Why You Should Attend!

Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading IT and InfoSec executives for our 2017 Information Technology & Security Forum in Boston. Throughout a full day of content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that InfoSec professionals are facing moving into 2017, with an agenda geared specifically towards CIOs, CISOs, as well as VPs and Directors of IT, Security, Architecture, Engineering, and Data Services.. Topics will include:

  • Strategizing recovery plans and solutions from an organizational cyberattack – transitioning from recovery to resilience
  • Discovering emerging IT capabilities and how these trends will further impact the IT function
  • Understanding how emerging regulatory changes will impact global business operations, and how to best prepare
  • Properly preparing for an inevitable multi-cloud future - fully and securely embracing the cloud
  • Proactive procedures: Conducting comprehensive and regular information security risk assessments
  • Attaining, training, and retaining IT & InfoSec talent through in-demand skillset development and mentoring opportunities 

Our keynote addresses, fireside chats, and panel sessions, and interactive group discussions will give you the perspective and actionable takeaways that only a room of the best minds in New England can provide.

We look forward to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 CIO and CISO leaders hailing from the heart of Boston and beyond!

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Rhonda Le at rle@argyleforum.com.

ARGYLE HOST Gennaro Marletta III Head of Technology Operations
Argyle Executive Forum
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Alina Aronova Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Chief of Staff for Global Product Technology
Cengage Learning
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Paul Brady Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Arbella Insurance Group
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Frank DePaola Cybersecurity Operations Leader
GE Appliances
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David Gaudin Senior Vice President, Americas Sales
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Arthur Harvey Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Boston Medical Center
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Rick Kamal Chief Technology Officer
Harvard Business School
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Bob Litterer Chief Information Security Officer
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Matthew Mandich Vice President, Innovation & Strategy
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Vani Murthy Vice President, IT Risk and Compliance
State Street
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Vikas Sachdeva Chief Technology Officer
Edible Arrangements
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Remco van den Breul Director, Program Manager
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Kimberly Weatherbee Vice President of Information Technology
Haemonetics Corporation
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Larry Wilson Chief Information Security Officer
University of Massachusetts
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  • 8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 9:05am Argyle Opening Remarks
  • 9:05am - 9:40am Keynote Presentation featuring Edible Arrangements
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    Vikas Sachdeva
    Chief Technology Officer
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  • 9:40am - 10:00am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Signavio
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    David Gaudin
    Senior Vice President, Americas Sales

  • 10:00am - 10:25am Networking Break
  • 10:25am - 11:10am Panel Discussion: "Leading the Organization through Digital Transformation"
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Mapping out and utilizing the digital customer journey for your organization
    • Determining how your culture will need to shift to support the customer experience
    • How to break down digital silos, distributing digital throughout the organization and leadership
    • Taking a measured, cohesive approach to paid social’s place in the strategy
    • Minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency as a top-tier priority for any C-suite executive

  • 11:15am - 11:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Info-Tech Research Group: "Moneyball for Software - 6 Secrets You Need to Know"
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    Each year, organizations cumulatively spend nearly 1 trillion dollars on enterprise software & services, and that number is rapidly increasing. The challenge Info-Tech has found is that over 50% of software purchasing decisions are ineffective. Worse, organizations are extremely likely to renew their software regardless of whether they are satisfied with it. 

    In this session we will share analytical insights from over 5000 in-depth enterprise software reviews we’ve collected from IT and business leaders to help you understand how you can more effectively select and manage enterprise software, and save money while doing it. Learn what processes are most and least effective, and where the risks are.

    Hint: it’s not where you think.

    Matthew Mandich
    Vice President, Innovation & Strategy

  • 11:35am - 11:55am Networking Break
  • 11:55am - 12:40pm Panel Discussion: “Unifying Data & the Hybrid Cloud”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • In your organization, how are you integrating legacy systems and applications into the cloud? 
      • What are some of the biggest challenges you are facing, and what steps are you taking to overcome these issues?
    • How are you leveraging different types of cloud services (private vs public)?
    • How are you utilizing data to deliver visibility into hybrid cloud environments, simplifying the complex, mitigating risks, and accelerating business agility?
    • What are some key innovations in datacenter technologies that drive greater efficiency and performance? 
      • What are some of the results that your team is seeing as these continue to progress?
    • With the continued shift in IT consumption, how do you find the right balance between renting and owning cloud infrastructure?
    • How are you measuring the performance of services in real-time to identify potential problems and prepare for the future? 

  • 12:40pm - 1:40pm Lunch
  • 1:40pm - 2:15pm Fireside Chat: "Securing and Closing the Gap on IT Talent"
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Laying the groundwork for IT & HR to collaborate in your business  
      • Best practices and lessons learned for establishing this collaborative relationship
    • Partnering with different functions outside of IT to develop the skills of existing teams
      • Addressing training and development challenges for these new skills 
    • Creating organizational changes around employee engagement to create long-term development of talent and align business objectives
    • Efforts impacting retention rate
    • Hiring differently with regards to the millennial generation
      • Organizations adapting to better accommodate millennials in terms of the tools that they expect


    Alina Aronova
    Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Chief of Staff for Global Product Technology 
    Cengage Learning

    Paul Brady
    Vice President and Chief Information Officer 
    Arbella Insurance Group

    Bob Litterer
    Chief Information Security Officer 

  • 2:15pm - 2:50pm Keynote Presentation featuring Harvard Business School
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    Rick Kamal
    Chief Technology Officer
    Harvard Business School

  • 2:50pm - 3:10pm Networking Break
  • 3:10pm - 3:45pm Fireside Chat featuring GE Appliances and State Street
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    Frank DePaola
    Cybersecurity Operations Leader
    GE Appliances
    Vani Murthy
    Vice President, IT Risk and Compliance
    State Street

  • 3:45pm - 3:50pm Argyle Closing Remarks
  • 3:50pm - 4:50pm Closing Reception

Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for IT leaders such as:

Innovation in technology

Examine how your organization is innovating in the IT space, and what new technologies will impact on the business sphere in the years ahead. Our speakers will discuss:

  • Driving productivity at work
  • Using the device to streamline practices
  • Harnessing data to create workable analytics
  • Realigning with online channels

IT's new normal

Review the major changes the field of IT has experienced over the past few years, the driving forces behind them, and the barriers they present. Get briefed on:

  • Overcoming obstacles in mobile integration
  • Protecting data from device to data center
  • Managing and enforcing BYOD security
  • Building a flexible org around the cloud

The cloud and mobility

How are CIOs guiding their teams through the inherent challenges that accompany growth in the mobile and cloud spaces? Learn to ease through the growing pains and gain insight into:

  • Leveraging real time data
  • Forging partnerships with other functions
  • Improving cloud communications internally
  • Recognizing key benefits of new technology

The business of security and the cloud

Evaluate how the cloud has transformed the way companies need to think about IT and security standards. Review the ways security infrastructure has evolved recent years, and catalysts of these changes. Hear discussions on:

  • Dealing with increased security risks from social technology
  • Closing the gap between security training and security awareness
  • Observing new industry trends and choosing which to adopt
  • Exploring major changes in business infrastructure

The CIO/CMO partnership

The digital sphere has changed the relationship between IT departments and other functions across the business. Talk about how successful CIOs are bridging the gap between IT and marketing to work toward common business goals. Gain insight on:

  • Establishing a common language to improve collaboration
  • Utilizing available business data from across the enterprise
  • Contributing to a customer-centric culture through partnership

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

The below hotels are recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.


Hilton Boston Back Bay

40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: (617) 236-1100


Westin Copley Place

10 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: (617) 262-9600