Information Technology Peer Group Meeting 

Enabling Innovation with IT 
July 25, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Take away perspectives and ideas on how IT can support innovation in your organization. 

Innovation is a necessity for every business to remain competitive let alone survive in today’s marketplace. While innovation traditionally came from R&D, today every part of the business needs to be actively engaged in continually innovating everything they do. Today’s innovation does not necessarily happen in labs and clean-rooms, but in the trenches of manufacturing, delivery and service. Technology led innovation has taken center stage and has fundamentally changed every aspects of the business world. From digital transformation to machine learning to analytics and artificial intelligence, IT departments have found themselves in the forefront of driving innovation at most organizations. The natural propensity for technologists to play and work with advance engineering solutions, coupled with a deeper appreciation for the data and processes that drives the business, has placed IT leaders in a position to take over the reins of innovation and development from the traditional business elements. While this creates a very exciting and fascinating world for IT, it also requires IT to create the foundation that could enable and facilitate all of these innovations. That degree of articulate planning requires discipline, foresight and ingenuity that is hard to master and still harder to deliver in a sustainable manner.

Putting in place the correct ecosystem of solutions can enable businesses to not only innovate quickly, but also to bring the innovations to market with speed. Designing and implementing that nimble, efficient, transparent ecosystem of loosely coupled services and solutions has become a pressing challenge for most IT leaders. While there is no simple solution, IT needs to do everything possible to encourage and facilitate innovation and never stand in its path.

The July meeting of the UW E-Business Consortium’s IT peer group will examine ways IT can develop an innovation enabled technology stack that supports and fosters innovation and doesn’t impede it. This meeting will give the opportunity for IT leaders and business leaders to discuss best ways to foster and enable innovation, and specifically the role IT plays.

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 and Opening Remarks (webcast available)
9:15 AM Creating an Innovation Based Company (webcast available)
  Mitch Weckop - CEO, Skyline Technologies
10:15 AM Embracing Disruption and Innovation (webcast available)
  Kerrie Hoffman - Certified Business Coach, FocalPoint
11:15 AM Breakout Small Group Discussion Session I (not webcast)
12:00 PM Lunch (not webcast)
12:45 PM Case Study: American Family Insurance (webcast available)
  Jared Beier, Enterprise Architect, American Family Insurance
1:30 PM Innovating with Blockchain Technologies (webcast available)
  Matthew David - Senior Manager Mobile Center of Excellence, Kimberly Clark Corporation
2:15 PM Panel Discussion (not webcast)
2:55 PM Wrap Up and Upcoming Meetings Preview (not webcast)
3:00 PM Adjourn (not webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
Jen Anderson, 608-890-1406, 

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