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Digital transformation Part 1

Leveraging the Cloud & SAAS

In our 2 part series on Digital Transformation we'll cover the entire spectrum from Operations such as leveraging the Cloud to creating a new digital customer experience with ecommerce through SAAS, Data Strategies & A/I related technologies.The result: the next generation of Digital Enterprise!

Join us as we discuss:

  • Current Strategies for Digital Transformation
  • The role of the Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and other forms of Cloud
  • SAAS Success Strategies
  • Digital Customer Experience
  • Data Strategies & A/I Related Technologies
  • Digital Infrastrure/Operations Strategies
  • and more!

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

Keynote Panel

Bill Hester, Director of IT, Dwyer

Bill brings over 3 decades as a technology change agent to his role as Director of IT at Dwyer Instruments, a worldwide innovator in instrument and process automation. Since joining Dwyer 3 years ago, he and his team are aggressively pursuing a corporate wide digital transformation. Starting with a traditional on premise legacy ERP system, Dwyer's is now aggressively implementing a strategic IT direction of cloud first for both back office and customer facing processes .

Prior to joining Dwyer, Bill spent most of his career delivering technology solutions in Fortune 500 companies. From being part of the team that brought ERP to the US Army, designing and prototyping global collaborative development platforms for the auto industry and implementing a cloud office solution globally, Bill has always driven the application of leading edge business technology to foundational business issues

Mohammed Owais Nasir, Director Digital Platform Solutions. Aon Plc

Mohammed Owais Nasir is an accomplished Technology Strategy leader focusing on Intelligent Automation, DevOps, Cloud, and Analytics. He is currently working as Director, Enterprise Architecture in the CTO function for Aon where he also leads Aon’s Technology Architecture Board for adoption of new technology standards globally.  Most recently, he has been leading Aon’s Cloud DevSecOps transformation initiative with a particular focus on self-service cloud enablement for startups and innovation focused BUs at Aon. This year he has also be involved with Aon’s contact center transformation program, including the adoption of AI/Low-code capabilities to modernize the platform for enhanced experience and scale. Prior to that he led the strategy and architecture for Aon’s Enterprise Analytics Platform that was stood up for Aon business units globally. Mohammed is based in the Chicagoland area where he acquired his undergraduate and graduate management degrees from Northwestern University. In 2019, he also completed a certificate program from MIT on Artificial Intelligence, which continues to be a particular area of interest for him among emerging technologies.

Rodney Nobles, CIO/CSO, Waukesha County Technical College

Rodney Nobles is the Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer at Waukesha County Technical College. Rodney provides guidance and leadership for the continuing innovation and security of the information technology environment throughout the college. Additionally, Nobles and his team strives to be early adopters and influencers through the use of technology to produce optimal business results. Rodney has a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Technology Management.


Moderator : Alex Jarett, Founder & Executive Director, Technology Executives Club® & Technology Executives U

As Executive Director, Alex is responsibile for our Research, Digital Leadership & Virtual Peer Advisory Programs. He is also responsible for our overall event programming.


Cyber Resilience and Cloud Adoption in Operational Technology

Industry 4.0 has created an increased reliance on data.  Access to more data is changing how businesses operate and increasing the need for continuity planning to protect it.  In light of recent cyberattacks impacting IT and operational technology (OT) environments, cyber resilience has become more critical to business continuity planning. OT presents a rich and expanded attack surface for cybercriminals as there is significant legacy infrastructure.  During this session, we will explore security and networking considerations for developing cyber resilience and business continuity planning for private, public and hybrid cloud deployments in OT.

Richard K. Peters (Rick), CISO, Operational Technology North America - Fortinet

Rick brings the Fortinet OT-CI team more than 37 years of cybersecurity and global partnering experience working across foreign, domestic, and commercial industry sectors at the National Security Agency (NSA).  As Fortinet’s Operational Technology North American CISO, he delivers cybersecurity defense solutions and insights for the OT/ICS/SCADA critical infrastructure environments.  Prior to Fortinet, Rick led development of cyber capability across Endpoint, Infrastructure, and Industrial Control System technologies at the agency.  Previously, Rick also served as an executive leader supporting the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA.  Earlier in his career, he served in a broad range of leadership and Engineering roles including Chief of Staff for the NSA Cyber Task Force and a 5-year forward liaison charged with directing integration of cyber and cryptologic solutions for U.S. Air Force Europe, Ramstein AFB, Germany.




Securing Your Cloud Journey

The intricacies of executing a safe, secure and effective cloud migration can make your head spin! How do you decide what is the right migration approach for your organization? In this presentation, CBTS partnered with Alert Logic will:

  • Take you through the best practices and key considerations of selecting an effective and secure cloud migration strategy
  • Highlight security considerations with migrating to the cloud in hybrid, complex environments
  • Explore key migration strategies to consider from rehosting (“lift and shift”) to refactoring (“rearchitecting”)
  • Dive deeper into “lift and shift” approach including what to expect and what to watch out for 
  • Share best practices of cloud migration you should incorporate in your strategy 

At the end of this session, you’ll walk away with clarity on how to most effectively and securely approach your migration strategy and will receive a copy of our new Cloud Migration checklist to get you started on the right track.

Bharath Vasudevan, VP of Product and Technical Marketing, Alert Logic

Bharath is responsible for field enablement and strategic marketing at the product, service and solution level, including product launches and supporting campaigns.

Prior to joining Alert Logic, Bharath held several leadership roles at Forcepoint, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell Technologies across engineering, product management, business development, and technology partnerships. In his 20 years in the industry, Bharath has been very active in intellectual property programs and has received 13 patents from the USPTO covering both hardware and software designs. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Biff Myre, Director, Solutions, CBTS & OnX

Biff is a thought leader in managing and mitigating Enterprise and IT risk across Hybrid IT Cloud environments. A consummate professional, he partners with organizations to help them develop or optimize their solutions for availability, resiliency, security, data protection and disaster recovery/business continuity. He is experienced with many regulated industries including financial, insurance, transportation, utilities, and healthcare.


Cloud-First Strategy in the Digital Economy

As the business world continues to move toward offering digital services at ever-increasing speeds, the transformation of the IT organization becomes paramount. However, 80% of organizations have technology that may be holding them back - their legacy systems. OpenLegacy will share their experience to overcome challenges in bringing legacy systems a cloud strategy.



Shawn Crowley, Head of Customer Success and Pre-Sales Engineering, OpenLegacy

Shawn has a deep background in enterprise technology and integration. Recently he joined the OpenLegacy team where he is responsible for technology engagement, engineering, and customer success across North America.  Before joining OpenLegacy, he was the VP of Business Technology and Customer Success at FreedomPay, Inc. where he was responsible for pre-sales Enterprise Architecture and Customer Success for FreedomPay's Global Commerce Platform.  Prior to FreedomPay, Mr. Crowley was the Executive Director and Enterprise Architect with Oracle. He specialized in go-to-market strategy, executive customer engagement, industry specialization and technology. Shawn also ran Architecture and Business Development for Oracle’s Middleware organization and drove the application of Oracle’s Fusion Middleware products, including J2EE containers, SOA products, Security, B2B Integration, and XML technologies. Prior to Oracle, he was the Director of Engineering at The Gartner Group where he managed teams responsible for the development of J2EE products and software.  Additionally, he has been a member of the Faculty of the University of Buffalo for over 20 years where he's taught technology, engineering, and information system courses.    

How to Create A Successful Digital Transformation Strategy

US Signal will be sharing lessons learned and a mindful approach to kickstarting or breathing new life into your Digital Transformation Strategy.

Tom McKowen, Executive Consultant, US Signal

Tom is an executive-level consultant who helps devise client IT strategies that support transformational change inside organizations. He works alongside CIO’s, CTO’s, CISO’s and their teams, by establishing and maintaining a company’s vision and strategy to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected and disaster recovery and business continuity plans are in place to reduce an organization’s operational risks.Tom has a solid IT background with a primary focus on, Healthcare, Commercial Enterprise and Financial verticals. In the ever-changing IT world, he monitors and evaluates existing and new technologies and processes, keeping clients up-to-date with technology advancements that facilitate maximum value towards transformational change for their business. Tom has a 26 year background as a technology practitioner and has led change in banking, finance, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining US Signal, Tom’s latest position was VP of Information Technology and Enterprise Architect for a large publicly traded financial institution.





Questions whether you qualify? Please contact Maria Tuthill at (847) 837-3900 x1


Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs
  • CxOs
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Digital Officers
  • Data Executives
  • VPs, Directors & Senior Managers in Technology, Innovation, Digital, Data, and related.




June 24 , 2021

10:00 am to 1:00 pm CST

This "Virtual Seminar" Webinar is Complimentary

Pre-registration required. Must be Qualified.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.


All Attendees:

Get 30 Day Preview Access to the Digital Transformation Channel on our Technology Executives U™ on-demand member portal. 

Included are on-demand presentations and panels from 65 faculty members, including:

  • Eyal Altman, VP, Chief Digital & Information Technology Officer, Littelfuse
  • Neil Goodrich, CIO, M. Holland Co.
  • Jennifer Faris Severns, Former Chief Experience Officer American Marketing Association
  • Bill Hester, Diretor of IT, Dwyer
  • Manish Rege, Former Global Director ITS & Business Partner, Kimberly Clark
  • Kimberly Rosenlund, Director of Marketing, ATI Physical Therapy
  • Ann Hollimon, Management Director, Digital, FCB Chicago
  • And More! 


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