Wednesday, December 5, 2018
8:00 am - 9:00 amContinental Breakfast & Networking
8:00 am - 5:00 pmRegistration Open
9:00 am - 9:15 amWelcome & Opening Remarks
Moderator: Maryfran Johnson, Executive Director of CIO Programs, CIO Events and the CIO Executive Council
9:15 am - 10:15 amDigital Diversity in the Boardroom: The Case For IT Leaders On Corporate Boards
Bob Zukis, Founder and CEO, Digital Directors Network
Only 11% of S&P 500 boards have technology committees today — and fewer than 1% have cybersecurity committees. If the future of business is digital, why aren’t corporate boards expanding their technology expertise? Bob Zukis hopes to answer that question with his pioneering efforts as founder of the new Digital Directors Network. In this opening keynote, he’ll explain how this professional association aims to get qualified technology leaders onto corporate boards to help reshape the boardroom with digital governance at its center.

10:15 am - 10:35 amHow G6 Hospitality Leads Business Transformation through IT Agility
Jessie Burgess, Executive Vice President and CIO, G6 Hospitality, LLC
Aater Suleman, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO, Flux7
A recognized leader in the economy lodging segment for more than 55 years, G6 Hospitality is in the midst of a major transformation of its technology platform that aims to keep its competitive edge while building on the iconic heritage of its Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands. Under its newly defined IT strategy, G6 is modernizing legacy applications and creating an agile IT platform that combines cloud, microservices, automation and DevOps to rapidly respond and adapt to the changing needs of customers and the market. In this session, G6 CIO Jessie Burgess will share lessons learned from the company’s ongoing transformation as he talks about how agile IT is serving as a strategic lever to create a people-centered culture, enable faster decision-making and leverage cloud technologies. Jessie will be joined by CEO Aater Suleman of Flux7, a DevOps and cloud integrator partner who will share a practical and actionable framework for defining a scalable IT platform and creating an agile enterprise.

10:35 am - 11:05 amRefreshment & Networking Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm10 Leadership Lessons in Disruptive Innovation and Digital Strategy
Maryfran Johnson, Executive Director of CIO Programs, CIO Events and the CIO Executive Council
With the digitization of the global economy rapidly under way today, the technologies that once ran your business are likely to *be* your business in the not-so-distant future. In this emerging world of work, data is transformed into a profit-generating product or service. Customer engagement no longer ‘belongs’ to marketing but to everyone. And disruptive, innovative ideas leap over the boundaries of R&D labs and multiply across business units. All of this underscores the deeply collaborative, team-sport nature of successful digital transformation. At the eye of this storm of opportunities and risks is the Chief Information Officer, whose role is equal parts navigator, entrepreneur and disruptor. In this session, CIO’s Maryfran Johnson will share 10 lessons learned by innovative technology leaders across multiple industries, followed by a workshop discussion around the challenges your own IT organization is confronting today.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch with Hosted Discussion Tables
  • IT Agility, hosted by Flux7
  • How Will You Tackle the Most Complex Security Threats?, hosted by Kaspersky Lab
  • Turning Shadow IT into Shadow Innovation, hosted by Quick Base
  • Software-Defined WAN, hosted by Silver Peak
  • Automation in the Time of Now: How Do We Prepare for Constant Change?, hosted by Veritas Technologies 
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmThe SecurIT Panel: CIOs and CSOs on Building Cyber Security "Shock Absorbers" into the Enterprise
Marc Crudgington, CISO and SVP, Information Security, Woodforest National Bank
Martin Littmann, Chief Technology Officer and CISO, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Jeffrey Roberts, CIO and Executive Managing Director, HFF
Keith Turpin, CISO and Head, Global Infrastructure Services, Universal Weather and Aviation
Moderator: Ken Piddington, CIO, SGR Energy, Inc.
Day-in-day-out security is a core competency that businesses of all sizes today must master. Those basics of blocking and tackling -- including responding to the daily assault of PII data breaches – are now table stakes in a larger game being redefined by regulatory requirements like GDPR privacy compliance, shared risks within the digital business ecosystem and encroachments by adversarial nation-states. But beyond that, businesses in 2018 must focus on building resiliency into their operations -- the kind of resiliency that allows an enterprise to take a hit and bounce back. Those business disruptions that can shut you down for weeks pose the greatest dangers to your company’s future. In this candid and practical session, we’ll hear from CIOs and CISOs about how they stay on top of the “table stakes” while at the same time building-in the right shock absorbers to keep the business moving forward.
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm IT’s Visionary Role in Shaping the Digital Future of McDermott International
Akash Khurana, VP, CIO and Chief Digital Officer, McDermott International, Inc.
By combining with Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) earlier this year, McDermott International is now a fully integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry. Operating in more than 54 countries, McDermott’s resources include approximately 40,000 employees and engineers, a diversified fleet of specialty marine construction vessels and fabrication facilities. Its multi-faceted approach to digital transformation is being driven by an IT strategy designed to evolve the company’s operational processes, improve customer experiences and open up new revenue streams. “The digital thread is one of the key building blocks of our ‘One McDermott Way’ strategy,” says CIO and Chief Digital Officer Akash Khurana. His technology team recently won a CIO 100 innovation award for its digital transformation work, including the creation of a real-time digital twin for McDermott and customer assets. In this compelling session, Akash will talk about McDermott’s digital roadmap and how he’s driving a visionary digital agenda during the business intensity of a merger.
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmRefreshment & Networking Break
3:45 pm - 4:30pmFireside Chat: How Sysco Corp.’s Agile Transformation Accelerates Customer Value
Wayne Shurts, EVP & CTO, Sysco Corp.
Moderator: Maryfran Johnson, Executive Director of CIO Programs, CIO Events and the CIO Executive Council
As the world’s largest food distribution company, $55 billion Sysco Corp. is counting on an aggressive technology transformation to extend its No. 1 market position in the face of rising transportation costs and hungry competitors. From its massive legacy modernization program and agile transformation work to improvements in supply chain efficiencies, food safety and cost controls, Sysco is deploying digital and enterprise IT solutions "to take the friction out of everything we do with our customers, suppliers and associates,” says CTO Wayne Shurts. In this candid conversation about a transformation-in-motion, Wayne will talk about how Sysco’s business technology organization works with its innovation lab and outside partners to accelerate the delivery of customer value.
4:30 pm - 4:45 pmClosing Remarks
4:45 pm - 5:15 pmCocktail Reception