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2011 IT Summit Event Recap

A Program for CIOs and Senior IT Professionals

The 2011 IT Summit was held on Tuesday, November 29th at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, CT.  The IT Summit (formerly the CIO Forum) is an annual program designed for the executive information management of mid-sized to large companies. Our goal for the IT Summit is to introduce the state's IT executives to each other and to present topics and information that will make them more successful. 



We were fortunate enough to have two keynote speakers; Gene Alvarez, Vice President of Gartner Research and Chuck Pagano, Executive Vice President Technology, ESPN.

The day included six topics, three in the morning and three in the afternoon.

1: Big Data-Big Deal – (A Presentation) The world of Analytics is changing very quickly and very significantly. Hear Teradata’s Todd Walter provide his view on “Big Data”, the opportunities and the hype. Discussed will be big changes allowed by new and changing underlying technologies such as Hadoop/MapReduce, Compression, Columnar, In Database Analytics, Solid State Disk and In Memory. What do these bring to the table? What new analytic capabilities are enabled? How do they work together – or not? What new business problems can be solved in the “Big Data” space?  Presenter: Todd Walter, CTO, Teradata R&D, Teradata

2: Social Media-Two Company’s Strategies – (A Panel Discussion) EMC leads the way in adapting social media to create a vibrant internal employee community which blogs, teaches and learns, and collaborates. Learn about the transformation from a traditional, almost conservative technology company to an engaged workforce that has transformed internal communications. Dell’s innovative use of social media was launched in late 2010 and is called the Social Media Listening Command Center. The external-facing platform listens to thousands of conversations about their brand, products and services on a global scale. Presenters: Presenters: Len Devanna, Director of Social Strategy, EMC Corporation and Rishi Dave, Executive Director, Online Marketing, Dell Computer.

3: Making the Case for Cloud – (A Presentation)

Three Afternoon Topics 1: CIO Leadership Track - This topic was specifically geared to attending CIO’s- (A Panel Discussion)

2: The Private Cloud-Three examples-(A Panel Discussion) Three examples of private cloud applications, one of which will be by Open Solutions Inc. and a discussion of its private cloud for application development. Two other examples will also be covered. Presenters: Tom Lang, Senior Director, Delivery Management, Open Solutions and Jeff O'Dell, Vice President Enterprise Architecture, The Hartford, Property & Casualty 3: Bring your Tech to Work or the Consumerization of IT What does the CIO say when his CEO brings his new iPad to work? Employees are requesting freedom of choice and sometimes their devices are more advanced than their work machines. So, what policies and rules do you put in place to accommodate them? Hear from two companies and intrepid CIOs who have responded to this challenge. Presenter: Christopher Bernard, Managing Director, Business Relationship/Management, Cushman & Wakefield

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