Why You Should Attend!

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!

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Natasha Guzman at nguzman@argyleforum.com.

Mike Anderson Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President
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Roberto Arrocha Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
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Sai Billanuka Vice President, Technology
Thomson Reuters
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Mike Carter Head of Enterprise Applications
National Life Group
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Nicole Fontayne-Bardowell VP and CIO
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
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Karl Hightower Vice President, Transformational Business Solutions
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Curt Holcomb Executive Vice President, Data Center Solutions
Jones Lang LaSalle
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Mickey Iqbal IBM Fellow and Master Inventor
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Bob Rayes CIO
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Andy Ulrich Head of Security, Americas
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Sudhakar Virupakshi Chief Architect and Director, ProjectONE
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Amer Waheed Vice President of Technology
Sabre Airline Solutions
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  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:05am – 9:10am Argyle Opening Remarks
  • 9:10am – 9:45am Fireside Chat featuring CROSSMARK
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    Mike Anderson
    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. 

    Mickey Iqbal
    IBM Fellow and IBM Master Inventor

  • 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.

    Andy Ulrich
    Head of Security, Americas

  • 11:15am – 11:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Sage
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    Kevin Nicholas
    VP, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing

  • 11:35am – 11:55am Networking Break
  • 11:55am – 12:45pm 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


    Roberto Arrocha
    Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    Nicole Fontayne-Bardowell
    VP and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch
  • 1:45pm – 2:35pm 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?


    Mike Carter
    Head of Enterprise Applications
    National Life Group


    Sai Billanuka
    Vice President, Technology
    Thomson Reuters

    Curt Holcomb
    Executive Vice President, Data Center Solutions
    Jones Lang LaSalle

    Bob Rayes
    Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    Sudhakar Virupakshi
    Chief Architect and Director
    ProjectONE, Andeavor

  • 2:35pm – 2:55pm Networking Break
  • 2:55pm – 3:30pm Keynote Presentation 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.

    Karl Hightower
    VP, Transformational Business Solutions

  • 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

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:

Please note the below is the preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum. Please specify that you are part of the Argyle group when booking sleeping rooms in order to receive a discounted rate of $189.00 per night, taxes not included. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.


The Fairmont Dallas

1717 N Akard St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Telephone: (800) 441-1414