2018 Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum
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Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading senior IT executives across a wide range of industries for our annual Dallas event. Throughout a full day of engaging content and networking, we will hone in on and tackle current challenges that IT executives are facing, as their role continues to become an integral factor in overall business transformation. Armed with an agenda geared specifically towards IT, information security, technology and analytics executives,attendees will come away with actionable insights to support effective execution and facilitate lasting change. Topics covered will include:
- Realigning your business - leveraging information technology as your core competency and center of innovation in the digital age
- Embracing the migration to a digital ecosystem to achieve enhanced productivity and increased speed to market
- Harnessing the power of emerging technologies in big data, IoT and machine learning to efficiently and effectively redefine the customer experience
- Building, training and attaining a nimble and flexible workforce that can evolve with the ever-changing modern IT landscape
- Navigating the top trends, capabilities, and risks that are driving IT spend in 2018
Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. We look to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 CIO leaders hailing from the heart of Dallas and beyond!
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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CROSSMARK View Bio »
Mike Anderson is a transformative and visionary business leader with a proven track record of helping companies leverage technology to drive real business value. Over the past two decades, Mike has built and led high-performing teams across a wide range of disciplines, including sales, operations, business development, and technology. Mike currently serves as CIO for CROSSMARK, a leading provider of sales and marketing services for the consumer goods industry. In addition to his role at CROSSMARK, Mike also serves on numerous technology and industry advisory boards and donates his time to nonprofits that benefit the development of our future workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. When Mike is not working, he enjoys the outdoors, cooking, coaching youth football and basketball, adding to his collection of mobile apps, and spending time exploring the world with his wife and four children.
AT&T View Bio »
Hugh Arif is a Director & Industry Solutions Architect in AT&T’s Channel Marketing organization. With the advent of the Connected Factory and Connected Fleet & Assets digital transformation initiatives, his primary focus is to be a “trusted advisor” to enterprise customers on their strategies: by understanding their challenges, leveraging technology and assisting them with innovative solutions for meeting business priorities. Hugh is passionate for finding new ways to help his customers with the understanding that IoT and predictive analytics, ubiquitous mobile devices, cloud and virtualization, global security impacts and software-centric virtualized networks are impacting almost all levels of businesses processes and IT architectures. He brings 30+ years of experience in manufacturing; industrial automation; U.S. government & aerospace; heavy engineering and construction for oil & gas; and the chemical process industry.
Hugh understands well the business tranformation of our lifetimes that is currently underway and the imperative for his customers to comprehend and react to this. His focus is on this fundamental shift to create new monetization and operational efficiency opportunities for growth and cost reduction, in new market adjacencies, and in end-customer services and product development.
Utilizing AT&T’s market-leading solutions from the IoT ecosystem, Hugh provides advice on plant-floor applications using IoT devices, software-defined networks, cloud-based services for data flow and storage, analytics for condition- based monitoring and prognostic health management, data visualization, and the increasingly crucial considerations of enterprise and plant-floor security.
Prior to joining AT&T, Hugh spent over 11 years with Cisco Systems in its Global Government Solutions Group advocating IP architectures to the satellite industry for replacing proprietary standards and closed-end solutions. With Cisco’s Advanced Services organization he led the proactive and reactive IT services delivery efforts to Cisco IT, a global group that supported over 70,000 employees.
Hugh has over 30 years of vertical domain expertise, having worked in IT (with Cisco and AT&T); industrial automation (with Rockwell Automation) for manufacturing customer Goodyear; US government aerospace R&D (NASA Glenn Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center); heavy engineering and construction in the energy/petrochemical sector (Fluor); and in the chemical process industry (with Exxon Chemicals Asia Pacific).
Hugh has 17 technical publications and is certified for CISSP, CCNA, PMP and ITILv3. He has a MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo.
Thomson Reuters View Bio »
Sai Billanuka is the VP of Technology, US Direct Tax at Thomson Reuters. US Direct Tax provides the market leading, software-as-a-service tax compliance and reporting platform, for both Fortune 5000 corporations, principally multi-nationals, and the world’s largest public accounting firms. In this capacity, he leads a team of more than 200 software engineers, tax analysts and technical operations staff that develops and manage the technology platforms and applications used worldwide to assemble data, calculate global tax liabilities, book estimated tax liabilities for financial reporting, complete tax returns and file with U.S. Federal government and all 50 states.
Of his 20 years in the technology engineering business Mr. Billanuka has spent the last 10 years taking global geographically dispersed teams and transforming them into functional software delivery organizations. Mr. Billanuka works equally well at both at the executive level, planning and structuring the organization, as well as diving into the details where clarity is needed. He had also been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an innovator and has received numerous “Awards of Excellence” for his significant achievements. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Mr. Billanuka worked in startup technology ventures and in the New York Financial industry.
Mr. Billanuka received his master’s degree in computer science from Osmania University.
National Life Group View Bio »
Mike spent 16 years of his professional career in the Software Industry. During this time, Mike led key initiatives such as global expansion of product portfolios, establishing new business models for selling software products internationally, and creating a globally focused SaaS organization with technology deployed to 6 different data centers on 3 different continents.
Mike has served as a Senior Technical Advisor for solutions developed for high profile / high value organizations such as Coca-Cola, Tokio Marine, ArcelorMittal, Princess Cruise Line, and Global Aerospace.
In 2015, Mike made the transition to corporate IT in the Financial Services industry. In this role, Mike is Head of Enterprise Applications. His portfolio of application domains includes ECM, CRM, Enterprise Workflow, Correspondence, e-Discovery, and Customer Experience. Mike is responsible for the financials, staffing, roadmaps, development & delivery of Enterprise Applications for his organization.
Rent-A-Center View Bio »
Karl has worked in the Information Management and Information Technology field for the past 20 years. He started his career in the telecommunications industry building experience in project management, business analysis and information compilation. He spent many years in consulting driving large, complex global Information Management implementations where his roles consisted of development, analysis, project management, delivery owner and various levels of enterprise architecture. Throughout his career, he gained the opportunity through acquisitions and mergers to architect and lead multiple system consolidations. He has experience in the following industries: Apparel, Manufacturing, Warehouse Distribution, Sales & Marketing, Retail Channel Management, Energy Trading, Insurance, Government, Banking & Finance, Food & Beverage, Telecommunications, Retail, & Rent to Own.
In his current position he is leading a digital transformation of the application and information spaces. His multiple teams cover areas encompassing Point of Sale, Ecommerce, Mobile, MDM, the Enterprise Data Warehouse, Data Quality, Data Services, Architecture & Governance, and Project Delivery. The teams and the processes that Karl builds follow a formula of always looking for continuous improvement and an innovative, out of the box means of delivering business objectives. Karl continues to be a mentor and thought leader in how businesses can best leverage what information they have to drive the competitive advantages they need.
Karl graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science. He has a certification in Enterprise Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon ISRI. He currently resides in Dallas with his wife and 2 children.
IBM View Bio »
Mickey leads the worldwide Enterprise IT Transformation Advisors team for IBM Global Technology Services. He is an IBM Fellow and Chief Architect responsible for designing word class IT infrastructure management systems for IBM's largest clients, which represent the foundation of our global economy across several industry sectors.
The majority of IBM GTS Enterprise clients are running IT Optimization solutions designed by Mickey. He has filed 30 patents and was appointed IBM Master Inventor for contributions to development of ground breaking services technology and intellectual capital.
Mickey led the development of the ‘Enterprise IT as a Service’ solution design approach for IBM, and has successfully launched it with several enterprise clients across the globe. He has also published externally on this topic and is a frequent speaker at several external industry, client and analyst events on this topic.
Mickey is the lead author of the commercial book “IT Virtualization Best Practices: A Lean, Green Virtualized Data Center Approach”, MC Press: 2011 (ISBN/ISSN 9781583473542), and co-author of two IBM Redbooks and several Research Journal papers as well as IBM thought leadership White Papers
ClearSky View Bio »
A career technologist and passionate entrepreneur, Damon is responsible for field-facing go-to-market activities at ClearSky Data. Damon has a long history in technology including leading field teams growth companies including: Sumo Logic, Terremark, CloudSwitch, Fuze and BladeLogic.
Sage View Bio »
Kevin Nicholas is Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Enterprise Solutions at Sage Software. He has over 25 years of product, marketing and sales experience in technology including telecommunications, mobile applications, and enterprise cloud software. Kevin has a blend of corporate and start-up hands-on experiences running multi-million dollar product portfolios to bringing select start-ups to next levels of growth. He has held leadership roles at BellSouth/ATT, Sprint, EarthLink and SAP. He also is the co-founder of the Atlanta Technology Professionals which is one of the largest non-profit trade groups in the nation that also provides charitable giving to disadvantaged kids for career paths in technology. He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) View Bio »
Phanii Pydimarri is the Enterprise Business Intelligence Platform Leader at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is a public transit agency located in Dallas, Texas, operates in 13-member cities with modern public transit services and customer facilities. Mr. Pydimarri has the overall responsibility of Data within DART. He manages the Business Intelligence, Database Administration, Enterprise Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Enterprise Application Integration teams within DART’s Technology department.
Mr. Pydimarri is highly skilled Information Management, Data and Analytics expert credited with combining strategic planning and leadership abilities to drive companies’ business and revenue. He has over 12 years of experience in building, developing, implementing and expanding Enterprise Data & Analytics solutions across various industry domains like Energy, Utilities, Healthcare, Banking etc. Prior to joining DART, Mr. Pydimarri was working as Information Management Manager at SunGard Consulting Services (now part of Capco Energy Solutions). He has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ.
Corgan View Bio »
Bob Rayes joined Corgan, a global architecture and design firm, as Principal and Chief Information Officer in 2015. With over two decades of experience leading change, Bob has been involved in all aspects technology including system design, software development, process improvement, and cloud-based implementations. Bob provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative and secure information technology environment that supports Corgan’s goals.
He holds certifications from PMI (Project Management Institute) and ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundation for IT service management and is a licensed architect in Texas and Michigan. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Lawrence Technical University and is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas College of Law.
Ericsson View Bio »
As a young child, Andy Ulrich discovered and was delighted by the fact that, by simply pushing buttons on a telephone keypad, he could nearly instantly cause a random person half a world away to stand up and walk to their telephone. (His parents were not amused.) Thus began a lifelong interest in telecommunications and IT. His nearly 30 years of experience includes a career in the US Army, culminating in a role as the operations chief of NATO’s information security organization, and his most recent previous job as the CISO for MoneyGram. He currently heads the security program for Ericsson in the Americas from Plano, TX.
Andeavor View Bio »
Sudhakar Virupakshi – Currently serves as Chief Architect and Director of Strategies at Tesoro and joined Tesoro family in 2013. He has 20+ years of progressive responsibility in IT focused on business results. His distinguished career has taken him to the inner circles of World Class companies spanning multiple industries, countries and continents.
This vast exposure along with his real-world perspectives on Best Practices and intimate knowledge of the systems, Data and processes helps him to achieve and retain leadership positions to enable Value driven transformation initiatives. Innovation and continuous improvement, are his passionate areas and expertise. His experience, Knowledge enabled him to lead and provide several key strategic business & IT solutions in all domains for multiple clients across globe.
Sudhakar is also on Advisory board for Tardid Technologies, SYCUZ and VacationsXP. He has a MBA from Bangalore University with specialization in Finance, Information Technology & HR. During his free time he enjoys listening to music, the outdoors and exploring the world with his wife and two children.
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:05am – 9:10am Argyle Opening Remarks
9:10am – 9:45am Keynote featuring CROSSMARK: "Defining Digital"
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Digital transformation and digital innovation are highly sought-after by today’s business and technology leaders, but what do these phrases truly mean, how do you get started and what does it look like when you get there. In this session, Mike Anderson will talk about his experience leading digital transformation at CROSSMARK and will provide concrete ways that you can get started on your digital journey.
Chief Information Officer and SVP
9:50am – 10:10am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring IBM: "Harness Cognitive Computing & Automation to Leverage the True Value of the Cloud"
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When new technologies emerge with the potential to radically transform industries — there are two choices on how to react: (1) Slow down the inevitable for as long as possible, or, (2) View the inevitable as an opportunity and lean in to accelerate the change and create the future ahead of competitors.
Evolutions in cloud technologies, augmented by increasingly more sophisticated analytics and cognitive technologies, are helping organizations respond rapidly to competitive and customer demands. Savvy IT executives are adopting the next generation of IT services enabling them to improve operational efficiency and service quality with speed and security.
Join IBM Global Technology Services Fellow and Master Inventor Mickey Iqbal as he shares the benefits of an open, standards-based integrated managed services delivery platform, as well as examples of how leading IT executives are applying automation and self-learning technologies to turn their data into insights, ultimately improving IT and business performance.
IBM Fellow, Vice President Enterprise IT Transformation
10:10am – 10:35am Networking Break
10:35am – 11:10am Keynote Presentation featuring Ericsson: "No, You Don’t Got This: Why We Can’t Be Confident"
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We assure the board and the executive committee that we’ll increase efficiency and performance, control costs, and add features, while driving revenue and protecting customer data. Yet we’re building on increasingly nested, complex systems of systems of systems that none of us can possibly understand. It’s time to change the conversation and take a new approach.
Head of Security, Americas
11:15am – 11:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Sage: "Technology Trends in Corporate Financial Management"
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Managing an enterprise shouldn't be complex. Thanks to a stronger partnership between finance and IT, companies are now able to see what's happening in every area of their business and get ready for whatever comes next. Companies are leveraging data to better deliver efficiency, compliance, and profitability within their organizations. Across all industries, collaborative data-driven decisions are being made by building stronger relationships between financial and IT executives, who are tasked with the need to see in real-time what's happening in their business to help them compete and grow on a global scale.
VP, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing
11:35am – 11:55am Networking Break
11:55am – 12:45pm Panel Discussion: Integrating Old Legacy Technology with the Next Generation
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Session topics will include but are not limited to:
- What is next in regards to digital transformation?
- What are the benefits of merging legacy technologies with modern technologies? What are some challenges & best practices?
- How critical will security play into the balance between the new technology advancements and the old?
- How do we create balance between choosing the dependability of mature technologies vs the advantages the newer technologies provide?
Head of Enterprise Applications
National Life Group
Vice President, Technology
VP, Field Engineering
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:35pm Panel Discussion: Translating Data to Empower Your Organization
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Session topics will include but are not limited to:
- What are the major challenges you’re encountering with today’s data explosion?
- How can companies turn the data gathered into something useful?
- Correcting inefficiencies to eliminate problem area, and speed up production to get more product to market fast
- How do you decipher which data to analyze and which to leverage data to achieve organizational goals?
- How do you stay ahead of the competition and trends as they’re emerging using real time data?
- Will a change in company interaction be mandatory for organizations to grow revenue or increase market share
Head of Security, Americas
Director, Industry Solutions – Manufacturing
Enterprise BI Platform Leader
Chief Architect and Director of Strategies
*Please note, this session is off the record
2:35pm – 2:55pm Networking Break
2:55pm – 3:30pm Fireside Chat featuring Rent-A-Center: "Overcoming the 'Hidden' Hurdles of Moving to the Cloud"
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When beginning a migration of Legacy Applications and adopting newer IT practices, people often focus on technology, development styles, or resource skills. The truth is that there are other hurdles that often create more of a barrier when moving to the cloud. Making sure that you identify and work towards addressing 'Hidden' hurdles will help ensure better buy-in throughout the organization.
VP, Transformational Business Solutions
Head of Enterprise Applications
National Life Group
3:30pm – 3:35pm Argyle Closing Remarks
3:35pm – 4:45pm 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
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