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Technology Innovation & Leadership Series:

Emerging Technologies & The Digital Enterprise Seminar

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

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 Infrastructure, 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:

  • Briefings on Emerging Technologies in the areas of: Mobility, Cloud, DR, Security, Core Networks/Infrastructure and the Internet of Things.
  • Lessons learned by local technology leaders as they have made the change to the Digital Enterprise
  • Go beyond the hype and learn how these leaders are practially using new technologies in their customer, employee and channel systems.
  • Meet with other local CIOs, CTOs, Chief Innovation Officers and other Senior Executives.



The keynote panel will consist of CIOs & Senior IT Executives who will share their insights

Christopher J. Rence, Chief Information & Risk Officer, Digital River

Christopher J. Rence, Chief Information & Risk Officer, Digital River

In his role as Digital River’s senior vice president and chief information officer, Christopher Rence leads the company’s information technology (IT) organization. With more than 20 years of IT-related experience, he brings a wealth of technical and systems expertise to the position at Digital River. As chief information officer, Christopher is charged with transforming Digital River’s global enterprise IT architecture, tools, security, quality, governance, compliance and facilities. Christopher and his international team of technology specialists oversee eight global data centers and a security strategy that positively impacts the operations of tens of thousands of e-commerce stores worldwide. Digital River’s triple redundant systems serve 60 million web pages and handle more than 300,000 orders on a daily basis.


John Jeries, CIO, St. Catherine University

John Jeries has been serving as a Chief Information Officer at St. Catherine University since 2006. Prior to that he served as the AVP/CIO at Claflin University since 1998. He has also served as a professor of Computer Science at several universities since 1987. Additionally, John serves on various boards and committees related to education and technology in wide variety of environments.


Adwait Walimbe, VP of IT, Black Data Processing Associates

Adwait Walimbe, VP of IT, Black Data Processing Associates

Adwait is a Senior Digital Executive with a seasoned track record driving growth at world's top brands - BDPA, Publicis, Walmart, Microsoft and Mayo Clinic. He brings extensive experience building, commercializing and merchandising products and partnerships in a digital environment. He recently led digital transformation and emerging technology initiatives at Walmart Stores Inc, and serves on the Board of Directors at BDPA and the University of Arkansas. Adwait is a proud graduate from the University of Minnesota


Moderator: Alex Jarett, Founder and President, Technology Executives Club



Sara Taylor, Sr. Digital Strategist, Solstice Mobile

Driving the Digital Experience Imperative
-Sara Taylor, Sr. Digital Strategist, Solstice Mobile

2016 will give us the chance to redefine the customer experience with multiple new technologies. Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) hardware solutions are becoming mainstream. These technologies are not only digitizing our lives, but also engulfing us in vast amounts of data in a constant shift between online and in-person interactions. This talk will introduce the top digital business imperatives for 2016, which must include a focus on customer experience, embracing the post-mobile era, and disrupting your own business before the competition does.


Steven W. Emert Network Solutions Architect, Avaya

The Right Foundation for a Smart Digital World
- Steven W. Emert Network Solutions Architect, Avaya

Our world is no longer just evolving, it is transforming. We expect instant, seamless anywhere, anytime access to information. Businesses want to bring together customer and company data, with data from other companies, other machines, the social universe. This has resulted in Digital Enterprise, Digital Government, Smart Cities, the Internet of Things—all moving forward at incredible speed. It’s now a Smart Digital World.

This new world brings limitless possibilities, as well as infinite challenges for those managing business planning and technology. How do you keep up; how do you get ahead? A Smart Digital World needs a smart foundation, one that can help organizations quickly adapt and excel…and transform at the speed of changing business needs.


Who Should Attend:

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




May 12, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
7:30 AM to 12 Noon

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

Register Here to attend with a Complimentary VIP Pass

Providers (Hardware, Software, Consultants)
Providers should register early - limited provider tickets available.

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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


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