7:30 AM - 8:30 AM          

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  

Executive Spotlight: Voice, Natural Language, and Digital Assistants: How to Make them Work for the Enterprise and Avoid a Security Nightmare

Description: Voice, natural language UIs, and digital assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana are surging in popularity. Just like mobility in the past decade, these new technologies will bring new opportunities for the enterprise, as well as new security and implementation challenges. In this session,Jack Madden break the hype down into key components and concepts, and then the panel will discuss how to get started, challenges, and opportunities.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM          

General Session: Securing data when everything is connected

Description: As organizations expand their technology reach into such areas as IoT, robotics, machine learning and customer-focused portals that allow even more access to the supply chain, they should also prepare for an increase in security threats that could cripple business operations.  This not only involves using a new tools and techniques to safeguard data and operations, but strengthening collaboration and communications between IT and business, and establishing a cyber risk management culture throughout the organization. This session will provide a best-practice approach to cyber-security protection, as well as offer tips on the best application of budgets, people and training procedures as more people in the organization are called upon as a front-line forced to mitigate risks and revenue losses.

9:50 AM - 11:45 AM

Case Study Presentations

Description: 25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their End User customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM

General Session: How w‍‍‍orking with a services company can bolster transformation efforts

Description: Digital transformation requires potentially deploying a wide range of new technologies and processes into the organization. Yet, most organizations lack the expertise to evaluate, deploy and manage such a wide range of technologies. This session will describe how companies are using service providers to navigate their digital transformation journey.

1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

General Session: Making Sense of Data

Description: Mobile and IoT provide new data sources. Cloud computing , machine learning and deep learning provide new ways of analyzing data. In this session, a practitioner will describe how their company is making sense of the data deluge.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM          

Case Study Presentations

Description: 25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their End User customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

3:15 PM - 6:10 PM          

Meeting Zone for 1:1 Meetings

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM          

Cocktail Reception

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM        

Awards Dinner Celebration & Entertainment

Description: An elegant dinner followed by entertainment and an ET6 awards reception.

June 11-13, 2018 | Loews Ventana Canyon Resort | Tucson, AZ

2018 Agenda‍‍‍

Day 1 - Mon‍‍‍day, June 11, 2018

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM        


4:30 PM - 4:35 PM          

Conference Welcome

Speaker: Philip McKay, CEO, nGage Events

4:35 PM - 5:00 PM  

Conference Chair Opening Remarks: Innovating in a Mobile-Cloud World

Speaker:  Conference Chair, Maribel Lopez, Founder of Lopez Research LLC

Description:  Connected devices, cloud computing and analytics using tools such as machine learning are changing how we build and operate enterprise applications and business processes. This session will discuss how leaders are delivering workflow efficiencies and driving new revenue by adopting new technologies.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Keynote Presentation: Designing the digital workspace of the future

Description: Mobile and cloud computing provides an opportunity to change how work gets done. To get the most from these technologies,  companies need to build a contextual, and secure digital workspace strategy. This session will provide a vision on the best ways to create a secure yet highly usable digital workspace that allows employees to work anywhere on their device of choice.

5:40 PM - 6:20 PM

Keynote Presentation: Moving Beyond the Firewall: The Next Frontier of IT Leadership

Speaker: Ken Piddington, CIO, ‍‍‍MRE Consulting

Description: Even successful IT executives and managers are under pressure to meet the steadily increasing demands from the business. The perception of IT’s value is declining, the pace of change is faster than ever, and time is of the essence for IT to take a stand and demonstrate how technology can change the course for an organization’s success or failure. Business technology leaders – on any level in IT management – can change how they impact and create value for their organizations.J

Join us for this session to hear how organizations need their business technology leaders to influence and lead across the organization -- and move from traditional back-office IT to provide unique streams of value on the other side of the firewall.

6:20 PM - 6:50 PM          

General Session Keynote: Collaborating in a modern age

Description: Companies have numerous messaging, document storage and web collaboration tools. How do you move from complexity to seamless collaboration? How do you seamlessly collaborate across the globe and across company boundaries? This session will discuss the most efficient way to structure information access and collaboration in a mobile-cloud world.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM          

Welcome Reception & Dinner

An elegant networking reception and dinner for all designed to foster interaction and build relationships.

Day 2  ‍‍‍- Tuesday, June 12, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM    

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

General Session Panel: Developing an Agile IT Organization: Concepts, Culture and Concerns

Description: While many people may think of Agile as a methodology, it is actually a procedural and cultural movement that is impacting IT organizations looking to shift from traditional ‘waterfall’ project management and approaches.  If done correctly, it can result in faster and leaner development cycles, as well as more efficient production of products on the business side. There are challenges, however, including legacy roadblocks, resistance from IT staff, and concerns by business stakeholders on the impact of adoption. There are also issues of credibility and trust, as IT shifts from the status quo. Panelists in this session will discuss best practice approaches, as well as outline what works and what may not within the IT organization.

8:50 AM - 9:40 AM

General Session Panel: Evolution of Modern Operating System: How will this Impact Application Development, User Experience, Device Strategy and Security?

Moderator: Eric Klein, Director, Enterprise Mobility and Connected Devices,VDC Research

Description: The largest technology companies that control the interfaces of our favorite devices are working on products to future-proof their platforms' flexibility and value to both consumers and businesses. Most of Apple, Google, and Microsoft's customers use products from all of these companies―but, going forward, organizations must prepare for how the evolution of modern operating systems (OSes) will impact their application development, user experiences, and device strategy, management and security. The OS strategies of these vendors will ultimately require organizations to rethink how to best service their workforce with modern devices and applications as new more efficient methods to consume content and applications emerge. This session will discuss the following: OS trends, and how the strategies that Apple, Google and Microsoft are pursuing will impact the IT ecosystem; how quickly it may impact organizations that have made extensive investments in these vendor’s products; how to prepare for the imminent changes in the way in which our workforce will interact with devices.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM        

Case Study Presentations

Description: 25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their End User customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fireside Chat: B‍‍‍uilding Customized Apps in the Cloud

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM          

General Session Keynote: AI in the Enterprise: Finding Quick Wins and Avoiding Speed Bumps

Speaker: Isaac Sacolick, Consultant, CIO, Author, StarCIO

Description: While technology companies have made significant progress over the last few years experimenting with AI and bringing related capabilities to market, AI is still in early adoption phases at many enterprises. The panel will focus on how to get started with AI, where to find appropriate business opportunities to apply AI solutions, how to find AI partners and talent, and steps to take to avoid early missteps.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM          

General Session CEO Panel: Building a Digital Transformation Roadmap

Description: Mobile, cloud computing and new analytics technologies have changed the enterprise IT landscape. Every year CIOs are faced with new technology choices, new vendors and varying budgets. This session will discuss how leading CIOs are approaching digital transformation. For example, what are the best practices for introducing new technologies in the organization? How far and how fast should you embrace cloud computing services? What's working in analytics and what's the real state of AI in the enterprise?

3:15 PM - 6:10 PM          

Meeting Zone for 1:1 Meetings

6:10 PM - 7:00 PM


7:00 PM - 9:30 PM          

Networking Reception, Dinner, & Casino Night

A cocktail networking reception, dinner, and casino games designed to foster interaction and build relationships.

Day ‍‍‍3  - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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