CDW TECH TALK SERIES
Humans and Machines: Using the Best of Both to Drive and Protect Business Objectives
Live Webcast | 1 p.m. CST on March 2, 2021
Tools such as artificial intelligence and machine learning can offer a wealth of support for organizations, but ignoring the human element can impede those benefits. To unlock their full power, businesses need the right strategy, the right protection and the right infrastructure.
Join us for Humans and Machines: Using the Best of Both to Drive and Protect Business Objectives to explore ways to achieve the speed, agility, efficiency and effectiveness you need to future-proof and optimize your business.
- Manoj Suvarna, Business Leader, Hybrid IT (N. America), HPE
- Gabriel Whalen, Manager, Information Security Solutions Practice, CDW
This live webcast is part of our broader conversation about rethinking infrastructure and gives you real-time access to subject matter experts and fellow IT and business leaders in a way that stale, prerecorded webinars can’t hope to replicate.
- How must businesses rethink security?
- How can psychology factor into security strategy for organizations?
- What can businesses achieve with artificial intelligence and machine learning?
- Where should organizations begin when deploying AI/ML tools?
- How can AI/ML drive predictive analytics and support the bottom line?
Manoj Suvarna is a product leader for the High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence portfolio within Hybrid IT in HPE North America. In this role, his responsibilities span across product profit and loss, competitive positioning, marketing, sales and channels enablement and go-to-market activities. Previously, he was director of product management for the Big Data portfolio and part of the Global Business Unit and Region. With over 20 years of experience in the tech industry, Suvarna has held positions in portfolio management, product marketing, market research and business strategy across software, servers, storage and commercial notebooks.
He has an MBA in international marketing from the University of Memphis and a bachelor's degree in production engineering from the University of Bombay. He has completed an executive certificate course on “Business Implications of Artificial Intelligence” at MIT and is a member of the CompTIA AI Advisory Council. Suvarna is based in Houston.
Gabriel Whalen leads a team of information security solution architects and assessment specialists supporting all of CDW’s customers. Previously, Whalen worked in the national intelligence and security community as a counterintelligence subject matter expert, addressing traditional and emerging threat landscapes. He also worked in the private sector, providing enterprise security assessments to customers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, energy, manufacturing and consulting services.
Whalen is one of several recipients of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center’s Supply Chain Protection Award, as well as a graduate of CERT’s Insider Threat Program Manager course. He is also a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology.
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.
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.