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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 Cincinnati 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.



Scott Dennull, Sr. Director of IT, Atricure

Scott is an accomplished IT executive with a track record of success in technology leadership and organizational change spanning 32 years in many industries including manufacturing, insurance, utilities, IT services, and medical devices. He has a passion for constant improvement as a strategic IT leader to help teams learn how to best utilize their strengths to create and deliver measured solutions allowing easy justification to business executives and prioritization in business service portfolios. Scott enjoys public speaking and has had the privilege to present at national and local conferences such as Gartner Group, ComputerWorld, AFCOM, IT Martini, and Technology First on various IT topics.


John Osborne II, General Manager - R&D, The Kroger Co. & Chairman of the Board, ZigBee Alliance

John Osborne II, General Manager - R&D, The Kroger Co. & Chairman of the Board, ZigBee Alliance

John Osborne is currently Chairman of the Board of The ZigBee Alliance and is General Manager of R&D at The Kroger Co. In these capacities he helps lead the research and development organization responsible for several innovations within Kroger, commercializing those innovations with global partners and holding the leadership position within The ZigBee Alliance which is known as the premier Internet of Things (IoT) organization since 2002. John has extensive experience in new product development, rapid product commercialization, systems innovations, and operations improvement. He has demonstrated ability to manage and inspire multi-cultural, internal-external teams. He is a skilled communicator and presenter and has a sound background in budgeting, resource allocation and operations efficiency.


Edward Rodden, Chief Information Officer, SugarCreek

Ed Rodden joined SugarCreek in September 2002 with a long and distinguished record of accomplishments as a multi-disciplined executive with functional and management experience in Information Technology, Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, Research and Development and Sales and Marketing. Rodden took on the role of CIO for SugarCreek in September of 2013.
Under Rodden’s leadership, the Information Technology Group has become a highly focused business change agent, driving the business towards its strategic goals using technology and targeted applications. A defining project is underway to take full advantage of available technology in its new 435,000-square-foot plant in Cambridge City, Indiana.


Biff L. Myre, Director, Onx

Moderator: Biff L. Myre, Director, Onx

Biff is a thought leader in the realm of availability, resiliency, and disaster recovery and business continuity. A consummate professional who works within many regulated industries including financial, insurance, transportation, utilities, and healthcare. His focus is helping organizations identify strategies and roadmaps on how to approach and execute sustainable, tiered, proven programs for IT and Business resiliency/recovery/continuity which practically meet a client's risk tolerance and profile. Biff is a regular industry speaker and OnX Managed Services practice lead for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity and throughout the years has been published on such topics in over 14 countries and in seven languages.





Gary Rolfsen, Network Executive, Avaya

The Right Foundation for a Smart Digital World
- Gary Rolfsen, Network Executive, 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.


Jim Mason, Enterprise Sales Engineer, LogRhythm

Leveraging Machine Analytics to Mitigate Risk
- Jim Mason, Enterprise Sales Engineer, LogRhythm

According to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Report, “No locale, industry or organization is bulletproof when it comes to the compromise of data”.  It’s no longer a matter of IF, but WHEN.  In this session, LogRhythm Engineer Jim Mason will discuss the shifting trend of using detection and response for leveraging analytics to recognize emerging threats.  He will also highlight how SOCs can use Machine Learning and Incident Response Orchestration to further reduce the Mean-Time-to-Detect and Mean-Time–to-Respond.



The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning For Next Generation Cyber Defense
-Carlos Munoz ,Cyber Security Executive, Darktrace

From insider attackers to sophisticated external adversaries, the reality is that the threat is already inside, however good you are at defending your perimeter. A fundamentally new approach to cyber defense is needed to detect and investigate threats that are already inside the network - before they turn into a full-blown crisis. Based on unsupervised machine learning and probabilistic mathematics developed by scientists from the University of Cambridge, the new immune system technologies are capable of learning ‘a pattern of life’ by modeling the behaviors of each user, device and network. Without relying on rules or signatures, these self-learning technologies represent a fundamental step-change in automated cyber defense. In this session, learn: 

  • How new machine learning and mathematics are automating advanced threat detection
  • Why 100% network visibility and intelligence allow you to pre-empt emerging situations, in real time
  • How smart prioritization and visualization of threats allows for better resource allocation, and lower risk


Jared Johnson, Sr. Digital Strategist , Solstice Mobile

Driving the Digital Experience Imperative
-Jared Johnson, 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.

Who Should Attend:

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




Jun 23, 2016

University Club
401 E. 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
7:30 AM to 12 Noon

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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