Registration & Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Plenary Session

“What’s Next: How businesses are driving value from technology” – In order for tech companies to remain competitive, they must be able to discern which technologies will deliver value and when. This panel session, featuring Hu Yoshida, CTO, Hitachi Data Systems, Greg Knieriemen, Chief Technology Strategist, Hitachi Data Systems, and Kathy Golden, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, OEConnection (OEC) will look at how innovations from the mainframe, client-server, mobile cloud and now IoT have evolved to drive business value. They will also explore how next generation technologies including machine learning and artificial intelligence are poised to drive even more innovation and business value.

15 Minute Break

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

“Tech Organizational Health – Defect Metrics and Quality Assurance” – Featuring Joe Yanoska, Executive Director, Head of Technology and Operations at American Greetings Interactive and David Bialek, Manager of Worldwide Quality Assurance Engineering at American Greetings.

“Building a Highly Skilled, Industry-Responsive I.T. Workforce” – Courtney DeOreo, Director, Regional Information Technology Engagement Board, and Sean Gallagher, CIO, NASA Glenn Research Center have formulated a strategy to accelerate this region’s efforts to meet the demand for I.T. talent. Has your company engaged? Have you weighed in on your most pressing talent needs? Attend to weigh in and share your voice.


Tech Talk Roundtables

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Edward Marx, Cleveland Clinic, Newly Appointed Chief Information Officer


Concurrent Breakout Sessions

“Cybersecurity Protection and Data Privacy – Future role of CIO and CISO” – Join Robert Eckman, Chief Information Security Officer, MCPc, Jeremy Mio, ‎Security and Research Government Administration - ‎Cuyahoga County, and Carl Hammer, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Truvincio, LLC for this panel forum focused on Big Data opportunities, Cybersecurity challenges and looking around the corner for disruptive technologies that may show up tomorrow. Speakers will highlight current trends, challenges and opportunities in Big Data and Cybersecurity protection, keeping behavioral best practices in mind.

“IoT in the Enterprise, Machine Learning and Predictive Maintenance in Industrial Applications” – IoT has somewhat become a household name with applications within many personal devices. Join Greg Knieriemen, Chief Technology Strategist, Hitachi Data Systems as he discusses the potential IoT has in our local industrial and manufacturing sector with a potentially massive impact on predictive analysis for maintenance, asset optimization, digital twins, etc.

Symposium Reception