Indianapolis IT Leaders Dinner

April 16th, 2019 •  Ruth’s Chris Steak House

SINC invites you to the upcoming Indianapolis IT Leaders Dinner on April 16th, 2019 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House located at 45 South Illinois Street Indianapolis, IN.

The goal of the dinner will be to foster great relationships among new peers in the Indianapolis IT community, all while enjoying education, open discussion on progressing IT strategy and delicious food and wine. 

Agenda

4:30pm
Arrival (Refreshments available)

5:30pm
Session Begins

Introduction (10 minutes)
The peer executive will engage the audience for brief introductions and discuss the format and key take aways from the guided interactive conversation and dinner discussion.

Guided Interactive Conversation (35 minutes)

Moderator – Robert (Rob) Strickland – CEO and Founder – M37 Ventures

Topics

How Flash, Cloud, and Data Center Intelligence (AI) are combining to change the way IT leaders are acquiring, deploying, and managing infrastructure. 

Managing infrastructure today is too hands-on and resource intensive. The complexity of infrastructure inevitably leads to unexpected problems, which are often disruptive to your applications and business, leaving you and your teams spending their days, nights, and weekends taking care of and tuning infrastructure.

As your future needs to be about taking your business forward, there needs to be a fundamental change in how your infrastructure is managed and supported.

This requires a complete re-imagination of systems, not as idle and unconscious, but as intelligent infrastructure powered by AI.

IT has always relied on monitoring tools to troubleshoot their environment. Unfortunately, this has meant staff spending dozens of hours mining log files and interpreting graphs, all in an effort to gain some insight into the cause of a disruption so it could be resolved.

When troubleshooting gets too difficult, IT turns to vendors for support. However, across the industry, support means time-consuming, multi-tiered escalations.

As infrastructure becomes increasingly vital to an organization’s bottom line, this model will not suffice. It’s no longer acceptable to find out about a disruption after it’s occurred.

Organizations need a solution that can transform how infrastructure is managed and supported—a solution that can predict problems before they occur.

AI can watch over your infrastructure, continuously learn from a global installed base, and apply what it learns to predict and prevent issues and eliminate the guesswork in managing infrastructure. AI can make infrastructure smarter and more reliable.

Open Forum Discussion (45 minutes)

The discussion will be based on the list of challenges, problems discussed already and will take the format of group brainstorming and open discussion to come up with possible suggestions and solutions to common challenges at the Executive IT level. We will also touch on a variety of other topics, including, but not limited to:

Are performance metrics actually an accurate indicator of an unoptimized system or potential problem?

Based on workloads running on the system, what factors can be affecting the application performance and to what degree?

What is the right recommendation to improve performance?

7:00pm
Dinner service at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

9:00pm
Conclusion

Register to Attend

Robert (Rob) Strickland – CEO and Founder – M37 Ventures

M37 Ventures (dba Strickland Consulting) is a next-generation Management Consulting & Business Solutions Company that helps domestic and international organizations understand and harness the power of technology to propel their business and brand today, and well into the future. Additionally, Strickland provides services to several international companies as well as several large US-based brands. 

Rob Strickland presently is the founder and CEO of M37 Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm. Rob recently served as Chief Technical Officer for Leap Wireless/Cricket, which sold to AT&T in early 2014. Over his career Rob also served as Senior Vice President and CIO at T-Mobile USA from 2006-2010. He also held the position of CIO for Echostar/Dish network, Continental Cablevision and CTO for Landmark Communications (former owner of the Weather Channel).  Early in his career he worked at Apple (5 years), Harvard Business School, Stratus Computers and Honeywell International.  After the sale of Continental to US West, Strickland led several small VC backed start-ups in the mid-Atlantic states.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

It’s no wonder Ruth’s Chris Steak House is Indianapolis’ preferred downtown fine dining location—our staff has a collective 200+ years of Ruth’s Chris experience. Whether it’s a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business meeting or a private party, our Indianapolis steakhouse will deliver superior service and an unforgettable dining experience.

Spend a day at White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, or the NCAA Hall of Champions. Come and enjoy a cocktail and live piano music before dinner—our pianist will even take your requests. After your perfect dinner, enjoy blues music at the legendary Slippery Noodle Inn or a romantic carriage ride downtown.

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