IT Leadership & Digital Transformation Strategies: Chicago


Strategies and techniques for leading and guiding IT through a business approach during dynamic times.


October 17, 2018




7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O’Hare) Illinois


How do you define IT Leadership? Does it consist of aligning IT with the business? Driving business efforts forward? Increasing quality of IT services? What skills does it take to be an effective IT Leader? How do you lead IT during challenging economic times?

What You Will Learn


In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • How IT can Participate in your Digital Business Transformation – and make an Impact!
  • The Four Letter Words of Digital Transformation
  • Effective Execution of Digital Transformation: Realizing the Business Value
  • People, Places, and Things: An Event-Driven, Real-Time World
  • How to Develop a Digital Business Strategic Plan: A CIO’s Imperative (panel discussion)
  • Effective Execution of Digital Transformation: Realizing the Business Value
  • IT Optimization: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (CIO Panel Discussion)

Conference Program

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:50am: How IT can Participate in your Digital Business Transformation – and make an Impact!


Jim MacLennan, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, IDEX Corporation


In most traditional organizations, IT is a back-office function – focused on Operations and cost control, spending little time with Customers and Products. But in a company transforming into a Digital Business, teams that work with Information and Technology have a much greater change to participate in those connections – and will very probably be on the team that reacts to and delivers on the ideas that are generated. Should IT play a key role in a Digital Business transformation? This presentation will provide some context for the idea – with real-world examples and stories of what works and what does not.



9:50am -10:20am: Refreshment Break

10:20am-11:10am: The Four Letter Words of Digital Transformation


Ed Soo Hoo, Data Center Alliances, Lenovo


Digital transformation is critical today for companies to survive, thrive and innovate. The combination of the perfect storms driving the consumer driven Applications Economy are forcing foundational changes in how IT leadership approaches their business units and their Dev/Ops/Sec/QA teams. Ed Soo Hoo will share how he uses four letter words to identify and drive the transformation changes and tipping points to help IT leaders engage, empower and enable their communities of developers/IT Ops to be more agile in delivering software faster – which link them more closely to their customers, make their teams more efficient, and better leverage their suppliers and key business partners.


Soo Hoo

11:10am-12:00pm: People, Places, and Things: An Event-Driven, Real-Time World


Blaine Mathieu, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Vantiq


According to Gartner, a new generation of ‘event-driven applications’ will power the transformation of your business operations. They will do this by ingesting the real-time data streaming from your systems, devices, and people regarding the events constantly happening in and around your company. Continuously analyzing these event data streams enables the right action, at the right time, at the right place.


The pressures to become a ‘real-time business’ are building, driven by rapid advances in IoT, machine learning, augmented reality, robotics, and mobility. It is fundamentally your people that can and must drive agility and innovation but only if you enable them to work collaboratively with ‘machines’—the systems that are increasingly at the heart of your organization.


In this session, Blaine Mathieu, Chief Marketing and Product Officer of VANTIQ, will describe how it is now possible to quickly create truly transformative applications that can power your real-time business operations.



12:00pm-12:50pm: Life after D: Surviving, thriving, and leading after the first generation of ‘Digital’ 


Rob McGillen, Senior Group Accounts Director and Client Partner, Rightpoint; former CIO, Grant Thornton


The first generation of ‘digital’ transformation initiatives are now in production, digital teams and leaders are into second+ years of existence (or longer) within many companies. After the hype and the ‘digital firsts’ – What comes after the ‘Big D’ (Digital) in business? Rob McGillen, Client Partner at Rightpoint, will provide insights and practical advice how 20+ leading companies (and IT leaders) are navigating the ‘post digital’ world.



12:50pm – 1:50pm Luncheon

1:50pm-2:40pm: How to Develop a Digital Business Strategic Plan: A CIO’s Imperative (panel discussion)


Diana Smith, Vice President, PrimeTSR
Neil Goodrich, Director, IT, Acting CIO, M. Holland Company
Daniel Nottke, CIO, Kirkland & Ellis
Stuart Alter, Director of Technology, Newfields Lab
Tom Braden, Vice President, Enterprise Technology, IMMI
and other CIOs/IT Executives sharing effective strategies


For many enterprises, the digital enterprise is almost exclusively about customer engagement. The CIO is crucial in connecting business processes, enterprise information and the digital channels that achieve the always-on needs of customers and employees. The strength of the CIO-Business Leader relationship is vital to a company’s success, but can be challenging to navigate and manage.


In this session, attendees will learn from IT executives as to strategies that are using to work closely with the business, manage expectations of their teams, and drive business success.


Goodrich     Nottke       Braden         Alter              Smith

2:40pm – 3:10pm: Refreshment Break

3:10pm-4:00pm: Effective Execution of Digital Transformation: Realizing the Business Value


Matt Moore, Vice President Applications & Business Value, Mitel


Cloud applications have proliferated in our personal lives to the extent that it’s affecting the way we do business. Because of those expectations, people are asking for those next gen applications to be able to work anywhere, seamlessly, and provide their customers with the level of service they have come to expect themselves. With these changes in culture and technology, customer experience has to be at the forefront of your business and digital transformation plans. With focus on your customer experience you will realize the true business value to your digital transformation journey.

  • Customer experience trends and examples that we see driving buying decisions in the workplace
    • Subscription based services
    • Technologies such as cloud and contact center
    • Cloud applications
  • 3 Ingredients to delivering next generation Customer Experiences
    • Customer First
      • Allow customers to engage with you on their terms
    • Agent Focused
      • Empower agents to deliver exceptional customer experience
    • Simplicity
      • Make it simple to do business with you by minimizing customer effort



4:00pm-5:00pm: IT Investment ROI: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (panel discussion)


Michael Parks, CEO, Messina Group
Moe Alkhafaji, CIO, Discovery Health Partners
John Payton, Director of IT, Banner Service / Banner Medical
Kin Lee, CIO, The Joint Commission
Laurence Barron, Director of IT – Security Officer, Anselmo Lindberg & Associates LLC
and other CIOs and IT Executives sharing effective strategies


Many IT Executives are stuck in cost-cutting cycles tied only to expense-line trimming rather than business investments and outcomes. This approach limits the business growth since organizations do not fully exploit the use of IT. In this session, attendees will learn strategies for finding the right balance to move the organization forward.


Alkhafaji     Parks         Lee              Barron      Payton

Conference Price: $289.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.



As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.