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HOUSTON IT SYMPOSIUM

August 11, 2016
The Westin Houston, Memorial City

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Join Us At The 2016 Houston IT Symposium

August 11, 2016

At The Westin Houston, Memorial City

Committee

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Event Committee

Gene Janiszewski

Managing Partner
Paradigm Group Inc

Casey Hall

IT Executive & Partner
Aventine Hill Partners, Inc

Jesse Carrillo

SVP & CIO
Hines

George Crawford

CIO
Catapult Services

Paul Krueger

CIO
Stewart & Stevenson

Honorary Advisors

Twila Day

SIM President/Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal

Steven Carter

CIO
C&J Energy Services, Inc

Troy Matherne

CIO
Frank's International

Dennis Selby

IT Director
Bayou Well Services

Hellmut Ometzberger

Director, Global Data Center Services
Intertek

John Wright

IT Director
MODEC International Inc

Thomas Verly

IT Manager, Americas
EagleBurgmann

Marc Crudgington

CISO, SVP IS
Woodforest National Bank

Norm Hagen

IT Director
Sheridan Production Co, LLC

Dee Singh

Sr IT Director
Weir Oil & Gas

Jerry Longsworth

CIO, VP of SIM Membership
Compugen

Serge Findling

Sr IT & Business Executive
Vice President of Research, IDC ,
CEO & CIO Advisor, Houston Technology Center

Link Alander

Vice Chancellor/CIO
Lone Star College System

Ken Piddington

CIO & Executive Advisor
MRE Consulting

Antonio Marin

VP, IT
Westar Corporation

Stephen Webster

CTO
MRE Consulting

Greg Percival

VP & CIO
Carrizo Oil & Gas

Scott Duplantis

Global IT Director
Conoco Phillips

Randy Lakner

CIO
Oil States International

Luis Oliveira

Sr Project Manager
University of Texas Health Sciences

Wilson Garcia

Global PMO Project Manager
Worley Parsons

Lori Kittle

CIO
Landry's Restaurant Inc

Vikas Parikh

CTO & M&A IT Lead
GE Oil & Gas

Jeffrey Roberts

CIO
HFF

Abhijeet Bhandare

Client CIO
GE Oil & Gas

Genady Vishnevetsky

CISO
Stewart Title Company

Carolyn Lightfoot

CIO
Lee College

Trond Ellefsen

CIO (US & Canada)
Statoil

Lenny Schad

CTO
Houston Independent School District

Beata Kasper

CIO
North Cypress Medical Center

Keith Turpin

CISO
Universal Weather & Aviation

Morten Hansen

SVP, Business Services & CTO
RigNet

Steven Robinson

Director of IT
Irongate Energy Services

Brian Dunn

Head of IT
Cobalt International Energy

Al Garcia

In Transition
Harris County Appraisal District

Jim Bailey

VP & CIO
MODEC International

Nicholas Parrotta

CIO - Distributed Power
GE Power & Water

Allen Wuescher

CIO
Toshiba International

Myra Davis

SVP IS, CIO
Texas Children's Hospital

Katie Niemann

Sr Director of Technology
Houston Zoo

John Varkey

CIO
Direct Energy

Shelly Nixon

VP, IT
Sun & Ski
Join Us At The 2016 Houston IT Symposium

August 11, 2016

At The Westin Houston, Memorial City

Agenda

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7:30am - | Attendee Check-In: The Country Breakfast

Seasons best fruits and berries, Farm fresh scrambled eggs, white cheddar skillet breakfast potatoes, caramelized onions, Crispy smoked bacon & sweet pork sausage, morning baked pastries and breakfast breads, assorted fruit preserves, honey and sweet butter, freshly brewed Starbucks® coffee, assorted Tazo® teas and condiments,  Squeezed orange and cranberry juice.

8:20am - Azalea Ballroom 1,2,3 | Welcome Message

Jesse Carrillo

SVP & CIO
Hines
 
8:30am - Azalea Ballroom 1,2,3 | The Dismissed Dozen

Mark Stone

System CIO
Texas A&M University System

Using the story of a Sudanese refugee boy as the backdrop, this presentation will consider twelve overlooked (or dismissed) traits that are characteristic of truly successful IT leaders. These traits will be pointed out as the story of the refugee boy unfolds. In a completely unique (and non-technical) presentation, the audience will be both inspired and challenged to embrace these overlooked traits of a truly successful IT leader.

9:15am - | Networking Break
9:45am - | Breakout Sessions
9:45am - Cypress | Economics
Moderator

Walter Ulrich

President & CEO
Houston Technology Center

Patrick Jankowski

SVP of Research
Great Houston Partnership

Jim Huntzinger

EVP & Chief Investment Officer
Bank of Oklahoma

Jesse Thompson

Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Office

The panel members will discuss both macro and micro economics of the Houston market and where we are currently in the cycle. This session will help everyone learn the market indicators the can help you make important business decisions in your company.

9:45am - Pecan | Inspire an IT-Led Revolution

Ken Piddington

CIO & Executive Advisor
MRE Consulting

Even successful CIOs are under pressure to meet the steadily increasing demands from the business. Studies have shown that satisfaction among executives regarding IT’s ability to meet key business objectives has been dropping steadily, most notably with respect to revenue-generating objectives such as product creation and entering new markets. The tenure of the CIO is limited. CIOs, both new and existing, need to enact change and they need to do it quickly. It’s not just about transformation; it is about leading a revolution.

It’s time to be ambitious, be excellent or be gone. Join Ken Piddington as he lays out a plan for inspiring an IT-led revolution.

9:45am - Cedar | Strategy Matters. Current Trends in Technology and Why Strategy is More Important than the Parts
sponsored by Pure Storage

Dave Whitlock

Principal 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.

9:45am - Pine | Hyperconvergence: Bring Innovation to the Forefront with Fast, Agile Technology
sponsored by Simplivity

Marcel Guerin

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.

10:30am - | Networking Break
11:00am - | Breakout Sessions
11:00am - Cypress | Changing Workplace Dynamics
Moderator

Gene Janiszewski

Managing Partner
Paradigm Group Inc

Myra Davis

SVP IS, CIO
Texas Children's Hospital

Moritza Day

Managing Partner
Day West & Associates

Alan Cranfill

Corporate Operations
Hines

Shelly Nixon

VP, IT
Sun & Ski

Many companies are finding it difficult to attract and retain employees.  There is a shift in the workforce that seems to be happening.   Many company now have multigenerational workforces with at least 3 generations of employees or more.   Progressive companies are embracing the change and creating work environments that are conducive to this wave.   Traditional companies, that are slow to change, are finding themselves in a position where it is difficult the keep their high performing employees.

11:00am - Pecan | Digital Darwinism - Survival of the Fittest

Trond Ellefsen

Special Advisor
Statoil

The business model for Big companies is at a tipping point driven by new technical and financial realities. Digital disruption and new attacking business models is changing the operating conditions.

From both Financial, regulatory, environmental and a technical standpoint sticking to the past way of operating your business will surly lead to value destruction at best, extinction at worst. New realities requires businesses to take foundational actions to transform their business model that is unprecedented in our industrial history. By 2025 1:5 jobs will be lost to automation.

Demand for speed, transformation, agile, nimble and cost aware has not been Big Oils strongest side for the past 30 years where profit streams in general have been constantly increasing leading to inefficiency and functional ivory towers disconnected from each other.

What is IT’s role in a future where the traditional IT’s bread and butter is just mature commoditized services.

The future of work & smart business

11:00am - Cedar | Rome Can Rise Again: Using Management Techniques on Offshore Projects
sponsored by CenturyLink

John Ellsworth

Chief Financial Officer & CIO
SelecTransportation Resources, LLC

During its prime, the Roman Empire conquered and acquired mass amounts of territory. Like the Romans, many companies today are at the top of their game, command market share, and continue to succeed. But little we do realize that what goes up inevitably must come down; and companies can come crashing down with poorly managed IT projects.

During this presentation, we will walk through a market leader’s rise to power and its fall from one mismanaged offshore project. By applying the same managerial skills it uses in its day to day operations and interactions with its employees, customers and suppliers, it could have saved a substantial amount of time, energy and money and brought the product to market in a shorter period of time.

While business relationships are normally attributed to marketing, sales, operations those same relationship skills that are used by them are just as useful and even more so in some respects to the success of IT projects within an organization. You’ll walk away with a different take on project managing and how you can manage a project like you manage your business

11:00am - Pine | Storage Strategies for Optimizing Your Cloud & Virtual Environment
sponsored by Tintri

Victor Gentry

Sr Systems Engineer
Tintri

Join Victor Gentry with Tintri Systems Engineering for an interactive discussion focused on customer use cases, best practices and technology solutions to optimize your cloud and virtualized environments. We’ll share our perspective from working with customers across industries, such as Autodesk and Green Cloud, to align business needs for consistent performance, scalability, and predictive analytics.

11:45am - The Lone Star Lunch

Texas angus beef and barley soup, Creamy cole slaw with honey mayonnaise dressing, Yukon potato salad with grain mustard, crispy bacon and fresh Chives, Slow roasted beef brisket with whiskey BBQ sauce, Baby back pork ribs with pineapple BBQ glaze, Grilled boneless chicken breast with texas dry rub, lemon pepper Jus and fried onions, Sautéed green beans, Corn and red pepper chow chow, Baked beans with poblano peppers and spanish oregano, Fresh baked sweet jalapeno corn bread, Baked peach cobbler with fresh whipped cream, Texas bourbon pecan pie, Warm Baked Break Rolls with Sweet Butter, Iced tea, Starbucks® coffee and assorted tazo® teas.

12:15pm - Azalea Ballroom 1,2,3 | SIM Houston Community Giveback

Twila Day

SIM President/Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal
 
1:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
1:00pm - Cypress | Managing Through Difficult Times

George Crawford

CIO
Catapult Energy Services

Ken Piddington

CIO
MRE Consulting

Vikas Parikh

CTO & M&A IT Lead
GE Oil & Gas

Hellmut Ometzberger

Director, Global Data Center Services
Intertek

This panel discussion will feature local Executive IT Leaders sharing their experiences in weathering the storm during an economic down turn or business slow down, and positioning your company to take advantage of an upturn.

1:00pm - Pecan | After the Breach: Legal & Technical Issues

Joel Colvin

Cyber Security Expert/Attorney
Colvin Consulting

Long before it actually happens, every organization should prepare for when their networks are breached. Do you even know what you have to do? This session will discuss legal notification requirements and some of the technical solutions that reduce the reporting requirements and protect the firm as well. This is not a discussion intended for lawyers but to familiarize CIOs and staff with the legal issues before their firm lawyers ever get involved.

We will cover:
1)    Factors in deciding to act for litigation or solely for recovery
2)    What kinds of internal investigations are protected from discovery in litigation and more importantly, what kinds are not.
3)    Who can and should do you data forensics
4)    Existing breach notification in Texas, the rest of the United States, and the world.
5)    The trend in breach notification
6)    Non-breach required notifications in Texas.

1:00pm - Cedar | Trends in Data Lifecycle Management and Information Governance
sponsored by EMC

Bryant Bell

Sr Product Marketing Engineer
EMC

How do you purge your data? Are your data management practices in compliance with recordkeeping conventions and with legal standards? A recent survey from Doculabs unearthed some surprising findings about how organizations approach data lifecycle management. This meeting will host a discussion on the survey and discuss the impact on information governance and security, and offers recommendations for how to improve.

1:00pm - Pine | IT process and solutions in an Oilfield Services environment: from meteoritic rise to precipitous fall.

Anthony Bilotto

Director of Corporate Development & Strategy
Covenant Testing Technologies

A former Air Force drone pilot’s experience with successful operations integration.

We will explore the immutable IT lessons from the Air Force’s drone program and their applicability to challenges experienced in the oilfield services environment.  The essential takeaway is centered around success by developing solutions that leverage operations relationships and a thorough understanding of the operations processes and challenges. We will briefly cover success and limitations with systems as they pertain to HSE, quality, asset tracking and the core solutions developed for revenue capture. Issues like the timing of implementation, rate of adoption, and value of the solution from the field to the C-Suite will be viewed through the lens of the growth period and the business downturn.

1:45pm - | Networking Break
2:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
2:00pm - Cypress | The Many Faces of Information Security
Moderator

Joel Colvin

Information Security Expert/Attorney
Colvin Consulting

Keith Turpin

CISO
Universal Weather & Aviation

Gina Biondo

Marketing Compliance Director
Hines

Angela Haun

FBI Special Agent
Houston InfraGard Coordinator

Security is often driven by compliance, whether it is requirements for protecting data or specifying how we must respond when safeguards fail. Each day, more of our customers and partners come to expect assurances that security is a priority and build that into their contracts. New technologies empower our organizations and introduce new risks that need to be understood and managed. Managing all of this, while beating back persistent attackers is not easy, but this panel will help provide actionable advice.

2:00pm - Pecan | Your Digital Maturity: Where Your Organization Needs to Be, Now

Serge Findling

Sr IT & Business Executive
Vice President of Research, IDC ,
CEO & CIO Advisor, Houston Technology Center

A digital revolution is upon us: consider self-driving vehicles, new social retail marketing, or 3-D printing of human organs. But for those of us responsible for enterprise technology, these new opportunities challenge our ability to sustain the existing operations that pay the bills while the creative destruction of innovation emerges.

Only 15% of organizations are well on their way to being a digital transformer, according to IDC’s Digital Transformation (DX) Maturity Model research. The CIO and the IT organization have a critical role to play in accelerating an organization’s digital journey.  With Digital Transformation, change is driven by a leader's ability to manage the three connected disciplines of Innovation, Integration, and Incorporation and lead the digital transformation of their enterprise.

In this session, IDC VP of Research Serge Findling will identify the most impactful areas for IT executives to spend their time on digital transformation. He will provide clarity on what role IT executives should play, and how they can transform their own IT organization to be a more effective partner.

2:00pm - Cedar | How to Create a Connected Workforce Leveraging Simplified Collaboration Solutions
sponsored by Polycom

Ross McElroy

Global Director of Unified Communications & Collaboration
BMC

Ross will share insightful tips for building a business case around implementing collaboration technology within your business.  He will cover how collaboration solutions can dramatically increase your team’s productivity and allow your business to run more efficiently and collaboratively - all while lowering operational costs. By attending this session you will learn:

  • How video and audio conferencing and content-sharing solutions are transforming how we conduct business  -- all while increasing productivity and reducing support costs
  • Factors to consider before implementing collaboration technology especially around how to increase user adoption within your company
  • Approach to take in order to create a workforce that can connect, share and collaborate from any location with anyone.
2:45pm - | Networking Break
2:55pm - Azalea Ballroom 1,2,3 | Keynote Introduction

Casey Hall

IT Executive & Partner
Aventine Hill Partners, Inc
 
3:00pm - Azalea Ballroom 1,2,3 | Conversational Capacity: The Secret To Building Successful Teams That Perform When The Pressure Is On

Craig Weber

Author

Conversational capacity refers to a team’s ability to engage in open, balanced, nondefensive dialogue about difficult subjects and in challenging circumstances. A team with high conversational capacity can perform well, remaining on track even when dealing with their most troublesome issues. This capacity, therefore, isn’t just another aspect of effective teamwork—it defines it.  A team that cannot talk about its most pressing issues isn’t really a team at all.  It’s just a group of people that can’t work together effectively when it counts.

Drawing on respected research in leadership studies, business management, psychology, and neuroscience, Craig’s presentation will show participants how to build healthier, more adaptive teams and working relationships. Eminently practical, the ideas have been tested and refined in a host of tough organizational settings.  They work.
3:45pm - Azalea Ballroom 1,2,3 | Closing Remarks

George Crawford

CIO
Catapult Energy Services
 
3:50pm - 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.

 
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