Dinner for Houston IT Leaders

IT for Today, Strategy for Tomorrow


Thu, September 21, 2023


5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CST

How does one invest in their people, operations, and technology to drive business value today and position themselves for success tomorrow? Join us for a discussion with experts and peers about the small and large steps that can help position your organization to drive greater business value with Lenovo™ solutions powered by Nutanix® technology.


5:00 PM CST Welcome Reception and Arrivals with Refreshments

6:00 PM CST Leadership Discussion

  • Introduction (5 mins)
    The peer executive will engage the audience for brief introductions and discuss the format and key takeaways from the guided interaction conversation and dinner discussions.
  • Guided Interactive Conversation (25 mins) – Topics include:
    • Automation as the great Operations Enabler
    • Cloud 1st, Cloud Native and Cloud Smart – expectations, realities and hybrid architectures
    • Data – from retention to revenue
    • Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Backup- the realities of readiness
    • Tapping into ESG as a hidden source for IT project funding
  • Open Forum Discussion (30 mins) – This discussion will be based on the list of challenges discussed already and will take the format of group brainstorming and open discussion to come up with suggestions and solutions to common challenges at the executive level.

7:15 PM CST Dinner Service

9:00 PM CST Conclusion

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John Encizo

Field CTO, Lenovo ISG Americas

John is an expert generalist, bringing 20+ years of IT industry experience to the table. He has served as the Lenovo America’s pre-sales platform technical lead covering Lenovo’s server platform and software designed portfolios. John has consulted with customers large and small on server architectures, HCI solutions, performance optimization and datacenter strategy. Currently John is one of the Field CTO’s for the North America’s ISG organization. John focuses on business strategy through the lens of digital transformation, enterprise architecture, and the application of technology to business problems. His work centers on the analysis of an organization’s technology and processes to help executive leaders re-imagine how to deliver business capabilities through technology.As an expert generalist he focuses on business and technical strategy through the lens of digital transformation, process optimization, solution architecture and design thinking. His often consults with customers on infrastructure platforms and datacenter design strategies by analyzing future trends, working with organizations to identify technology and process gaps and helping executive leaders re-imagine their use of business technology as a transformational mechanism.
Chris Purcell


Chris Purcell

Sr OEM Regional Sales Manager, Nutanix

Chris Purcell is a Nutanix Sr OEM Regional Sales Manager covering the Western US. He began his professional IT career with VMware. Spending the last 6 years with Nutanix he lives by the company’s core values. Hungry (To Be the Best), Humble (In How We Act and Think), Honest (To Do the Right Things). He excels in working with field sales teams and customers to collaborate on project management and deliver OEM platform value. Chris has lived in Central Texas his entire life. He enjoys hunting, fishing, BBQ and spending time with his family.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$62 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #217 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 77,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s largest PC company by further expanding into growth areas that fuel the advancement of ‘New IT’ technologies (client, edge, cloud, network, and intelligence) including server, storage, mobile, software, solutions, and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and smarter future for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com, and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.

About Nutanix

Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software, offering organizations a single platform for running apps and data across clouds. With Nutanix, companies can reduce complexity and simplify operations, freeing them to focus on their business outcomes. Building on its legacy as the pioneer of hyperconverged infrastructure, Nutanix is trusted by companies worldwide to power hybrid multicloud environments consistently, simply, and cost-effectively. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on social media @nutanix.