Midmarket IT & Security Leaders

Content Week


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.

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?

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?

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.

To Cloud or Not to Cloud, that has been the question for some time now. For many, the move to the cloud has been an ongoing challenge. However, recent events have given the cloud a front-row seat in company survival. What has been holding you back? How can this be overcome? Is it too late?

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?

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.