The Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas NV
April 23-25th 2017

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The Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas NV
April 23-25th, 2017

Modernizing Infrastructure

Keynote Presentations

The Moneyball CIO: Decision-Making for the Modern IT Department

SPEAKERS

Matthew Mandich
Director, Innovation & Strategy, Info-Tech Research Group

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The Moneyball CIO: Decision-Making for the Modern IT Department

IT can often feel like an unwinnable game with limited resources, changing priorities, and increased demands.  Leaders are having to make decisions 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.

 
Key Takeaways:
  • 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
  • IT satisfaction has stayed flat, while dependency on IT has increased
  • Organizations that focus on Business Satisfaction dramatically outperform their peers 

 

Breakout Presentations

Dealing with Technical Debt

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Thomas Valva
Chief Technology Architect, ADP Global Internal Systems & Technology

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Dealing with Technical Debt

Technical debt has been defined as the backlog of unaddressed requirements in software projects. The fact is that software backlogs are only one component of what we call technical debt. The other components are platform (hardware, network, OS, and application servers), and human elements, such programming skills that become harder to find as platforms age. Firms carrying excessive technical debt find their capacity for innovation is hampered by supporting old software in old environments. This ties up funds and resources that could otherwise be spent on competitive technical innovations.

 
Key Takeaways:
  • Firms need a strategy to deal with their technical debt
  • Components of a technical debt strategy can leverage cloud and certain key architectural design principles
  • Organizational imperitives can also help by incentivizing application portfolio reduction
  • A heuristic for measuring technical debt
A Field Guide to Technology Transformation

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Nanji Chandrasekhar
Vice President Information Technology Productions Services, Catalina Marketing Corporation

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A Field Guide to Technology Transformation

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, technology was a simple support function and businesses usually had a semblance of tolerance for when failures happened and paper based processes to keep moving the occasional failure persisted. 

 
Most of us don't live in that world anymore. 
 
We live in a world of constant cost pressures where there is a need to get more and more done with less and less. We are asked to simultaneously increase productivity of our tech staff and assets while reducing downtime and costs.  Then, just as we start gaining a toehold, there is the threat of the next big disruptor that renders our well laid plans moot. 
 
In a scenario such as this, unless technology departments accomplish these dual (and often competing goals of being operationally excellent and yet, capable of enormous flexibility, we run the risk of slowing down or business at best, and becoming irrelevant at worst. 
 
There is hope though.  Through the right kind of transformation actions it is possible to achieve this interesting dichotomy between flexibility and operational excellence.  The trick lies in proper understanding of business mandates and what drives them, an accurate diagnosis of the problems and gaps between existing and desired capabilities and crafting a workable plan to address them while remaining cognizant of the organizational change management that this entails. 
 
This presentation will be an interactive discussion of some of these hard won lessons and the repeatable methods that I've developed over the years to accomplish this.  
Journey towards Successful Agile Scrum

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Nader Nemati
Chief Information Officer, QTC Management - A Leidos Company

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Journey towards Successful Agile Scrum

The challenges and opportunities in providing innovation and aligning information technology solutions aligned to a company's business objectives have never been more critical than in the current ever-changing global market.  The IT teams are tasked to deliver business value to position the company to continuously enhance quality, timeliness to market and deliver world-class customer-service.  This requires an ongoing process improvement journey utilizing practical Agile Scrum methodologies to deliver ongoing value while maintaining a repeatable process to measure and deploy technology enablers for the company.

 
Key Takeaways:
  • Overview of the journey
  • Selling and validating the value with senior management
  • Creating a new culture of the Scrum teams
  • Analysis of new roles and responsibilities including IT management team
  • Metrics and Continuous Improvement Model
 
Transforming and modernizing Silicon Valley’s Fire Department to manage Super Bowl 50

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Eric Prosser
Informational Technology Officer, Santa Clara County Fire Department

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Transforming and modernizing Silicon Valley’s Fire Department to manage Super Bowl 50

When Santa Clara County Fire Department (FD of the Silicon Valley) was awarded the duty to oversee first-responder efforts for Super Bowl 50, Eric Prosser, the informational technology officer, brought in highly customized software that transformed how first responders took control to flawless execution. In this presentation, Eric will share how his team created an award-winning enterprise GEOspatial INTelligence (GEOINT) system to successfully manage all fire and medical service operations throughout Super Bowl 50

  • Key Challenges:
    • Multiple data sources
    • Multiple agencies
    • Uncommon platforms
  • Our Strategy:
    • Communication and getting the right people in the room
    • Building the platform
    • What’s next - new unified communications as a service

 

The iMap Team was able to integrate 911/Computer-Aided Dispatch information, map special events throughout the region, monitor resource availability, view GIS layers including near real-time imagery, and analyze data trends. This system provided the Santa Clara County Multi-Agency Coordination Center with a true GEOINT decision and situational awareness platform, allowing decision makers to keep informed on current activity and make decisions faster than ever before.

What is Application Modernization and How it Helps Organizations

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Karl Haggart
Application Architect, Mission Produce

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What is Application Modernization and How it Helps Organizations

Key Takeaways:
  • Common challenges organizations face when modernizing applications
  • Into to Karl, how OSSCube and Mission Produce decided to do business (Why did Mission Produce undertake this project? What did they need to accomplish?)
  • Mission Produce's challenges, overall solution, results
  • Mission Produce's plans for future growth
3 Critical Reasons to get Software Selection Advice

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Michael Thaw
Senior Director, Selection Services, Technology Evaluation Centers

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3 Critical Reasons to get Software Selection Advice

 

Significant Risk, Time and Money are at stake especially with your mission critical systems. TEC is a trusted advisor and advocate with your best interests as the top priority. We'll share our insight and resources to show you an easy to follow structured roadmap to successful best fit selection. Guided Self Service (DIY) or Full Service Approach.

Key Takeaways: 
  • Use TEC's structured easy to follow proven approach to Software Selection
  • Get hands on expert advise to lead, coach and support your evaluation
  • Use TEC databases of product and vendor capabilities to compare vendors
  • Find out how to score everything (all decision factors) in your evaluation
  • Build consensus and an audit trail, leveraging the information for your selection and negotiation