Information Technology Peer Group Meeting 

IT Strategies and Technology Forecast for 2018 
December 05, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
What is your technology forecast for 2018? Join us for an exciting discussion on emerging technology trends and opportunities. 

What technologies should you invest in for 2018? Our line-up of experts and thought leaders including an executive partner from Gartner, and CEOs of MyStrategySource, 5NINES, and Information Technology Professionals will discuss emerging technology trends and opportunities for the upcoming year. We will examine emerging issues in IT, specifically around certain technologies like Blockchain and IoT, and also discuss wider industry trends like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous devices. We will also discuss a wide array of security issues including access controls, cybersecurity, and other forms of Advanced Persistent Threats.

This meeting will give us the opportunity to not only reflect upon the changes and developments of the past year, but also look ahead at 2018 and discuss investment opportunities, strategies, solutions, countermeasures, and even advisedly speculate and assess new technologies and solutions for 2018. From device meshing to autonomous agents and from Internet of Everything to advanced machine learning, the impact these new technologies will have within the enterprise is almost unimaginable. The opportunities to embrace these technologies to fundamentally transform and augment the enterprise are present all around us. This meeting is the perfect opportunity to join your peers from other world-class Wisconsin companies to exchange ideas, experiences and visions of the future, and collaboratively work on a future state of technology that will very soon be our reality. This is a fantastic opportunity to network and discuss with a great group of IT leaders how these emerging technologies will impact our organizations in Wisconsin.

Webcast Available: If you can't make it to the event in-person (or if in-person registration has reached capacity), you can still register to attend from your computer. This option allows you to view the presentations, while attending in person provides you with the opportunity to participate in break-out discussions, ask questions or take advantage of networking opportunities. To attend the webcast, click the "Register for webcast" button on this meeting's homepage. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webcast a week before the meeting.

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome & Introductions (webcast available)
  Cavinda Caldera, Practice Director, UWEBC
9:10 AM Blockchain 101: Technology basics, use-cases and challenges (webcast available)
  Cavinda Caldera, Practice Director, UWEBC; Sid Ramesh, President of Badger Blockchain, UW-Madison; Roz Stengle, Badger Blockchain, UW-Madison; Emaad Moinuddin, Badger Blockchain, UW-Madison
10:10 AM Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Innovations and Applications (webcast available)
  Oliver Buechse, Founder, My Strategy Source; Doug Barton, Director, IBM/Watson, Cognitive Solutions; Kathy Henrich, IBM; Brent Leland, COO, Cimphoni
11:00 AM Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018 (webcast available)
  Alberto Ruocco, Senior Executive Partner, Gartner
12:00 PM Lunch (not webcast)
12:45 PM Security Challenges and Trends for 2018 (webcast available)
  Todd Streicher, President & CEO, 5NINES
1:30 PM Breakout Group Discussion (not webcast)
  • Blockchain Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud and Edge Computing
2:10 PM Top Technology Picks for 2018 (webcast available)
  Paul Hager, CEO, Information Technology Professionals
2:55 PM Closing Remarks (webcast available)
3:00 PM Adjourn (not webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
Betsy Golomski, 608-262-1145, 

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