Conferences that solve current IT challenges

IT Leadership Strategies

Strategies and techniques for leading and guiding IT through a business approach during dynamic times

March 2, 2017


7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


How do you define IT Leadership? Does it consist of aligning IT with the business? Driving business efforts forward? Increasing quality of IT services? What skills does it take to be an effective IT Leader? How do you lead IT during challenging economic times?

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • Transforming the Culture: How IT Leaders Can Earn a Seat at the Business Table

  • Annual Planning: Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern IT Organization

  • How to Develop a Digital Business Strategic Plan: A CIO’s Imperative (panel discussion)

  • Innovation & The Data Driven Enterprise: How CIOs are Managing Data as the Enterprise’s Most Valuable Asset

  • Speed and Agility: Leveraging Newer Technologies as Game Changers for the Enterprise

  • IT Optimization: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (panel discussion)

Conference Program

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



Transforming the Culture: How IT Leaders Can Help Drive the Business Forward

Peter Logothetis, SVP & Group CIO, Allstate

In this session, a leading CIO will discuss how to evolve the technology role to blur the lines between business and IT. Attendees will learn how to enable IT to be part of the business strategy discussion. Peter will discuss the entire journey including, transforming the IT foundation, transforming the culture, managing talent and building a pipeline of "business technologists" and - earning that seat and delivering business outcomes

Additional areas that will be covered include:

  • Understanding the business & customers
  • The ability to convey the art of the possible to business leaders
  • Committing to business outcomes and delivering. Rinse. Repeat
  • A strong IT foundation that enables the business to move at "market speed"

9:50am -10:20am - Refreshment Break

Van Blarcum


Annual Planning: Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern IT Organization

Eric Van Blarcum, Practice Manager, Rego Consulting

Financial Planning in the rapidly evolving IT organization has never been more necessary. The tools, process, and participant competencies lag behind and are usually driven through Corporate Finance's lens of cost center and general ledger (and Excel). Many times the right technical leadership for IT struggles with the financial demands of the process, leading to suboptimal development, management, and forecasting. Best practice and industry leading concepts around continuous planning seem forever out of reach to you as a CIO.

This presentation will explore how to enable and IT-Centric planning process and some critical foundational improvements necessary to enable the modern IT organization around annual planning and IT financial management, both planning and execution and still delivering the Finance-translated versions in the way they require it.







Evolving the IT Organization: Credibility, Capability and Connectivity

Jason Hinton, Manager, Neudesic
Linda Hartford, Chief Information Officer, Ellucian
David Rettig, Director IT, Nucor Corporation
Vineet Shastri, Chief Information Officer, Western States Envelope & Label
Glen Malan, VP & CIO, Northwest Community Healthcare
and other enterprise IT CIOs/IT Executives

In this session, attendees will learn from CIOs as to how can transform their organization from a reactive service provider to a proactive business partner.

Areas that will be covered:

  • Where to start and steps you can take
  • How to set expectations with your staff
  • How to measure the results of your efforts
  • New initiatives that have been launched

12:00pm - 1:00pm Luncheon



Thriving Through Changes

Yashwini Kamdar, Enterprise IT Professional, TEDx and professional speaker, leadership coach

Changes are constant. Current IT leaders face technology changing at historical pace. Some of the recent policy changes add another dimension. This is the first time multiple generations are working together at work place. One can thrive through changes with fusion of leadership styles.

1:50pm - 2:20pm - Refreshment Break



How to Leverage Disruptive Technologies to Increase Business Productivity

David Chapa, CTO, Elovate

Many organizations are investing in emerging or disruptive technologies for customer engagement, metrics/ROI, marketing, HR, and collaboration, just to name a few. However, the challenge is that many do so without a clear indication as to the strategy and ROI they wish to achieve.

In this session, attendees will be provided with a framework that they can use to make sure they are achieving a solid ROI through their investments.



The Road Through Transformation: Secure and Modernize Applications

Bill Dickenson, Director of Solution Delivery, CAST

Times are changing and so are the way people are thinking about their applications – it’s time to modernize. This discussion explores the key area’s IT leaders must consider within their Transformation process.

Cloud has moved from an interesting idea to a powerful tool to improve IT, yet the typical application landscape remains a black box. “Will my application run in the cloud? What can we do today to prepare for a move tomorrow? How do I estimate the effort? What is platform as a service? Attend this session to explore how to ensure stability for these key characteristics:

  • Platform specifics
  • Structural robustness
  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Architectural compliance







IT Investment ROI: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (panel discussion)

Annur Sumar, CTO, Maetech; Microsoft MVP, Former Vice President of IT D&P
Joe Cannella, CIO, Tempel Steel
Shouvik Dutta, CIO, MJHolding
Michael Lang, Managing Director, Elovate; Former CIO, Honeywell
Jeff Roseman, Director of Infrastructure & Information Security, Wilton Brands LLC
and enterprise IT CIOs/IT Executives

Many IT Executives are stuck in cost-cutting cycles tied only to expense-line trimming rather than business investments and outcomes. This approach limits the business growth since organizations do not fully exploit the use of IT. In this session, attendees will learn strategies for finding the right balance to move the organization forward.

Conference Price: $289.00 per person

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)˛, Inc.


As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.