• Tuesday, May 21st
  • 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Leadership XChange

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    The need is clear, IT must deliver both innovation and operational excellence. But, how can a CIO deliver on these sometimes-competing objectives? In this focused, interactive, pragmatic session, Niel Nickolaisen presents a set of proven, immediately-implementable IT best practices that IT leaders can use to transform IT’s performance and their own IT leadership roles. These tools are designed to help IT leaders:

    • Pick and fight the right battles.
    • Do things right the first time.
    • Deliver incredible customer service.

    This workshop uses case studies, examples, and exercises to ensure that participants leave the session with specific things they can and will do to drive innovation and improve operational excellence.

    Attendees will receive a workbook with the content they need to do the right things and do things the right way.

    Registration Fee Required:  $495 includes MTL Registration Fee ($195 discount!)

    Location: Judith Niel Nickolaisen Chief Information Officer Western Governors University See Details
  • Wednesday, May 22nd
  • 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

    Registration & Breakfast

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    Location: Garden Gallery
  • 8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

    Welcome Address - Michelle Pluskota, Comcast

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    Welcome Address

    Location: Grande Ballroom Michelle Pluskota Vice President of Comcast Business Comcast See Details
  • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

    Competencies of the New CIO – Larry Bonfante, CIO, USTA

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    The opportunities for a CIO to truly add business value have never been greater. IT is a mission critical element in ensuring direct engagement with the consumers of our products and services. While CIOs have finally gotten that elusive “seat at the table” many struggle with a new set of expectations that come along with this visibility. IT executives have had a great deal of experience in their areas of functional responsibility, however, many of them struggle with the “human dynamics” required to drive transformational change as these competencies aren’t taught in business school and don’t always come naturally to CIOs . During this session, some critical components of leadership that will be discussed will include:
    •   Getting diverse groups of people to align around a common vision
    •    Leveraging technology to drive tangible business value
    •    Leading major change management initiatives
    •    Developing effective communication skills
    •    Marketing the value of IT
    •    Effective Relationship Management
    •    Developing Human capital
    •    Partnering for Success
    •    Developing common qualities of great leaders

    Location: Grande Ballroom Larry Bonfante CIO USTA See Details
  • 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

    Collaboration and Mobility - Ron Utterbeck, CIO, GE Corporate & Managing Director – AMSTC

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    Social media is incessantly changing and CIOs are challenged with the task of finding the best way to leverage social tools across the enterprise. At companies across the globe, employees and customers measure the technology they work with against the standards set by popular consumer tools. They expect their digital experiences to be intuitive, fun, interactive, mobile, fast, social, sharable, easily personalized, multi-platform, integrated and more. GE understands this and is leading the way with several intuitive collaboration and mobile application platforms. Ron Utterbeck will share details behind GE's journey, the tangible value brought to the business, and methods for today's CIO to accelerate the adoption of social technologies across the enterprise. Join Utterbeck to learn how you can harness the power of social tools.

    Location: Grande Ballroom Ron Utterbeck CIO GE Corporate and AMSTC See Details
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Networking Break - Partner Showcase

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    Location: Garden Gallery
  • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

    AMI Strategies & Altair Engineering Case Study: Advancing Telecom Expense Management Through Analytics

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    Amid today’s hype around big data, the goal of every CIO’s intelligence strategy is to enable faster, more informed decisions—at all levels—to drive business success. The challenge many businesses face is the ability to easily tap into their data (big or small), analyze it and, most importantly, take action on it. With the right analytics strategy and the right partner, there is low-hanging fruit to extract new and deeper business insights that can make a pronounced difference in an organization’s bottom line.


    AMI Strategies and Altair, two Michigan-based companies, recently formed a business partnership to address IT executives’ pressing demand for data analytics capabilities to make decisions faster. The AMI/Altair story will share its kickoff-to-go live experience in tapping into telecom analytics to prioritize high value decision making capability. 

    Location: Grande Ballroom Michael Kidder Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing Altair See Details Jane Sydlowski President AMI Strategies See Details
  • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

    Reinventing Michigan through IT, David Behen, CIO State of Michigan

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    Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget CIO David Behen will talk about “Reinventing Michigan Through IT.” Behen will discuss the department’s goals and mission, the State’s key IT metrics, IT Investment Fund projects, Michigan’s Cyber Range and Cyber Security.

    Location: Grande Ballroom David Behen Chief Information Officer State of Michigan See Details
  • 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

    We Build Character Update

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    Hear an update from our Event Partner - We Build Character:

    We Build Character is a not-for-profit organization focused on growing and strengthening the Michigan workforce through powerful executive mentoring programs. Our mentoring programs are designed to build a diverse network of leaders resulting in a powerful ripple effect of inclusion throughout the community. We work with corporate partners who share in our mission and vision and in return help them meet their diversity, leadership development and succession planning objectives.

    Location: Grande Ballroom Tracy-Ann Palmer CGO Billhighway See Details
  • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

    Networking Lunch - Sponsored by Fortinet

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    Harnessing the Cloud for Incidence and Computer Emergency Response

    Many security topics focus on the requirement for defense against incoming breaches. While there is strong warrant to this, the reality is there is no silver bullet in any defense measure and that attacks (APT) can and will happen. The former is important to reduce, but there is always the question to be asked – “What happens if?”.  As advanced attacks occur, lights are smashed out. The clock starts ticking as damages incur and teams scramble. This talk will shed light on incident response discussing strategy, framework and case examples of proven incident and computer emergency response. Case examples will include mobile threat response and how cloud solutions tie into this. Other topics include information exchange – challenges and possible solutions, along with reverse engineering resources and working relationships with security experts.  A solid cyber security solution should include both network security and incident response.

    Location: Atrium Derek Manky Global Security Strategist Fortinet See Details
  • 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

    Roundtable Discussions

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    Topics include: 

    Apex Digital Solutions - Building a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Technologies

    Box, Inc. - The Evolution of IT: Driving Business Insight and Innovation in the Post PC Era

    Fortinet – Fast & Secure

    Plante Moran - Bringing the Cloud Back to Earth

    Re-Source Partners - IT as a Business: The Business of IT

    ServiceNow - The Future of IT Service in the Modern Enterprise

    Location: See Schedule for Locations
  • 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

    Networking Break - Partner Showcase

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    Location: Garden Gallery
  • 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

    The CIO as Innovator: How to Create True Business Value, Adriana Karaboutis, VP & Global CIO, Dell

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    The CIO as Innovator: How to Create True Business Value

    From the auto industry to the tech industry and everything in between, the transformational CIO no longer focuses only on system performance and efficiency, but on providing an adaptable and flexible environment to create value and enable CEOs to meet their strategic goals. Innovation and agility are the cornerstones of the most successful IT organizations. Hear from Dell VP & CIO Andi Karaboutis about how she transformed her organization to focus more on innovation and agility in order to drive business value.

    Location: Grande Ballroom Adriana Karaboutis VP & Global CIO Dell Dell See Details
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    Stop Playing Catch Up: Start Innovating for Positive Business Outcomes, CIO Panel - Moderated by Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive/CIO, Oakland County

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    Today’s CIO has to be a thought leader willing to look far outside his organization and industry for best practices that can drive the business forward. The CIO must then understand how to apply those key takeaways to drive innovation across the business whether its sales, R&D, marketing, customer satisfaction or supply-chain management. That means supporting legacy apps and maintenance are a thing of the past. Those actions keep you behind the business. Getting more closely associated with the business and its key drivers puts CIOs in the driver’s seat. This panel discussion will help you develop a plan for IT innovation from understanding your capabilities to building the right team to developing techniques to study other IT organizations. Leading CIOs will tackle those issues and answer your questions about the most pressing issues of the day and how to help your business succeed.



    Location: Grande Ballroom Steve Ambrose VP & CIO DTE Energy See Details Phil Bertolini Deputy County Executive/CIO Oakland County See Details Maria Jasinski VP, IT Michigan Millers See Details Joe Lafeir SVP & CIO Polk See Details Tim McCabe SVP & CIO Delphi See Details Scott Sandschafer VP & CIO Chrysler Group LLC See Details
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Network Reception - Partner Showcase

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    Location: Garden Gallery