost crunch. Join us for a discussion on rising cloud costs from the perspective of enterprise IT leaders and consultants who are developing strategies for managing cloud budgets while achieving maximum value.

Jennifer Hays, SVP Head of Engineering Efficiency & Assurance, Investments FinOps Foundation Governance Board Chairperson, Fidelity Investments

Andi Karaboutis - Chief Information and Digital Officer at National Grid plc
Andi Karaboutis, Group Chief Information and Digital Officer, National Grid plc

Vagesh Dave, Global VP & CIO, McDermott

Ashley Skyrme, Global Strategy & Consulting Lead, Accenture

Moderated by:

Paula Rooney, Senior Writer, CIO, Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company

Migrating to Cloud: A Cautionary Tale

Cloud technology has enabled Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to expand its data analytics capabilities and offer new patient services, among other things, but not without encountering more than a few challenges. CIO Jeremy Meller candidly discusses those challenges and the strategies deployed to surmount them.

Jeremy Meller, CIO, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Interviewed by:

Julia King, Contributing Editor, Computerworld/CIO, Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

3:10pm - 3:20pm

Demo: Kyndryl Bridge

See how Kyndryl Bridge enables customers to accelerate their digital transformation by giving stakeholders direct access to the technology resources they need to deliver business outcomes.

Matthew Cunningham, Director of Design & User Research, Kyndryl Platform, Kyndryl

3:20pm - 3:35pm

Digital Resiliency for Hybrid Cloud Challenges

Most organizations are deploying their applications in hybrid cloud environments using Microsoft Azure, AWS or Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This has created environments that have disparate application delivery and security infrastructures that can be challenging for IT teams and developers. Join this session and learn how automation and agility, user experience, security and Zero Trust can address those challenges, as well as the latest application delivery resiliency trends including how to leverage a hybrid cloud effectively.

Paul Nicholson, Senior Director, Product Marketing, A10 Networks

3:35pm - 3:45pm

Lightning Insights

Join us for a variety of lightning insights from industry executives.

Why Real-Time Data Matters Now, presented by DataStax

Illuminating Hacker Ecosystems Using Telos Advanced Cyber Analytics (ACA), presented by Telos Corporation

3:45pm - 5:00pm

IDC Future of Digital Infrastructure Awards

Successful organizations demonstrate an ability to lead the use of digital infrastructure to transform their business, engage customers and employees, and accelerate business innovation. This year’s IDC Future Enterprise Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards recognize three winners who excelled in the categories Autonomous Operations, Cloud Technology, and Ubiquitous Deployment. Join us to go inside the strategies and process to find out what success in digital infrastructure looks like.

Autonomous Operations Winner: WSP

Richard Evers, Global Director of Network Services, WSP

Cloud Technology Winner: Pac-12 Networks

Ryan Currier, SVP, Engineering & Products, Pac-12

Ubiquitous Deployment Winner: Utah Division of Technology Services

Dan Harmuth, Chief Operations Officer, State of Utah, Division of Technology Services

Interviews by:

Mary Johnston Turner, Research VP, Future of Digital Infrastructure, IDC

Always On

Always On Sessions (November 2022)

ModernOps – Unlocking Opportunities in Today’s Dynamic Digital World

Tony Alam, Senior Offer Manager, Kyndryl

What is Cloud Security? A Lightboard Session

Nataraj Nagaratnam, Ph.D., IBM Fellow, CTO for Cloud Security, IBM
Katy O’Donohue, Cloud Field Marketing, IBM

Real-Time Data Cloud: Build fast, scale without limits

Brad Christian, Product Marketing, DataStax

Agenda subject to change.