Midmarket IT & Security Leaders Agenda

A brief introduction to the forum and provide an overview of what to expect over the coming days.

Jason Cenamor, Chief Product Officer, SINC USA

What ideas does an established and experienced CIO bring with them when entering a Midmarket organization? What are the priorities? How do you obtain company buy-in from the get-go? How about attempting all of this during a global pandemic? Join Ken Piddington, as he takes us through his first 12 months at U.S. Silica Company during unprecedented times.

Ken Piddington, CIO, U.S. Silica Company

Today, the primary CEO priority is growth, with technology as a key enabler. However, vendor policies pose major roadblocks to innovation, growth and competitive advantage by forcing you to spend limited budget, resources and time on projects that may not drive your business. ​Learn how you can take control of your IT roadmap by choosing a Business-Driven Roadmap designed around your business objectives and not the vendor’s. Leverage vendor software, but do it on your terms, on your timetable and with the flexibility, funding and freedom to focus on initiatives that support growth and competitive advantage.​

As businesses and organizations embrace their own digital transformation (DX) journey, change management becomes a critical success factor. However, success heavily depends on the people using the technology. Change management goes beyond acquiring an executive sponsor or providing staff training, it is about changing the mindset of the employees, impacts to their daily routine and how to operationalize it. The promise of rapid deployment and time to value hinge on having a strong change management program in place. How do we get change adopted across all levels of the company?

As businesses and organizations embrace their own digital transformation (DX) journey, change management becomes a critical success factor. However, success heavily depends on the people using the technology. Change management goes beyond acquiring an executive sponsor or providing staff training, it is about changing the mindset of the employees, impacts to their daily routine and how to operationalize it. The promise of rapid deployment and time to value hinge on having a strong change management program in place. How do we get change adopted across all levels of the company?

Join Isaac Sacolick, advisor, author, influencer and Artificial Intelligence expert for this open Q&A on everything AI and how it can be best implemented for midmarket organizations.

Isaac Sacolick, Founder & CEO, StarCIO

Better management of big data can help midmarket organizations uncover hidden patterns, correlations and data-driven insights. They can also achieve near- to real-time prescriptive and predictive analytics and analytic decision-making for the future. As a result, companies can compete more effectively against both similarly-sized competitors and the large enterprises already taking advantage of these technologies. And this reality may be closer than many think. While SMBs face unique big data challenges, it is far from beyond their reach.

The RPA market grew over 63% last year, making it the fastest-growing enterprise software category. The beauty of RPA is that it enables customers to bring a level of automation to legacy processes without having to rip and replace legacy systems. But when, where, and how should it be applied to ensure effective use?

Mark Annati, SVP Information Technology, Extreme Reach

From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cybersecurity today is that the threat is already inside. There are question marks over the sufficiency of legacy approaches to cybersecurity, which rely on knowledge of past attacks, to combat new, evolving attacks. A new approach to cyber defense is being deployed to detect and respond to these threats before they turn into a full-blown crisis.

In this session, we will discuss why autonomous response and machine learning is being seen as the future of defense and how the ‘immune system’ approach to cybersecurity can provide complete network visibility and the ability to prioritize threats in order to better allocate time and resources.

Looking ahead at the next 12 months, midmarket companies are most concerned with their cybersecurity strength. Industry research has found as businesses become more digital, these organizations believe security risks will increase in the next year. What should you be doing to tackle this challenge head-on?

Mobile devices are a critical tool for productivity in today’s mobile-first, cloud-driven world, but how are we protecting the data being accessed outside of the traditional perimeter? With mobile proliferating across the enterprise, a new approach to security is required to address the newly emerging challenges and risks.

In the debate over an all-in-one cybersecurity platform versus best of breed solutions, the overwhelming majority lean towards best of breed in order to leverage the most impactful technology. However, does true best of breed exist? This session will look to explore this debate and how to implement a best of breed strategy when tech doesn’t necessarily integrate with other tech.

Delivering endpoint security in an increasingly mobile environment comes with some major challenges. Growing businesses need to take a new approach to ensure they stay protected, to look after remote users and to do all these things while keeping costs down and reducing the administration overhead. This session will explore models which add new levels of reassurance to IT security by allowing companies of all sizes to gain access to the best equipment and most talented security experts.

Walt Carter, Chief Digital Officer & CIO, Homestar Financial

Join your peers for informal networking wrapped around an interactive activity allowing you to experience and establish the connections so very missed at in-person events.

The digital economy is forcing enterprises to transform how they connect customers, partners, employees, and operations. Today’s market leaders credit their speed and business advantages to their digital platform. This session will focus on sharing insights into how global industry leaders deployed a digital edge by removing distance, leveraging edge & cloud computing, and interconnecting ecosystems.

The cloud war rages on, with 4 keys players cementing themselves as the top platforms and providers. But what makes one stand out from the other? Is it simply a case of personal preference or are there more, critical factors at play? Who will ultimately come out on top?