Recap | 2014 IT Summit

Recap | 2014 IT Summit

The 2014 IT Summit, hosted by Mohegan Sun and presented by The Connecticut Technology Council and Xand Corporation, was a successful event that put the cherry on top of a great year. The It Summitballroom, which played host to breakfast, lunch and keynote speakers, was a buzz with conversation, information exchange, and more. IT executives and professionals, keynote speakers, and topic experts made up a crowd of more than 150 attendees.

The event kicked off with a morning discussion on the rapid pace of business change and the radical innovations in technology that have dramatically increased the importance of IT to achieving business goals. The discussion was lead by Tony Pagliarulo, Partner of NewVantage Partners. Following the morning keynote discussion attendees split up and attended smaller panel discussion of their choice. They had the option to choose from the following:

  • Best Practices for Migrating to the Cloud
  • IT Security – Preventing Cyber Attacks – Keeping the Bad Guys Out
  • Enterprise Mobility: How do Companies Stay Ahead in the Mobility Game?
  • Workforce: Where will Our IT Talent Come From?
  • Social/Business – Built in Versus Bolted OnItSUmmit02

Lunch consisted of salad, a variety of wraps, various side dishes, chips, cookies, and plenty of beverages. Attendees enjoyed refreshments while tuning in to the afternoon keynoter, Michael Leckie, RVP of Executive Programs at Gartner. Leckie discussed brain-based collaboration and ways to challenge a relationship without even knowing it. After the afternoon keynoter attendees broke up once more to attend smaller afternoon panel sessions consisting of the following:

  • CIO Panel Discussion – Sustaining a Culture of IT Innovation
  • Insourcing – Two Companies Where the Economics Made Sense
  • Big Data for Small Companies – Two Case Studies

At the conclusion of the event many attendees stuck around to take advantage of valuable networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Thank you again to Mohegan Sun for hosting this beautiful event!

Event Sponsors: Comcast Business, Dell, Digital Realty, Eliassen Group, Fast Switch, iTech, PCS, Robert Half Technology, ServiceNow, Shipman & Goodwin, The Walker Group

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2014 IT Summit Event Details:


  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM – Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Morning Keynoter – Tony Pagliarulo, New Vantage Partner
    The rapid pace of business change and radical innovations in technology have dramatically increased the importance of IT to achieving business goals. In the face of these challenges and in order to seize these opportunities, IT leaders need to transform their organizations or risk being left behind as their businesses evolve without them.
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Early Morning Panel Sessions:

1. Best Practices for Migrating to the Cloud
Cloud technologies are here to stay. Whether it is applications hosted in the cloud, or Platform Services provided in the cloud, every IT executive must have a game plan for success in delivering these solutions to your customers. This panel will offer insights into best practices for migrating to cloud solutions and provide feedback on what works, and pitfalls to avoid.
Moderator: Denoid Tucker, CTO, Xand Corporation
Panelists: David Miner, Sr. Principal Software Engineer, Oracle; Clinton France, CEO, Krystallize Technologies, Mike Pellegrino, former CIO, Sun Products Corporation

2. Baseball Lessons for Business: The Business Benefits from Applying Sabermetrics.
There is a 130% spread in the cost of-to-win rations in baseball over ten years. In business, the sales cost to generate a dollar is even greater. Just as baseball teams used Sabermetrics to increase their odds of winning for a quarter of the payroll of superstar teams, businesses can manage their odds. This session will explore analytic techniques to provide businesses their competitive edge.
Presenter: Bob Suh, CEO, OnCorps, Inc.

3. IT Security – Preventing Cyber Attacks – Keeping the Bad Guys Out
This panel will span the topic of IT Security across two areas. It will offer advice for preventing cyber attacks, followed by what you should do if you suffer a security breach.
Moderator: Christopher Bernard, CIO, Cushman & Wakefield
Panelists: Julie Fitton, CISO, Cloud Services, EMC Corporation; Scott Cowperthwaite, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin; Martin McBride, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

  •  11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Late Morning Panel Sessions:

1. Enterprise Mobility: How do Companies Stay Ahead in the Mobility Game?
Most enterprises have either already or are actively working on deploying mobile strategy. What are the key trends and predictions for 2014-2015? Hear from an industry watcher about what they see ahead.
Presenter: Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem

2. Workforce: Where will Our IT Talent Come From?
Demand for IT talent continues to increase. Specific training and skills will be needed as new platforms, technologies and business expectations emerge. Having talent in house (versus outsourcing) has value and reduces the loss of intellectual capital.
In addition, few companies have sustained their formal in-house programs and technical and four-year schools may not be training to the level or skills needed. Consulting firms have been able to fill some of the gaps created but attracting resources from other companies has been expensive and at times, disappointing, while the move to outsourcing may have reached its tipping point. So what are the options?
Moderator: Bill Rucci, former CIO, Hartford Steam Boiler
Panelists: Dr. Marianne D’Onofrio, Professor and Chair of the Management Information Systems Department, Central Connecticut State University; Leo Pellerin, CIO, United Way of Connecticut; Melisa Bockrath, Vice President & IT Product Leader, Kelley Services; Kay Lucas, President & CEO, iTech Solutions

3. Social/Business – Built In versus Bolted On
Social technologies, in all forms, are a way of life inside and outside enterprises. Leveraging social tools can no longer be an after-thought. To evolve to a true “social business” that realizes value from social channels, it needs to be embedded in everything a business does throughout the value chain. This includes integration across enterprise solutions data, and key touch points in the customer, employee, vendor and partner experience. Along with the intrinsic incorporation of social into major aspects of the business, methods analyzing performance is key for measuring value driven by social investments. Learn from experts in the field how companies of all sizes can move from leveraging social media tools to building a social business.
Moderator: Joe Miller, CIO, Flo-Tech
Panelists: Johnny Dranchak, CTO, Dow Jones Digital; Scott Holland, Co-founder, HireCampus; Jamie Pappas, Director, Global Brand Communications & Social Media Marketing, Akamai Technologies

  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM – Lunch and Afternoon Keynoter – Michael Lecke, Regional Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner
    Brain-Based Collaboration – Changing Your Relationship Without Even Knowing It – Join us for an entertaining, practical and interactive session led by a Gartner analyst who will discuss how we can become better collaborators in the IT world by understanding that it is not so much what we say but how we say it. Science is teaching us that “brain-based” techniques can help you get what you want.
  • 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM – Afternoon Panel Sessions:

1. CIO Panel Discussion – Sustaining a Culture of IT Innovation
Hear three prominent CIOs talk about what it means to lead an IT organization providing business value, advising company leadership and managing significant IT infrastructure and applications changes in the name of innovation and forward-thinking leadership.
Moderator: Greg Fell, Former Global CIO, Terex Corporation
Panelists: Snehal Anatani, CIO, Commercial Distribution Finance & CIO Enterprise Architecture, GE Capital Americas; Len Peters, CIO, Yale University; Joseph Puglisi, CIO, QDMH

2. Insourcing – Two Companies Where the Economics Made Sense
The trend of insourcing is small in comparison to the large scale outsourcing that continues, but a few companies are bringing back the IT work they once contracted out to third parties. Hear from two companies who have successfully made the switch back to internal IT departments. Find out why and how they did it.
Panelists: Doug Saunders, Senior Director, Information Technology, Republic Services; Shane Edmonds, CTO, etouches

3. Big Data for Small Companies – Two Case Studies
More and more companies are becoming savvy about using big data, including smaller companies. There are smart ways to harvest data in order to make better decisions. For those looking to tap into big data, here are two companies who waded through the hype and actually figured it out.
Moderator: Tom Hart, COO, Eliassen Group
Panelists: Niraj Jetly, CIO, NutriSavings; Greg Palmer, Founder, Scalinear, Inc.

Networking Options at Close of Event:

  • 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM – Post event networking party with fellow attendees and sponsors in the ballroom.
    Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and facility tours.  At the party, chat with attendees, participate in raffle prizes and meet some of our presenters. The ballroom will also be the staging area for a short tour, including a behind-the-scenes look at the Mohegan Sun Arena!


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