4th Annual


Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Statehouse Convention Center

Community Giveback

The Arkansas IT Symposium has given back over $4,700 in 2015

Dynamic Industry Keynotes

Kai Axford | Director, Officer of the CIO, Optiv Security

Harry Campbell | Author, Get-Real Leadership

Charles Beard | Principal, Forensics, PwC

Interactive Breakout Sessions

Innovation, Leadership, Agility
Enterprise, Architecture, Hybrid Storage
Security, Infrastructure, & More!

Invaluable Networking Opportunities

Network, Connect &
Reconnect with Colleagues

Value & Convenience

Education & Resources
From Your Regional Peers

Executive Level Attendees
Companies Participating
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Join Us At The 4th Annual Arkansas IT Symposium

April 27, 2016

At Statehouse Convention Center

2016 Charity

One of the primary functions of AUTIS is to provide technology grants that support the community and advance the use of Telecommunications and IT in our great state.


Click here to view the hard working people responsible for making this event happen.

Planning Committee

Scott Utley

Arkansas DIS

Lloyd Hartzell

City of Conway

Randy Foshee

Director of IT
City of Little Rock

Wayne Bullington

IT Director
George's Inc

Charles Jarrett

CIO & VP of Tech Services
Murphy USA, Inc

David Glover

Pulaski Technical College

Malvin Mize

VP of Information Security
Stephens, Inc

Honorary Advisors

Rhonda Jorden

Vice Chancellor of IT, CIO

Barbara Sugg

VP of IT
Southwest Power Pool, Inc

Lee Meadows

Arkansas Career Education - Rehab Services

Jon Haslauer

Network Manager

Kendall Layman

Director, World IT
Cobb Vantress, Inc

John Rathje

Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO
University of Arkansas - Little Rock

Kevin Bartholomew

Centennial Bank
Join Us At The 4th Annual Arkansas IT Symposium

April 27, 2016

At Statehouse Convention Center


Click here to view the 2016 Agenda

7:30am - | Attendee Check-In: Breakfast Buffet Served

Fresh Chilled Juices, Coffee and Tea Service, Sliced Seasonal Fruits and Berries, Soft Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar Cheese, House Baked Pastries, Greek Vanilla Yogurt and House Made Granola, Applewood Bacon and Pork Sausage Links, Breakfast Potatoes, Oatmeal with Almonds, Craisins and Brown Sugar

8:20am - Wally Allen Ballroom D | Welcome Message


8:30am - Wally Allen Ballroom D | How I "Pwn" Your Network: A Chat with a Social Engineer

Kai Axford

Director, Office of the CISO
Optiv Security

Do you want to know what the hackers and spies are doing to your infrastructure? Would you like to see how we are able to evade your expensive physical security and gain access to your valuable intellectual property? Stop wondering and ask! In this highly interactive and demonstration rich session, you'll chat with a professional social engineer and facility breach expert, as he discusses what works and what doesn't in protecting the “trade secrets” that gives you a competitive advantage. You’ll hear what makes his job harder....and sometimes easier. Don't miss this rare engagement!

9:15am - | Networking Break
9:45am - | Breakout Sessions
9:45am - Ballroom A | Finding & Retaining IT Talent

Cheryl Courtney

Business Development Manager
GDH Government Services

Lee Meadows

Arkansas Career Education

Kristi McKinnon

HR Director
Department of Information Services

Tommy Tompkins

Executive Account Manager

We are only as good as the talent we have. All of us are challenged to find the qualified talent we need to be successful. The “talent supply chain”, is simply not producing the quantity, diversity and, in some cases, the quality of talent we need. It is time for organizations to get more involved in the supply chain to change the supply of new and renewed talent. Gain insights into the reality of the challenge and how it will grow as a large number of baby boomers are preparing to retire. Understand what opportunities and actions exist to address the challenge. Not only for new people entering the field but also for those currently employed. Learn about how new collaborative efforts among business leaders are working to meet the challenge head on and how you can get involved to solve this broad regional issue.

9:45am - Ballroom B | How Will You Take Advantage of Innovations That Happen Only Once Every Decade?
sponsored by Oracle

Matt Delcambre

Chief Architect Global Oracle Solution Center

While the Cloud revolution is in progress, gaining a clear competitive advantage that provides your organization and customers significant business value with minimum risk will continue to be a strategic goal.  What are your deployment choices?  Which one will allow you to move workload seamlessly and securely from on-premise to the public cloud?  How can you ensure that your business transformation yields a secure information fortress?  This presentation will share how to transform your business addressing these challenges all while achieving significant cost savings and assuring deeply integrated security.

9:45am - Ballroom C | Rise of the All-Flash Enterprise
sponsored by Pure Storage

Damon Green

System Engineer
Pure Storage

For decades, IT departments have struggled under the limitations of their storage suppliers. Shackled by the inherent inefficiency of mechanical disk, organizations are slower, inefficient, and less responsive.

We at Pure say, lay down that rusty old disk and fight for a better future! It is high time the IT industry said NO to slow performance, data center bloat, and adversarial business practices. The time for change has come – time for speed, efficiency, and fairness.

10:30am - | Networking Break
11:00am - | Breakout Sessions
11:00am - Ballroom A | Leading & Managing IT

Barbara Sugg

VP of IT
Southwest Power Pool Inc

Mark Myers

CTO, Director
DIS at State of Arkansas

John Rathje

Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO
University of Arkansas Little Rock

Wayne Bullington

Director of IT

Leadership is about acting with integrity, creating an open culture, having discipline, communicating clearly, and building relationships built on mutual trust and confidence. The core of leadership doesn’t change, but the tools of leadership and techniques for training leaders can.  Join us for a candid discussion on leadership as we discuss:

  • What does it take to be a leader?
  • Who were our mentors?
  • What considerations are made to identify an appropriate succession candidate?
11:00am - Ballroom B | Security in the New Business World: The Challenges of Today's CIO/CISO
sponsored by Info~Tech

Matt Mandich

Director, Innovation & Strategy

The tidal forces of the IT industry and how new security threats are affecting CIOs and CISOs in their missions of protection and moving forward. The role of the CIO and CISO is rapidly converging, where the CIO needs to be security savvy and the CISO needs to be a strong business-minded partner. During this session we will discuss:

  • The “tidal forces” that are affecting every business moving forward from a business and operational perspective.
  • How the “classic security models” are evolving – and how security technology and resource allocation need to evolve with the new models.
  • How the inherent nature of data protection is evolving along with the unavoidable “tidal forces” affecting business operations today.
  • How to start thinking about how to tackle these issues, plan for them, and evolve your security strategy to meet and exceed your expectations.
11:00am - Ballroom C | Hyperconvergence: Bring Innovation to the Forefront with Fast, Agile Technology
sponsored by AOS

Josh Kleen

Solution Architect
SimpliVity Corporation

IT is stuck in a cycle where more than 80% of our time and resources are spent keeping the lights on. Innovation has taken a back seat to the constant needs of managing, protecting and updating our systems, and supporting end users. The problem is that those that don’t innovate, get left behind.

Some IT groups are trying to make their legacy systems work better, while others have looked to the cloud— but there are tradeoffs in control, data ownership and cost. Enter hyperconvergence, and its ability to deliver on the promise of innovative, agile IT.

This session will examine how utilizing a hyperconverged infrastructure can deliver enterprise-class capabilities, with the speed and economics of the cloud. With the ability to bring dramatic data efficiencies, built-in data protection and a single pane of glass to manage it all, hyperconverged systems are able to deliver the performance and protection required to run today’s Tier 1 applications.

11:00am - Ballroom E | The Multi-Generational Workplace: Navigating the Generation Gap

Amy Ware

Director of Career Services
Christian Brothers University

Amanda West, CIA, CISA, CRISC

SVP & Internal Audit Director
First Horizon National Corporation

The variety of generational perspectives that exist in the workplace is evident to all. From differences in communication styles, work ethics, and motivations, each generation brings distinctive characteristics to the office. The millennial generation is no exception. Through this presentation, you will be able to identify key traits related to each generation and find out how colleges are preparing millennials for the workforce.

11:45am - Hot Lunch Buffet Served

Iceberg Wedge Salad, Loaded Potato Salad, Honey Dijon Slaw, Jalapeno Corn Bread, Smokey BBQ Beef Brisket with Brioche Slider Buns, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Southern Fried Catfish with Creole Remoulade, Grilled Corn on the Cob, Seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

12:40pm - Wally Allen Ballroom D | Keynote Introduction


12:45pm - Wally Allen Ballroom D | Get-Real Leadership

Harry Campbell

Get-Real Leadership

Reflecting back to time spent with one of his professional role models, Sam Walton, Harry S. Campbell takes the tenants of servant leadership and infuses them with his own business philosophies developed while working at Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Sprint, as well as smaller private companies. What results is an empowering and fresh approach to managing people and business that Campbell calls Get-Real Leadership.

1:30pm - | Networking Break
2:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
2:00pm - Ballroom A | The Edge of Security - Real Life Scenarios; Real Life Solutions
sponsored by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Mark Case

Enterprise LAN Engineer

Wireless access is the new de-facto means for employee productivity, whether in the enterprise, home or from the road. With this new mindset, old methods of securing the perimeter, are a hindrance to productivity and a nightmare for administration. The multi-vendor environments necessary to provide secure access can also create barriers. Join Mark as he discusses tackling these challenges in the most secure of all environments, the financial services industry.

2:00pm - Ballroom B | Networks for High Performance
sponsored by YellowDog

Adam West

Network Engineer & Technology Coordinator
Dequeen Mena Educational Services Corp

Can you afford to be locked into a vendor’s technology and roadmap? Do you want to control your own future or have it dictated to you? Come and learn how you can make your own future with the help of an open standards technology approach. With the freedom of choice, you can create a data center and campus network that will be leading your organization into the future to support advanced technologies such as SDN, Open Mobility, etc. using the latest procurement models.

2:00pm - Ballroom C | Taming an Unruly Process
sponsored by ServiceNow

Stephen McCarty

Sr Information Analyst
ArcBest Technologies

Have you ever tried to manage a process that runs entirely in email? Come hear a case study in how we took an unruly, email-driven ordering process at ArcBest Technologies and streamlined it using cloud based tools and internal systems. We will discuss why we chose this process, what we did to automate it, how it improved the customer experience, and how it improved the speed of order fulfillment.

2:45pm - | Networking Break
3:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
3:00pm - Ballroom A | IT & Business Alignment

Shannon Sebastian

Sr Account Executive

Rhonda Jorden

Vice Chancellor of IT, CIO

Stan Chapman

Director, IT Enterprise Operations
Southwest Power Pool Inc

Brandy Mitchell

Executive Director, IT Strategy Governance
Arvest Bank

Over the years the following questions have been asked many times but are they being answered? "Are you truly focused on solving business problems and driving business results"? Are you and your team committed to getting to know your business partners better? Have you discussed with them their plans to grow market share and generate revenue? Or are your strategies still focused on an operate and maintain strategy to "keep the lights on"?

Current surveys indicate that meeting business requirements is still a number one issue. This panel presentation will discuss ‘meeting the needs of the business’ and applying strategies to solve business problems.

  • How do you move your IT team from an operational focus to a strategic focus?
  • What strategies do you use to partner with the business to better understand their needs, challenges, and opportunities?
  • What strategies do you use to get the business to view IT as a strategic partner, rather than an order-taker?
  • What strategies do you use to show the business how IT can be an enabler and provide solutions that yield a competitive advantage?
3:00pm - Ballroom B | Accelerating Transformation... With Data
sponsored by Info~Tech

Matt Mandich

Director, Innovation & Strategy

Despite a global IT spend of over $4 Trillion, 67% of CEOs & CIOs are misaligned on how IT should be enabling the business*.. With the dramatic increase in digital technology & the business’s appetite to understand and enable their own innovations through technology, CIOs are challenged with the need to rapidly understand business inputs, stakeholder satisfaction, and assess their own teams internal capabilities. Info-Tech has found too often this is done through ad-hoc and informal processes, making improvement hard to measure, and success impossible to define. A new model is needed to enable the CIO to rapidly make decisions, prove success & analyze challenges with DATA.

In this session Info-Tech will present how CIOs can overcome these challenges, and forge a new data driven approach to rapidly accelerate decision making, as well as measure the benefits of IT with DATA. Info-Tech will share insights from Info-Tech’s 3 year Stakeholder Satisfaction Study & how IT can enable transformation at unparalleled rates.

By the Numbers:

  1. 66% of CEOs don’t understand how to use IT to transform the business.
  2. 84% of IT Organizations score below 80% on IT satisfaction
  3. 43% of CIOs overestimate the size of their next budget.
  4. 78% of CEOs/CIOs are aligned on what IT issues impede innovation BUT are Highly Misaligned on the Business Barriers that Impede Innovation
  5. 72% of business leaders misjudge which services really matter to them

* Info-Techs CEO/CIO Alignment study

3:00pm - Ballroom C | How Do I Plan For A Data Breach
sponsored by Level(3)/ClearPointe

Cecil Pineda

AVP, Technology Security, CISSP, CISM, CIPP
DFW International Airport

How do I Plan for a Data Breach? Organizations often struggle to plan properly (if they even have a plan) to prepare for a data breach. It’s a daunting task. Cecil will share some insights on how organizations plan for a Data Breach.

3:45pm - | Networking Break
3:55pm - Room | Keynote Introduction


4:00pm - Room | Beyond the Hype: Practical Lessons from Cybersecurity Investigations & the Proactive Measures You Can Take to Minimize the Operational Risk of Computer Crime

Charles Beard

Principal, Forensics

PwC Forensics Partner Charles Beard brings practical advice to both Boards and Management teams on the proactive measures they can take TODAY that will minimize the impact of a computer crime events.  Having served as the General Manager of a $500M cyber security business and CIO of a $12B national security company, Charles has witnessed company's go from being the victim to a prospective defendant in computer crimes.  He brings an operators perspective to investigating computer crimes and will provide an insider’s view of investigations and the practical steps Technology executives should be taking to manage the risk and avoid the tragic consequences of being unprepared.

4:45pm - Room | Closing Remarks


4:50pm - Networking Reception

Enjoy this complimentary cocktail reception featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and conversation. Make this an important element of your attendance to the Summit. The ability to network and collaborate with your peers in an open and no-hype environment will prove to provide long lasting value to your key business initiatives moving forward.

Join Us At The 4th Annual Arkansas IT Symposium

April 27, 2016

At Statehouse Convention Center


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