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This is Part 3 of a 3 Part Webinar Series :

"The CIOs Response to Covid-19"

(Register for Parts 1 & 2 Here)

The CIO's Response to COVID-19: Part 3

Leveraging the Shift to Accelerate Digital Transformation

As A Service, SAAS & The Cloud

To survive and thrive in the Pandemic induced recession, companies must accelerate their digital transformation. Three of the fastest ways to do this is by leveraging As-A-Service, SAAS & Cloud Solutions.

Join us as we explore:

  • Leveraging Cloud Based Tools and SAAS for Speed, Flexibility & Innovation

  • Success Strategies for using the most common SaaS solutions

  • Move to virtual IT stacks for speed and greater business continuity

Faculty & Agenda:
Check back for new Faculty and Sessions as they are added.

Tom Drez, CIO/CPO/CSO/Managing Director CIPP,  Christian Brothers Services

Rob Zelinka, CIO, Jack Henry & Associates
Vinu Ramasamy, Head of Softward R&D, Siemens Building Technologies
Justin Rice, Innovation Strategist, NaaS & SD-WAN, CBTS

Zeev Avidan, Chief Product Officer, OpenLegacy

Keynote Panel

Tom Drez, CIO/CPO/CSO/Managing Director CIPP,  Christian Brothers Services
Tom Drez serves as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director of the Information & Technology Services (ITS) Division of Christian Brothers Services (CBS). Tom joined CBS in 1987 to lead the division and take on the responsibility to strategically apply information technology to the business as an enabler to achieve desirable results. The ITS Division provides for operations, software and website design and development, and education. This includes responsibilities for implementing, supporting, and maintaining all aspects of computer, telephone, and audio/visual systems ensuring that technology usage fully supports organizational goals. He also has responsibility for information protection including privacy and security.CBS is a nonprofit organization that administers cooperative programs in the areas of health/retirement, property/casualty and consulting/technology to church organizations.

Rob Zelinka, CIO, Jack Henry & Associates

I serve as an IT Executive/ and leader of business for a provider of technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for the financial services industry. JHA provides more than 300 products and services that enable our customers to process financial transactions, automate their businesses, and succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. I have responsibility for leading the efforts to engineer the Technology organization and improve key business process, to strengthen quality of service, timely delivery of technology based solutions while improving reliability and reducing time to market. I lead a cross-functional team of 500+ people through 10 direct reports. I am responsible for an $ 200M+ annual budget

Vinu Ramasamy, Head of Softward R&D, Siemens Building Technologies

Vinu has extensive leadership experience in software product organizations and operations. Lead and built winning global team dynamics and drove culture change (includes agile principles) at Motorola Solutions. Led new technology adoption, digital transformation (includes private & public cloud + team operations) and proactive in addressing systemic issues. Currently in the journey of digitally transforming the operations and products at Siemens as Head of Software R&D, Chicago

Session: Leveraging legacy assets in your digital transformation

Are you wondering how you can address today's business demands and efficiently leverage your mainframe infrastructure? Learn how leading organizations are using a modern approach with microservices-based APIs to accelerate innovation.

Zeev Avidan, Chief Product Officer, OpenLegacy
Zeev  has been involved with the concept of integrating systems since the early days of EAI and SOA. During the past 20 years he has seen first-hand the pitfalls and challenges with integration and legacy systems and believes APIs and microservices are a way to simplify and solve issues from the past to accelerate digital innovation

Session: The Risk of Getting IT Wrong: Often Overlooked Aspects of Cloud & Digital Transformation.

Technology adoption has accelerated by 5 to 10 years due to the global pandemic. Alas, going faster can lead to challenges later if critical elements are overlooked along the way. Learn about key and foundational aspects when undergoing Cloud & Digital Transformation as presented CBTS’ Innovation Strategist, Justin Rice. Justin will cover several critical – but frequently forgotten – areas across the pillars of Strategy, Applications, Security, and Network and why they matter so much to the overall experience for your stakeholders. Case studies featuring multi-cloud As-a-Service and SaaS strategies will be presented to outline the risk and impact of not addressing these areas – especially in the accelerated transformation sprint many organizations are facing today.

Justin Rice, Innovation Strategist, NaaS & SD-WAN, CBTS

Justin Rice works at CBTS, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio where he leads new innovations and technology strategy for the organization.  He is a thought leader in the Software Defined Networking, Cloud, and Security spaces.  Justin has over 15 years of experience in solution architecture, engineering, and product development in various leadership roles. Justin is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served on active duty for 5 years doing network and systems engineering both here and abroad, and was a 2015 nominee for Cincinnati’s 40 under 40

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