The IT Summit is the executive technology conference series returning to Denver on May 19th. The purpose of the summit is to provide educational and networking resources for the IT leaders in Colorado. The conference is driven by an Executive Board of regional IT professionals who direct the content of the conference. The IT Summit is designed to address the real-world opportunities and challenges faced by today’s executives.
Chris Laping brings more than 19 years of experience in information technology to Red Robin. As Chief Information Officer, Chris oversees the information technology operations and leads the development and execution of the company’s technology and information management strategies. Prior to joining Red Robin, Chris worked at Statêra, Inc. as the Chief Information Officer and Principal where he managed business consulting engagements and oversaw the internal technology department. Before working as a consultant, Chris spent five years as a Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GMAC. Chris has received several awards for his work in the IT industry including being named as a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2004 as well as receiving three InfoWorld 100 awards. Chris is originally from Jacksonville, FL. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems at Florida State University and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Florida. Chris has three children and in his spare time enjoys running, biking and music. Chris’ favorite burger is Red Robin’s Gardenburger. About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (www.redrobin.com), founded in 1969, is a casual dining restaurant chain that serves up wholesome, fun, feel-good experiences in a family-friendly environment. Red Robin® restaurants are famous for serving more than 22 high-quality gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries®, as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature Mad Mixology® Beverages. There are more than 375 Red Robin® restaurants located across the United States and Canada, including corporate-owned locations and those operating under franchise agreements.
IT has a great opportunity to become a center of excellence for alignment, collaboration and innovation in most organizations; however, few organizations truly capitalize on IT’s value. This robust discussion will include the inhibitors for IT’s evolution and what the IT workforce can do to become transformative change leaders in an organization.
Jeff Wilshire joined IBM in 1997 and has held various positions in market intelligence, market management and corporate marketing. In his current role, he is heavily involved in IBM’s cloud computing strategy, thought leadership and go to market activities. Leveraging 20+ years of integrated marketing experience he also helps direct cloud activities around web user experience, social media, and marketing research. His experience at IBM has been diverse — at various times supporting the hardware, software and services brands for North America, Latin America and now in a global role. Before moving to cloud computing, Jeff managed the market intelligence & database marketing functions for the Americas Software business. Prior to IBM, Jeff worked in the agency business providing account service leadership for major clients across the telecommunications and financial services industries. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and now resides in Dallas.
What is the state of the cloud today? Hype vs. reality? What are the emerging cloud delivery and workload models? How are businesses implementing cloud computing and taking actions to build a more dynamic infrastructure? Does cloud computing really enable business innovation? In this session we’ll address these questions, and take a look at some real customer examples driving real results.
Dan Mauro is the Information Systems Director at Pueblo County, with responsibilities for overseeing Application Development, Geographical Information Systems, and the newly formed Shared Services Division. Dan has over 10 years of Project Management experience, and 24 years of Application Development experience, 18 of those years working within local government. Dan’s greatest strengths are his drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those where he is told it can’t be done. His most recent project involves a Shared Services partnership between thirteen elected offices in seven different counties all sharing a single centralized Property Management system.
Consolidation and shared services are becoming more mainstream as budgets tighten. Come listen to cost saving examples from local government regarding active shared service projects. See what is being done, how it is being done and learn what else is needed to make shared services successful. This will be an interactive question and answer session with the audience.
Mr. Price has twenty-six years of professional information technology experience. He is currently employed by the City of Littleton as the Information Services Director. Ken has worked for the City for over nine-years. He has expertise in planning and implementing both short-term and long-term strategies, work plans and projects that provide for the planned, orderly and cost-effective development, installation and operation of information technology, including computer, network, and telecommunications technologies. Mr. Price has a strong government and higher education leadership background with a proven ability to develop and manage teams of technology professionals. He is focused on vision, policies, procedures, programs, and services that support the organization’s mission and that meet current and future needs of the organization, satisfying the immediate and long-term requirements of customers.
Tom Vosburg is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado. His 25 year career in state and local government has included work as an economic analyst, a land use planner and as an Assistant City Manager. He is an active member of the Colorado Governmental Association for Information Technology Governmental Shared Services Council.
Bill has more than 20 years experience in product marketing and consulting in both the storage and archiving solutions markets. Previously, Bill was a principal consultant and practice manager for Contoural Inc. where he led the eDiscovery and compliance consulting business specializing in storage solutions, email archiving, enterprise content management, and information lifecycle management. As well as a featured speaker at many archiving events including the Government Technology Conferences, AIIM 2009, ARMA, ARMA Canada, LegalTech West and TechTarget’s Email Archiving Series, Bill is also the author of two eBooks “the Know IT All’s Guide to eDiscovery” and “The Bartenders Guide to eDiscovery” and co-author of the book “Email Archiving for Dummies”. Bill has held senior management positions at Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, StorageTek, and Iomega.
* Has a Bachelors & Masters in IT Management.
* CEN Board Member
* Currently in the Dissertation phase of a PhD in Education
* Has several years experience as a Programmer/Analyst with a top
software development company.
* Has been teaching CS/IT undergrad & grad courses at Colorado
Technical University for 10 years.
* Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
* Member of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery
* Scholarship Chair for the Colorado Celebration of Women In Computing:
The Colorado Celebration of Women in Computing (CCWIC) is a regional meeting modeled after the highly successful international Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). The goal of CCWIC is to encourage the research and career interests of local women in computing.
* Yearly presenter at the Girls in the Middle Conference at Otero Junior College: The purpose of the conference is to encourage girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades to continue studying math, science, and technology and to consider careers in the math, science, engineering and technology fields.
* On the Executive Board of the IT Summit: The IT Summit is about
creating and facilitating partnerships. Our alliances offer collaboration between executives from government, educational institutions, economic development entities, finance organizations, major technology associations, healthcare providers and corporate enterprise. The results include education, knowledge exchange, and varied and unique relationship development opportunities for key thought leaders.
* On the Denver Board of the CIO Executive Board: It’s a membership organization comprised of IT executives and educators, and its purpose is to provide technology education and leadership skills to youth.
As Hosting.com’s Director of Platform and Storage Engineering, Matt is responsible for the Engineering group as well as new product development and product line enhancements. He has helped to advance Hosting.com’s line of managed Cloud products, which are currently the company’s fastest growing line of new business. Matt has been with Hosting.com for over 7 years, moving through multiple roles which have had him managing, engineering and representing Hosting.com at industry events. He has been a noted speaker at Executive Summits, Adobe Max, CFUnited, VMWorld, Microsoft Hosting Summit, and VMWare User groups in multiple cities. Matt has participated in many cloud-related panels with some of Hosting.com’s top partners. Prior to joining Hosting.com, Matt graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Computer Science. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two kids and is praying for the Mets to turn it around.
Learn how businesses are deploying internal clouds and augmenting their infrastructure with external public and private clouds to meet growing business demands and challenges.
Kiren Sekar leads marketing efforts at Meraki. Meraki was the first company to introduce cloud-controlled wireless networks. Currently, Meraki has over 14,000 networks across 143 countries, and has connected over 6 million users. Meraki is backed by Google and Sequoia Capital. Prior to Meraki, Kiren has held leadership positions in a number of Silicon Valley startups, and was a software engineer at Apple Computer, where he was responsible for that company’s networking and collaboration platform. Kiren holds numerous patents for networking protocols and collaboration systems. Kiren received his degree in computer science from Stanford University. He is an avid skier, climber, and photographer. Kiren lives in San Francisco.
Throughout organizations of all shapes and sizes, WiFi networks have moved from a luxury to a necessity. Employees expect wireless in conference rooms; visitors need to get online; and workers from retail to manufacturing rely on wireless hand-held devices to do their jobs. At the bleeding edge, organizations are forgoing wired networks altogether. This is made possible by 802.11n, the recently ratified wireless standard that finally delivers Ethernet-like speeds. Yet history show that what is on the bleeding edge today will be the mainstream tomorrow. In this talk, we will discuss 802.11n, showing how it delivers faster speeds, greater coverage, and improved reliability over its predecessors. We will also cover wireless management, the frontier in wireless innovation that more often than not makes the difference between a wireless success and a wireless failure. Most excitingly, the industry is now bringing cloud computing to bear on wireless network management, bringing leaps in ease of use and flexibility. We will discuss how cloud computing intersects with wireless management, and what that means for administrators, budgets, and end users.
Jon Freeman is the Area VP for the Rocky Mountain States where he’s responsible for delivering our high performance WiFi solutions to customers. 20+ years of experience in engineering, sales, service, and most recently served as Director of Business Development for Intel where he was instrumental in driving to a leadership position in set-top box and media center designs. Prior to Intel, Mr. Freeman was the National Large Account Sales Manager for Xircom, driving market adoption from 30% share to over 70%. Before this, Jon worked at Venturian Software as VP of Sales; and before that, he was Western Area Director for Novell. Earlier in his career, Mr. Freeman worked at Digital Research, where he developed the DR DOS upgrade program and assisted with the product development. Before his tenure with Digital Research, he worked for Lotus Development helping develop their distribution channels. Mr. Freeman has a M.B.A. from the Heriot-Watt University, Graduate School of Business.
A review of the lessons learned from existing Wi-Fi and cellular deployments leading to the delivery of system architectures capable of delivering the same service levels as wired Ethernet. Some technical level data regarding the radio frequency issues and considerations are also covered.
Al is the Deputy CIO and Chief Technology Officer for the City and County of Denver. Al has been instrumental in kicking off a Strategic Improvement Roadmap for the city. This initiative includes implementing IT governance, Enterprise Architecture, infrastructure optimization, and organizational realignment. Before his position with Denver, he was the CIO for Douglas County, Colorado. His accomplishments include implementing robust project management controls; developing a rapid response pipeline using agile software development; promoting a tiered structure for storage, servers, and services; and embracing a SOA-based integration approach. Prior to joining the Public Sector, Al was with Sprint-Nextel, where he directed a team that supported Customer Finance and Marketing. Al’s team modeled predictive behavior for late payments, managed customer identification and credit management, supported Treasury operations, modeled customer turnover, and structured marketing campaigns and offers. Before Sprint, he led IT for a company that delivered outsourced CRM services to Fortune 500 clients. He worked in London for two years as the Chief Technology Officer for a Joint Venture with Ford Motor Company, and has managed programs in the healthcare, energy, and telecomm industries as a consultant with IBM Global Services. Al began his career as a Captain in the Air Force, working on air defense and air warfare simulation systems. Al graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and from the Boston University Graduate School of Management. He completed the Maximum Impact executive program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and is a PMI certified PMP.
Large IT organizations consistently face the challenge of delivering value in the context of the broader mission. Establishing a clear and executable IT strategy is of paramount importance for success in making IT investments valuable and sustainable. Communicating this strategy in a way that resonates with technical staff, business owners, sponsors and decision makers is also critical to success. A cogent IT strategy must establish a clear direction, a reason for why IT thinks the way it does, and the reasons why stakeholders should care about how IT makes decisions in a sea of technical options. The city has been on a journey of consolidation, shared services, and enterprise technology investments, and a strong IT strategy is more important now than ever.
Erika is a Solution Specialist in Cloud Computing and focuses specifically on State and Local Government customers. Her primary focus area includes the Communication and Collaboration components for the cloud, including email, collaboration, web conferencing and instant messaging tools. She works with both large and small customers around the country to understand their cloud direction and also helps explain the direction that Microsoft is heading with regards to Cloud Computing. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, Erika worked for Oracle for 10 years as a technical sales consultant for Department of Energy customers. Prior to joining Oracle, she worked as a consultant for a small software company in both Golden, CO and in London, England supporting radio and television stations around the world. Erika graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1993 with a degree in Management Information Systems. She and her husband Jeff (and their 13 month old son) move up to Estes Park every summer where Jeff is the director and President of Cheley Colorado Camps.
Cloud Services are changing the way businesses – from the Enterprise to the Small Business – are looking at computing. Discover the three types of cloud services, what cloud computing can and cannot solve, why a business should consider the cloud, and why choice in computing is so important. During this presentation we will also briefly demonstrate Windows Azure, and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite.
Mr. Spencer is President of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. The Colorado Springs chapter is the second largest in the US and third largest in the world. He has nearly two decades of information security experience in federal, defense and commercial systems. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Security at Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs and on advisory boards for Colorado Technical University, Colorado State University Department of Computer Science, and the Colorado State University-Pueblo Hasan School of Business. He is a member of the ISSA Honor Roll and a Senior Member of ISSA. He has held the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification from ISC2 since 1997.
The social networking sites available offer advantages to the businesses that can use them wisely. To not establish clear policy and train the employees in how to reduce the risk of social network use is courting business disaster. This presentation will discuss some of the risks associated with business use of social networking along with benefits and means to control the risks,
Rick Bauer is a director for CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world today, with over 1.3 million certifications currently in force. Managing such credentials as Network+, Server+, Storage+, and GreentIT, Rick combines solid IT management experience with an educator’s skill in creating and managing these and other credentials worldwide. For the past 5 years, he served as Technology & Education Director for the 400-company, 7000-member Storage Networking Industry Association. He was responsible for the coordination of all technical initiatives of the association, including standards development, interoperability development and testing, and collaboration on trade shows and events worldwide. Rick was a pioneer of SNIA’s Green Storage practice, establishing alliance relationships with leading trade, government, and research organizations. Rick also managed SNIA’s Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is part of network of SNIA labs in Japan, China, and India. Rick was a catalyst for the Green Storage specification and US EPA Energy STAR™ collaboration with SNIA, as well as the recently-released SNIA CDMI specification for cloud storage. Prior to his work at SNIA, Rick served as CIO for several organizations involved in education, data processing, digital imaging, and systems integration. Rick served as CIO for The Hill School, one of America’s leading educational institutions, named “the most wired school in America” by Yahoo’s Internet Life magazine in 2002. Rick created one of the first Microsoft certification programs for high school students at The Hill School, and managed the first high school in America where every student and teacher had a laptop computer. Rick has master’s degrees in business and technology management from The Wharton School of Business and the Graduate School of Engineering at The University of Pennsylvania, and has additional advanced degrees from Harvard and The University of Florida. He has served as a professor and faculty member at several universities, lecturing in Computer Science and Management. Rick has written 4 books and numerous articles on a wide variety of subjects.
Rick Bauer, IT manager and thought leader in security, storage and cloud computing, will give an overview of the present and 12-18 month landscape for cloud computing. In addition to highlighting progress on security, deployment, and information assurance in the cloud, Rick will also present information on the development of much-needed specifications and standards in this technology area. Always informative and entertaining, Rick brings a seasoned experience managing complex IT architectures with a teacher’s care to communicate.