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Technology Leadership & Innovation Series:

Emerging Technologies & The Digital Enterprise Seminar

Making the Shift to the Digital Enterprise through Emerging Technology & Innovation

Our Technology Innovation & Leadership Series is designed for CIOs, Senior Technology Executives and Aspiring Technology Leaders. In this important event we'll explore how Emerging Technologies combined with effective leadership is the key ingredient in making the shift to the Digital Enterprise.

We'll start with briefings on new technologies in multiple areas ranging from Mobile, Security and DR, Core Networks and Infrastruture, the Cloud and the Internet of things.

Then a panel of CIO's and Senior IT executives will explain their methodologies and lessons learned in integrating new technologies into their environment as they make the transformation to the Digital Enterprise.

Join us in Minneapolis as we discuss:

  • Meet with other local CIOs, CTOs, Chief Innovation Officers and other Senior Executives.
  • How area IT Leaders are making the shift to the Digital Enterprise - real stories, real lessons from your peers
  • Technology Innovation & Leadership strategies for leading your company through change
  • Practical use of new technologies in customer, employee and channel systems.
  • Scoping Appropriate Mobility Solutions for Your Digital Enterprise
  • Getting Closer to Your Customer: How To Create Contextually Relevant Experiences
  • How new Infrastructure Technologies are creating the foundation for the Digital Enterprise
  • Methodologies in integrating new technologies into environments while making the transformation to the Digital Enterprise.
  • and more.



Skip Hansen | VP, IT Operations APi Group, Inc.

Keith ‘Skip’ Hansen is the Vice President of IT Operations at APi Group Inc., a parent company to 40 independent life safety, industrial, and specialty construction businesses located throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Skip has been with the company since September 2011.

Skip is responsible for aligning APi’s information technology strategy with the business strategy by integrating business processes and appropriate technology solutions.  Skip is responsible for all aspects of prioritizing, developing, and implementing information technology initiatives at APi Group, as well as developing, streamlining, and maintaining all APi Group IT systems.

Prior to APi Group, Skip was the Director of Global Technical Operations at PPD, a contract resource organization (CRO) that managed clinical trials. Prior to PPD, Skip held technical leadership positions at Terabyte Network Solutions and Summus.  Skip also spent eight years active duty in the U.S. Navy, where he specialized in Cryptology.


Manish Kalra - Sr Project Manager , HealthPartners

Manish Kalra, MBA, PMP, CSM
Sr. Project Manager, Health Partners

Performance oriented IT professional with exceptional skills in Formulating technology/process initiatives, leading all aspects of implementation in a project or a program using PMI guidelines for best outcome .Solid track record of delivering service to exceed business and quality expectations, team leadership and drive accountability with key focus on Stakeholder relationship management.


Paul Thompson, Director Healthcare Innovation, Technical Fellow, Medtronic

Paul Thompson, Director Healthcare Innovation, Technical Fellow, Medtronic

As director of healthcare innovation at Medtronic, Paul Thompson is responsible for identifying and developing innovative solutions that will create a competitive advantage for the organization.  In this role, Thompson created a “Hospital of the Future” concept that has been place in Medtronic Innovation Centers in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Tolochenaz, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; and Galway, Ireland.  This concept was the genesis for a new billion dollar business in Europe. 

In addition, the innovation team has created innovative educational and collaboration tools, and new prototypes demonstrating the value of combining medical device data with hospital electronic health records to help patients living with chronic diseases. 

Previously at Medtronic, he established the CRM program and managed data center operations, data base services, technical architecture and enterprise applications for the Cardia Rhythm and Disease Management Business Division.  Prior to joining Medtronic, Thompson was a research scientist in pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism for Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals and cancer research for Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.


Moderator: Paul Heckel, Principal Digital Strategist, Solstice Mobile


Scoping Appropriate Mobility Solutions for Your Digital Enterprise
-Shital Shah, President, Indusa  

The digital enterprise is increasingly a mobile enterprise. Enterprise mobility ranks high in priority for CIOs and IT departments, according to Gartner surveys, but knowing where and how to start implementing mobile enterprise applications is a critical, and often confusing, area. Join Shital as she discusses strategic functions to mobilize in any enterprise, the critical questions you need to answer when scoping mobility requirements, and how to get started today toward an implementable mobility approach that will help achieve business outcomes.

"Your Next Network, will it be ready?"
- W. Emert, Network Solutions Architect, Avaya

"Your Next Network, will it be ready?"
- Steven W. Emert, Network Solutions
Architect, Avaya

Odds are that you're currently wrestling with the inability of your existing IT infrastructure to keep up with the escalating demands of big data, mobility, cloud, transparency, security, "as a service", et al. The status quo is not sustainable for much longer. So where do you go from here and how fast should you try to get there?  This session discusses modern infrastructure trends, and how to realistically get there.


Getting Closer to Your Customer: How To Create Contextually Relevant Experiences
-Paul Heckel, Principal Digital Strategist, Solstice Mobile

To create the most compelling customer experiences you must consider how digital technologies can augment real world environments. Leading businesses are getting closer to their end-users by leveraging technology to create more contextually relevant, personalized interactions. Paul will walk you through key trends transforming the brand experience and provide tangible digital strategies for reimagining your customer journeys.

Joshua Geist, CEO & President, Geminare-Partner of NTT Communications

Understand the significant business impact the Cloud has on your DR technology and how your organization must adapt to supplier, vendor, and knowledge changes in order to leverage DRaaS.

-Joshua Geist, CEO & President, Geminare
Sponsored by  NTT Communications

Virtually overnight the Cloud transformed traditional DR technologies, vendors, and suppliers into “DRaaS Providers” creating a transformative ecosystem not seen for over 30 years.
Gartner, Inc. the world’s leading information technology and consulting firm released one of the most significant pieces of research within the Disaster Recovery and DR in the Cloud areas (DRaaS): The Gartner DRaaS Magic Quadrant, released in April 2015. This research report states:
“By 2018, the number of organizations using DRaaS will exceed the number of organizations using traditional, syndicated recovery services.”
In this presentation you will learn how your organization will be directly impacted by this monumental technology shift. You will hear key recommendations proposed in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and understand the different engagement models that DRaaS providers have versus traditional DR suppliers. This will enable you to move your DR deployment from an organizational cost to a technology enabler—a key Gartner MQ recommendation.

Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs
  • Senior IT and LOB Executives
  • VPs & Directors
  • Any IT Executives and Managers



Sep 18, 2015
Minneapolis, MN
7:30 AM to 11:30AM
Minneapolis Club,
729 2nd Ave.S, Minneapolis, MN

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 or email.


IT Executives & Staff Members

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Providers (Hardware, Software, Consultants)

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Price: $295

Pre-registration required.

Professional business-casual attire required.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.

Event Sponsors
The Judge Group
Solstice mobile

Questions? Contact Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 for information


Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2
or email.





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