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Tuesday, September 28
 

8:30am CDT

PARDON THE DISRUPTION LIVE Coffee & Networking
Join Frank Rogers (Acuerdo) & Kyle Burt (Acuerdo) for a LIVE fast paced Podcast covering 6-topic, 30 minute grind on the top CX & IT news posts of the day. The show will be simulcast on LinkedIn and Youtube with Audience participation at the end. Pull up a seat, grab some coffee, and start your day right with some tidbits of knowledge and a laugh.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Rogers

Frank Rogers

CXO/Co-Founder, Acuerdo
Frank is a business transformation expert and IT entrepreneur who brings incredible energy to the subject of making your digital experience your competitive edge. As a speaker, Frank takes a no BS way of breaking down complex subjects into stories, frameworks, and actionable take-aways... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Burt

Kyle Burt

Co-Founder, Acuerdo


Tuesday September 28, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am CDT
CX Innovation Center, Inside Exhibit Hall B

8:30am CDT

Exhibits Open - Inside Exhibit Hall B, First Floor
Over 50 technology demos and exhibitors on display all day.   This is where you grab coffee, eat lunch, enjoy the reception and win door prizes.  This is the place to be.  

Tuesday September 28, 2021 8:30am - 4:00pm CDT

9:00am CDT

Get on the Right Channel with Your CMO
The CMO and the IT Leader are partners in crime today (no, not cyber crime). We are talking about the collaboration needed to make sure that your company can talk with your prospects and your customers on the right channel, with the right message, at the right time. The destination is a business that can hold its own in 2021. Don’t miss the legendary Todd Scarborough as he shows you the art of the possible, today!

Speakers
avatar for Todd Scarborough

Todd Scarborough

District Sales Manager - TOLA, NICE CXone
Todd’s been in tech Sales, Alliances & Leadership for 15+ years.  For the past 10+ he’s focused on the CX landscape & ecosystem as a CX SME.  As a District Sales Manager @ NICE CXone, he supports Customers and Partners across TX, OK, LA, & AR to digitally transform their Customer... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
CX Innovation Center, Inside Exhibit Hall B

9:00am CDT

Security and Chaos Engineering
In this session Aaron will uncover the importance of using Chaos Engineering in developing a learning culture in a DevSecOps world. Aaron will walk us through how to get started with Chaos Engineering for security and how it can be practically applied to enhance system performance, resilience and security.

Security focused Chaos Engineering allows engineering teams to derive new information about the state of security within their distributed systems that was previously unknown. This new technique of instrumentation attempts to proactively inject security turbulent conditions or faults into our systems to determine the conditions by which our security will fail so that we can fix it before it causes customer pain.

During this session we will cover some key concepts in Safety & Resilience Engineering and how new techniques such as Chaos Engineering are making a difference in improving our ability to learn from incidents proactively before they become destructive.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Rinehart

Aaron Rinehart

CTO, Verica


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 3, 3rd Floor

9:00am CDT

Creating a Frictionless Customer Experience Through Technology
As emerging technologies like AI reshape the digital landscape, businesses are exploring new ways to create smart, engaging and frictionless digital customer experiences. Hear about “real” success stories versus hype-trend during this interactive discussion from peers innovating around new developments in this world.  
  • What investments are being made now for a frictionless environment?
  • Early success stories in digitally enhancing the customer experience
  • Benefits of connecting your enterprise to the customer (internal and external)

Speakers
avatar for Gertrude G. Van Horn

Gertrude G. Van Horn

SVP & CIO, NCH Corporation
Gertrude G. Van Horn is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Information Officer at NCH Corporation - a $1 B, privately held, global leader in industrial, commercial, and institutional maintenance products and services with locations in more than 50 countries... Read More →
avatar for Tracey Francis

Tracey Francis

SVP of Technologies, Bottle Rocket
avatar for Heidi Cox

Heidi Cox

Principal and Chief Information Officer, HKS, Inc
avatar for E.G. Nadhan

E.G. Nadhan

Chief Architect and Strategist, North America Commercial, Red Hat
E.G. Nadhan is the Chief Architect and Strategist for North America at Red Hat. He provides thought leadership on various concepts including Cloud, Blockchain, Analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) through multiple channels including industry conferences, Executive Round tables... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 1, Third Floor

9:00am CDT

Autonomous Self-Learning AI: Redefining Enterprise Security
In this new era of cyber-threat, characterized by both slow and stealthy attacks and rapid, automated campaigns, static and siloed security tools are failing - and the challenge has gone beyond one that is human-scalable. Organizations need to urgently rethink their strategy to ensure their systems, critical data and people are protected, wherever they are. Today’s Autonomous, Self-Learning defenses are capable of identifying and neutralizing security incidents in seconds, not hours - before the damage is done

In this session, learn how self-learning AI:
· Detects, investigates and responds to threats – even while you are OOTO
· Protects your entire workforce and digital environment - wherever they are, whatever the data
· Defends against zero-days and other advanced attacks – without disrupting the organization

Speakers
avatar for Meghan O’Brien

Meghan O’Brien

Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace
Meghan O'Brien is a Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, a global leader in cyber security AI. At Darktrace, Meghan works with leading organizations in a range of industries to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Meghan’s tenure at Darktrace, the company... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 2, 3rd Floor

9:00am CDT

Azure Active Directory: The Foundation for Everything in the Cloud
Everything depends on identity. And, in the Microsoft Cloud, identity is handled by Azure Active Directory. Whether you use any Microsoft 365 service (Office 365, SharePoint, Teams, Power Platform, etc.) or Azure service (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) you will need Azure Active Directory (AAD). As the foundation for all your Microsoft cloud services, it is critical you properly provision and configure your identity model in AAD. Mistakes can cause issues in the future that are costly in time, effort, and actual cost. We will provide the most important practices in configuring your AAD identity platform for secure, efficient usage now and in the future. We will be brining experience in millions of users being provisioned in AAD since its inception.

Speakers
avatar for Miguel Wood

Miguel Wood

Chief Enterprise Solutions Architect,, Planet Technologies


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 5, 3rd Floor

9:00am CDT

M365 Governance
Defining proper governance framework for workloads on M365 can go a long way in increasing ROI and reducing TCO. The side effects are increased adoption and operational efficiency. The end result is helping clients become digital transformation leaders vs survivors.

Speakers
avatar for chaitra agastya

chaitra agastya

Neudesic, Director of Client Solutions
Chaitra has worked with Fortune 100 clients in leading them through digital transformation around M365. Along with providing guidance around roadmap and strategy around M365, she has helped define and drive governance initiatives across many secure enterprises over the last decad... Read More →



Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 8, 3rd Floor

9:00am CDT

On the SPOT Collaboration!
How do you know which Microsoft 365 collaboration tool to use? Should it be SharePoint, OneDrive, or Teams? In this session, we'll explore what each tool offers, how they are similar if not the same, and how they are different. Whether you work from an office or on the go, this session will help you get your collaboration SPOT on!

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Lubelski

Theresa Lubelski

SharePoint Team Lead
Theresa Lubelski is a SharePoint Administrator and Collaboration Specialist with a passion for customer success. Her diverse background includes degrees in Public Relations and Teaching and Learning with Technology, as well as 20+ years of experience providing technical support, training... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Room 4, 3rd Floor

9:00am CDT

Turn Zeroes into Heroes: How to Build Your Bench and Mentor Your Own Diamonds in the Rough
Attracting and retaining top tech talent has never been more competitive. Finding women and diverse candidates in tech is even more challenging. In the fast-paced tech industry, it’s time to teach leaders how to recruit and build their own diverse bench of top tech talent.

Lauren shows tech leaders how to take consistent micro-steps that yield huge results to attract and recruit the top tech talent they need. She shares her story of going from zero tech skills and zero job prospects to becoming a leading woman on the frontlines of tech in just two short years. Lauren peels back the curtain to help leaders come away with the steps they can take to immediately start growing their own diamonds in the rough and their own network of top talent.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Hasson

Lauren Hasson

Founder, Founder, DevelopHer + Principal Software Engineer
Lauren Hasson is the Founder of DevelopHer, an award-winning career development platform that has empowered thousands of women in tech to get ahead, stand out, and earn more in their careers. She also works full-time on the frontlines of tech herself. By day, she is an accomplished... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor

9:00am CDT

Empower your organization with the Power Platform
This session will provide a high-level technical overview of building solutions leveraging the Power Platform. We will discuss all the components of the platform and how they tie together. We will discuss the no code/low code aspects of the platform with Canvas Apps and Model Driven Apps.
We will investigate how to unlock these features to further extend the platform, by using advanced coding techniques using JavaScript, Azure functions and PCF controls to add more complex capabilities.
Through this session we will learn the new proactive ways to empower employees, engage customers, optimize operations, and transform products by building smaller apps and delivering in a rapid and continuous manner.

Speakers
avatar for Vibha Godse Gore

Vibha Godse Gore

Empowering Businesses with Digital Solutions
An Executive and passionate technology leader/” technopreneur” with 25+ years’ experience in enabling Enterprise/Business Applications in the consulting and corporate roles. Track record of successfully rolling out 12+ enterprise-wide IT initiatives from concept to execution... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Room 9, 3rd Floor

9:00am CDT

Moments of Empowerment - Women in Tech Summit Featured Speaker
How can you achieve a successful career? Does it depend on making the most of your talents and staying disciplined? Or the ability to learn, remain humble and adapt? Perhaps it requires taking risks and not shying away from tough discussions? Nancy Flores, Chief Information & Technology Officer for McKesson Corporation, believes all of the above. In her keynote address, she explores empowerment — the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in building compassion, self-forgiveness and respecting what each individual deserves. She discusses the moments of empowerment that have shaped her, both personally and professionally, and how she leveraged them to her advantage.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores

McKesson Corporation, Executive Vice President, CIO and CTO
Nancy Flores is executive vice president, chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO) for McKesson Corporation.Nancy is a results-driven technology executive with a record of transformational change and elevating performance. She is responsible for McKesson’s... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Junior Ballroom A, Third Floor

10:00am CDT

CULTIVATING YOUR PERSONAL IT BADASS BRAND
“You're good enough and people like you”, but do enough people know you? It’s 2021 and a company is known by its brand and that of their people (those that are visible). Join the movement. Attend this presentation, get the straight info, get a quick pic and post for your LinkedIn profile. Catch [person] as she helps you flip the switch on your brand!

Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
CX Innovation Center, Inside Exhibit Hall B

10:00am CDT

Lift and Shift vs SAAS (Moving Applications into the Azure Cloud)
Will talk about the Pro's and Con's of the the lift and shift method of moving entire virtual servers into the cloud, vs re-architecting an application and taking advantage of SAAS, especially with Azure App Servics in place of standing up an IIS server in the cloud. Will cover scaling up vs scaling out. Monitoring via Azure Dashboard, Alerts and Insights. Complexity added to application solutions by going to the newer method, but major advantages as well with High Availability, Backups, and regional traffic management with Azure Front Door.

Speakers
avatar for Marrell Sanders

Marrell Sanders

Senior AppDev Administrator, Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores
Marrell Sanders has been worked with web technology and automation since 1999. Initially working with HTML, PHP and web hosting before moving deeper into infrastructure and SharePoint in 2003.He is a MCTS in SharePoint and is an avid lover of all things PowerShell, Automation and... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am CDT
Room 9, 3rd Floor

10:00am CDT

Understanding the COE Starter Kit for the Power Platform
This session will take a deep dive in the COE Starter Kit and explaining the following:

Installation
Administration & Governance
Nurture
Support
Operations

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Lopez

Johnny Lopez

Microsoft MVP | Office Apps and Services
Johnny Lopez is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He is a passionate evangelist who attributes his professional experiences, technical expertise and real-world Office 365 and Power Platform experience with organizations. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy serving... Read More →



Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am CDT
Room 8, 3rd Floor

10:00am CDT

A Beginners Guide to Creating Custom Connectors for Power Apps and Power Automate
The Microsoft Power Platform provides a tremendous amount of native functionality, enhanced by premium and third-party connectors. But sometimes that's just not enough to get the job done. You need something specific, a plugin that does exactly what the business needs without complex backend configuration, confusing expression syntax or additional per-user cost. In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create a custom connector from scratch, construct an API definition, deploy it to the cloud and make it available to users throughout your tenant so they can easily drop it into their forms and flows. As an added bonus, you'll also learn valuable tips and tricks for scaling out your custom connectors for enterprise, ISV and multi-tenant scenarios.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Shupps

Eric Shupps

President, The SharePoint Cowboy
Eric Shupps is the founder and President of BinaryWave, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for SharePoint. Eric has worked with SharePoint Products and Technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer. He is an advisory committee... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 5, 3rd Floor

10:00am CDT

Effective Secure Collaboration
The 'cloud' is an interesting place and the level of security isn't as well understood as it should be. Microsoft Azure Sentinel provides a view of your landscape and defines the position of your business with repect to whether that landscape is healthy or not. 

Sentinal represents the first line of defence and needs to be tuned to match the needs of your business and the level of security you want to achieve.

In this session we will cover not only Sentinel but also dig into M365 and take a sweeping look at mobile and remote device management through Intune and Autopilot. Going deeper into Sentinel we will look at how leveraging the power of Artifical Intelligence and Machine Learning can make your security posture stronger and allow your workers to collaborate securely, safely and effectively across boundaries whether desktop, laptop or mobile.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Hodgkinson

Neil Hodgkinson

Senior Program Manager | Microsoft CXP Fast Track Operations, Program Manager (Azure)
Neil is a 16 year Microsoft veteran. He spent time as a Premier Field Engineer, Service Engineer and as a PM at Microsoft covering the whole stack from Active Directory, SQL Server and SharePoint including working in SharePoint and OneDrive product teams. Most recently he moved to... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 4, 3rd Floor

10:30am CDT

DevOps for Humans
Human transformation is essential to digital transformation. While automation is necessary for faster deployments and more reliable services, we need talented humans to innovate, solve problems and enable automation. This session will look at key aspects of human transformation including upskilling, human skills, key roles and cultural considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Jayne Groll

Jayne Groll

CEO, DevOps Institute
Jayne Groll is co-founder and CEO of the DevOps Institute (DOI). Her IT management career spans over 25 years of senior IT management roles across a wide range of industries. Her expertise spans multiple domains including DevOps, Agile, ITIL and Leadership. Jayne is a recognized... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Room 2, 3rd Floor

10:30am CDT

Future Tech Trends That Will Impact Your Business
In this talk, David Smith will explore major trends that will impact your business for the next few years. The trends will impact almost every business and will David will offer some suggestions and review options for surviving the impact of these trends. If you misapply some of the trends many businesses will be out of business in the next ten years.

- Technology trends that will impact almost every businessData is the central business asset
- What is blockchain and when will 5G impact my business
- Why I need AI
- Your legacy analytic software WILL fail in the Age of Data
- Crisis of software that scales to meet demand
- If you company only has one type of database your company needs to rethink your strategy

Speakers
avatar for David Smith

David Smith

Strategic Pathways, Strategic Pathways
A noted business leader, futurist and technologist with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Smith combines these disciplines to deliver thought-provoking presentations that provide the vision of the future with the down-to-earth judgment of the technology. He is highly regarded as a... Read More →



Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Room 1, 3rd Floor

10:30am CDT

The Masked Hacker: Unmask the hacker with our cybersecurity threats and hacking techniques.
Every wondered what its like to be a hacker?! Well, its not really all that difficult if you know what you are doing. I will show you the tools I use to break into companies (legally) and will provide real world breach details that I have caused by just getting that amazing low hanging fruit.

Speakers
avatar for Donovan Farrow

Donovan Farrow

Alias, CEO
Donovan founded Alias in 2010. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Donovan’s vision has always been to create a community that grows and supports a fresh aptitude in Information Security. In the past, he gained over 19 years of experience working for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, Loves... Read More →



Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor

10:30am CDT

No one is going back to NORMAL
Restaurants and entertainment consumers were exposed to new, convenient and frictionless digital experiences during the pandemic. These technology-driven experiences translated into increased consumer acquisition and loyalty.

As we all return to “normal”, consumers prefer the convenience they got used to in the last year. Technology leaders in consumer-facing industries now face the challenge to not only sustain their progress during the pandemic, but to accelerate the effort to deliver personalization at scale and truly unique experiences.

Please join Sherif Mityas, former Chief Experience Officer at TGI Fridays; Carissa DeSantis, Chief Information Officer, Dickey’s Barbeque; Michelle Johnson, Chief Information Officer, Freeman Company and Jyoti Lynch, Chief Information Officer of European Wax Center for a panel discussion on the future of some of the companies they are a part of.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

Freeman Company, CIO
Michelle serves as the EVP and Chief Information Officer for Dallas-based Freeman Michelle joined Freeman in 2009 as the vice president of Application Development and was promoted to senior vice president and CIO in 2012. Michelle has focused on the company’s IT strategy, which... Read More →
avatar for Carissa DeSantis

Carissa DeSantis

Dickey's Barbeque, CIO
Carissa De Santis is the Chief Information Officer for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. and oversees all company technology platforms.  Ms. De Santis has over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry in both operations and technology and previously served in various... Read More →
avatar for Jyoti Lynch

Jyoti Lynch

European Wax Center, CIO
Jyoti serves as Chief Information Officer of European Wax Center where she is responsible for all aspects of information technology and for delivering efficient and scalable solutions that drive the business and overall guest experience at over 700 retail centers and online. Jyoti... Read More →
avatar for Sherif Mityas

Sherif Mityas

TGI Fridays, Former Chief Experience Officer
Sherif Mityas has more than 25 years’ experience in the retail and hospitality sectors in both senior consulting and executive industry roles. As a frequent keynote speaker and contributing author to Forbes, WSJ and CNBC, Sherif is a vocal supporter of personalized customer experiences... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Junior Ballroom A, 3rd Floor

10:30am CDT

Product Leadership with DevOps - ProdDevOps
Discover new ways to develop products that delight and add value in waves of innovation. Joined by industry product owns, educators, and providers to envision a new, powerful way to synchronize business/product planning, Agile, DevOps, Risk, AND customers to accelerate value in your development cycles. The group will explore DBU.edu's Masters of IT and Management ProdDevOps class and components necessary to deliver on the promise!

Speakers
avatar for Andy Ivey

Andy Ivey

Carollo Engineers IT Director
Andy Ivey leads the IT organization at Carollo Engineers, the largest firm in the United States dedicated solely to water related engineering. Prior to joining Carollo, Mr. Ivey was responsible for the deployment and operation of a data science platform within Omnicom, an inter-connected... Read More →
avatar for Anushka Kumar

Anushka Kumar

Product Marketing Manager at Cloudix Inc. & MediGuru| Data Ninja at Dallas Baptist University #msitmatdbu
•Project MediGuru: Work with the business and engineering teams as well as the clients in helping build MediGuru as well as bring it to market as a Leadership Innovator •Perform primary research and move the requirements to ProductBoard and DevOps as a part of Product Management... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rochelle

Mike Rochelle

Founding President/Program Director, CloudiX VP, DBU Adjunct Professor, President ABTP and Community Builder
Mike Rochelle VP Cloud Service Delivery, Cloudix - a Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner President, Association for Business Technology Professionals Adjunct DBU Professor, Leadership & ProdDevOps, MSITM Program at Dallas Baptist University Chief Learning Officer, Mike Rochelle and... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Room 3, 3rd Floor

11:00am CDT

KICK DOWN THE CX DOOR IT LEADERS! LET’S GO!!
Join Frank Rogers (Acuerdo) as he unpacks the CX glass ceiling for IT professionals and how to bust clean through with science. Frank will break down the 7 layers of CX that every IT professional should know.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Rogers

Frank Rogers

CXO/Co-Founder, Acuerdo
Frank is a business transformation expert and IT entrepreneur who brings incredible energy to the subject of making your digital experience your competitive edge. As a speaker, Frank takes a no BS way of breaking down complex subjects into stories, frameworks, and actionable take-aways... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
CX Innovation Center, Inside Exhibit Hall B

11:30am CDT

Building a Culture of Innovation…An Executive Discussion on Strategy and Execution
• What skills do you seek when hiring and building an innovative team?
• What environment do you create (physical and atmosphere) to create an innovative space?
• Any mistakes you have made on your journey to build an innovative culture?


Keynote Luncheon sponsored by B12 Consulting.


Speakers
avatar for Shamim Mohammad

Shamim Mohammad

EVP, Chief Information and Technology Officer, CarMax
SHAMIM MOHAMMADEVP, Chief Information and Technology OfficerShamim Mohammad is the executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at CarMax. He oversees the strategic use of technology across the company, including digital innovations and product engineering... Read More →
avatar for Jodie Brinkerhoff

Jodie Brinkerhoff

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Vice President, Innovation
Jodie Brinkerhoff is Vice President of Innovation at DFW Airport and leads the Innovation team’s efforts to investigate, ideate, incubate and implement new products and solutions for the airport. Her team works across the enterprise, partnering with core business units and bringing... Read More →
avatar for Andrew C. Jackson

Andrew C. Jackson

President, BravoTECH
Andrew Jackson has spent the last 30 years building and managing technical service companies. In 1996, he co-founded Bravo Technical Resources, Inc. (BravoTECH) an information technology professional services firm headquartered in Dallas. BravoTECH has experienced award winning growth... Read More →
avatar for Paul Langenbahn

Paul Langenbahn

President, Quorum Software
Paul Langenbahn is Executive Vice President and President, NCR Commerce. As the leader for the NCR Commerce business unit, Paul is responsible for all Retail and Hospitality customers and directs NCR’s teams and resources serving those customers across all functions of the business... Read More →



Tuesday September 28, 2021 11:30am - 12:50pm CDT
Exhibit Hall A, First Floor

12:00pm CDT

Lunch Hour with Frank and Kyle
Stop on by, put your feet up, talk about CX and the weather.


Speakers
avatar for Frank Rogers

Frank Rogers

CXO/Co-Founder, Acuerdo
Frank is a business transformation expert and IT entrepreneur who brings incredible energy to the subject of making your digital experience your competitive edge. As a speaker, Frank takes a no BS way of breaking down complex subjects into stories, frameworks, and actionable take-aways... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Burt

Kyle Burt

Co-Founder, Acuerdo


Tuesday September 28, 2021 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
CX Innovation Center, Inside Exhibit Hall B

1:00pm CDT

Achieving Voice Quality for MS Teams
Microsoft Teams are awesome but voice quality and reliability sucks! It is common knowledge. Learn how to drive MS teams with voice components that rock audio quality and crush uptime and failover for your business and users. Don’t miss this killer presentation from Kyle Burt (Acuerdo), Sherry Rajami (Acuerdo), and Justin Clark (RingCentral).

Speakers
TM

Tyler Molvig

Sr. Account Executive, RingCentral
avatar for Kyle Burt

Kyle Burt

Co-Founder, Acuerdo
avatar for Sherry Rajami

Sherry Rajami

Sherry Rajani, is a tie-loathing adventurer and troublemaker who believes in turning ideas into reality. Even though his experience is primarily in Microsoft Cloud and On-Premise Solutions, Sherry has also led teams building Custom ERPs, Mobile Applications, Data Management and other... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm CDT
CX Innovation Center, Inside Exhibit Hall B

1:00pm CDT

DevOps in a Post Covid World
Speakers
avatar for John Willis

John Willis

Senior Director, Global Transformation Office, Red Hat
John has over 35 years of experience, focusing on IT infrastructure and operations. He has helped early startups such as Chef, Enstratius (now Dell), and Docker navigate the "DevOps" movement. He is one of the original core organizers of DevOpsDays and has been a prominent keynote... Read More →
avatar for Brad Flachsbart

Brad Flachsbart

Technology Director, State Farm
avatar for Alan Shimel

Alan Shimel

CEO, MediaOps


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor

1:00pm CDT

Ransomware Readiness: What Preparation and Recovery Mean in Today’s Threat Landscape
Speakers
avatar for Michael Grannan

Michael Grannan

VP, Global Security & Compliance, StackPath
avatar for Robert Neill

Robert Neill

Director, CIO Advisory Services, Weaver
Robert Neill is currently director of CIO Advisory Services at Weaver where he leads the firm’s services focused on providing strategic technical guidance for small and emerging organizations. Projects range from project-based assistance such as technical due diligence and integration... Read More →
avatar for Pat Benoit

Pat Benoit

Global Business Information Security Officer, CBRE


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 1, Third Floor

1:00pm CDT

AI Builder 101
This session will give you an introduction to AI Builder and show you how to infuse intelligence into your business applications and workflows.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler

Solution Architect - Microsoft Technology Center - Dallas, Microsoft
Tim is an experienced solution architect working with fortune 1000 companies to help deliver architectures to help them secure, innovate, and digitally transform their companies. Tim has been in the Microsoft Technology Center organization for over 15 years in this capacity. As a... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 5, 3rd Floor

1:00pm CDT

Game-Changing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: So easy, even your Grandma could do it!
Did you know that when you take a picture with your latest Apple iPhone, you are, in reality, taking seven different images each time you snap? This is because apple developed AI on a chip (called Deep Fusion) that takes a photo seven different ways at once. Each image looks for a different quality in the overall picture, such as shadows, color balance, depth, lighting, and more. The camera is so fast that in the snap of the shutter, it can optimize each of the seven images in less than a second, and then combine them all back into a single photograph that looks amazing. No one thinks about this AI process. They just know that their small iPhone now shoots images better than their $1500 DLSR camera.

AI is everywhere, and companies now realize the advantages of automating systems, monitoring security, providing help and support, and completing repetitive manual tasks in very efficient ways.

TechStar has been working with Microsoft AI to build fully automated document scanning systems. These systems automatically extract data, tag the documents with the metadata to improve search and retrieval, rename the scans based on the content, apply security levels automatically to the documents, and then stores it in Microsoft SharePoint & Teams for long term archival and use. Rather than build a proprietary system, TechStar uses standard Microsoft off-the-shelf software and teaches companies that wish to use it how to train the AI/ML libraries to pull specific data.

This Innovate session will dive into showing non-developers how to build incredible AI systems. This is for business leaders trying to find new technology advantages they can use to increase profits and reduce costs. We will show how to train ML models to recognize documents. We will easily encode AI chatbots to respond to various user requests. We will set up object detection from photographs and count the number of objects in a photo. We will even set up AI to read the mood and temperament of a customer response so that it can take appropriate action. All of this without writing a single line of code! Please join us for this incredibly entertaining and educational discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Mike O'Neill

Mike O'Neill

TechStar, Director of Cloud Solutions
Mike has over 30 years of experience as a Microsoft certified trainer. He worked at Microsoft as a full-time technical employee for more than 18 years and managed both the Microsoft TechNet presenter teams and the MSDN Developer presenter teams. He has a background in both IT and... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 9, 3rd Floor

1:00pm CDT

How to use Viva Topics to Create Knowledge Sharing Culture in Your Organization
Learn about Microsoft Viva, the new Employee Experience platform in Microsoft 365 and we’ll go deeper into Viva Topics to explore what knowledge sharing at scale means for your organization. Learn how we’ve built the partnership of People + AI directly into the product to make identifying and managing the knowledge in your company easier. We’ll also share learnings from our early adopter customers and our product roadmap. 

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Moneypenny

Naomi Moneypenny

Director of Product Development, Microsoft
Naomi Moneypenny is a senior product manager for enterprise search and discovery and social intranet. as part of SharePoint and Office 365. Previously, she was chief technology officer at Synxi (a ManyWorlds brand), where she led the research and development team for machine learning-based... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Room 8, 3rd Floor

1:00pm CDT

State of Esports and the Impact DFW Has On The Booming Industry
Dallas is leading the nation in enterprise Esports initiatives, making a mark on global partnerships, professional esports teams and technological innovation. Learn from internationally recognized Esports leaders about the global impact Dallas has on the multi-billion dollar industry. They’ll share insights on adopting Esports in corporate, educational and enterprise institutions, how Dallas is leading in esports innovation and corporate partnerships and the future of Esports in tech.

Speakers
avatar for John Davidson

John Davidson

Founder and CEO, Davidson Learning Company (DLC)
John Davidson, TEDx and active speaker on gaming and youth marketing, is formerly the Head of Partnerships at GameStop, currently Founder and CEO of Davidson Learning Company (DLC), leads esports business development for PRG, the world’s leading event technology company, serves... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Herz

Daniel Herz

CRO, Mission Control
Daniel Herz is currently the Chief Revenue Officer for Mission Control and formally the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and Vice President at Complexity Gaming, one of America’s most elite and longest standing esports organizations, which is now owned by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys... Read More →
avatar for Danny Martin

Danny Martin

CO-founder/CEO, Esposure
Danny is a visionary and thought-leader in the esports industry. As the Co-founder/CEO of Esposure Inc. and Esports Subject Matter Expert at SMU, he has aided in the professional development of students, interns, and post-graduates. These students have received esports scholarships... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Coblenz

Nancy Coblenz

Senior Vice President, nFLXn Consulting Services
Nancy Coblenz is the Senior Vice President of nFLXn Consulting Services where she’s making a positive impact within private equity and the community of young women forging their pathway to success through STEM and building a substantial movement for women gaining business and job... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 3, 3rd Floor

1:00pm CDT

Microsoft Graph Development with M365
Learn how to leverage the Graph API in your custom solutions and deploy them for use in M365

Speakers
avatar for Sean Skinner

Sean Skinner

SharedSolutions
I've been working with SharePoint since 2005 and love building custom development solutions leveraging various technologies.


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 4, 3rd Floor

1:00pm CDT

Data Analytics and Automation
Speakers
avatar for Sridhar Sharma

Sridhar Sharma

Mr. Cooper Group, Executive VP & CIO
Sridhar Sharma is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Mr. Cooper Group, where he is responsible for applications and technology operations. He has 20 years of experience leading technology and product engineering functions and previously served as the Chief... Read More →
avatar for Vishal Mehra

Vishal Mehra

Texas Instruments, Dir. Order Fulfillment & Data Analytics Solutions
Vishal Mehra, Director, Order Fulfillment & Data Analytics Solutions at Texas Instruments (Distinguished Member Technical Staff) Vishal Mehra is a highly motivated technology leader who understands the importance of listening to the business issues at hand before trying to solve... Read More →
avatar for Barry Shurkey

Barry Shurkey

Chief Information Officer, NTT DATA Services
As the CIO for NTT DATA Services since 2017, Barry is responsible for the digital transformation and optimizing the IT roadmap to support NTT DATA and its clients. Previously, he was a senior vice president overseeing the company’s IT agreements during the acquisition of Dell Services... Read More →
avatar for Charan Randhawa

Charan Randhawa

At Home Stores, VP of Analytics
I am Charan Randhawa, Vice President of Analytics at At Home Stores. I love to solve complex business problems, especially the ones considered unsolvable. My approach is to incorporate hypotheses and opinions from business operators into data analysis to build real, interpretable... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Junior Ballroom A, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

10 Ways to Botch the Hybrid Office
COVID killed the corner office and now it is time to get strategically serious about architecting how we work. Join in the working session to see how you can avoid random acts of digital, the killer of all things “better”. We are bringing the brightest minds to this panel with Kyle Burt (Acuerdo), Sherry Rajami (Acuerdo), Justin Clark (RingCentral), and Chris Powers (BigLeaf). It’s gonna get real.

Speakers
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Tyler Molvig

Sr. Account Executive, RingCentral
avatar for Kyle Burt

Kyle Burt

Co-Founder, Acuerdo
avatar for Sherry Rajami

Sherry Rajami

Sherry Rajani, is a tie-loathing adventurer and troublemaker who believes in turning ideas into reality. Even though his experience is primarily in Microsoft Cloud and On-Premise Solutions, Sherry has also led teams building Custom ERPs, Mobile Applications, Data Management and other... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
CX Innovation Center, Inside Exhibit Hall B

2:00pm CDT

Container Tools: The Next Generation
CRI-O and Buildah and Podman, OH MY. (...and Skopeo, and where the heck does Docker fit in now, and...) Containers are cool. Everyone knows it. But the tools to work with them are constantly evolving, and it's hard to keep up on what does what and why you should care. Laine and Josh will explain the tools on the landscape, when you should use what, and demo how it all fits together to help with container-based application development and deployment.

Speakers
avatar for Laine Minor

Laine Minor

Senior Solutions Architect, Red Hat
Laine has been a developer, a technical lead, a stay at home mom, an IT architect, and a Solutions Architect. She's found along the way that the weird, sometimes messy overlay of technology and culture is her favorite place to be. Enabling technology, people, and organizations is... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Senior Solutions Architect, Red Hat
Josh has been in IT for nearly 20 years, as a developer, lead dev, tech lead, architect, and enterprise architect. He's worked on big teams, small teams, and been on a team of one. In the process of all of this, he's learned a ton, and he loves to mentor and share that information.He... Read More →



Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 2, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

Driving Hybrid Work to New Limits - Critical Success Factors for Managing Hybrid and Remote workers
Speakers
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Aaron Rundall

Head of IT Infrastructure, Kubota Tractor Corporation
avatar for Tony Caesar

Tony Caesar

Head of IT MANA, Ericsson
avatar for Gerry Mecca

Gerry Mecca

Chief Information Officer, DATASCAN
avatar for Scott King

Scott King

Mobius Partners, Chief Technology Officer


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 1, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

Security Differently
A look at Risk, Defense, and Trust in the modern technology era. Trying to help organizations transition from implicit postures to explicit and verifiable models.

Topics include:
DevOps Automate Governance
Continuous Verification
Modern Cyber Defense Models
Adversary Analysis
Zero Trust Architectures
Distributed Trust Models

The presentation will be vendor generic and will discuss some modern examples of security done differently in the modern technology era.

Speakers
avatar for John Willis

John Willis

Senior Director, Global Transformation Office, Red Hat
John has over 35 years of experience, focusing on IT infrastructure and operations. He has helped early startups such as Chef, Enstratius (now Dell), and Docker navigate the "DevOps" movement. He is one of the original core organizers of DevOpsDays and has been a prominent keynote... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

The Business of Extortion: How Ransomware as a Service Makes Money
Ransomware has evolved and fragmented from a consumer-focused spray-and-pray attack to a multi-billion-dollar targeted enterprise threat. Lowering the technical barrier to entry, Ransomware as a Service enables moderately savvy internet trolls to endanger critical infrastructure for a quick buck. Join Critical Start's Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager, Callie Guenther, to look at the intel behind these threats, and leverage that intelligence to increase your resiliency against it.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Guenther

Callie Guenther

Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager, Critical Start


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 3, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

An Introduction to Power Virtual Agents for Microsoft Teams
Over the past few years, it has become increasingly easier to create powerful bots with little to no code. Now almost anyone can quickly create a deploy a chat bot with ease. Power Virtual Agents is a premium add-on to the Power Platform that allows you to create and deploy such bots.

As part of Dataverse (previously called Project Oakdale) many Microsoft 365 subscribers have access to Power Virtual Agents for Microsoft Teams. These chat bots are covered under their Microsoft 365 licensing and require no premium licensing to develop, deploy, or use.

In this session attendees will learn:

1) How to create / deploy chat bots in Teams
2) How to create Topics, use branching logic, and prompt users for input
3) Add even more power to their chat bots using Power Automate flows.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Rackley

Mark Rackley

Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, PAIT Group
Mark is Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at PAIT Group and an Office 365 MVP with more than 20 years of experience designing and developing software solutions. Mark’s daily responsibilities include forging the direction of solution architecture and development projects for clients while providing the best solutions for clients' unique... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 4, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

Governance Planning for Viva Connections - Best Practices for Intranet Governance
Viva Connections gives you the opportunity to bring your modern, intelligent intranet into the apps and devices your employees already use every day – like Microsoft Teams. But have you planned your intranet with governance in mind? What are the best ways to get started and to ensure that your intranet – delivered in Teams or in the browser – provides a sustainable, useful, and usable experience for everyone in the organization? This session will help you plan and deliver a governance framework for your intranet in Viva Connections – with practical advice, tips and best practices, and content to help you get started!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Hanley

Susan Hanley

Information Architect, Founder and President
Susan Hanley is a consultant specializing in the "people side" of intranet and collaboration solutions. She is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP and writes the Essential SharePoint blog for Computerworld at www.computerworld.com/blog/essential-sharepoint. Her areas of expertise... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 8, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

Power Platform Apps and Flows in the Real World
Come see examples of real world PowerApp applications and supporting Power Automate Flows utilized by a my midstream organization. I will show how these apps are used in daily operations, how they were designed and the pieces that made them work. I will be talking about apps as simple as benefits enrollment, all the way to a Control Room Camera Compare and Audit tool.

I want you to leave my session with idea's and tools to tackle problems you may want to solve at your organization but may not have development resources or architecture required to do so.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Webb

Chris Webb

Microsoft MVP - Cloud Solutions Architect, Goodnight Midstream
Chris is an experienced 'jack of all trades' technology junkie. He has over 20 years experience working in the IT Industry in virtualization and administration. Over the past few years he now focuses his time in the cloud world working with Microsoft 365 technologies.Chris is an Office... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Room 5, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

Tracking Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Power BI Goals and SharePoint
Greatly improve the speed of your decision making by using Power BI Goals and SharePoint together to get relevant information easily. This session will introduce the new Power BI Goals functionality, discuss what are Objective and Key Results metrics, show you how to set up an (OKR) and tie it to data from SharePoint for automatic updating.

Speakers
avatar for Treb Gatte

Treb Gatte

Managing Partner, Marquee Insights
Treb is a Power BI MVP and business intelligence expert with 24 years of experience.Prior to becoming CEO of Marquee Insights, he worked in leadership positions at Microsoft, Starbucks, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo). He has been recognized as Data Platform MVP from Microsoft.Treb lives... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Room 9, 3rd Floor

2:00pm CDT

Lessons From The Leaders –Their Stories, Their Choices, Their Wisdom
This panel of trailblazers provides fascinating insight into the dynamic world of women succeeding in the world of technology and the paths they followed to bring their dreams to reality.

Speakers
avatar for Rashmi Jain

Rashmi Jain

Careington International Corporation, CIO
Rashmi Jain joined Careington International Corporation in 1999 and has served as Chief Information Officer since April 2019. Ms. Jain currently oversees information systems & information technology departments for Careington and affiliate companies, DialCare, Careington Benefit Solutions... Read More →
avatar for Fern Johnson

Fern Johnson

PepsiCo, CTO VP Global Infrastructure & Operations
An accomplished executive and business leader, Ferni's passionate about driving positive change, creating collaborative and inclusive work environments, and building highly effective, high-performance teams. As an IT executive within PepsiCo, Fern serves as CTO Vice President–Global... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Freeman

Valerie Freeman

Imprimis Group, CEO
Valerie Freeman is the Founder and CEO of a group of specialized companies whose services include staffing, search outsourcing and consulting, operating under the names, Imprimis Group, BravoTech, Freeman+Leonard and ANSERteam. Over the years, the companies have been named to the... Read More →
avatar for Srii Srinivasan

Srii Srinivasan

Chargeback Gurus, Chief Executive Guru
Srii, the CEO of Chargeback Gurus, is an industry veteran at minimizing chargebacks and fraud for card-not-present transactions. She specializes helping high-risk merchants optimize operations overhead, identify vulnerabilities and reduce fraud and chargeback revenue loss. Srii is... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Jr. Ballroom 1 - Women in Tech Summit

2:45pm CDT

Happy 45-Minute Reception and Prize Drawings
End of day reception with drinks, tons of door prizes, networking and last chance for technology demos.  


Tuesday September 28, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B, First Floor

3:30pm CDT

Workplace Wellness as a Core Business Strategy - Retention, Relevance, and ROI
Join us in conversation around trends that are shaping the workplace 2021 and beyond.

Topics covered include:
--Blurred Lines…Bringing the "Personal" Back into Business
--Necessary Changes Required to Culturally Transform Your Workplace…Starting From the Top Down
--Workforce Expectations in Order to Retain and Attract Talent Beyond 2021…Do You Have Skin in the Game?

Speakers
avatar for Timi Lindsay

Timi Lindsay

Partner, Diversity Crew
Captain Timika Lindsay has 30 years of exceptional military service at the US Naval Academy. Over the last four years, she served as the senior advisor to the Naval Academy Superintendent on all matters regarding Inclusion and Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Dinaz Jiwani

Dinaz Jiwani

work/REFINED, LLC, Founder
Dinaz Kachhi-Jiwani Founder, work/REFINED, LLC Dinaz is an analytics and research expert who combines her passion for data and people to help problem solve, strategize, and generate outcomes for clients. Dinaz is an experienced data scientist who has worked for several Fortune 500... Read More →
avatar for Alisha Woodall

Alisha Woodall

Founder, Finding The Foundation
Alisha Woodall is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor with years of experience in client support, and the founder of Finding The Foundation. Alisha has worked with a variety of individuals in diverse settings, including residential and outpatient care. Her experience has... Read More →
avatar for Aries Webb-Williams

Aries Webb-Williams

SoftwareONE, Software Portfolio Advisor
Aries Webb-Williams has over a decade of leadership experience in the tech industry where she honed her skills in aligning teams and resources around a common goal. In her current role as a Software Portfolio Advisor with SoftwareONE, Aries advises senior leaders on strategies to... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:20pm CDT
Junior Ballroom A, 3rd Floor

3:30pm CDT

DevOps Container Security Challenges
DevOps and the migration to container-based deployments have increased the velocity and quality of our software pipelines by shifting infrastructure and operational practices "left", closer to the development teams. While these changes allow for faster feedback and greater opportunity for automation and testing, security concerns are still often left as a late-stage hurdle in our pipelines because the tools and security teams have not been invited to our DevOps party. In this session, we'll talk about how to implement proactive security practices at the left-most stages of your SDLC pipelines, fostering the DevSecOps mentality and we'll talk about the new challenges this brings to the scope of work application developers face in today's containerized application landscape.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Smalling

Eric Smalling

Sr. Developer Advocate, SNYK
Eric is a 30+ year enterprise software developer, architect, and consultant in the DFW metroplex with a focus on CI/CD, DevOps, and container-based solutions over the last decade. He is certified in Kubernetes (CKA and CKAD) and has been a Docker user since 2013. As a Senior Developer... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 2, 3rd Floor

3:30pm CDT

Data Management Strategy Evolution - Panel Discussion
The "real" competitive advantage of data is accelerating the speed that organizations need to deliver data to the business. There is no one solution but there is a secret sauce. Technical debt, talent acquisition, data strategies and technology stack definitions are challenges everyone is facing. At the same time, the speed of data delivery has domain driven data architecture, data mesh, data governance and data integration changing the landscape of modern data hybrid data ecosystems. Join this distinguished panel as they share insights, lessons learned and industry experiences in data management strategy execution.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Sweet

Tom Sweet

VP in IT Solutions, GM Financial
Tom Sweet is passionate about digital transformation, DevOps, Cloud, leadership and attacking the talent shortage head-on by reskilling and investing in his teams.Tom is responsible several teams at GM Financial, where he leads approximately 120 software developers and QA analysts supporting loan servicing and originations systems, ERP, and internal applications. Prior to GM Financial, Tom worked at Travelport and Maptek, leading global teams at both companies. He has also worked at Microsoft in the... Read More →
avatar for Deep Sogani

Deep Sogani

Managing Director - Data Analytics, Cloud Data, Data Governance, FedEx
avatar for George Trujillo

George Trujillo

Vice President of Data Engineering, Overstock
George Trujillo is a technology leader, recognized international speaker and author in the big data, cloud and data management space. George has held positions as a VP of Big Data, Managing Director of Big Data, Director of Big Data Global Enablement, Master Principal Big Data Specialist... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 1, Third Floor

3:30pm CDT

Pandemic Risks
During the pandemic we have seen cybercrime stats soar and corporate networks held for ransom. This is the second pandemic. Learn how hackers target individuals as well as corporate environments which are now blended with working from home being the new norm.

Speakers
avatar for Mikes Jones

Mikes Jones

Founder, H4UNT3D HACKER
I am the founder of a great community of security professionals and former hackers call the H4unt3d Crew. As well as a community we have a podcast and a magazine in 3 different countries. I have a background as a US DoD SIGINT Operator and a former hacktivist.


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 3, 3rd Floor

3:30pm CDT

Striking the Balance: The Importance of Partnership Between the CIO and CISO
Technology and security alignment to business objectives is critical for business success. Jessica Nemmers and Bryan Tutor, co-authors of “The CISO Mentor,” will discuss the importance of a strong partnership between the CIO and the CISO and how together they can strike a balance between innovation and security.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Nemmers

Jessica Nemmers

Chief Security Officer, Elevate
Jessica Nemmers is the Chief Security Officer of Elevate Credit, headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas. As a CSO, Jessica focuses on building security programs that align with business objectives and compliance drivers to reduce the risk of business disruption, financial loss, or brand... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Tutor

Bryan Tutor

Executive Counselor, InfoTech Research Group
Bryan Tutor Currently serves as Executive Counselor at InfoTech Research Group.  His focus is helping other executives navigate challenges.  Prior to this role he  recently served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Elbit Systems of America, LLC.  He brings 30... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor

3:30pm CDT

Cloud Security Posture Management and Workload Protection
While there is a big investment in threat detection across the security industry, the reality is that many studies have shown that security hygiene is still the number one reason that organizations get compromised. This means that visibility and control over your cloud workloads’ security posture is an imperative measure to reduce the likelihood that attackers will exploit misconfigurations and known vulnerabilities in your environment. In this talk, we will discuss how Azure Security Center (ASC) can be utilized to provide visibility and control over different workloads in Azure. From preventative remediations of security recommendations, to the utilization of secure score as your main KPI to drive security posture management, ASC provides a set of capabilities that are target for Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) scenario and also Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) with Azure Defender.

Speakers
avatar for Yuri Diogenes

Yuri Diogenes

Microsoft, Principal Program Manager
Yuri Diogenes has a Master of Science in cybersecurity intelligence and forensics investigation from UTICA College and is a Principal Program Manager for Azure Security Center and Azure Defender at Microsoft Cloud Security team. Yuri has been working for Microsoft since 2006 in different... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 4, 3rd Floor

3:30pm CDT

Microsoft Search Connectors - The Next Generation of Search is Here
Want to see the future of search and how it can transform an organization?  Look no further than this session - we will review the architecture, how to create new connectors, and what is available out of the box...


Speakers
avatar for suzanne george

suzanne george

Chief Architect
Suzanne George, Microsoft Regional Director and MCTS has developed, administered, and architected online applications since 1995 and has worked in various environments - small, medium, and very large companies. With a focus on Digital Transformation using Office 365 and O365 integration... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 5, 3rd Floor

3:30pm CDT

Modernizing your communication experience using Azure Communication Services
Do you love the rich communication capabilities of Microsoft Teams? Do you wish you could  incorporate these capabilities in your own app?  In this session, I'll introduce Azure Communication Services and help you can understand how to harness the same platform that Microsoft Teams is built on, into your own custom applications.

Speakers
avatar for David Powell

David Powell

Principal Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
David is a 22 year veteran of Microsoft, with a passion for application development. David is focused on helping companies modernize their application portfolio through adoption of the Microsoft cloud.


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 8, 3rd Floor

3:30pm CDT

Take Your Lists to the Next Level
Modern lists in SharePoint have seen a complete overhaul. While the Lists app in Office 365 is new addition, it uses the same modern SharePoint lists as Office 365. These lists have a lot of customization available natively, but the real power comes from custom list formatting. We'll start with some simple tips and them level up to making list views one of the most powerful no-code solutions in your toolbelt.

Speakers
avatar for Don Kirkham

Don Kirkham

Microsoft MVP | Enterprise Architect, DMI
Microsoft MVP in Office Development. Don has spent the last 15 years working with companies of all sizes, helping them maximize their productivity in SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure. With over 30 years of programming experience, Don's passion for coding is centered around the complete... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 9, 3rd Floor

4:30pm CDT

Evening Networking Event (hosted by DFW*ATW and SoftwareOne)
Join us at the Evening Networking Event (hosted by DFW*ATW and sponsored by SoftwareOne). This event will follow InnoTech Dallas/Women in Tech Summit/ShareCloud Summit on September 28 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The Evening Networking Event will be at Bar Louie, 360 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX.

Register at www.innotechdallas.com. Tickets are $15 each and include two drink tickets and light appetizers. There are a limited amount of tickets so secure your spot soon by registering for the event and adding this ticket option on.

Tuesday September 28, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
Bar Louie, Outside Convention Center