The Future of IT

CIO Think Tank

October 17, 2023 - Dallas, TX

Visionaries & Speakers

Eric Poon
CTO Portfolio Manager
Fortune 500 Company

Think Tank Speaker

Eric Poon is currently in the Office of the CTO at a Fortune 500 company, where he leads the strategic analysis, planning, and project execution for global IT. Prior to that, Eric was the Director of IT Supply Chain and Manufacturing Systems at Peloton and Global IT Manufacturing Infrastructure leader at Tesla. During his tenure with these firms, Eric assisted with the greenfield build of several factories and transformed the global supply chain to deliver the technology needed to support the construction of new manufacturing lines in record time. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Santa Clara University.

Tanweer Surve
CTO Cloud Control Management
Wells Fargo & Company

Think Tank Speaker

Over 20 years of proven track record in IT & Business, executing various leadership roles as Technology CTO (Cloud), Head of Enterprise Architecture & Cloud Technologies, Director of IT Infrastructure Shared Services, Solutions Architect, and Business Development Manager. Constructively contributed to the ever growing analytical and technical Business scenarios conceptualizing, implementing and delivering complex Global IT Digital Transformation Programs across NORTAM, EMEA, LATAM and ASPAC with my Technical and Business Management expertise in Business Architecture, Infrastructure Systems Architecture, Data & Application Architecture and Information Security around Cloud Computing. Strategic and delivery focused Senior Technology Leader with deep subject matter expertise. Build cross functional teams by hiring, mentoring several team members and assisting with developing personnel career-paths. Drives alignment of resources, processes and systems to seamlessly support and advance the business strategy of the organization through technology. Adept at planning, leveraging, researching and implementing technologies and effective IT service delivery models to continuously improve all aspects of business. With experience in diverse lines of business across Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, Telecom & Technology, highly effective in understanding business requirements and translating them to Architectural Design Requirements which helps in resolving complex technical issues during implementation, quickly and effectively.
James Lapalme
VP & GM Identity Business Unit

Think Tank Speaker

James Lapalme is the VP/GM of the Identity business unit at Entrust for past five year. With over 25 years global IT security experience having managed teams in China, France, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Brazil, UK & Singapore. A highly experienced individual in SaaS, cybersecurity, blockchain/Decentralized, Cryptography & Identity. Prior to Entrust, James was at a variety of tier 1 vendors and start-ups, including Irdeto, Leonovus, Nortel & CloudLink.
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All times Central Standard Time (CST)
9:30 AM-10:15 AM

10:15 AM-11:00 AM
Morning Networking

11:00 AM-11:05 AM
Opening Remarks

11:05 AM-11:50 AM
Vision Keynote Panel
Bridging the Gap Between IT and the Business

Bridging the gap between business and technology is not easy and requires discipline and balance between technology, people, and the business. For so many organizations today, technology is the business. Technology needs to be understood as a critical enabler in every part of the organization from the front line to the back office. It creates new value by crunching data to deliver new insights, it spurs innovation, and it disrupts traditional business models.

For business and technology leaders alike, new actions and behavioral changes can help their organizations make this shift. CIOs must take responsibility for problems, they should convey that when technology fails, many people typically share responsibility.

11:50 AM-12:50 PM
Lunch & Disruptor Showcase

12:35 PM-12:50 PM
Lunch & Disruptor Showcase
The Road to an Optimal Zero Trust Strategy

Disappearing perimeter, expanding attack surface, inevitable breaches, and the acceleration of digital transformation pose an increasingly complex challenge for organizations of all sizes. The Zero Trust framework provides a blueprint to secure data and networks in today’s multi-cloud environment, but the path to get there remains fragmented and challenging. 

Join us to discuss

  • Why establishing trusted Phishing Resistant identities across users, devices, apps, and workloads is critical to a strong foundation for an optimal Zero Trust strategy 
  • Use Case Strategies against a Zero Trust Framework
  • How you can build a roadmap to implement an optimal Zero Trust framework for your organization, to protect against threats today and in a Post Quantum (PQ) future 

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12:50 PM-1:15 PM
Digital Transformation

CIOs play a crucial role in driving their organization's digital transformation efforts. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, and CIOs must continue to lead the way to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of customers and employees. This requires a deep understanding of the organization's goals, processes, and IT infrastructure, as well as collaboration with other business leaders. By successfully leading digital transformation, CIOs can position their company for long-term success in a digital world.

1:20 PM-2:05 PM
Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a rapidly growing area that CIOs must keep in mind. CIOs must evaluate the risks and benefits of cloud computing as its adoption continues to grow. While cloud solutions offer benefits like cost savings and flexibility, they also pose data security risks. CIOs must assess their organization's needs and integrate cloud solutions effectively. By managing these risks and benefits, CIOs can fully leverage cloud technology for their organization's success.

2:05 PM-2:25 PM
Networking Break

2:25 PM-3:10 PM
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way organizations operate, by automating processes, providing valuable insights, and enhancing decision-making. However, CIOs must carefully evaluate the use cases for these technologies, manage their implementation and integration, and ensure ethical considerations are met. This includes mitigating issues related to privacy, security, and bias. CIOs must also ensure their teams have the necessary skills and resources to effectively develop, deploy, and maintain AI systems. Overall, while AI and ML offer tremendous potential, their implementation must be approached thoughtfully and responsibly to achieve the desired business outcomes.

3:15 PM-3:50 PM
Fireside Chat
Internet of Things (IoT) integration

As businesses increasingly adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) to optimize operations and improve customer experience, CIOs play a critical role in evaluating the benefits and risks of IoT adoption. They must carefully assess the security risks associated with IoT devices and ensure data security is adequately addressed. Furthermore, CIOs must possess the necessary expertise to effectively integrate IoT devices with existing systems and address issues related to data management, network connectivity, and interoperability. By taking a strategic approach to IoT adoption, CIOs can help their organizations unlock the full potential of this transformative technology while mitigating risks and ensuring data security.

3:50 PM-4:10 PM
Networking Break

4:10 PM-4:55 PM
The Growing Importance of Cybersecurity for CIOs in 2023

In 2023, the threat of cyber attacks continues to grow, making cybersecurity a top priority for CIOs who must take proactive measures to ensure that their organization's information systems and data are secure from potential threats and vulnerabilities. To achieve this, CIOs should implement robust cybersecurity measures such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption technologies to protect against unauthorized access and data breaches. They should also implement access controls to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to sensitive data and systems. Furthermore, CIOs should prioritize cybersecurity awareness and training for employees, regularly conduct security audits and vulnerability assessments, and comply with relevant regulations and standards to maintain the highest level of cybersecurity.

By taking these steps, CIOs can help protect their organization's sensitive data, intellectual property, and reputation from the growing threat of cyber attacks.

4:55 PM-5:00 PM
Closing Remarks & Raffle Giveaway

5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Cocktail Hour