The Analytics Platform of the Future
Dr. Jim Goodnight, CEO, SAS

Join Dr. Jim Goodnight as he provides a glimpse into the future of data analytics platforms, and gives us a true business case for adopting analytics into the enterprise.

James Howard Goodnight is an American businessman and software programmer. He and several other faculty members of North Carolina State University left the university in 1976 to co-found SAS Institute. Since the first day of incorporation (July 1, 1976) he has served as the company’s CEO. His leadership style and the work environment he created at SAS, now a multi-billion dollar company, have been studied by other businesses and by academics.

Architects as Business Leaders

Angela Yochem, CIO, Rent-a-Center

Never before has the business landscape been as conducive to architectural leadership than it is right now. It’s widely recognized that business innovation is accelerated by digital innovation, and so technology is a hot topic in every executive suite and board room. In this discussion, we’ll explore ways architects can engage to more effectively influence business strategy, and how architects’ capabilities uniquely position them to have tremendous positive impact on their coworkers, customers, shareholders, and society.

Ms. Angela J. Yochem serves as Chief Information Officer at Rent-A-Center, Inc. and has been its Senior Vice President of Information Technology since May 23, 2016. Ms. Yochem served as the Global Chief Information Officer at BDP International, sharing responsibility with six other senior leaders for its strategy and global operations. At BDP, her responsibilities included setting and implementing corporate strategy, as well as several aspects of corporate governance and operating committee functions. She served as Global Chief Technology Officer for AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company. She served as one of four Divisional Chief Information Officers for Dell and served as a Senior Vice President and Strategic Architecture Executive at Bank of America. Ms. Yochem has led transformations that opened new lines of business for major corporations, created new investment streams through massive cost reductions, built innovative models allowing tech divisions to engage with third parties to surpass business competition and overhauled large IT shops to reduce risk. She has more than 10 years of senior executive leadership experience and has a track record of driving competitive advantage and innovation through technology. She has been an Independent Director of Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh since January 1, 2014. She served on several boards focusing on long-term strategic planning, competitive threats and tactical responses across software companies, major universities and non-profits. Ms. Yochem earned a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University.

The GROWS Method
Andy Hunt, Pragmatic Bookshelf, and the GROWS Method Institute

It’s time for a practical, pragmatic, real-world take on software development and programming. The GROWS™ Method goes beyond one-size-fits-all rules, mis-applied “agile” and rigid adherence to previous “best practices” that may no longer apply. GROWS embraces a growth skills model, an empirical approach to process adoption and technical solutions, organizational inclusiveness, and features Tracer-Bullet Development to minimize risk.
Join Andy Hunt, author and co-author of nine books including _The Pragmatic Programmer_, one of the 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto and co-founder of The Pragmatic Bookshelf publishers, for this exciting look at a better way to develop software, people, and organizations.

Cloud Architecture
Buck Hodges, Director of Engineering, Microsoft Visual Studio Online

Microservices Frameworks & Tools
Burr Stutter, Product Management Director, Red Hat

You’ve been hearing about Microservices for months, and probably have taken a look about 12-factor and cloud-native apps too. But there’s a myriad of different frameworks and tools that you can use to craft your software and join the pieces together into a Microservices Architecture. You want to use the best tool for the job, and you need a hassle-free DevOps pipeline to orchestrate and deploy all of them.

Burr Sutter is responsible for Red Hat’s developer experience. Burr is currently an Oracle Java Champion, and was previously president of the Atlanta Java Users Group and founder of the DevNexus conference. Burr has spoken at numerous developer events from Bangalore to Brussels and from Berlin to Beijing, covering most parts in-between.

Paul Preiss, CEO, Iasa Global

A Cloud Architecture Strategy for the Enterprise
by Alex Seidita, Chief Technology Architect, MetLife

Alex is responsible for driving architectural principles, technology standards, architectural roadmaps, reference architectures, prescribed technology stacks, emerging technologies & vendors, and architectural governance for the company, globally. He also provides business and product technology consulting and drives global platform strategy – including technology foundation, service oriented architecture, and platform/technology rationalization.

Alex has over 25 years of IT experience in a variety of technical leadership roles. He has worked and led teams in multiple industries, including telecommunications (terrestrial, cellular & satellite), financial services, military avionics, retail, and insurance, and he has held leadership roles at such companies as Citibank, The Home Depot, First Data and others in IT infrastructure, IT architecture, software engineering, IT services, data warehousing and business intelligence.

The Art of Influence
Jeff Scott, President, Business Innovation Partners

The ability to influence others is the number one key to personal and professional success. Nowhere is this more important than in large, complex organizations where leaders at all levels must bring together people with a variety of perspectives, values, and goals to create a common solution. Too often, managers rely on positional authority, process, and governance to drive support and non-management staff vastly underestimates the amount of influence they have. Whether you are an architect or the CEO, influence is the key to success. This presentation will explore the challenges of technical and business architects in today’s complex organizations and provide practical approaches to successfully lead from the middle.

Jeff Scott is President of Business Innovation Partners where he consults with Fortune 1000 companies on business architecture practice design and management, organizational change, and strategy development. Jeff is an internationally recognized thought leader in business architecture, strategy execution, and organizational transformation. He frequently speaks, writes, and teaches seminars on these topics.

IT4IT – A Game Changer for the Future of the IT Function
Michael Fulton, President, Americas, CC and C Solutions

Architecting a Universe
by Matt Lyteson and Bret McMillan, Red Hat

Over the past several years, Marvel Studios has methodically and deliberately planned and made films, television shows, and Web properties with a larger vision in mind. Seemingly one-offs movies are actually part of a larger whole. This doesn’t come by accident or with short term planning. In this session, participants will learn key lessons about road mapping, constraints, long-range planning, dependencies, and key principles from the work that Marvel Studios is doing with its franchises.

Matt (Stuempfle) Lyteson is a strategist, thought leader and enterprise architect with nearly 20 years of experience. Throughout his tenure he has led enterprise strategy development, executed large-scale transformation and modernization initiatives, and supported the continual optimization of business adaptability. His experience spans multiple industries serving in roles including Information Technology Director, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Architect to drive business growth and competitive advantage. Matt is a regular speaker at industry conferences and blogger and is committed to advancing business through the innovative use of technology.

API Culture
Greg Ackerman, IBM

Enabling the fully digital enterprise is one of today’s most urgent tasks for organizations, and the rise of enterprise API’s promise to make this transformation easier. How do you determine your API strategy, based on your company strategy and consumer needs, and how can you use API’s to drive a culture of innovation within your enterprise? Come to this session to find out.

Greg Ackerman is a senior software specialist at IBM who specializes in cloud and mobile architecture and applications. He has a broad set of experience in IT and has lived through major architectural transformations from client-server to web, n-tier, web 2.0, SOA, mobile and cloud. Greg has worked with many clients in creating an innovation culture assisted by technology throughout his career, and has a passion for helping businesses transform themselves in the digital economy.

Rethinking EA in the era of Digital Transformation

by Michael Fulton, President, Americas, CC and C Solutions

In today’s world of digital transformation, many organizations are struggling to make Enterprise Architecture (EA) work. Some of the existing frameworks are difficult to implement and do not provide the business agility necessary that is required to succeed with comprehensive digital transformation initiatives. As a result, EA is now at a crossroads. Existing approaches and artifacts aren’t providing sufficient value. Instead, organizations must rethink the role EA plays — and the enterprise architects themselves must think in new ways about how their profession provides value to their organizations.

In this presentation, you will learn
· Key tips to help your CIO see the value of EA

· What needs to be different about EA in a Digital Transformation world

· What you can do today to restart your EA program

Michael Fulton is an experienced enterprise architect with nearly 25 years of IT experience. He is both TOGAF Certified and a Cloud Certified Architect and has led IT4IT Architecture, Cloud Architecture, IT Strategic Planning, Disruptive Cost Innovation, IT Leadership Development, and EA Training Development at Fortune 50 Company. He has also spent time working across the entire IT Lifecycle. Mike is an experienced speaker and trainer, a practiced leadership and strategy coach and mentor and is well known across the industry. He brings a strategic viewpoint and the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.


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