Grand Rapids IT Symposium coming May 16

GRAND RAPIDS—The Grand Rapids IT Symposium is expected to draw more than 250 IT leaders from 90 West Michigan businesses for a one-day learning and networking event targeted at CIOs and their direct management teams.

The event will include two keynote sessions, an executive keynote panel, 14 breakout sessions, and ample networking time. Tickets are $250 and may be purchased at this link.

Kicking the day off is speaker, futurist and professor Christina “CK” Kerley. She will take attendees on a tour of the next-generation technologies that belong on CIOs’ list of IT goals. Over lunch is keynoter Scott Augenbaum, retired supervisory special agent for the FBI and author. He will share why a transnational criminal enterprise and foreign intelligence services may want to target an organization’s data or intellectual property. Augenbaum has responded to hundreds of data breaches and is here to show commonalities across almost all incidents.

The closing keynote session is an executive panel titled, “If ‘data is the new oil’ – how are you extracting value from the data you have?” This panel of four West Michigan CIOs, will discuss how they have approached getting value from their data, examples of how it has impacted the business, how their organizations are becoming digitally enabled and where they are on the journey, what are they doing to help the organization know what “digital” means, where their focus has been in regards to digital transformation, and what struggles they facing to become a digitally enhanced organization.  Participants are Chris Cook, CIO of Priority Health and senior vice president of information services at Spectrum Health; Tom Farrington, executive vice president and CIO, Perrigo; Jason Joseph, CIO, Spectrum Health; and Jerry Winkler, vice president of Global Information Systems at Haworth.

The event also includes more than 14 peer-led breakout/panel sessions specifically addressing issues and trends that Michigan’s IT leaders say are important to their organizations. The full agenda is at this link.

The event is closed to any non-sponsoring vendor companies, consultants, or sales representatives. For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Gargano at brian@)

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