Despite substantial disruption and uncertainty presented to CIOs, organizations, and their workforces and workspaces in 2020, tech leaders remain focused on digital acceleration. As businesses strategically plan for 2021, where are organizations finding opportunities to double down on their digital transformation efforts? What strategies are they leveraging to ensure new digital opportunities are secure and resilient?
Join us for the CDW Tech Talk on Driving Digital Leadership for -the New Business Horizon – presented in partnership with CIO, CSO, Computerworld and Network World – where we’ll bring together experts who are savvy to these challenges, solutions and more. You’ll gain an up-to-the-minute understanding of how organizations are accelerating their digital transformation opportunities and discover how they’re innovating despite cost pressures and uncertainty ahead.
- Driving Technology Innovation for the New Business Horizon
- Adapting Strategic Technology Planning to Evolving Market Conditions
- Managing into the Future Across the New Workplace Dynamic
- Maximizing IT Resilience with Modern Cyber Risk Strategies
- Fortifying IT Infrastructure for Evolving Consumption Models
Driving Digital Leadership for the New Business Horizon. Download the agenda.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CT
Driving Business Evolution: The Marriage of Technology and Leadership
The role technology plays in the modern enterprise is changing significantly, and with that change, digital leadership is evolving. No longer viewed as the department that keeps your email up and running, the evolution of IT to technology development heralds a new era where all businesses are becoming technology businesses -- and where we’re moving beyond funding projects to funding outcomes. Going forward, everything is tied to delivering on business goals. Join us for this session as Sanjay Sood, Chief Technology Officer at CDW, discusses the evolving role technology plays in delivering business outcomes, how to partner with the business and communicate with executive leadership and the board, and the role of technology in augmenting workforce performance.
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. CT
It’s All About Time
Matt Watts, Chief Evangelist Worldwide Enterprise & Commercial Field Organisation, NetApp
Our perception is that we don’t have any time, but we’ve actually gained far more than we’ve needed before. Why? We’re living with unprecedented change. Technology advances that used to take years now take weeks. Social change is accelerating along with the way society wants to interact with organizations. And the pace of our lives is accelerating to demand simpler engagement, faster decision making and a digital experience. How does IT evolve to meet these challenges? Join us for this session to find out.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CT
The Table is Set for Success: How Leaders Can Capitalize on Technology in the New Normal
Tony Surma, Chief Architect, Microsoft
The spectrum of cloud computing offerings and apps responding to the current business and societal climate is massive and growing by the day. As a leader, are you effectively balancing new and existing technologies to best serve your employees and customers? Join us for this session to hear valuable strategies to keep your constituents safe, productive, engaged, and enthused -- while leveraging AI to adapt to, and anticipate, changing conditions.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CT
Leading the Organization with Technology as a Core Capability
Technology has become a critical element to help businesses deliver on their leaders’ strategic vision. But it’s no longer just about technology supporting business processes. Just as finance, sales or marketing are core competencies, technology expertise is becoming baked in to every organization as a core capability. Ultimately, technology strategies must be tied directly to delivering on business objectives, with the organization aligned to support its efforts. While VMware and CDW help deliver on this for their customers, they’re also living this reality in their own organizations. Join us for this fireside chat when Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, and Chris Corley, Chief Commercial and Operating Officer of CDW, discuss the role technology leadership and innovation plays in driving success at their organizations -- and how this focus helps them deliver solutions to help customers succeed.
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. CT
Accelerating the ROI of Enterprise AI with the Right IT Strategy
Tony Paikeday, Senior Director, AI Systems , NVIDIA
Every business hopes to leverage AI to enhance customer experiences, improve patient outcomes and streamline supply chain. Yet big investments in data science expertise can often result in AI innovation that languishes in prototypes that are never implemented in production applications. To ensure the ROI of AI investments, enterprises need a strategy that brings together tools that streamline data science workflow with leading edge infrastructure that can tackle the most complex AI projects. Join us for this session to learn: why AI is unlike conventional software and how data science talent alone can’t get your valuable innovations into production; how to avoid sinking in AI models “debt” and see more of your team’s innovations realized in production; and how IT leaders can scale AI success with architectural choices that enable IT to industrialize AI.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CT
How Technology Leadership Fuels the Chicago Bears’ Success
Organizations of all types increasingly rely on technology to enable their success. And while the Chicago Bears have many elements unique to their business, in many ways they function like many traditional organizations. After you peel away the franchise players and throngs of fans, you’ll find their technology team support sales, finance, HR and all of the same core functions in every business. And just like other organizations, they’re fighting their way through digital transformation, navigating the pandemic’s impact on their operations, and focusing on security issues. Join us for this session as Justin Stahl, VP of IT for the Chicago Bears and leader of the technology efforts for this NFL franchise for the last five years, shares his insights on the evolving leadership role that technology plays in supporting his organization.
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. CT
The Here and Now of Smart Buildings
Buildings have long been at the tail end of innovation, and often the last place you’d look when you think of advanced technologies. Sometimes motivated by altruism, and sometimes mandated by local or federal ordinance, building designers and owners -- a year ago -- were already taking a hard look at combining IT and OT with smart building technologies. The intent was straightforward: to lower operational costs by controlling the environmental attributes of a building -- like lighting, HVAC, window shades, and more. But that was months ago, and timing is everything. Today, the new center of focus is on how to gradually return to the office while ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of employees. The same office that was designed as a highly efficient, high capacity, and collaborative workspace must now be reimaged to prioritize indoor health and efficient operations during low occupancy. Adaptability and flexibility will be key with analytics and automation as fundamental enablers. While some may never return to an office as we know it, most continue to see the value of the office as a place where people gather to collaborate and innovate. Join us for this session as we discuss how the same tools that make a building “smart” can help you effectively return to a healthy -- albeit modified -- in-person and collaborative workspace.
As SVP and Worldwide Managing Director of CSO—the leading information resource for security, risk and privacy executives—Bob Bragdon leads all operations for the full CSO product line, including CSOonline.com, the CSO portfolio of national and regional events and the Security Smart Newsletter. A respected name in both the media and security industries, Bragdon is invited to work closely with risk management and security leaders, as well as security solutions providers —in both the public and private sectors—to identify, interpret and address the challenges of today’s complex security and risk management environments.
Christina M. Corley is chief commercial and operating officer for CDW. Corley is responsible for all customer-facing units of CDW, including its corporate, public, small business, integrated technology solutions, services, sales operations, and sales residency organizations. Corley is also responsible for CDW’s international business units.
Since joining CDW in 2011, Corley has held various roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Corley served as chief operating officer and prior to that, was senior vice president of commercial and international markets for CDW, where she was responsible for all aspects of the corporate sales force and for CDW’s international growth platform, including CDW Canada and CDW UK, CDW’s U.K.-based technology solutions provider with locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings almost 40 years of technology and leadership experience.
Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.
Jeff Meek is a Product Marketing Manager for Enterprise Networks Switching at Cisco. Jeff is focused on Catalyst 9000, Cisco IOS XE software and Smart Buildings with the intent to help enterprises, cities and countries around the world to connect everything and everyone by building a highly secure, intelligent platform for digital business.
Over his nearly 20 years at Cisco, Jeff has served as Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager for a variety of Cisco Service Provider solutions, including the development of data visualization systems that demonstrated the linkages between technology and business outcomes. More recently, Jeff has had the privilege to be part of the Enterprise Networks team responsible for the Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of switches, the fastest growing product in Cisco history. Prior to joining Cisco, Jeff held positions at Ameritech, Illinois Bell and Open Port Technology.
Tony Paikeday is Senior Director of AI systems at NVIDIA, responsible for the go-to-market for NVIDIA’s DGX portfolio of AI supercomputers. In his role, Tony helps enterprise organizations infuse their business with the power of AI with infrastructure solutions that enable insights from data. Tony was previously with VMware, responsible for bringing desktop and application virtualization solutions to market, as well as key enabling technologies including GPU virtualization and software-defined data center. Prior to joining VMware, Tony was at Cisco, building its data center solutions. Prior to Cisco, he held business development roles working with enterprise and service provider accounts, after having started his career as a Manufacturing Engineer for Ford Motor Company. Tony holds an engineering degree from the University of Toronto.
Sanjay Sood is senior vice president and chief technology officer for CDW. He is responsible for establishing the company’s future technology vision and strategic direction, while building and implementing platforms to support customers, coworkers and partners. Sood joined CDW in 2020 and brings over 15 years of experience in driving innovative change within complex technology environments. Sood holds over a dozen patents for his work in machine learning, information retrieval and digital mapping. Sood earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University.
Justin Stahl is currently in his fifth season with the Chicago Bears. In his role, he is responsible for the Bears’ technology strategy in alignment with the club’s business and football objectives. Justin oversees the club’s networking, security, infrastructure, storage, applications, and football systems development in addition to IT operations and end user support. In his time with the Bears, the IT organization has undergone a large technology transformation and cloud migration, refreshing the club’s infrastructure, application portfolio, and IT operating model.
Tony Surma is the Chief Architect of Microsoft’s US One Commercial Partner Organization. He leads the readiness and execution excellence of our technical strategists and architects who work alongside our software and services partners to build solutions & offerings. Tony’s architect organization in US OCP spans all technologies across the four solution areas of Modern Workplace, Business Apps, Apps & Infrastructure and Data & AI. In his 20 years at Microsoft he has always focused on leading technical organizations and building solutions with customers and partners that leverage next generation & emerging technologies.
Joyce leads product marketing for Cisco DNA Spaces, Cisco’s wireless location services platform. Her role entails product launches, messaging, content creation, and other activities that demonstrate the value of the solution for customers. In her free time, she loves to spend her time around the Bay Area. She enjoys exercising, eating, watching movies, and reading books. She also takes great interest in discovering new music across different genres.
As CTE, Matt Watts provides guidance on NetApp’s overall strategy and technology solutions to a wide base of customers and the global partner community. Matt is also part of the Global Sales leadership team providing advice and guidance on technology and transformation.
He is a sought-after keynote speaker who combines his knowledge of the IT industry with anecdotes and stories. On stage, Matt is known for bringing technology to life with witty, easily understandable examples.
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