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Disaster Recovery & Continuity in the Era of the Cloud, Mobility & Virtualization

What strategies will help you achieve success?

Learn how Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Strategies have evolved based upon growing storage demands, more intense need for data access and new technologies including Cloud, Mobility & Virtualization.

Join us in Chicago when Top IT & Business Continuity Executives from leading, area organizations discuss a range of issues to help you succeed:

  • Key Strategies to leverage the intersection of cloud, mobility and virutalization to create your opimital DR & Continuity environment.
  • Real Life Disaster recovery scenarios from different IT Executives - what worked and what didn't, plus their plans for the future.
  • Key Strategies to evolve from a DR only focus to DR and business continuity focus.
  • Get an Executive Briefing on current and future DR and Continuity related technologies you must know about.
  • The impact of the data explosion including both volume of data and the need to access it from anywhere/anytime on DR & Continuity requirements
  • What to look for when it comes to choosing the cloud or colocation services for storage


Jeffrey Hand , Director of Information Technology, Zebra Technologies Corporation Jeffrey Hand , Director of Information Technology, Zebra Technologies Corporation

Jeffrey Hand has over 20+ years of IT experience deploying and managing mission critical information systems. He has worked in a wide area of industries in development, enterprise application deployment, project / engagement management, integrations, global architecture design, single global instance planning, off-shore augmentation, high availably, disaster recovery, infrastructure virtualization, backup & recovery and data center co-location. He has worked in consulting and professional services for the fortune 500 and is currently responsible for Zebra Technology's IT infrastructure, integrations, database administration, enterprise system administration and disaster recovery.

John Parkinson, SVP Enterprise Project Management Office at Axis Capital Sai Ravichandran, Director IT, Morton Arboretum

Sai is the Director of IT at the Morton Arboretum planning and leading the strategic IT initiatives for the organization. Sai's expertise is in building the strategic IT roadmap to improve business process management and enhance the customer experience through the innovative application of technology and proven methodologies like Six Sigma and ITIL.

Sanil Mooken, Director of Information Technology, Generation Brands
Sanil Mooken, Director of Information Technology, Generation Brands

Sanil Mooken is the Director of IT at Generation Brands (GB). He has been with GB since 2003 and has worked in different roles on Network side as well as ERP side. In his current role, he is responsible for managing all the IT Operations and projects including Infrastructure, Network & Email Servers, Oracle JD Edwards ERP application, along with IT Strategy, Planning, Budgets etc. In the recent years, he created the IT Strategy to better position the organization for growth, change and DR. He works with peers from other organizations on sharing ideas and best practices on projects.

Thomas Mensch, Director of Computing,  Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott

Tom is currently the Director of Computing at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, a position he has held for the last 19 years. He has been certified in most of the current Microsoft technologies and in some computer security areas. Mr. Mensch was an early proponent of "cloud" computing and continues to use the cloud to operate the Firm. The Firm uses a variety of solutions to meet its disaster recovery and business continuity needs. Tom is currently exploring cloud based telephony solutions and their integration with UC paradigms. In addition to working with the Firm's technology problems, Mr Mensch is often called upon to consult on client's technology challenges. Tom has a bachelors degree in music education and 27 years experience in desktop and client server computing.

Chris Moses, Director, Enterprise Sales at Code 42 Software
Moderator: Chris Moses, Director, Enterprise Sales at Code 42 Software

In his role at Code 42 Software – a leader in people-friendly endpoint backup for the enterprise – Chris and his team help enterprises develop global, forward-thinking backup and disaster recovery strategies to protect irreplaceable content. A transformational leader, Chris has built a team that strives to turn each customer into a product evangelist.


  Emerging Technologies and Techniques in Enterprise Storage: On Premise, Cloud, and Big Data

Eric Dominguez, Director of Engineering, ServerCentral

Join ServerCentral Director of Engineering Eric Dominguez for a look at the emerging storage technologies that will impact enterprise IT in the years ahead. Friedman has identified the game-changing storage technologies and methodologies that will scale with our ever increasing demand for mass storage, including solid state drives, public and private cloud storage, advanced SAN technologies, tiering, dispersion, and more. Along with a "deep dive" on storage technology, attendees will receive actionable recommendations for immediate implementation as well as strategic planning.

Bringing Predictability to Disaster Recovery and Testing

Co Presenters:
-David Cintron, Vice President, Managed Services, dcVAST
-Tony Navarro, Director Information Availability Practice at Symantec.

Disaster Recovery is no longer a technology problem. The real issue that organizations face when taking on a DR program is deciding where to focus their efforts, and how to use existing DR technologies in the most efficient way to support those efforts. This session will focus on the task of identifying your critical services, understanding the key causes of service failure, and implementing the right DR technology and practices to minimize the risk of service loss.

Biff Myre, Director, Worknet Inc. Higher DR/BC Capabilities with Lower TCO:
A Proven Process

-Biff Myre, Director, Worknet Inc.

Feel you're wasting investments and effort on Disaster Recover / Business Continuity initiatives that are unrealistic, are more for check-the-box compliance, and/or do not instill confidence? Learn how organizations holistically approaching data protection, restoration, recovery, and continuity are proving higher DR/BC capabilities while lowering their TCO. Case studies show how integrating Backup, Replication & DR strategies with Cloud/Mobile/Virtual technology allow for "recovery anywhere" capabilities while avoiding DR capital investments using a "burstable" Cloud model which can also maximize insurance reimbursement.

David Kluger is the Principal Technology Architect for Storcom, Inc. The Next Generation of Storage and Backup Technologies

-David Kluger is the Principal Technology Architect for Storcom, Inc.

This pro-in-the-know will share tips for getting the most from big data, from employing virtualization to prioritizing inputs to training IT and business how to tap its full potential.


  • Network with Your Peers to make new contacts, compare notes and best practices
  • Meet top vendors in the industry, and
  • Earn Continuing Professional Education credit if you're a Club member

Who Should Attend:

  • Senior IT and LOB Executives
  • VPs & Directors responsible for storage, data management, disasterrecovery
  • Any IT Executives and Managers who provide data management direction and support to LOB functions
  • CxO's and VP of Development for software developers, VAR's, OEM's and other Technology Companies looking to take advantage of data management applications
  • Ecommerce Executives
  • VP's of Marketing & Sales who want to learn more about what can be gained from big data




Chicago, IL
Weds. May 22, 2013
, 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Union League Club, Crystal Room
65 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago IL 60604

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill in our Chicago office
847-837-3900 x 1


IT Executives & Staff Members

1.Members: Register Here to Use Your Ticket package or Contact Member Services at 847-837-3900 x1

2.Nonmembers: Learn how to attend this event with a complimentary VIP Pass

Providers (Hardware, Software, Consultants)

1.Members: Who have a ticket package, Register here.

2.Nonmembers: There are a limited number of seats available at the Nonmember rate of $250. Register here.

Pre-registration required.

Professional business-casual attire required.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.

Event Sponsors

Contact Alex Jarett at 1-847-837-3900 x3.




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