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November 2018 Edition

Promoting Information Technology Growth








TASTE of IT Conference The Competitive Environment


Technology Party of 300, Your Table is Ready!


2018 TASTE of IT Keynotes

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Upcoming Events


TASTE of IT Agenda


TASTE of IT Exhibitors

10 TASTE of IT Breakout Sessions 14 IT Leader Spotlight

Welcome New Members!


Technology Party of 300, Your Table is Ready! By: Scott McCollum, Chief Information Officer, Sinclair Community College Plato said that “knowledge is the food of the soul”. If that’s true, then Technology First’s Taste of IT conference is one of the best technology soul food buffets in the region. The conference that is in its 12th year provides a menu of topics for information technology professionals of every level and across all industries. For this one day event, Sinclair College’s Ponitz Center becomes the restaurant where Dayton area IT professionals feast on samplings from 20 individual presentations and 2 keynote presentations as well as find out what’s cooking at the vendor exposition. The appetizer for this year’s event is the morning keynote presented by Zach Huhn, Chief Executive Officer of Venture Smarter, a Cincinnati-based organization that helps build smart cities and connected communities. Zach is also the Chairman of the Smart Regions Initiatives and he will present “Ingredients of a Smart City”. This presentation will highlight the use of technology to promote connectivity and mobility for the purpose of creating better places to live, work, and visit and will whet everyone’s appetites for the day to come. Following the morning keynote, you better have loosened your belt, because the entrées are sure to provide your fill of topics. From hyperconverged to hybrid-cloud and cyber security to robotic process automation these speaker sessions live up to the name of the conference by providing something for every taste. Attendees have the ability to choose from 20 different presentations that are offered in 5 time slots throughout the morning and afternoon. In between the speaker sessions attendees are able to snack on connections with various IT vendors at their booths to find out more about their products and services. Many well established companies are in attendance as well as startups and there are plenty of opportunities to find out more about a company or product that you’ve already heard of or even to find a solution to a problem from a provider that you didn’t even know existed. At lunch time, actual lunch (no double meaning this time) will be served followed by our mid-day keynote presented by David Cearley with Gartner. David is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and will present on “The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019”. These trends have significant disruptive potential and set the stage for innovation over the next five years. Companies that don’t pay attention to these trends and adjust appropriately risk losing competitive advantage to those that do. So we hope everyone came hungry and doesn’t forget to eat their veggies (that’s code for attending a session that is good for you to attend, even though there is another one that sounds fun). We hope you also left room for dessert because the Technology First staff did a great job of providing end of day festivities to make staying until the end well worth it including refreshments and a door prize drawing.


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Ingredients of a Smart City Zack Huhn is the Chief Executive Officer of Venture Smarter and Chairman of the Smart Regions Initiatives. His efforts have earned him recognition as a top 50 and top 51 global leader in smart cities two years in a row. Zack is active in standards development efforts within NIST and IEEE, policy development efforts in the United States Congress, and market development in cities and regions across the country. Zack is dedicated to accelerating the implementation of smart technologies, policies, and strategies that create better places to live, work, and visit. He underscores the importance of ensuring that everyone has equal access to the new opportunities created, not just those that can afford it. From defeating the digital divide to combatting the heroin and opioid epidemic, Zack has been consistent in delivering a message that 'smart solutions' are about a lot more than shared mobility and automation.  In Washington DC, Zack helped stand up the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus where the focus is to empower communities of all sizes to realize smart city success stories. At home, Zack helped to form 'Smart Cincy', which was the first Regional Smart Cities Initiative in the United States. This year, the Smart Regions effort, modeled after lessons learned from Smart Cincy, scaled nationally with the launch of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge. Regions from across the country submitted 80 project proposals competing for access to more than $50 million in project financing, funding, and other support resources. The teams include multi-jurisdictional collaborators throughout urban, suburban, and rural cores. Projects fit within at least one of four categories: smart and connected development, smarter and safer streets, critical infrastructure, and next-generation infrastructure. Teams will be presenting their projects at the Second Annual Smart Regions Conference on October 25th and 26th in Columbus, OH.

Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Zack Huhn Chief Executive Officer of Venture Smarter and Chairman of the Smart Regions Initiatives

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019 Areas of Coverage: Emerging Trends & Technologies, Roles and Responsibilities David Cearley is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and is a leading authority on information technology. As a member of Gartner Research, Mr. Cearley analyzes emerging and strategic business and technology trends and explores how these trends shape the way individuals and companies derive value from technology. As a member of the Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation research group, he focuses on cloud computing, emerging and strategic technology trends, and how enterprises establish technology innovation programs. Background: Previous Experience - Mr. Cearley's expertise spans software architectures and standards, component software models, application design, the internet, business-IT alignment, and the IT services market. He has worked with a wide range of end-user and vendor organizations assisting in strategy creation, technology selection, implementation planning and organizational development. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Cearley held various senior-level research positions at Meta Group. Before that, he was vice president of R&D for Revelation Technologies, served as program director at Gartner Group, and held various managerial/director-level positions at Innovative Software and Informix. Professional Background: Informix, Director, Product Management, 8 years • Meta Group, Senior Vice President & Principal Analyst, 12 years • Revelation Technologies, Vice President, Research & Development, 2 years Education: B.S., Finance and Economics, Rockhurst University Industry Awards/Accolades: Gartner Fellow

Lunch Keynote Speaker

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The Competitive Environment By: RSM US LLP

Without technology investments, remaining viable will be difficult. For all their benefits, supply chain tracking and monitoring, blockchain, artificial intelligence and the internet of things technologies are currently the least used in the middle market, according to the 2018 RSM survey of CFOs on digital transformation. Only one in four executives participating in the survey claims to be leading their competitors when it comes to implementing digital technology. Notably, most company executives (94 percent) participating in the digital transformation survey claim to have a “digital road map,” that is, a detailed, operational plan that describes how digital strategy will take shape. Yet when asked if they have a strategy to achieve specific goals or objectives in place, less than half (48 percent) had a fully developed plan. But tech priorities may be gaining more importance. As research firm Gartner notes, spending on application and infrastructure software is expected to continue to rise through 2019. In addition, among the participants in the RSM MMBI survey who . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . prioritize increasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Where Organizations Plan to Increase Capital Investments (N=145) capex, three of the top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Purchase computer five areas for investment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hardware are tech-related: Upgrade machinery or equipment

Purchase machinery or “IT is not about just . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . equipment maintaining servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upgrade existing computer anymore,” says Bill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . software Acquire new computer Kracunas, RSM US’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . software national management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . consulting leader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% “Among other things, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . it’s about aggregating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . data from a number of different sources that can provide visibility into patterns and trends for increased insight into customers, employees and financials.

As Kracunas sees it, companies are using technology to connect with current customers and expand their customer base. They are using enterprise systems to achieve better inventory, production and quality management, as well as improving customer behavior forecasting. Many are implementing performance management and employee self-service systems to give employees a better work experience and insights into their careers.

Trends In Technology Investments Clearly, some company executives see the disruption coming and they are investing accordingly. For all business processes and segments, the vast majority of middle market companies expect future digital spending to increase over the next three years, particularly in operational efficiency, according to the digital transformation survey. In fact, small and medium-size businesses are expected to spend nearly $602 billion in 2018 for IT hardware, software and services, a nearly 5 percent increase over 2017, according to research firm International Data Corporation. Devices such as personal computers and mobile phones make up the largest spending category, followed by spending in applications and enterprise resource management.

Depending on the industry, companies are investing in technology to enhance the customer experience, track buying patterns and even gather biometrics. From businessto-consumer to business-to-business, technology disruption abounds in health care, financial institutions, retailers and other industries:

Cultivating Relationships According to the American Bankers Association, millennials are the fastest-growing customer base and one that is changing the way banks do business (see Profile section on Kansas City-based NBKC Bank). This generation requires digital solutions to manage their money, and banks that offer digital services such as mobile payments, budgeting and wealth management tools are improving their engagement with millennial consumers and other generations. However, many traditional financial institutions are experiencing competition from financial technologies (fintech) such as mobile transaction apps. According to the analytics software company FICO, while fintech use is still somewhat low across the board, younger generations (those aged 18 to 34) are twice as likely to use mobile payments as those over 35, and more likely to start using mobile payments in the next 12 months. To combat fraud and protect customers, a number of retailers and financial institutions are tracking visitors’ physical movements as they use websites and apps. Using sensors on phones or code on websites, the data points—known as behavioral biometrics— are collected and being used to prove that a digital customer actually is who he or she claims to be. Some companies are implementing social media listening initiatives to monitor and enhance engagement and consumer confidence, allowing businesses to collect valuable data that is then integrated into its customer relationship management systems. This helps companies understand customer preferences and be more proactive about potential issues. Manufacturers, retailers and others are also using predictive analytics technology to remain agile and forecast appropriate inventory levels throughout the year to improve their ability to meet client demands.

Creating Opportunities Consumers value streamlined convenience, information, easy comparison shopping and quick transactions once they’re ready to buy. Successful consumer products businesses are providing services such as mobile or online ordering with in-store pickup, easy returns and improved loyalty programs, as well as showroom and online experiences featuring artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Many companies are leveraging big data to mine targeted demographic information, maximize their omnichannel effectiveness, expand their reach with customers and better understand them.

Improving Operations and Engagement Smart health care providers are linking multiple computer systems across the enterprise to exchange collected information. This allows patients’ electronic health records to be entered once but referenced endless times, providing accurate care, quicker service and efficient billing. Some health care providers are also leveraging population health management studies to help prevent or predict community health concerns. Many organizations are leveraging digital technology to increase communication and gather employee feedback. Common strategies include installing video boards to share (continued on page 5)


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office news and current events, creating surveys to gauge employee satisfaction and implementing internal media platforms. For some time now, mobility strategies have altered the traditional work environment, removing the need for the daily commute, the desktop PC and the conventional workweek, and transforming how employees work, when they work and where they work. Mobile tech is arguably the biggest enabler of the digital revolution. The looming disruption is gaining the attention of private equity managers, who are increasingly investing in tech companies. Investment strategies include application software, IT services, hardware, office electronics and consumer electronics, among others. In the first five months of 2018, 16 of the 46 new fund launches, representing $6.7 billion or 30.1 percent of all assets deployed, were PE funds with tech investment strategies, continuing an upward trajectory of such investments. By the third quarter of 2018, there were more middle market funds with technology strategies than in all of 2017. It appears the middle market is using innovation as a way to propel investment returns, and managers are sensing market disruption in their respective ecosystems. With the emergence of artificial intelligence and automation in nearly all industries, PE firms recognize the inevitability that tech will transform business. Technology investments require a commitment over the long term. “It’s not like you can just go flip the switch and you automatically gain the advantages,” says Steve Ems, leader of RSM US’s national business application practice. “It’s an investment of time, dollars and other resources. However, the derived benefits can be substantial.”

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Upcoming Events Register today at:

CIO Council (invitation only) Transition to an Outcome Based IT Organization - 2019 Budget Insights Thursday, December 6th, 11:30 - 1:00 pm Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300 Dayton, Ohio 45417

Data Analytics - Special Interest Group MSTR Predictive Analytics Friday, December 7th; 8:30 - 10:00 am Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300 Dayton, Ohio 45417

Infrastructure/Cloud - Special Interest Group "Penetration Testing" Friday, December 7th; 11:30 - 1:00 pm Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300 Dayton, Ohio 45417

Municipality IT - Special Interest Group “Public-Private Partnerships” Thursday, December 13th; 11:30 – 1:00 pm Spark Fairborn 305 W Main St Fairborn, OH 45324

Annual CIO Forecast Panel (open to all) Thursday, January 17th; 11:00 – 1:00 pm Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300 Dayton, Ohio 45417


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Conference Instructions Conference Mobile Website

As an attendee, using the browser of your choice you can visit on your smartphone or desktop to locate the conference website. If you pre-registered for the event, your email has already been entered into the system, so you just need to login and create a password of your choosing. If you did not pre-register, you can still use the website to get details on the sessions and schedule.

Your Schedule for the Day

Once you are logged in, we encourage you to visit the “expanded” version of the schedule to read through the various sessions available to you. If you find the speaker/topic that you plan to attend in each session, just click the circle next to “Add to my Sched” and this will start to build your agenda for the day.

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For future use, please note that each session has a feedback survey button. Once you have attended the session, we ask that you provide your review of the presentation. The feedback will help the speakers and Technology First build a better conference next year. There is also an evaluation form for the Overall Conference Experience that we hope you will complete at or near the end of the day. We will provide this information to the conference committee for next year’s planning.

Taste of IT Passport! Win prizes and network by using the electronic Taste of IT Passport! To participate, visit To get started, register a new account with your LinkedIn information or create a new account with user name and password. Once you are logged in, visit any vendor’s table in the Exhibit Hall, introduce yourself and make a connection. Before leaving the exhibit table, obtain their 4 Digit Vendor Passport Code and tap the Passport Icon on the HomeScreen. Select the Vendor’s Logo, enter their Passport Code and tap submit. Collect at least 10 Passport Codes to be automatically entered into the Prize Drawing, which will begin at 4:15 PM in the Exhibit Hall. Remember, you must be present to claim a prize, and don’t forget to stick around for the Wrap Up Party!


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BREAKOUT SESSIONS 12th Annual Taste of IT Conference Sinclair College Ponitz Center Hyper-converged Secondary Storage for Backup Dan Zuccarelli, ExaGrid Are you challenged by managing and protecting ever-increasing amounts of data and how to do so at less cost? Discover how ExaGrid’s hyper-converged secondary storage for backup offers an integrated and unique landing zone and its scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, fastest local restores, offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost.

Dayton Regional Cyber Range Tom Skill & David Salisbury, University of Dayton The University of Dayton will discuss various initiatives on campus including progress on the Center for Cybersecurity and Data Intelligence being developed in partnership with Premier Health. This will include the Dayton Regional Cyber Range, on which UD is partnering with Central State University, Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College and Edison Community College.  We will also provide information about relevant UD academic offerings such as Autonomous Systems and Business Analytics.    

Network Innovation in a Post-Copper World Victor Weis, DataYard When DataYard opened for business in 1995, the Internet was transferring data at the rate of 50GB per hour. By the end of 2018, the global network will be used to exchange data at the rate of 56,000 GB per second. The demand for faster and faster data transfer continues to grow exponentially, with no signs of slowing down. Clearly, copper-based technologies, which formed the backbone of all telecommunications networks at the core and at the edge for decades, is no longer capable of keeping up with the needs of Internet users. Victor Weis will discuss ways that DataYard is delivering high-speed connections to meet customer demands for more bandwidth, and how copper point-to-point inter-office connections are quickly being replaced by centrally-managed solutions that offer greater security, flexibility, and features. 

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure for the Enterprise from Datrium Mark Smith, Sr Systems Engineer, Datrium Gone are the days that IT staff want to configure, manage and troubleshoot their infrastructure. IT administrators demand simplicity; they just want to run and protect any workload at any scale – on-prem or in the cloud. Datrium provides a unified hybrid cloud platform for running critical, high performance workloads on-prem with integrated protection and cloud data mobility. Our unique 2-layer architecture addresses the shortcomings of traditional HCI for end-to-end simplicity at enterprise scale.

Powering the Future - A Look into the Power Grid of the Next Decade

principles can have on your team members' motivations can assist you in properly applying these principles in your quest to build software teams that are driven to meet real outcomes for you and your customers.

Introducing Proficient Solutionz; An Injured Worker Cloud Based Software Suite

Introduction to Proficient Solution's modules... EZCase, a cost effective way to manage employee injury leave cases and EZClaimz, a rehab and employment specialist claim submission and reimbursement cloud solution. How a cloud solution can simplify case management whether you're an employer or a provider.

Threat Intelligence—What does every organization need to know around Cyber Threat Intel? Mark French: SVP & Chief Trust Officer, Mimecast, Secure Content Technologies What is a good threat intelligence feed, program or product? The vendor landscape is noisy in this area and IT Teams run lean. How do you separate the hype from the actual value that threat intelligence can bring to a lean security team? In this session, we will demystify what threat intelligence is and how a lean organization can derive actionable value from its consumption.  This session will appeal to all levels of your IT team! Come join us for this valuable session!

Overcoming the Greatest Threat to Your Security Bryan Hogan, Afidence Cybersecurity experts, including the FBI, confirm the biggest weakness in cybersecurity is human error. In fact, IBM revealed in its latest Cyber Security Intelligence Index that 95 percent of all security incidents involve human error. So, how do you combat human error? It starts with training, and we can help you get started. In this session, you will receive a free security awareness training kit with customization instructions that you can use to educate your workforce. This isn’t a simple PowerPoint, but a fully customizable program you can use to minimize the 95% of security incidents that stem from human error.

Danger hiding in plain sight on your network? David Rose, Modern Office Methods Print Security Awareness - many IT professionals are unaware of the risk their printers pose for their business. Our presentation utilizes real world examples to build awareness and drive action to secure their network printers. The presentation focuses on the value and need of security in an office's print environment. HP is presented as a leader in security based on best security practices

SchoolGate Guardian

Description: Is our grid at a growing risk of rolling brownouts and blackouts? Could homes and businesses be the victims of aging infrastructure as well as modern power systems being less reliable than their predecessors? Choices are being made across the power grid between two main factors – sustainability vs. reliability. How are we adapting, as an increasingly energy-dependent world, to the growing need for power generation solutions?

Pat Corino, PERRY proTECH and Konica Minolta

Chris St. Amand, Smart Data When building software teams, we typically consider how many people we need in specific roles and what skills they should have. As projects come and go, teams are built up and torn down as needed, especially in consulting and larger corporate environments.   Agile practices are commonly discussed and practiced in a variety of ways when organizing these teams.  In this talk, Chris St Amand, Director of Delivery for Smart Data, discusses the Agile principles from a perspective of the impact they can have on your team members as unique individuals rather than as developers, analysts, designers, architects or whatever roles that have been assigned to them.  These people come with their own needs and goals, driven by their life experiences and current situations.  Having an understanding of the effect that Agile


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Tina Bustillo CEO/President and Debbie Harden, Principle Consultant for Proficient Information Technologies Inc.( PI-Tech), Proficient Information Technology

Jeff Biggs, Executive Vice President, Data Center Operations for Flexential, Flexential

Agile Principles for Humans


Your schools have the latest in educational technology but in this increasingly dangerous world are you still using outdated methods of signing in guests, tracking visitors, and keeping unwanted and dangerous visitors out. Schools that recognize this problem are turning to our deterrent security solutions for their guest management systems, door barriers, and security cameras for their visitor management solutions. They are turning to "School Gate Guardian" to keep unwanted visitors out.

Win Big with IT Resilience Andrew Gray, Zerto In this presentation we shall discuss a key component of business transformation — the evolution of BC/DR to IT Resilience and how to leverage Zerto to protect, transform and innovate your business. IT Resilience allows you manage both unplanned disruptions, including outages, ransomware attacks, natural disasters as well as the planned disruptions, such as moving to cloud or data center consolidations. With Zerto you can be resilient and ready to accelerate transformation by seamlessly adapting to new technology, while protecting the business and customers from disruptions.



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How to move forward with technologies including SD-Wan and Smart City

Greg Fernandez, RSM By now, you have likely heard of robotic process automation (RPA), but do you know what RPA really is and how your organization can benefit from it by growing your digital workforce? From automating financial processes to automating human resource practices, RPA can transform your everyday business activities. Join Karen Wiltgen and David Cohn to learn more about RPA, how it can transform your organization and the steps you can take to get started with RPA today. Objective: This session will provide participants with an understanding of RPA and common uses to transform your business operations. Areas of emphasis: • What RPA is (and is not) and the impact it is having within the middle market today • The full capabilities of RPA and all of the areas within a business it can improve • Specific ways in which your organization can get started using RPA today with practical examples

Jon Lloyd, Senior Solution Design Engineer at CBTS & John Putnam, Smart Cities Program Manager at Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati Bell Business

Building Blocks of the Modern Data Center

Ed Koehler, Extreme Networks In an industry that’s already defined and continually renewed by innovation, Extreme Network’s recent announcement of Campus Automation is one of the most significant advances in campus networking and even for networking IT overall. For the first time, all of the essential technologies, products, procedures, services, and support are gathered together and integrated under a single, comprehensive envelope that is already yielding notably improved performance, security, and reliability for mission-critical networks across even the largest organizational settings – campuses and beyond.

Many cities struggle with how to approach their Smart City initiatives: What are best practices? How do we fund? Where do we start? What happens if we don’t change and adapt? From Covington to Fairborn, and the recently announced City of Cincinnati Smart Cincy project, Cincinnati Bell has implemented a variety of Smart City initiatives. While each city is different, the process is similar. Build a foundation of fiber and Wi-Fi, then prioritize and implement the Smart City technologies critical to your city’s progress. Is your priority economic development? Or bridging the digital divide? We have myriad solutions to develop the best formula for your city’s current and future growth. Additionally learn what are the factors to consider when choosing the right SD-WAN solution for your enterprise? Let’s explore a working blueprint for the What, How, and Why of migrating to SD-WAN. Please join us to learn how you can make your city a Smart City as well as why SD-WAN is critical to your businesses IT strategy.

Eduardo Molina - Consulting Systems Engineer, End User Computing, RoundTower Technologies The time for data center transformation has arrived! Join RoundTower Principal Architect for EUC, Eduardo Molina as he discusses the building blocks of the modern data center utilizing hyperconverged technologies to simplify server virtualization, data protection, and virtual workspaces. Explore the journey from the scale up 3-tier data center to the cloud-like webscale data center that allows for flexibility, resiliency, and on-demand infrastructure. 

Get your head out of the Clouds! Kevin Lauterbach, Sr. Solutions Architect (Previous CIO), Navisite Cloud computing was first coined in 2006, but many still haven’t adopted the cloud. What is the cloud?  How can cloud support you and your business needs?  What should I consider moving to the cloud?  We will explore these questions through the presenters experiences from past and present positions covering many aspects of computing, from BC/DR, IaaS, DaaS, and PaaS.


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Technology is the Great Equalizer: Transforming the Higher Education Experience through Advanced Technologies Dr. Tonjia Coverdale, Central State University Dr. Tonjia Coverdale is the Vice President/Chief Information Officer at Central State University. Dr. Coverdale will provide insights to the technology landscape in Central State with a higher ed CIO perspective.

Creating an Effective Security Awareness Program Using neuroscience and adult learning techniques to take the knowledge from the conference back to your fellow employees

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Tim O’Connor, Cadre Information Systems This presentation introduces modern offerings in security awareness training and frankly covers both the advantages and pitfalls in implementing such programs.

The Power of a High-Performing Data Analytics Team Matt Coatney & Lewis Myers, Managed Technology Services, LLC It’s no secret that data analytics is a hot topic. But building an effective team for any discipline is tough enough, let alone one where hype often outpaces reality. The speakers give a candid look into building several real data analytics organizations, including the successes, the failures, and the potential pitfalls. They also offer practical guidance on how to get buy-in for data analytics in your own organization.

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IT LEADER SPOTLIGHT Paul Militello, VP of IT, Magnetic Mobile What Does A Good Culture Fit Look Like In Your Organization? How Do You Cultivate It? One key to our company’s culture is that every employee is willing to check their ego at the door. No one is too important or too experienced to do what needs to be done. You’ll always hear us asking each other “How can I help?” This keeps us focused on the team’s success as a whole, rather than trying to outshine each other. As a leader, I encourage this culture by doing my fair share (or more if I can) of the mundane tasks. I take my turn with unglamorous tasks like after hours maintenance and deployments just like everyone else. We also make a point of recognizing everyone’s contributions with public shout-outs and celebrations of team milestones.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? You measure your success not by the products you create or projects you complete, but by your customer’s success using your work to further their initiatives. At Magnetic, and our sister company Marxent, we talk about giving our clients the “white glove treatment.” We strive to make every step of the process easy on the client, from deciding to do the project in the first place…to working with our team on development…to using our products… to measuring the success/effectiveness of our products. We strive to put our customers in a position where they can go to their leadership and say, “Look what I did, see

how our company uses it every day, and check out how it is moving the needle for our business.” It would be very easy to sign a deal, deliver a product, and then walk away. But you’ll have better results if you see yourself as a long-term partner in your customer’s success.

Scott Dennull, Senior Director of IT, AtriCure, Inc. Did You Always Want to Work In IT? IT chose me back in college. I dropped a class my first week of college and picked up Intro to Computers. I was hooked.  I am a very task oriented and naturally think in process flows. IT was a perfect fit for my skillsets.

What business or technology initiatives will be most significant in driving IT investments in your organization in the coming year? Moving the majority of our on premise applications to the AZURE environment.

What has been your greatest career achievement? The creation of Strategy development process for IT. As a midsize leader it is hard to keep a foot in both operations and in strategic direction. I have been able to develop a process and working templets to develop IT, Infrastructure and application strategies. I have had the honor of being able to provide these skills to other IT leaders through various national and international speaking engagements.

Building partnerships for: • cyber research • hands-on education • workforce development Contact Tom Skill, Associate Provost & CIO; 937.229.4307 13

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TECHNOLOGY FIRST BOARD OF DIRECTORS Marcia Albers Executive Director Technology First

Tim Hull Director, Bitstorm Connect Think Patented

Diana Bolden Former CIO Teradata

Andy Lehman CIO & Senior VP Kettering Health Network

Jim Bradley - CHAIR Global IT Vice President Tecomet

Scott McCollum Chief Information Officer Sinclair Community College

Gary Codeluppi Former Regional VP RDX Remote Dba Experts

Monique McGlinch VP, Information Technology & Proj Mgt Office MidMark

Doug Couch Vice President, Information Technology Services Speedway Tim Ewart Technical Director-Air, Space and Cyberspace HQ Air Force Materiel Command, WPAFB


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Taste of IT Conference 11.14.18 Sinclair College Ponitz Center

Technology First would like to thank and recognize its Board of Directors. They provide input into the strategic direction of the organization and actively lead working committees that drive our programs and services

Treg Gilstorf Chief Information Officer Yaskawa Motoman

Dave Mezera President DataYard Paul Moorman Former IT Strategist ND Paper Robin Poffenberger Systems Manager Washington Centerville Public Library

Gary Ginter System Vice President, CIO Premier Health

Shu Schiller Professor and Chair Information Systems and Operations Management Wright State University

Lisa Heckler VP, Information Security & Privacy CareSource

Thomas Skill Associate Provost & CIO University of Dayton

Bryan J. Hogan President / CEO Afidence

Diana Tullio Principal, North America CC&C Americas

John Huelsman Director of Business Support Solutions Hobart Service

Jeff Van Fleet President Lighthouse Technologies

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