2018 CIO Leadership Forum: Data Strategy & Innovation
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Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading senior IT executives across a wide range of industries for our annual Boston 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 New England and beyond!
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Rue La La View Bio »
Anthony Accardi serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Rue La La, the most engaging online, off-price, style destination connecting world-class brands to the next generation shopper. Rue leverages data to provide a deeper, personalized experience for its 16 million members.
Anthony was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Upserve, where he grew the organization since its inception in 2009 to process and provide analytics for over $5 billion in payments annually. Prior to Upserve, Anthony helped to create Tellme Networks in 1999, subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2007. He served as Chief Architect for Tellme’s VoIP voice application platform, proven to handle millions of phone calls a day with carrier-grade reliability.
Anthony holds Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. His published research contributions span multiple disciplines, including speech processing, high availability, and optics
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston View Bio »
Don Anderson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Federal Reserve System's Financial Management Technology services, the Bank’s IT function, Real Estate Services, and Law Enforcement units. Don is currently a member of the Bank's Executive Committee and represents the Bank on the System's CIO committee.
In 2017, Don was awarded the Boston CIO of the Year ORBiE award by the Boston CIO Leadership Association. He is a frequent speaker on Cyber Security, Financial Technology and Digital Transformation, has appeared on CNBC, and is often quoted in media sources.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Don was a senior consultant with Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise focused on the development and execution of IT transformation strategies for Fortune 500 companies. While at HP, Don successfully managed a number of multi-million dollar international programs.
He holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Bentley University, is a founding member of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), a Board Member of the Boston CIO Leadership Association and Wall Street Technology Association (WTSA) and is an active member of the Dana Farber Leadership Council (DFLC).
You can follow Don on Twitter @DonAndersonCIO
Cengage Learning View Bio »
As a highly sought-after leader in digital transformation, Alina Aronova joined Cengage in 2014 to help position the company as a market leader and innovator in education technology. In her role as Chief of Staff in Global Product Technology, she oversees a cross functional Program Management team charged with helping Cengage scale is operations, mature technology, transform internal Culture, and grow business.
Mrs. Aronova is an artist in corporate reinvention and has the unique ability to simplify chaos into actionable and executional workflows. Well known for her business transformation abilities in diverse functional areas, industries, and companies (from start-ups to global enterprises) she is always excited to tackle the challenges and complications of companies in a multitude of stages.
Transformation has been a consistent thread throughout Mrs. Aronova’s career. Prior to joining Cengage she worked for Euro-Pro LLC as a vice president of process management from 2011-2014 where she drove new business development, built a center of excellence, and overhauled recruiting strategy and employee retention in the program management function. While at John Hancock/Manulife Financial Serves from 2007-2011 Mrs. Aronova spent the bulk of her time ensuring the completion of global regulatory and compliance initiatives, rolled out project management process and infrastructure, and directed global-scale IT projects. Earlier in her career, 1998-2007, she spent her time building her skills in program management, launching IT development framework, performance controls, tools and methodology.
Mrs. Aronova has gained a reputation amongst her colleagues as a trusted advisor, natural relationship builder, and persuasive change evangelist. She holds a B.S from Northeastern University, a Masters from Babson College, and is a Certified Project Management Professional. She resides in Newton MA, with her husband and two sons. Her very favorite activities are to travel the world, cook and read.
New Hampshire Army National Guard View Bio »
Eric Barricklow is the Deputy CIO and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the NH Army National Guard (NH ARNG). Eric has over 26 years of Federal and Private sector experience in various technical IT functions, Counterintelligence activities and Incident management/response. He is responsible for managing the cyber response for Defense Support of Civil authorities (DSCA) operations, responsible for cyber resiliency of the force, insures regulatory cyber security compliance and bridges the language barrier with non-technical decision makers. Eric has served in the Army as a Counterintelligence Special Agent (Arabic Linguist) and serves in the Army National Guard as a Signal Officer with a previous assignment as a leader in a HAZMAT WMD Unit (Incident Response and Management). Eric has a MS in Cyber Security from Southern New Hampshire University and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.
NetScout View Bio »
As VP of Enterprise Strategy, Russ is responsible for working with enterprise customers, partners and field personnel to ensure that NETSCOUT’s products and solutions are meeting the needs of our customers and the market. Russ has over 15 years working at NETSCOUT where he has held many technical and marketing roles. Prior to joining NETSCOUT, Russ had worked in IT managing networks for Fidelity Investments and Digital Equipment Corporation where he installed some of the first production Ethernet networks.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany View Bio »
Eduardo Fabiano is the Global Head of Information Services for Marketing and Strategy, at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Mr. Fabiano is based in Rockland, MA, USA, and provides leadership for the continued deployment of IT Solutions that create business value. The primary responsibilities for his office encompass a wide variety of strategic technology solutions, including Patient Support, Analytics, Web, Market Access & Pricing, and support for the Oncology and Neurology & Immunology Franchises at globally.
Mr. Fabiano spent the last 20 years at EMD Serono (the US Subsidiary of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany), where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including Head of Information Services for North America at EMD Serono, Director of Information Services for the United States at EMD Serono, and Director of Information Services for Argentina at Serono.
Eduardo holds an MBA in Computer Science at Bentley University, in Massachusetts. His hobbies include playing soccer, and riding motorcycles.
Progress Software View Bio »
Jamal Fuller is currently the Channel Director for Progress Software. He has spent his career building partnerships and developing strategies with partners to delivery business value through technology solution. His technology expertise includes API Management and Orchestration, WAN Optimization, and most recently Application Development Platforms (Backend as a Service). Before joining Progress, Jamal was the Director of Channels at Exinda Networks. He is based in Medford, MA and his hobbies include rugby, rock climbing, and basketball.
Fidelity Investments View Bio »
A seasoned creative lead with a proven success record in driving innovation within large corporations, Evan Gerber is currently VP of digital strategy for Fidelity Investments. In this role, Evan is both manager and hands on practitioner leading the research, design, and creative development of multiple products focused on emerging technologies for Fidelity, including speech based interfaces and ML driven individualization across mobile, web, voice, and call center platforms.
Prior to this role, Evan headed up a UX team for a leading agency in San Francisco, ensuring that a broad array of clients, from leading millennial brands to established financial players, were creating and executing on award winning mobile and web projects, as well as tech heavy and cross channel efforts.
Evan is a well known writer and speaker, including such high profile venues as Forbes Magazine, the Mobile World Congress, and Ad:Tech. When Evan isn’t at work, or obsessively reading about all of the amazing things going on in tech, he is probably out climbing mountains, riding his bike, or messing around in the kitchen.
BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts View Bio »
Lee Green is Chief Architect for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the largest insurer in Massachusetts with approximately 2.8 million members and policyholders. Mr. Green is also an active member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield National Network of Architects and Innovation.
Prior to his move to Boston and joining Blue Cross of MA in 2016, Mr. Green spent 8 years leading Architecture and Information Management for NASCO, an organization providing core Back Office Payer platforms and capabilities to multiple BCBS plans. Mr. Green also spent 15 years consulting for both Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in areas of Data and Technology.
Mr. Green holds a degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1997) With a background focused on Enterprise Information Management and Data Architecture, Mr. Green has a passion for the power of information, insights and their combined ability to influence consumer-centered actions and their capacity to transform the healthcare and payer industry.
Point B View Bio »
Mr. Hayes is a Principal Cybersecurity Consultant at Point B, with over 20 years’ experience helping organizations securely deliver business value through the strategic use of technology solutions. He has spent the last several years assisting enterprise organizations with software development, cloud adoption, and cybersecurity programs across numerous highly regulated industries. His regulatory/standard experience includes GDPR, SSAE, NIST CSF, ISO 27001/27002, FFIEC, PCI, SOX, and HIPAA. Before joining Point B, Jason was a Principal Consultant with IBM Global Services and the Chief Information Officer and HIPAA Security Officer for a healthcare payor. Jason holds an MBA from Colorado State University and current CISSP and CRISC security certifications.
Eastern Bank View Bio »
Enna is a senior IT and Business Professional with expertise in Quality Assurance Management and Team Restructuring and Transformation. Her career spans over 25 years of working in multiple industries such as financial services, education, advertising and many software and startup companies. Currently, Enna manages the QA function across all IT teams at Eastern Bank and is responsible for creating a centralized QA team. She has a huge passion for Diversity and Inclusion, talent engagement and community organizations. Enna is the President of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) Boston Chapter, a nationally recognized Latino organization whose mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation.
Enna was appointed to the Latino Advisory Commission for the State of MA and the Commonwealth Corporation Board of Directors by Governor Baker. Enna sits on the following boards: Hyde Square Task Force Board of Directors, Beaver Country Day School Board of Trustee. In 2016, Enna completed her term as Simmons College Board of Trustee and a 3-year term as President, Simmons College Alumnae Association Executive Board. Enna is a graduate from The Partnership Fellows Leadership program and is a Certified Software Testing Professional from the International Institute for Software Testing. Enna earned her Bachelor of Science from Simmons College as a double major in Computer Science and Spanish and a Certificate from the Simmons Graduate School of Management Executive Leadership Program. She was the recipient of the Year Up Outstanding Manager Award in January 2014 and for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2016 was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders for the Latino community in MA by El Planeta Newspaper. Prior to joining Eastern Bank, Enna spent 6 years at Wellington Management as VP of Quality Assurance.
Nutanix View Bio »
Eric Johnson is a Senior Technologist with over 15 years of industry experience. Eric began his career at EMC focusing on complex implementations and infrastructure migrations. After EMC, Eric went on to become a Storage Administrator for MIT and most recently was a Subject Matter Expert for IBM’s Flash and SDS division. Throughout his career he has designed, implemented, and supported technology solutions in a variety of verticals including manufacturing, software, retail, healthcare and financial services. Eric received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently resides in Abington Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Edible Arrangements View Bio »
Rafi is VP and CIO of Edible Arrangements, and former CIO at Riverside Community Care, with a 30-year tech-leadership role. An engaged contributor in the CIO space, he serves in CT Hartford’s (SIM) CIO Executive Advisory Council and actively participates at tech innovation hubs. Rafi attended 1st year of medical school, graduated from the School of Nuclear Medicine Technology, VA Medical Center, Northport, NY, awarded an RT Nuclear (ARRT) board certification from the American College of Radiology Technology Certification Board and a CMNT from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. His received his early software development initiation after attending a one-year Computer Technology and Applications course at Columbia University.
StateStreet View Bio »
Radha is a Senior Business and Technology Executive with demonstrated leadership in building and leading high-performance global teams in Financial, Healthcare, and Insurance Industries delivering global complex business initiatives through Infrastructure agility, Operational Efficiency, Data Analytics & Cognitive Computing and Business Model Innovation. Radha is currently the President of NexGen infrastructure Solutions and a Vice President at StateStreet Bank. He is a trusted advisor to clients on the convergence of technology, business, and talent across all facets of the enterprise. Radha is a multi-dimensional leader who is decisive, solutions-focused and results-oriented and recognized Operations and Big Data evangelist and a thought leader. He leads a technology movement that emphasizes the importance of extracting real-time insights from data and analytics into real-time actions for a marketing strategy that leads to competitive advantage through outstanding customer service and value creation.
Radha implemented new enterprise 3rd platform technologies (Cloud, Mobile, Analytics and Social Media) to support many business channels for many financial and healthcare behemoths enabling business agility resulting in new opportunities for the rapid customer, revenue, and earnings growth while managing operational risk.
Radha also developed and executed multi-year business/product strategy and transformation plans in close partnership with Business and IT, and in translating business models and forecasts into specific IT growth strategies and execution plans in lock step with business objectives, timeline and market conditions. Radha holds MBA in Strategy and Finance from Northeastern University, Boston & MS from University of Mumbai, India.
Hitachi Vantara View Bio »
Paul is the Chief Technology Officer in Hitachi Vantara, responsible for the leading technology trend mastery and evangelism, client executive advocacy, and external delivery of the Hitachi vision and strategy especially related to Digital Transformation and Social Innovation. Additionally, Paul contributes to field enablement of Data Intelligence and Analytics, interprets and translates complex technology trends including Cloud, Mobility, Governance, and Information Management; and represents Americas in the Global Technology Office, the Hitachi LTD R&D division. In his role of trusted advisor to the CIO community, Paul’s explicit goal is to ensure clients’ problems are solved and opportunities realized.
Prior to joining Hitachi, and for the past 20 years as a client, Paul has focused on technology R&D and innovation, IT/business strategic plans and governance, security and risk management, software and infrastructure architecture as the CTO and Senior Executive Technologist of several financial services organizations from start-ups to large business services providers. Paul is a frequent speaker at technology and industry events as well as a reoccurring lecturer at various higher educational institutions on topics ranging from IT leadership to Business Analytics/Internet of Things. Paul also serves as a member of The IT Media Group’s advisory board and the Trusted Advisory Board providing guidance on compelling issues and topics for CIOs and the vendors that serve them, ensuring that the company remains relevant and valuable to both communities.
Partners Healthcare - Brigham Health View Bio »
Christina Mazzone is the Information Security Officer for Brigham Health and is responsible for Brigham & Womens and Faulkner Hospitals’ Information Security programs. Outside of work Christina is the Co-founder and President for the (ISC)2 Eastern Massachusetts chapter. (ISC)2 is the governing body for the CISSP certification. Her primary responsibility as a board member is to leader the chapter's continued growth and establishment, with focus on educational seminars for their members and information security awareness for children, young professionals, and the elderly alike. Christina comes to us with over 19 years of experience in Information Technology with focus on Telecommunications and Information Security. She holds a Masters of Science in Project Management with a specialization in Information Security and maintains CISSP, CIPT, and CIPP/US certifications.
Eastern Bank View Bio »
Tasneem has 10+ years of experience in information technology and security, and has worked in various industries including software development, insurance, life sciences and financial services. Tasneem has received her Masters in Information Assurance from Northeastern University, and has her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Engineering
Tasneem is a security architect at Eastern Bank, largest and oldest mutual bank in the country with $11B in assets. As part of her responsibilities, Tasneem provides internal clients security services when implementing new initiatives across the bank and insurance company to ensure the solutions are built with highest security standards. Her area of expertise includes vulnerability management, threat intelligence, emerging technology assessments, incidence response and cloud security assessments.
Tasneem is also a part-time Faculty for the MSIA program at Institute of Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at Northeastern. Tasneem also serves as a Vice President for the New England Information System Security Association, an international organization of security professionals.
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 9:05am Argyle Opening Remarks
9:05am – 9:40am Keynote Presentation: "Data Strategy: Key Decisions at Rue La La"
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Data is a broad playing field, impacting all business functions from security to sales. Success hinges upon a small number of key strategic decisions and the ability to realize the resulting strategy. Join us for a discussion of the key decisions we made at Rue La La to transform our data ecosystem. We will cover business intelligence, product development, and data science — there is something for everyone here.
Chief Technology Officer
Rue La La
9:40am – 10:10am Thought Leadership Spotlight: "Leading the Business through Digital Transformation…its Data Centric"
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Data is the foundation of digital transformation, and modern IT lets you make your data a key enabler for your successful digital transformation. But it takes a strategic approach to properly use your enterprise data. We’ve found that most companies have multiple data silos that prevent strategic use of data. For effective digital transformation, we start by bringing those disparate data sets – whether structured, unstructured or machine-generated – into a single data strategy. In this session, you’ll see how we securely manage, govern, mobilize, analyze, and ultimately turn an enterprise’s data into insights that create new opportunities for the business and for society.
- Foundational data strategy to drive DX
- Data – your most strategic asset
- Gain competitive advantage from your data
Chief Technology Officer
10:10am – 10:35am Networking Break
10:35am – 10:40am Session Introduction featuring Progress Software
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10:40am – 11:25am Panel Discussion: "The Strategic IT Executive in 2018"
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Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- How has your role evolved over the past few years? How has explosion of data impacted your role as strategic leader that drives business strategy and impacts not only efficiency but also revenue and competitive advantage?
- Have you engaged in programs that can leverage analytics specifically to engage folks outside your organization? Your customers, prospects, supply or demand chain partners? Has it driven additional revenue or advantage?
- What are some best practices that CIOs can utilize with regards to building an effective Data and Analytics strategy?
- How is your team going about building a detailed road that aligns modern data warehousing, big data, and next generation analytics?
- What are some of the most important factors and risks to consider when implementing new programs?
- Which executive team members are you collaborating with most? How has this evolved over the past few years, and how do you foresee these relationships continuing to shift?
Vice President, Quality Engineering
Vice President, Enterprise Strategy
BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts
Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Vice President, IT Operations
11:25am – 11:45am Networking Break
11:45am – 12:05pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Nutanix
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Sr. Technologist, Enterprise Cloud
12:05pm – 12:40pm Keynote Presentation: "AI - The Muscle and the Brain"
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Don’t believe the hype; there is no one thing called Artificial Intelligence, and no one product that is going to magically transform your customer’s experience across mobile, web, assistant, and call center channels.
In reality, AI is largely a collection of technologies and capabilities centered around big bodies of data, math to crunch the numbers, and smarter touchpoints across a user journey. Used correctly, AI delights customers with frictionless, individualized experiences. But these are powerful and delicate tools, and they do quite a bit of damage to both brands and customer relationships when used incorrectly.
In this talk, we will separate fact from fiction, and explore how senior leaders can incorporate AI into their digital platforms. Using insights gathered from customer research, and lessons learned working with established vendors and small startups, attendees will learn about valuable tools, critical dependencies, and best practices when developing intelligent digital experiences.
Vice President, Cognitive Design
12:40pm – 1:40pm Lunch
1:40pm – 2:25pm Panel Discussion: “Hacking the Boardroom”
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Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- Top emerging risks stemming from the Cloud
- Methods to proactively understand and manage threats/risks in real time in the Cloud
- Enabling efficiency and productivity through reliable security best-practices
- Compellingly communicating security concepts to the executive team
- Best practices for cross department collaboration and education
- What does it mean when we claim the internet has been “weaponized”
- What are your top 3 predictions for what we should guard against?
- Should I really be concerned about nation state sponsored cyber-attacks?
- It seems cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency, but also in the massive damage they cause. It seems we’re losing the battle. Comments?
- What are the most significant areas for cyber-security vendors to protect?
Information Security Officer
Partners Healthcare - Brigham Health
Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Chief of Staff for Global Product Technology
Chief Information Security Officer
New Hampshire Army National Guard
Principal, Business Technology
Vice President, Information Security
2:25pm – 2:40pm Networking Break
2:40pm – 3:15pm Keynote Presentation: "Leading your team in the Digital Era"
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The digital revolution is changing the way we operate, do business, and create value in the organization. In this session, Eduardo Fabiano, Global Head Business Technologies for Sales and Marketing at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will present different aspects of how to improve the management and leadership of a team working in this space.
Global Head Business Technologies for Sales and Marketing
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
3:15pm – 3:50pm Keynote Presentation: "Automating the Back Office"
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In this session, Don Anderson, Chief Information Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank will share efforts underway to drastically change the way core functions are performed to automate and scale activities, and provide new capabilities to enable strategic decision making.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
3:50pm – 3:55pm Closing Remarks by Argyle Host
3:55pm – 4:55pm Cocktail Reception
Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for IT leaders such as:
Innovation in technology
Join discussions about how businesses are leveraging new tools and innovative ideas to transform their organizations through technology. Speaker topics include:
- Identifying relevant trends in new technologies
- Harnessing machine learning and AI to facilitate change
- Redefining the customer experience with customer-first tools
The role of IT in business has grown to encompass opportunities for both enhancement and growth. Gain insights on how IT departments are leading business transformation. Speaker topics include:
- Bridging the gap between IT and sales and marketing
- Tapping into enterprise data to make actionable decisions
- Building an agile, flexible workforce that can evolve with your systems
Security and Mobility in the Cloud
The cloud has transformed how businesses build and manage systems. Discuss how infrastructure is evolving, and what processes are being used to enable smarter migration to a digital ecosystem. Speaker topics include:
- Identifying and categorizing security risks
- Evaluating trends and new technologies for opportunities
- Discovering gaps in communication
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