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IT Leadership Strategies

Strategies and techniques for leading and guiding IT through a business approach during dynamic times

November 6, 2014


7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


How do you define IT Leadership? Does it consist of aligning IT with the business? Driving business efforts forward? Increasing quality of IT services? What skills does it take to be an effective IT Leader? How do you lead IT during challenging economic times?

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • CIO’s Evolution to a Business Leadership Role

  • Enterprise Growth: How to Place Customer Facing IT Innovation at the Center of Your Growth Strategy

  • The Digital Enterprise: How to Manage the CIO/CMO Relationship (Panel)

  • The Strategic IT Organization: How to Leverage IT for Competitive Advantage

  • Cloud & Business Benefit: How CIOs are Leveraging the Cloud for Enterprise Gain (Panel)

  • Concrete Ways to Run IT like a Business and the Associated ROI (Panel)

Conference Program

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



IT Value Leadership: How to Align Business Strategic Planning with Solution Development

William Gates, IT Strategic Services Team - Enterprise Architecture, Director, Excellus, BCBS

Are the solutions you are designing for your business customers always aligning with your IT Strategy? 

Are your business stakeholders asking you to take shortcuts in order to deliver their solutions on time and on budget?

Are you able to explain to them the impact of implementing solutions that are not adhering to your standards?

Are your customers always asking you to implement new technologies to replace old technologies that are never retired?

During this session you will learn about the importance of implementing and communicating Architecture Guiding Principles and the implementation of a Solution Design Process to align the Business Strategic Planning Process to the Solution Development Lifecycle.

This process will help you communicate the value of aligning solutions to your standards and will allow you to measure the strategic value of a solution versus the value that will likely require additional investment in the near and long term future.


10:00am -10:30am - Refreshment Break



Enterprise Growth: How to Place Customer Facing IT Innovation at the Center of Your Growth Strategy

Dan Huberty, CTO and VP Solutions Portfolio Management, Unisys

CEOs are expecting their CIOs to help lead the innovation charge. CIOs/IT executives need to begin devoting more of their efforts to enabling business growth through customer-focused innovation.

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • Where to start with their innovation efforts
  • How to lead your team into customer facing innovation
  • How to demand the involvement of the business
  • How to measure the ROI of their accomplishments








The Digital Enterprise: How to Manage the CIO/CMO Relationship (Panel)

Jason Hinton, Manager, Neudesic
Mark Morris, Director IT, CIO, Ball Horticultural Company
James Anfield, Vice President of Information Technology, Land of Lincoln Health
Christopher Kapcar, Vice President of Technology, Redbox/Outerwall
John J. Higginson, CTO, Wheels
John Falsetti, Director Information Services, Maryville Academy
and other CIOs sharing experiences and lessons learned

For many enterprises, the digital enterprise is almost exclusively about customer engagement which is the area of the CMO. However, the CIO is crucial in connecting business processes, enterprise information and the digital channels that achieve the always-on needs of customers and employees. The strength of the CIO-CMO relationship is vital to a company's success, but can be challenging to navigate and manage.

In this session, attendees will learn from IT executives as to strategies that are using to work closely with the CMO, manage expectations of their teams, and drive business success.

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon



The Strategic IT Organization: How to Leverage IT for Competitive Advantage

John Quirk, Partner, Vice President of Operations, PSC Group

John Quirk will articulate how strategic CIOs transform their IT organization from a cost center into a business organization, where IT personnel create customer value, increase margin and enhance shareholder wealth. He will share a methodology that CIOs can use to transform their IT organization into a strategic business partner.

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Refreshment Break







Cloud & Business Benefit: How CIOs are Leveraging the Cloud for Enterprise Gain (Panel)

Alex Brown, CEO, 10th Magnitude
Don Schmidt, VP-IT, Briggs Healthcare
Paul Stubitsch, Director IT, IES Holdings
Eytan Dallal, Chief Information Officer, Illinois Framework, State of Illinois
Jeff Roseman, Director, Global IT Solutions, PSG - Pump Solutions Group
and other CIOs sharing experiences and lessons learned

According to industry analysts and recent industry surveys, two in three CIOs say the cloud lets them deliver better business systems with the same or lower costs. Additionally, 62 percent say that cloud technology gives business stakeholders more ownership of key applications.

While many organizations are slowly moving to the cloud, how can you make sure that you are taking the right steps for your specific organization?

In this session attendees will hear from a panel of enterprise IT CIOs as to the steps they have taken, the results achieved and the lessons learned.







Concrete Ways to Run IT like a Business and the Associated ROI (Panel)

Robert Lachs, Vice President, Sales, Rimini Street
Praveen Moturu, Executive Director Global IT & Chief Enterprise Architect, Cummins
Cherie J Kizer, Chief Information Officer, METRA
Partha Biswas, Group President & Corporate CIO-Global IT & Corporate Strategy, Middleby Corporation, Inc.
Brian Greenberg, CIO, Akrete Communications; Former CIO Total Attorneys
and other CIOs/Executives sharing lessons learned

Many CIOs and IT leaders have learned business skills 'the hard way' while others may have had some business experience. Either way, it is important for CIOs and IT leaders to leverage the experiences to help move the business forward.

In this session, a panel of prominent CIOs will explain to you in concrete terms how to run your IT organization as business.

In this session attendees will learn:

  • How to develop a comprehensive model of IT strategic services
  • How to build an atmosphere of innovation
  • How to build competency centers
  • How to form a strategic planning steering committee
  • When to insource versus outsource
  • How to quantify the business value of cloud computing
  • How to articulate to other C-Level executives the business results IT has achieved

Conference Price: $279.00 per person

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.