October 6, 2016
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For more than 30 years, the Indianapolis Chapter of SIM has been the meeting place for CIOs, senior IT executives, academicians, and senior business execs who play key roles in the use of IT in their organizations.

Indianapolis SIM offers a collaborative exploration of best practices, trends and lessons learned for those who shape and influence the management and use of information technology.

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Join Us At The 2016 Indiana IT Symposium

October 6, 2016

At The Indiana Convention Center


The hard working people responsible for making this event happen.

Forrest Adam


Debbie Babcock

Sr IT Project Manager
Indianapolis Public Schools

Bart Barnes

IT Manager
F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company

Michael Barnett

VP IT Americas
Zimmer Biomet

Stan Boultinghouse

BMW Constructors Inc

Jerrod Carter

Wheaton World Wide Moving

Scott Caudill

VP of IT, Business Transformation and Global Solution Delivery
Zimmer Biomet

Bart Chambers

FinishMaster, Inc

Richard Cherry

Defender Direct

Jason Colclasure

Manager - IT, MD IT Product Delivery
Eli Lilly & Company

Mike Collier

AES US Services

Chris Dawson

Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis

Jeff Dodson


Robert Ellison

Information Technology Executive
Teradata Corporation

Joel Gibbons

Director of IT & Compliance Officer
National FFA Organization

Joe Hand

Sr Practice Leader Global Managed Services
Interactive Intelligence Corporation

Mike Hineline

Indiana Public Retirement System INPRS

Jim Hutchins

T2 Systems

Ina Kamenz

Former SVP & CIO
Eli Lilly & Co

John Kamin

Old National Bank

Glenn Keller

Closure Systems International

Don Kellner


Eddie Kendrick

Director of Business Services & IT Operations
Allison Transmission Inc.

Gary Kern


Kevin King

VP of Enterprise Technology
Angie's List

Brian Kovacs


Jamie Lee

Wabash National

Warren Lenard

VP, Technology & Operations
Finish Line

Rick Mahoney

VP of IT
Pension Fund of the Christian Church

Jeff Maze


Bill McConnell

SVP, Indiana University Health
Indiana University Health

Joe Meadors

Vice President, Information Services
Harrison College

Chris Mickens

Indiana State Department of Health

Joe Miller


Scot Montgomery

Executive Director, IT PMO

Lonnie Nicholson

Kimball International Inc

Edwina Payne

Former VP & CIO
Sealed Air Corporation

Paul Quinn

Duke Realty Corp

Jane C Richardson

IT Strategy and Optimization Leader
Cummins Inc

Kimberle Seale

Executive Director, IT Strategy & Business Operations

Amy Shackle

Sr Software Delivery Manager
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis

Dave Sherman

CIO & Principal

Jonathan Skilling

Business Relationship Manager
Allison Transmission

Ray Stanley

Marian University

Nikhil Sud

VP, Strategic Programs

Curtis E Taylor

VP Technical Services
Wabash Valley Power Association

Ron Thieme PhD

Chief Knowledge & Information Officer
Community Health Network

Deborah Wesley

Global Director of IT

Darrell Williams

Director of IT
Katz, Sapper & Miller

Judd Williams


Peter Williams

Butler University

Adrienne Wright

VP, Technology
Emmis Communications
Join Us At The 2016 Indiana IT Symposium

October 6, 2016

At The Indiana Convention Center


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

Hoosier Sunrise Breakfast Buffet:  Seasonal fresh fruit and berries, freshly baked pastries, muffins and croissants, low fat fruit yogurts with locally made granola, assorted bagels, whipped cream cheese, assorted individual cereals with milk, farm fresh scrambled eggs, aged cheddar and fresh herbs, breakfast potatoes, smoked pork bacon, country link sausage, assorted fruit juices, ice water, freshly brewed coffee, herbal teas with sliced lemon

8:20am - Wabash Ballroom | Welcome Message

Jerrod Carter

Wheaton World Wide Moving
8:30am - Wabash Ballroom | The Power of Choice-Based Leadership: Why Choosing Change Makes ALL The Difference

Robert Tipton

Chief Transformation Accelerator
Change Management Pro

There’s a common misconception in business today: that organizational change happens through education and performance management systems. In other words, if we give people enough facts, and use the right mix of carrots and sticks to get them to perform, change happens.

And, that’s completely backward.

It’s also one of the chief reasons why, in my experience, more than 2/3rds of “typical” change efforts fail. One of my favorite sayings is this: “The way we approach change is critical to how hard (or not) and how successful (or not) change will be...”
Change can leverage our desires instead of our fears, our choices instead of our insecurities, our strengths instead of our shortcomings. And when this happens, change—while in many cases remaining a challenge—becomes something “other than hard,” and something where success can be normal and expected.

This keynote inspires a mind reboot, a shift toward helping the people around you to CHOOSE change. Here are some remarkable benefits we’ll quantify and that you’ll experience first hand in the session:

1. Engagement is driven by a sense of trusted appreciation
2. Authentically-engaged employees do “whatever it takes” to assure change happens
3. High-trust relationships reduce costs and shorten timeframes associated with change

Here’s the bottom line: change is an emotional decision, not an intellectual one, and CHOOSING change makes ALL
the difference.


1. There’s no such thing as organizational change - the people in organizations change, one at a time. If we get the right people, in the right roles, at the right time, in the right sequence to change together, then it feels like the organization itself is changing.
2. There’s a PROFOUND difference between change done to us versus change done through us.
3. Accelerating three kinds of trust (a. I am trusted; b. I trust the situation and my leaders; and c. we trust each other) drive real, quantifiable business benefits. It’s not just some fluffy notion.
4. Real, sustainable change happens only when we want it. Period.

9:15am - | Networking Break
9:45am - | Breakout Sessions
9:45am - Room 120 | Women in Leadership

Jane C Richardson

IT Strategy & Optimization Leader
Cummins Inc

Ina Kamenz

Former SVP & CIO
Eli Lilly & Company

Adrienne Wright

VP Technology
Emmis Communications

Rebecca Ruselink

VP of IT
Interactive Intelligence

Kimberle Seale

Executive Director, IT Strategy & Business Operations

Our panel will touch on topics such as networking, mentoring, taking risks, navigating challenging personalities, authenticity, building your personal brand, and work/life “balance” versus work/life “integrity.” This session will provide real-world examples of challenges and obstacles that women experience in STEM-related fields, and tools and tips to overcome them and reach your maximum potential.

9:45am - Room 121 | Current Cyber Threats: Shoring Up Your Front Line Defense

Robert Herzog

Special Agent
FBI Indianapolis

Your employees are still your front line of defense against cyber threats. What are they up against and what do they need to know? This session, including time for discussion, will provide a law enforcement perspective on recent Cyber events, lessons learned from recent intrusion investigations, and how to work with law enforcement when the need arises.

9:45am - 122 | The Role of Telehealth in a Value-Based Healthcare Reimbursement Environment
sponsored by Pinnaca/Cisco

Becky Sanders

Director of Operations, Indiana Rural Health Association
Program Director, Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center

Recent developments in reimbursement, including shared savings and pay-for-performance plans have increased incentives for healthcare providers to improve efficiencies using various telehealth services. This session will discuss the financial and quality motivations that are driving providers into telehealth, and provide a solid foundation for providers to explore and implement such expansion. Telehealth is a tool to assist providers and healthcare facilities in moving from a fee-for-service to a value-based-purchasing reimbursement methodology. The session will include an interactive discussion where leaners can ask questions and learn about the free resources available through the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers.

9:45am - Room 123 | Digital Transformation: How Technology is Transforming Every Industry
sponsored by Expedient

Doug Theis

Director of Market Strategy

Doug Theis will share how cloud-based information technology levels the playing field for organizations to streamline operations and uncover unforeseen innovations that can set them apart.

Participants will come away with insight that may lead them to consider new approaches when an opportunity or change event arises, including:

  • Shifting from building to buying IT as a service
  • Positioning IT as a business enabler, not a cost center
  • Creating a multi-cloud and hybrid strategy
9:45am - 124 | Finding a Best Fit BC/DR Solution
sponsored by Zerto

David McSpadden

Systems Administrator
Indiana Members Credit Union

After Indiana Members Credit Union virtualized their environment, they needed a BC/DR strategy that worked in their new environment, provided them with a better RTO than their previous tape back-up solution, and minimized their data loss.  Learn how David McSpadden, Network Administrator at IMCU, accomplishes this and more with Zerto Virtual Replication.

9:45am - 125 | The Road to Hyperconverged Infrastructure
sponsored by Ahead

Mark May

Director Platform Hosting & Storage

Over the course of the last several years, the IT industry has seen a shift in how organizations deploy on-premises infrastructure. We are currently standing at a cusp of the next great revolution where hyperconverged systems become the de-facto standard for datacenter infrastructure. In this session, we'll examine the "build vs. buy" decision facing IT departments and discuss how hyperconverged can be leveraged to deliver business outcomes. 

10:30am - | Networking Break
11:00am - | Breakout Sessions
11:00am - Room 120 | Innovation and Transformation of IT
sponsored by OnX

Bill McConnell

Indiana University Health

Warren Lenard

VP, Technology & Operations
Finish Line

Ron Thieme

Chief Knowledge & Information Officer
Community Health Network

John Lucas

VP Information Technology Officer
Citizens Energy Group

Consumer expectations, digital capabilities, big data, information security requirements and emerging technologies are all creating demands to transform IT. To transform effectively, we need to enable innovation within while we also respond effectively and timely to business imperatives. We’ll explore examples of the demands to transform as well as examples of innovations IT leaders can sponsor and support. We’ll also explore ways to applaud successes and learn from the inevitable failures that are inherent with innovation.

11:00am - Room 121 | IT & General Counsel: Not Islands Unto Themselves

Lisa Berry-Tayman

Sr Privacy & Information Governance Advisor
IDT911 Consulting

Many IT professionals see the legal team as an obstacle to getting things done.  In reality, they can be a huge ally.  They are worried about many of the same issues, but from a different perspective.  Plus they have huge, if not unlimited budgets and a direct line of communication to the CEO to break roadblocks and resolve issues.  This session will help you understand the mindset and objectives of your legal team and how, with a little preparation, you can enlist their support in accomplishing your common goals.

11:00am - Room 122 | Being All Things to All users: or how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Alternative Support
sponsored by 180 Solutions

Jason Price

Business Operations

Jared Shull

Business Operations

Our story of how a 2 person support staff strove to provide all-encompassing tech coverage for over 600 end-users scattered across the nation without adding staff or inordinate costs.  By utilizing outside services, new support software, and creative labor practices, we were able to cut IT costs dramatically, improve automation and record keeping, and change our praxis from reactive to proactive.  This is a tale of how a department straddling between the small business and big business world learned to provide a depth and breadth of support mirroring larger support staffs.

11:00am - Room 123 | Realtime Attack & Defense Demonstration
sponsored by Pondurance

Dustin Hutchison


Lewie Wilkinson

Sr Security Analyst

Curtis Brazzell

Managing Consultant

The Pondurance team will show you a live demonstration of an external attack and a look behind the scenes at breach detection and network monitoring.  The group will also discuss the compliance ramifications and the various tools that attackers and defenders use.

11:00am - Room 124 | Making the Leap to Hyperconverged Infrastructure
sponsored by Nutanix

Steve Bunch

Server & Storage Manager
Wabash National Corporation

A customers story about their migration from a complex IT environment to a simple Hyperconverged Infrastructure. We will walk through the lessons learned, the benefits of the migration, and how this transition to HCI allowed IT resources to focus on business initiatives.

11:00am - Room 125 | Interoperability – What it is and what it ain’t
sponsored by Online Tech

Chuck Christian

VP of Technology & Engagement
Indiana Health Information Exchange

Interoperability, as it related to healthcare, has been defined and discussed in variety of manners, we’ll explore these and a few others as well as how this related to organizations outside of healthcare.  There is lots that healthcare can learn for the other industry sectors on the topic of interoperability.  The topic provides an opportunity for a discussion more than a presentation.

11:45am - Hot Lunch Buffet Served

Customer Savor Indiana Lunch Buffet:  Garden salad with creamy ranch and vinaigrette dressings, garden harvest vegetable crudités, crisp seasonal vegetables, five grain salad with Indian husk corn, pine nuts, dried fruits and fresh herbs, tossed in citrus vinaigrette, slow roasted pulled pork simmered in Sun King beer BBQ sauce, grilled chicken breast with Hoosier Husk corn succotash, butter roasted sweet potatoes, freshly baked rolls and butter, fruit cobblers, Wick’s famous sugar cream pie, freshly brewed coffee, ice water, herbal tea and unsweetened iced tea with sliced lemons

12:40pm - Wabash Ballroom | Keynote Introduction

Teresa Conroy-Roth

Past President
12:45pm - Wabash Ballroom | Social Media Threat Vectors, What's the Evolving Risk?

Gary Bahadur

Cybersecurity Lead, Sr Director
FTI Consulting

What are the risks of using Social Media Securely today?

Social media has provided a new threat vector to the the company and to customer data. Understanding the challenge this poses has been overlooked by most companies. How does a company protect themselves from inappropriate social media usage by employees, either through malicious intent or simple mistakes? How is true risk and new threats identified in social media? New understanding has to be developed to provide structured methods for dealing with social media, for educating employees and for monitoring and maintaining a positive social media presence and protect company data.

1:30pm - | Networking Break
2:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
2:00pm - Room 120 | Attracting & Retaining Top IT Talent

Teresa Conroy-Roth

Past President

Mellissa Boggs

SVP, Human Capital
Kite Realty Group

Brian Cox

Global Talent Management Director
Elanco Animal Health

Jeff Ton

Past VP
SIM Indy

Hear from a panel of talent management experts about the top trends, strategies and real world experiences across multiple industries for recruiting, retaining and engaging top talent to win the talent war.

2:00pm - Room 121 | Surviving Reality: 5 Ways to Drive Success Using Innovation & Collaboration

George Reed

Associate Director

Jessica Sorosky

Jessica Sorosky, LLC

Bringing the Right Solution to the Right Problems at the Right time is what Information technology Projects are all about. In this session we will look at 5 common stumbling blocks that cause projects to fail, as well as collaboration techniques that can mitigate them.

In this hour you will receive an over view Innovation Games and then become a hands-on Practitioner in techniques that will Forever Change how you Deliver.

Together, we will help you build the smartest room and provide best of class technology experiences to your customers

2:00pm - 122 | Navigating a Global ERP Implementation
sponsored by Crowe Horwath

Jeff Young

Haynes International Inc

System implementations are critical events for corporations and proper planning and execution are cornerstones for success.  This discussion will focus on the importance of making the correct decisions in the areas of software selection, infrastructure planning, and partner selection to ensure success.  The project referenced in the discussion has taken five disparate ERP systems into one across multiple countries. 

2:00pm - 123 | Just Because You Always Hear It, Doesn’t Mean It’s True

Gail Farnsley

Senior Executive Partner

Not all approaches to increasing diversity are research-based or effective! This interactive session is intended to help you identify common misunderstandings that surface when people talk about how to increase the participation of women (and other underrepresented groups) in technology. You will learn tips and techniques to help you spot statements that might be "red flags" or a sign that the discussion is headed in a direction that is not research-based.

2:00pm - 124 | Security, Compliancy & Business Demands; Mind The Gap!
sponsored by Cyberian Technologies

Todd Bandauski

Crew Carwash

IT Leaders are facing an ever increasing set of demands, requests and threats. The growing workspace in the cloud, mounting vulnerabilities and the need to protect and contain sensitive information, makeup a changing new set of requirements for the leader in the Information Technology workspace. Take a look at a prioritized approach to help your company face these risks, while obtaining buy-in from fellow business leaders. Real-world techniques and examples will be shared, preparing you to make a stance in your quest for Security and IT Resources.

2:00pm - 125 | Criticality of Email Security
sponsored by ZixCorp

Geoff Bibby

VP of Marketing

The increase in data breaches and the rise in external threats has reminded us of the importance of securing emails. Organizations need to be confident that the millions of emails leaving their network each day are protected where necessary, whether sent from a desktop or from a mobile device. Implementing secure email solutions should increase productivity and mitigate risk without creating employee frustration.

Join security experts from Zix for a discussion on solutions to solve your most pressing secure email challenges.

2:45pm - | Networking Break
3:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
3:00pm - Room 120 | Cybersecurity: Managing the Risk of Social Engineering

Joe Meadors

VP, Information Services
Harrison College

Cory Deeter

Director of Information Security and Compliance
Finish Line

Steve Lodin

Director,CyberSecurity Operations
Sallie Mae

Kevin King

VP of Enterprise Technology
Angie's List

Managing the risk of social engineering is a key element of any cybersecurity plan.  Human carelessness and mistakes are responsible for more data loss than high-tech external attacks.  The panel will lead a discussion of best practices for both local and cloud environments for addressing this important element of cybersecurity.

3:00pm - Room 121 | The Road From the C-Suite to Board Seat

Ron Thieme

Chief Knowledge & Information Officer
Community Health Network

Board rooms across the nation are searching for leaders who understand both business and technology. In an increasingly digital world where companies are scrambling to keep up with changing business models, new sources of value, and the attendant risks that accompany ubiquitous technology, seasoned governance is necessary. Learn why technology executives are uniquely suited to a governance role, and how you can position yourself for board membership.

3:00pm - Room 122 | Achieving Explosive Results By Getting Back To The Basics
sponsored by ServiceNow

Phil Kindrick

ITIL Program Lead
The Cellular Connection

The term “Best Practices” has become a cornerstone of many IT organizations vocabulary. Why is there such a focus on best practices, what value do these bring to the organization and the business partners it supports? Is it possible to double the size the business, reduce the backlog of incidents, significantly reduce resolution times, all while keeping IT operational costs flat simply by applying “best practices”? By getting back to the basics, we were able to achieve all of these wins while increasing the value realized by our business partners with increased stability, reliability, and additional services.

3:00pm - Room 123 | Defending Your Organization against Ransomware
sponsored by LogRhythm

Bob Dirth

Engineering Director

Over the past three years, ransomware has jumped into the spotlight of the cyberthreat landscape. Until recently, most ransomware attacks were simply opportunistic and mostly affected individual users’ or small businesses’ computers. The ransom demands have commonly been the equivalent of just a few hundred dollars for an individual PC.  But now, attackers have set their sights on larger organizations that have bigger budgets to pay bigger ransom demands. They also have more important files and computer systems that are critical to the organizations’ daily operations.  Understanding what happens at each phase of a ransomware attack, and knowing the indicators of compromise (IOCs) to look for, increases the likelihood of being able to successfully defend against—or at least mitigate the effects of-an attack.

3:00pm - Room 124 | Managing Distributed Teams
sponsored by C|Spring

Michael Dowden

Senior Principal Consultant

Keeping employees happy and engaged is extremely important for reducing turnover, increasing productivity, and establishing a strong company culture. Yet many companies struggle with employee engagement, especially when the teams are distributed. Due to the high-demand and short-supply of technology talent, a diverse and distributed workforce is increasingly becoming the norm, yet close collaboration and a shared vision remains essential.

Learn how CSpring uses technology to connect employees, from collaboration to employee engagement.

3:45pm - | Networking Break
3:55pm - Wabash Ballroom | Keynote Introduction

Geoff Endris

Past President
4:00pm - Wabash Ballroom | Last Man Down: A Fireman's Story

Richard Picciotto

Chief & Highest Ranking Firefighter to Survive the WTC Center

In a presentation modeled after his best-selling book, Last Man Down, FDNY Chief Richard Picciotto offers a tribute to the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001. His recount is not one of death and destruction, but a celebration of life and its unpredictable nature. Picciotto offers an eyewitness account of the defining historical event of our lives; his story is that of a man, a hero, and a tragic event that inspired a nation.

4:45pm - Wabash Ballroom | Closing Remarks

Scot Montgomery

Executive Director, IT PMO
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.


What Our Attendees Say.

Customer Testimonails

The Indiana IT Symposium is a perfect mix of networking and education where timely content is delivered by the right people.

Chris Mickens CIO
Indiana State Department of Health
Customer Testimonails

The Symposium is a can’t miss event. The topics are timely and the attendees are willing to share their solutions to their problems. The same problems you are facing now.

Bart Barnes IT Manager
FA Wilhelm Construction
Customer Testimonails

The Indiana IT Symposium is well worth the day out of the office. The connections you make throughout the day may save your company time and money on projects and operations.

Nikhil Sud VP Strategic Programs
Customer Testimonails

Many of us across the IT community are facing the same issues. This is the event where you can connect with people who have developed creative solutions to these issues. Even more importantly, they are happy to share these solutions with you.

Jeff Dodson CIO
Customer Testimonails

The Indiana IT Symposium is one of the best events I attend all year. It is full of insightful and innovative ideas. This event brings together IT leaders in our community and showcase the great things we are doing in technology in Indiana.

Joel Gibbons Director of IT & Compliance Officer
National FFA Organization
Join Us At The 2016 Indiana IT Symposium

October 6, 2016

At The Indiana Convention Center


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